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All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

BUMTHANG CULTURAL TREK (13 DAYS)

Summary:


Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries.

The Bumthang Cultural Trek allows for many opportunities to visit temples and small Bhutanese villages along the trek route. Although the trek is on the easier side, it involves a few major climbs like the one up to Phepe La (3,360 m) with an ascent of about 500m.

Best time for trek: April – May and September – November.

Duration: 13 days; Actual Trek: 3 days

Start: Thangbi Goemba

Finish: Kizum

Maximum Elevation: 3,360m

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest,Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our representatives.


Day 2: Paro – Sightseeing

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress about 16 km away from Paro town).The Dzong, although in ruins, is of great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name Drugyel means "the Victorious Bhutanese." You also have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") at 7,329m from the Drukgyel Dzong.

Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back.


Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

Drive along the winding road alongside the Paro Chhu (Chhu - river) to the confluence with the Wang Chhu, then follow the Wang Chhu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.


Day 4: Thimphu - Sightseeing
 
Visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Royal Government and the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the Central monk Body.

Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.

Visit the Painting and Woodcraft schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive.

Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents.
Next, visit Semtokha Dzong (~6 km from Thimphu), one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. The Semtokha Dzong also houses the largest monastic school in the country.

Evening: Stroll through Thimphu town.

Day 5: Thimphu - Trongsa

The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7-8 hours from Thimphu. Pack lunch stop at Chendebji Chorten.

Day 6 :Trongsa - Jakar (Bumthang)

Drive for 2 .5 hours to Jakar. Bumthang (meaning “the Plain of Ghosts”), is a land of myth and mystery and tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava who performed formidable feats and miracles here.

A beautiful view of the Jakar Dzong ("Castle of the White Bird") can be had from viewpoint. Lunch will be served in hotel. In the afternoon, hike up to Lame Goemba, a temple built by the First King of Bhutan for his two nun sisters. Outside Lame Goemba, one can see a traditional Bhutanese paper-making workshop.

Day 7 :Bumthang Halt

Visit the Dairy Farm, the Swiss Cheese Factory, and Apple Juice Factory. Walk around Bumthang valley in preparation for the excursion to Nganglakhang.

Day 8 :Thangbi Goemba – Sambitang (Distance 10km, 2-3 hours, Ascent 170m, Descent 0m)

The Thangbi Goemba was built by Shamar Rinpoche in 1470 and later taken over by Tertoen Pema Lingpa after a dispute. This is the starting point for the trek. The trail leads you past a 70m-long painted mani wall, across the Bumthang Chhu, forests of blue pine, and the Zangling Lhakhang. The campsite Sambitang is about 30 minutes from the Zangling Lhakhang. About 30 minutes from the campsite is the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). The Ngang Lhakhang has two water-driven prayer wheels which are all wood carved and very interesting to see.

Day 9 :Sambitang – Ugyen Chholing (Distance – 18 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 750m, Descent 670m)

The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phepe La Pass at 3,360m, the highest point of the trek. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The Ugyen Chholing Palace is on top a hill. You can camp near the palace or rent a room in the guesthouse.

Day 10 :: Ugyen Chholing – Kizum (Distance – 1.6 km, 1 hours, Ascent 0m, Descent 130m)

The trail follows the Tang Chhu. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rinpoche Lhakhang. It’s a short walk down to Kizum where your vehicle will pick you up.

Day 11 :Jakar – Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa along the East-West Highway. Stops can be made along the way to enjoy the scenery and to take pictures. Lunch at hotel in Trongsa. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through Trongsa town.

Day 12 :Trongsa – Thimphu

Drive back to Thimphu along the East-West Highway. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Relax in your hotel or stroll through Thimphu town and visit the local restaurants and bars for your last night in Bhutan.

Day 13 :Thimphu - Paro International Airport

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representatives will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

7. Camping equipment such as tents, camping chairs, etc. provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, trekking shoes, rain gear, etc.

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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