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  Bumthang Cultural Trek  (NTT-BT-003) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Bhutan Duration: 12 days
Area: Rongbuk Activities: Trekking
Max. Group Size: 10  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 3,353  M.
Seasons: March-November

This three day trek is ideal for average walkers as the altitude does not go over 3,400 meters (11,155 feet). The four valleys of Bumthang, is revered by the Bhutanese as the sacred land of Bhutan with many important Nyingmapa saints coming from here including the famous Pema Lingpa. The trek crosses several villages and wends through the picturesque Bumthang countryside, giving an exceptional opportunity to be in contact with rural life. This trek is best done from October to May.

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight.

which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference . Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonous. Our representatives will escort you to Kichu resort. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. O/N Kichu resort.

Day 02.

To acclimatize yourself a hike to a view point of Taktsang monastery.

meaning a tiger's den liesat an altitude of 3000m which takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 but the Government has taken immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. Stroll back to Kichu resort. Evening at leisure .

Day 03.

After breakfast drive to Thimphu (65kms, 2 hours).

Upon arrival check into Hotel Druk or River view. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.

Day 04.

AM visit the National library.

Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.

Day 05.

Today the drive takes about 6 / 7 hours crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters.

The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine. Picnic lunch will be served at the 18 century Chendebji chorten. After one and half hour arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed another 2 hours to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Overnight at Karma Tobden Guest House.

Day 06.

Bumthang altitude 2600m.

has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing - Visit the Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight same.

Day 07.

Trek starts to Ngang Lhakhang.

The trail folows the Chamkhar river up stream filled with rainbow trouts. The walk is very pleasent through pine forest and you can take your time admiring the beautiful country side. Arrive camp at 3000 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.

Day 08.

Nang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing.

Climb gradually over the Phephe la pass at 3600 meters. Along the way one can enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings. Arrive camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours.

Day 09.

Visit the Ugyenchholing dzong.

Visit the Ugyenchholing dzong and drive or walk to Mebartsho. Arrive Bumthang. Overnight Lodge.

Day 10.

Drive back to Wangduephodrang. Overnight Wangdi Kichu resort.

Day 11.

AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha

and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed to Thimphu. PM drive back to Paro. Overnight Kichu resort.

Day 12.

Transfer to airport for departure.