Bumthang Culture Trek. This three day trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through the Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with rural way of life in Bhutan experiencing the local temples and lifestyle of the Bhutanese life.
Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport. During the flight one will experience breathtaking view the Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake etc. Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and drive to hotel. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Paro – Sightseeing. Morning: Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 km) away from Paro town. The Dzong, although in ruins holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means “The Victorious Bhutanese”. This spot unfolds a magnificent views of Mt. Chomolhari at 7329 meters. One the way one can view the Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). As believed by the Bhutanese, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a tigress’s back in the 8th century and meditated there for three months and converted the valley into Buddhism.
Afternoon: Visit TaDzong the National Museum. Once the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong, was later converted into the National Museum in 1967. Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 A.D. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the Dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. Visit a typical Bhutanese Farm house on the way back for tea. Overnight at Hotel. Icludes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu. Drive to Thimphu for about 2 hours. On the way just before seven kms to Thimphu visit Simtokha Dzong (fortress) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After lunch, visit the Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of the third King in 1974. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Thimphu local sightseeing. Visit the Painting School where the art of ancient painting is used by the students. Visit Tashichhodzong which is the seat of the Royal Government and Central Monastic body. Visit Paper Factory, Weaving Center, Changangkha Monastery, Zangto Pelri Monastery and Zilukha Nunnery. Evening visit the small zoo to see the national animal Takin and then drive up to the view point from where you can view the whole Thimphu city. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Thimphu – Trongsa. The journey to central Bhutan begins and takes about 7-8 hours from Thimphu. Pack lunch/picnic at Chendebji Chorten. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Trongsa – Jakar (Bumthang). Drive for about 3 hours to Jakar. Bumthang 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 Jakar Dzong (Castle of the white bird) can be had from view point. Lunch at hote. Afternoon, hike up to Lame Gompa, a temple built by the first king of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Bumthang Halt. Visit the Dairy farm, the Swiss Cheese Factory and Apple Juice Factory. Stroll around Bumthang valley and preparation for the excursion of Nganglakhang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Bumthang – Nganglhakhang. Distance 20 km. About 5-6 hours journey. Altitude of Nganglhakhang 9500 ft. The route follows the Chamkharchu, a river rich in trout. Stop for lunch at Thanbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the center of which lies the Nganglhakhang (Swan Temple). This place was filled with swans in ancient times, hence the name. Overnight at camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Nganglhakhang – Ugyenchholing. Distance 23 km. About 7-8 hours journey. Altitude of Ugyenchholing 9300 ft. The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phepela pass at an altitude of 3353 meters, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through the beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyenchholing Palace can be seen. Overnight at camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Ugyenchholing – Jakar. Distance 10 kms. About 2-3 hours journey. Altitude 9000 ft. The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Membar Tsho (flaming lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight halt at hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Jakar – Trongsa. Drive to trongsa along the East – West Highway. Stops can be made along the way to enjoy the scenery. Lunch at Hotel in Trongsa. Afternoon at leisure. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Trongsa – Thimphu. Drive back to Thimphu along the same highway as before. Picnic lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Thimphu – Paro International Airport. Drive to Paro International Airport where our representatives will bid you good bye…and happy journey home. Tashidelek. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
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