- Cultural and Historical Tours
- Trekking and Hiking
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Bumthang is located in the heart of Bhutan and is the home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and many monasteries. So it is the center of religion. Despite cultural popularity, it is one of the kingdom’s most attractive destinations for hiking, visiting interesting places or just relaxing. This trek can be graded as an easy trek and it is best for the beginners. The trek crosses several villages providing an excellent opportunity to interact with the rural life of Bhutan
During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (if flying from Kathmandu or Delhi) and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet our representative and escorted to the hotel. After lunch visit Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a small hill just above the Paro River (Pachu). You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge with shingle roofing. The Dzong houses the district administration office and the District Monk body. It was built in 1645 A.D. After then proceed towards Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery). One of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan was built in 659 A.D by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth-century monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 2,950 m above the sea level.
After lunch drive towards Thimphu and visit to Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972., it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Evening is free. Overnight at hotel.
After an early breakfast drive to Punakha District. After 3 hours scenic drive crossing the Dochula pass (3150m) and enjoying eastern Himalayas view reach Punakha. After lunch continue the drive towards Trongsa. On the way encounter popular attractions (Punakha Dzong at the merging point of two rivers called the PO-Chu and MO-CHU (Male & Female) at Punakha, Wangdue Dzong at wangdue). After 5 hours drive finally reach Trongsa. Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, excursion to Kuenga Rabten. It was the winter Palace for 2nd King Jigme Wangchuk which reflects an intimate insight into the early days of Bhutan’s Monarchy. View of rice terraces in the lower Mangdu-Chu valley and a large waterfall is marvelous from there. Drive back to Trongsa for lunch.Visit Trongsa Dzong. It was built at different periods on a spur overlooking the Mangdu-Chu River and it is one of the longest & most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan.
In the evening, drive Bumthang crossing Yotong la pass 3400m. It will be the highest pass of the trip to Bhutan. After the pass drive down to the Chhumey valley before reach Jakar. This valley is famous for yathra weaving in central Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.
Bumthang is different from all the other valleys in Bhutan. It is very spacious and open ranging in altitude from 2600m to 4000m. Bumthang is a heaven for hikers and Trekkers, not to mention the numerous beautiful and important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage seen different locations.
Take a walk up to Tamshing monastery, founded by the Terton Pema Lingpa, where about 200 monks reside. Visits to Wangdi Chholing Palace, Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang one of the oldest monastery in the Kingdom. All the Kings of Bhutan are taken for their cremation rites to Kurjey Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu River (popular for trout fish), coming across many villages and temples. This is a very easy and relaxing day. Arrive at the Nagang Lhakhang Village (The Land of swans). Overnight Camp.
The trail ascends gradually going through the forest of junipers until you arrive at the Phe -Phe – La pass at an altitude 3353 meters. After the pass descends to the Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyen Chholing village. Along the way, the Ugyenchholing Palace can be seen. Overnight Camp.
In the morning walk up to the Ugyenchholing Dzong. Visit the Dzong and the surrounding village and then walk following the Tang Chu River. On the way visit Tang Mebartsho (Flaming Lake, where the Terton Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Padmasambhava, is supposed to have discovered religious treasure in the 12th century. This lake is very sacred and is visited by many Bhutanese during auspicious days to offer butter lamps). Finally, reach Panshing where vehicle is awaiting and drive to Jakar. Evening, have free time in town. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Wangdue along the East – west Highway. Stops can be made along the way to enjoy the scenery. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, visit Wangdue Dzong, built in 1638. It is believed to be built on the back of the giant Elephants back and is considered one of the most important Dzongs of the 17th century as it controlled west - East and to the South. After then return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama wooden phallus!, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening free time to explore Paro town. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast free till departure time. Drive to Paro Airport for onward journey.
- Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers
- Bhutan Visa Fee
- Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
- Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
- Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu airfare
- Airport tax
- Entrance fees and permit
- Overland transportation within Bhutan
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- English speaking local guide
- Trekking and Tour arrangement (fully organized trek with tents, thermal pads, blow pillow, hot-water bag, pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, basic medical kit, support staff, trekking guide, cook and assistants, horseman)
- Drinking water
- Government royalty, tax and Fees
- Service Charge
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Personal trekking gears such as the sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.
- Excess baggage
- Tips to guides and drivers
- Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc
About your leader
Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!