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Home Tour Packages 11 Days Bumthang Culture Trek Tour

Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Destination Covered : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Bumthang

Tour Activities : Trekking, Museums

Tour Themes : Hill Stations & Valleys, Culture & Heritage

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Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour Overview

Some of the country’s oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries are found in the picturesque Bumthang valley, which is also known as the nation's religious center. This three-day trip offers a unique opportunity to get in touch with Bhutanese rural life as it meanders through the countryside of Bumthang, passing past a number of villages.

Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour Itinerary

Day 1
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to the hotel. Spend the night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 2
The next morning we will visit to Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower. Later it was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collections in the museum include art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. After which we will visit the Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’, built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body.
After lunch we will visit one of the oldest and sacred shrines in Bhutan knows as Kyichu Lhakhang which was built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.
Day 3
Drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital of the present. Upon reaching to the capital city we will visit Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan's most ancient fortress (constructed in 1627), which stands on a small hilltop on the right side of the road around 7 kilometers before Thimphu. And then visit the National Memorial Chorten (constructed as a memorial to Bhutan's third king and as a monument to world peace). Later on visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where herbal medicines are prepared and dispensed and also the Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students are taught the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and finally the National Library, which has a sizable collection of Buddhist texts, as time permits after lunch. We will spend the night at the capital city in a hotel.
Day 4
On the 4th day we travel a distance of 186 km to reach Trongsa. After travelling for almost an hr we will reach Dochu-la pass (3088 m). On a clear day there is a superb view of Bhutan’s higest perks namely Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7 ,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Continue on to Wangduephodrang town, which is also our lunch stop. Then proceed to Trongsa over Pele-la pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
Day 5
Before beginning our journey we will be visiting the striking Trongsa Dzong. After which we will visit the Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to guide Trongsa Dzong which was now a museum. From there we will start our journey to Bumthang which will take us about 2 hrs. By afternoon visit the 17th century Jakar Dzong and then Kurje monastery, built in the 17th century to mark the place where Guru Padma sambhava had meditated in the 8th century, leaving his body imprint on the rock. Spending the overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 6
Get your gears ready because the trek begins today. The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu (river), taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. Camping overnight at a village (2,900 m)
Day 7
On the second day of the trek, our trail gradually climbs through juniper woodland as it approaches the Phephe-la pass (3,340m). From there it descends to Tang Valley from there, the trail eventually reaches Ugyenchholing village (2,850m). Spend the night camped along the riverside close to the settlement. The nature along the trail seriously gets beautiful and there are many more exciting things to be experienced.
Day 8
Early morning, we will walk up to Ugyenchholing Palace, a beautiful private mansion which are small eco-museum. From there we will drive back to Buamthang following the Tang Chu until arriving at the main road. On the way visit the Mebar Tso Lake, where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred, and on auspicious days many Bhutanese people go there to offer butter lamps. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang
Day 9
In the morning we will be visiting some of the religious place in Bumthang like Jambay Lhakhang, build in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. After which we will visit come more places which contains ancient painting and a lots of religious items.
After that we will drive to Punakha which is about 214 km. overnight at Punakha.
Day 10
On the 10th day we will travel to Paro from Punakha which will take about 3 hrs.
It will be a relaxing day where we could go shopping and take a stroll around Paro market in the evening. Spend the night at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11
Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

More Details about Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour

Inclusions

  • EP (No Meal)
  • Trekking Cost
  • The Government of Bhutan requires all trekking to be done with a registered trekking operator in Bhutan. All trekking with us will be accompanied by trekker trained professionals including a trekking guide, cook, and few horsemen. The cost will be higher for solo trekkers but the cost will come down as the number increases as the cost will be shared.
  • Please let us know and we will give promptly give you the best price to make your trekking a wonderful experience.
  • Trekking Information
  • Trekking through the Himalayas of Bhutan could be physically and mentally demanding but it’s definitely worth it for its beautiful nature and clear air as Bhutan being a carbon negative country.
  • The best time for trekking in Bhutan is in spring and autumn. Enjoy the beauty of blossom of flowers in the month of April and May and clear views in November.
  • On the trek through different places of Bhutan we would be able to view forest, snow-peaked mountains, rhododendron forests, traditional farm houses, wild animals, alpine meadows and villages.
  • An experienced guide will be provided on all treks. Professional cooks and horses for transportation will also be available. You will only need to carry your bag-pack.
  • The trek takes us over some of the highest passes in Bhutan ranging from an altitude of 3000 m to 5000 m. The trek varies from a short four day hike up to three week long hike. . Depending on altitude, a trekking day is usually about 6 to 7 hours (including stops) and almost all trekking in Bhutan involves overnights in a tents.
  • We also provide other adventurous services such as one day hike across Bhutan, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking.

Payments Terms

  • * 20% Advance Percentage of total booking amount

Trekking Kit

  • Much of the kit will be provided by us for your comfort but you might need your personal clothing and toiletaries. Below is the list you might need for long trips, ask us if you want to know more.
  • Items - Description.
  • General -
  • bag to put overnight
  • Waterproof sac
  • Plastic bags
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag – 3 season up to about 3000 meters, 4 season above that
  • Silk liner for extra warmth
  • Thermarest inflating mattress
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Clothing
  • Trekking trousers -
  • Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
  • T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom) for night use
  • Outerwear
  • Down jacket if above 3500 meters -
  • Fleece
  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproofs
  • Scarf and gloves
  • Footwear -
  • Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp (in summer and early Autumn make sure these are waterproof)
  • Thick hiking socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters if trekking close to the monsoon season or in snow
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp (in summer and early Autumn make sure these are waterproof)
  • Thick hiking socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters if trekking close to the monsoon season or in snow
  • Other -
  • Walking poles
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Washing line
  • Small knife
  • Water bottles (preferably metal) or alternatively a hydration pack such as CamelBak
  • Dextrose tablets, snack bars and energy drinks
  • Medicine -
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Paracetamol
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Lozenges
  • Sting relief and Insect repellent
  • Toiletries - Towel and sponge
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
  • Sun cream (including total sun block)

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
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