Explore Bhutan Bumthang valley Tour Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Group
Moderate 12 Days Guest House SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Explore Bhutan Bumthang valley Tour

Explore Bhutan Bumthang valley Tour, Venture into a world that will touch your heart and soul – a land of myths, legends and traditions which are as vital and alive today as when they originated. Bhutan Tour with Bumthang is an excellent way to tour Bhutan’s cultural heritages and explore its landscape with several hikes.

Thickly forested valleys, snow-capped mountains, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, maroon robed monks and architecture from another age. This is Bhutan Bumthang valley Tour, a kingdom that has long maintained its independence and isolation from the outside world and so preserved a fascinating Himalayan culture and tradition.

Trip Information

The Cost includes:

Accommodation – Twin share

All applicable transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

All Sightseeing entry fee, permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary

All meals

English speaking interpreter/guide

Airfare Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu

Bhutan visa

The Cost does not include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Day 1

FLY KATHMANDU – PARO (2200m) – THIMPU (2300m, 2 hrs)

A flight from Kathmandu over the Himalayan range or over the foothills to Paro is the most spectacular mountain flights of all. Each mesmerizing flight offers exiting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival, our representative will receive you and transfer to Thimpu – the morden capital of Bhutan.
If we have time we can also visit Buddha Park and Trichichoe Dzhong at Thimpu.
Day 2

GUIDED TOUR IN THIMPU

Thimpu is a quiet and peaceful capital which lies in a wooden valley sprawling up a hillside at the west bank of the Thipmu River. The capital is relatively small with wide streets and lined trees having approximately the population of 45000.

The sights at Thimpu certainly includes Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks and many more.

Day 3

THIMPU – PUNAKHA (1350m, 75 kms, 3 hrs)

After a breakfast we drive to Punaka via Dochula Pass (3150 m) offering a marvelous view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. On the way to Punaka, at Dochula Pass we take a short break and enjoy the view of the chorten, mani wall and prayer flags decorating the highest point on the road. Additionally, the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar puensum (7,497m), can be seen along with many mountain peaks like Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ) which dominates the isolated region of Lunana.

Further on the way to Punkha we visit the temple Chimi Lhakhang. It is popularly known for blessing of child for childless and protection for children who already have them. Many people from Bhutan and other parts of the world visit the temple and vouch on the success of their prayers.

Punakha Dzong is next in our list. It was strategically built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 at the junction of Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). It played an important role in Bhutan’s history and serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Punakha Dzong is also the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot and the Central Monastic Body.

Day 4

PUNAKHA – GANGTEY VALLEY (3000m) – TRONGSA (2300m, 91 kms, 8 hrs)

We start our trip early morning towards central Bhutan. The trip offers beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan with scattered settlements far from the road. The trail passes through tropical vegetation to Nobding and about an hour drive towards Pelela pass (11,000ft). We retrace our steps and descend about an hour to Phobjikha Valley where Gangtey Gompa is ideally located on the hill overlooking the valley. The valley is wide open attracting Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet during early November to mid March. Gangtey Gompa is institution for monks following the Nyingmapa sect in the country.
Further, we drive back to Pelela pass and descend through the open meadows. On the way we encounter with yak herders and several villages via Chendeji Chorten built in 15 century in Nepalese style. Several villages like Tsangkha, Tashicholing lies en route to the viewpoint of Trongsa Dzong. Finally we head towards hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5

TRONGSA – BUMTHANG (2600m, 80 kms, 3 hrs)

Trongsa Dzong having several monasteries has played a vital role in shaping the political history of Bhutan. After worthy visit of its monumental structure we stroll for sometimes at Trongsa town. Further, we drive towards Bumthang valley over the Yotung la pass (11,800ft) and lunch at Chumey. In the afternoon we visit Yathra weaving center at Zugney and head towards Jakar. After an hour 45 minutes drive to Jakar we check in at our hotel in Bumthang where you have free time to relax or walk Jakar town.
Day 6

BUMTHANG

We start our visit of different interesting places from Kurjey Lhakhang and then new Zangdopelri monastery built by Queen mother new Zangdopelri monastery built by Queen mother. The Kurjey Lhakhang has a legend that the imprint body of Guru Rimpoche was left behind during meditation in the temple of the cave. Then we have a gradual hike to reach Tamshing monastery built by Terton Pema Lingpa (revealer of hidden treasures) and drive back for lunch at hotel.
At noon we continue our visit of Jambay Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. Jambay Lhakhang was built by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo, in the 7th Century which denotes the emergence of Buddhism within the country. Jakar Dzong, also known as castle of the white bird, houses the administrative center and instate for monks.
Finally, if you desire we can attend evening prayer ceremony at Karchu Dratsang (monastery of His Holiness Namkhai Ningpo). It will be a good opportunity to experience the Buddhist philosophy. Move to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7

BUMTHANG

We start our day early morning towards Tang valley 24 kms away via the dirt road. En route we visit Mebartsho (flaming Lake) where the Terton Pema ling discovered the religious treasure from this lake and Kunzangdra monastery built by Teteron Pemalingpa. Further, we pass several villages and Tang Primary school and Rimochen monastery. After a picnic lunch at convenient spot en route we drive ahead to reach kizom. From here we hike for an hour to Ugyen Choling monastery, located on the hill, and settle down at the Guesthouse for lunch.

Ugyen Choling was never center of political power yet played a vital role as a religious center. The history of Ugyen Choling begins after the visit of Longchen Rabjam (1308 -63), the great Tibetan master of Buddhism. He was most celebrated writer and philosopher of Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also viewed as synthesizer of the doctrine and methods of Dzongchen “school of great perfection”.

It is only the structure of its size that still exists and used by a family with direct historical link.
With its size and magnitude the complex has initiate to house as a historical museum and ensure continuity with the commitments listed below.

– Preserving and maintaining Ugyen Choling as a religious and cultural legacy.
– Continuing the traditional religious observance and rituals .
– Providing a place for religious studies, research and solitude
– Reviving and enhancing traditional skills and providing an outlet for local handicrafts.

We drive back to Bumthang for overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8

BUMTHANG

A drive of one hand half hour from Jakar leads us to Ura Valley. The road lined by farms and sheep pastures passes via conifers and beautiful landscape. The Shelthang La pass (3,600m) offers mystic view of Mount Gangkhar Puensum (7540m), worlds highest unclimbed mountain. We descend from here to enter Ura having about forty clustered houses of few typical communities of Bhutan. The village celebrates annual Ura festival in late spring. It also has new temple dedicated to Guru Rimpoche along with huge statue and beautiful frescoes.

Visit Ura Valley 48 km, about one and a half hour drive, from Jakar. The road to Ura climbs through conifers and beautiful landscape. Farms and sheep pastures line the road.

Day 9

BUMTHANG – WANGDIPHODRANG (310m, 197 kms, 7 hrs)

Today, we have 7-8 hours of long drive to Wangdue via Chendebji Chorten where we stop for lunch. We visit Wangdi phodrang Dzong built in 1750 and the market place. Finally, drive to hotel after 3 hours of drive for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10

WANGDIPHODRANG – PARO (2200m, 130kms, 4 hrs)

A drive along with the winding mountain road leads to Paro via Thimpu. At noon we visit Bhutan’s National museum originally built as Watch Tower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds fascinating collection of national treasures ranging from ancient armor, art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
Continuing our drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong located at the head of the valley. The location was specially chosen to take control over the Tibetan route which offers mystic view of Jumolhari (23,996ft/7314m). We continue today’s trip by visiting Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farm house.
Day 11

HIKE TO TAKSANG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST) (3120m, 5 hrs) & SIGHTSEEING IN PARO

Today, we drive north to Paro valley to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dozng and an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. It is a popular fort used by Bhutanese to repel several invasions of Tibetan Armies. It also provides an opportunity to visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House and have good insight into the lifestyle of local people.

Taktsang is the most famous Bhutanese Monastery. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of the tigress and meditated at this monastery. Therefore, it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. The round trip excursion of monastery takes almost 5 hours and we return back to Paro town. En route visit the Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the Kingdom.

Day 12

FLIGHT PARO-KATHMANDU

After an early breakfast we drive a short distance to the Paro airport to connect with onward destination to Kathmandu.
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