Bumthang Cultural Trek

14 DAYS

Description

This 3-days trek is named because the opportunities to visit villages and Temples are greater than on most other treks in Bhutan. Though it is a short trek, the Bumthang trek is strenuous because it involves a climb to Phephe La (3360 m).

Facts about the Tour / Trek:

Duration: 13 nights / 14 days.
Trek Duration: 3 days
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax.
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.

Itinerary

1

Arrive at Paro

Your Bhutanese escort from Bhutan Corinthian will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the hotel. If time permits, visit to a Bhutanese Farm House. You host will serve you with the locally brewed ara (alcohol). Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

2

Paro sightseeing

After breakfast, visit:

• Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
• Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley.
• Archery match (Archery is the national game of Bhutan).
• Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel or homestay.

3

Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery – Thimphu

After breakfast,
• Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest)
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while to view a private Tamchog Lhakhang Monastery. Overnight in Hotel.

4

Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit:

• Folk Heritage Museum, Painting school of 13 Arts and Crafts
• Textile Museum
• Postal Museum for the personalized stamps
• Bhutanese paper factory at work before your lunch.
After lunch, visit
• National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
• The largest and the tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world.
• Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).
Overnight in Hotel.

5

Thimphu – Punakha

Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas.
• Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river).
• Chime Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility).
Overnight in Hotel.

6

Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang

After an early breakfast, drive to Bumthang.
After lunch, visit
• Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay.
• Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal.
Over night in Hotel.

7

Bumthang Sightseeing

After breakfast,
• Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”.
• Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659.
• Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa.
• Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa.
Dinner and over night in Hotel.

8

Jakar – Nagang Lakhang (Start of Bumthang Cultural Trek)

Altitude of 2900 meters. Walking time around 6 hours.

9

Ngang Lhakang – Ugyenchholing

Camp by the side of the river at the altitude of 2850 meters. Walking time 7-8 hours.

10

Ugenchholing – Jakar

Walk to Ugyenchholing dzong and the surrounding village, then drive to Jakar. On the way visit the Membertsho Lake, where Terton Pemalingpa, the reincarnation of guru Padmasambava 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. Overnight at the Hotel.

11

Bumthang (Excursion to Ura valley)

After breakfast, drive to Ura valley. Packed Lunch will be served. In the evening, drive back to Bumthang. Overnight in the hotel in Bumthang.

12

Bumthang – Phobjikha valley (Gangtey)

After breakfast, drive to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha/Gangtey.
• Gangtey Gompa Monastery from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

13

Gangtey – Thimphu

After breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Before driving to Thimphu, visit the Crane Information Centre.
Lunch on the way in Wangdue or Dochula Cafeteria. If time permits, visit to the Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world. Overnight in Thimphu.

14

Thimphu – Paro

Early morning, drive to the Airport and Farewell.

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