Cultural Bumthang Trek


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWB043
Trip Duration
12 Day(s)
Activities
Trekking, Culture
Start Point
Paro
End Point
Paro
Max Altitude
3600m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
March-May, Sep-Nov
Difficulty Level
Demanding
Accomodations & Meals

  • 3N 3-Star Hotels in Paro
  • 1N 3-Star Hotel in Thimphu
  • 2N 3-Star Hotel in Wangdi
  • 5N Guesthouses in Bumthang
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Lunch and Dinner
Locations Covered

  • Paro
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Trongsa
  • Bumthang Valley
Trip Highlights

  • Picturesque Bumthang Valley with exciting trekking trail and trout-filled river
  • Fascinating culture and Scenic Views
  • Discover spiritual monasteries and unexplored regions
  • Hike Paro Taktsang and visit Punakha Dzong
  • Easy Three-Day Bumthang Cultural trek

Overview


Bumthang Cultural Trek is a fairly 3 days comfortable trek that takes you to the picturesque Bumthang Valley 'cultural heartland', clear and clean trout-filled river, and ancient temples. The total 12 days journey in Bhutan is a combination of hiking and cultural drive to the most significant monuments of Bhutan from Thimphu to western Bhutan, Bumthang.   Cultural Bumthang trek provides you with the remote life of Bhutanese and the mysterious Bhutan that has amazed and attracted the world. This short and comfortable Bumthang cultural trek is one of the preferred trekking routes to explore the picturesque Bumthang valley, some of the oldest Buddhist temples, and trout-filled rivers. This Cultural Bumthang Trek is considered as a much-diversified trek to Bumthang (2600m) and abounded with unique culture and scenic landscape.  The Bumthang cultural richness and off the beaten trekking paths amaze every traveler from the world, you will begin…

Bumthang Cultural Trek is a fairly 3 days comfortable trek that takes you to the picturesque Bumthang Valley ‘cultural heartland’, clear and clean trout-filled river, and ancient temples. The total 12 days journey in Bhutan is a combination of hiking and cultural drive to the most significant monuments of Bhutan from Thimphu to western Bhutan, Bumthang.

 

Cultural Bumthang trek provides you with the remote life of Bhutanese and the mysterious Bhutan that has amazed and attracted the world. This short and comfortable Bumthang cultural trek is one of the preferred trekking routes to explore the picturesque Bumthang valley, some of the oldest Buddhist temples, and trout-filled rivers.

This Cultural Bumthang Trek is considered as a much-diversified trek to Bumthang (2600m) and abounded with unique culture and scenic landscape.  The Bumthang cultural richness and off the beaten trekking paths amaze every traveler from the world, you will begin your trek from the altitude of 2600m in Bumthang, leading to Ngang Lhakhang then trek to Ugyenchholing crossing Phephe – La Pass (3600m) and finally reach to Mebartsho and back to Bumthang.

Apart from the Cultural Bumthang Trek, you will be acquainted with the most popular destination Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest, and well-preserved cultural heritage landmarks, wow-factor mountainous panorama in Paro, Thimpu, and other towns.

HimalayanWindows puts all of its efforts into making your Bumthang Cultural trek as smooth as possible by adjusting all possible attractions. If the given itinerary is not satisfying you, simply talk with our expert to customize the itinerary as per your interest.

Itinerary Expand All


Arrival in Paro, transfer to the hotel

You will be picked up by our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Paro.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals: Provided

Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s nest (2-3 hours hiking). Early in the morning, our guide comes to your hotel to pick you up for the day hike to Tiger’s Nest Temple. Our guide will brief you about the timing of your wake-up one day earlier so that you can be prepared in time.

Half an hour’s drive from your hotel takes you to the start point of the Paro Taktsang hike. A short glimpse of the Tiger’s nest from distance will excite you to hike this beautiful monastery clinging on the cliff. It takes about three hours to reach the monastery where you will have a short break at the cafeteria en-route. The total time for this beautiful hiking takes about five hours.

After completion of this beautiful hiking, you will drive back to the hotel.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals:  Dinner

After a good breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Thimpu from Paro which takes about an hour. This day, you will visit some of the important sights in Thimphu including Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu Dzong, Memorial Chorten, etc.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals: Provided

Drive to Wangduephodrang; En-route enjoy the view from Dochu-La Pass (4-5 hours)

  • Visit Chhimi Lhakhang ‘ temple of fertility’ on the way to Punakha.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong

 

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals: Provided

After breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Bumthang via Trongsa (6-7 hours) through the hilly mountainous road and Pele La Pass (3300m)

 

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals: Provided

Highlights of the drive to Bumthang from Trongsa:

  • Lush valleys and hilly forests
  • Jakar Dzong
  • Yathra (Textile Weaving) Factory
  • Explore Jambay and Kurjey in Bumthang

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotels

Meals: Provided

You will start your trek today with a walk that covers about 12 miles in five to six hours. Your route following the Chamkhar Chu, a river well-known for trout-fish. You will stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang from here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of Swan), at the center of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang ‘swan Temple’. In the past days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul. Overnight at the basic guest house or tented camp.

Accommodation: Basic guest house/tented camp

Meals: Provided

Your trek today covers about 22 Kilometers in seven to eight hours.  You will begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass (3350m), the highest point of the Bumthang Cultural Trek. The route passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. You will visit Ugyen Choling Palace, which is a repository of artifacts of ancient nobility. Overnight at the guest house/tented camp.

Accommodation: Basic guest house/tented camp

Meals: Provided

 

Your trek today covers about ten kilometers in three to four hours. The trail follows Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is Tang Rimochen Lhakhang, marking a sacred place where Guru Rimpoche mediated. The trek continues passing the Mebar Tsho (flaming lake) to Pangshing, where you are picked up and transferred the rest of the way to Jakar.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meals: Provided

Begin your day with Bumthang Market, and then drive to Wanguephodrang/Punakha. Along the way, visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue. Overnight at hotel

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Provided

If you miss to visit early, visit Punakha Dzong and drive back to Paro. Overnight at Paro.

 

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel

Meals: Provided

Transfer to the Paro International airport – Departure

Accommodation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included


  • Private transportation
  • All necessary travel permits
  • English speaking local guide
  • Accommodation Plan: 1 Pax - Single, 2 Pax - Twin & 3 Pax - Triple
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis

What's Excluded


  • Insurance of any kind
  • Single Supplement ($35 per night)
  • Flight fare to and fro Paro
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips &, etc.

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bhutan tour Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a tour… Read More »

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