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Bumthang Cultural Trek

Trip Route: Ktm-Paro-Thimphu-Tongsa-Tongsa-Bumthang-Ngang Lhakhang-Thimphu
Max Altitude: 3,360m
Trip Duration: 11 days
Transportation: Car / Van / Flight
Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Bumthang Cultural Trek

The lovely Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three day trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside and provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan "known as the peaceful Dragon country" is slowly emerging from centuries of self imposed isolation, this makes Bhutan a truly unique destination to explore its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion, architecture and its way of life as it was for centuries, so Bhutan's past is still its present and tantric Buddhism is a way of life.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu-Paro
Day 02:
Paro sightseeing
Day 03:
Paro-Thimphu
Day 04:
Thimphu-Tongsa (129km)
Day 05:
Tongsa-Bumthang
Day 06:
Jakkar-Ngang Lhakhang 2900m
Day 07:
Ngang Lhakhang-Ugyenchholing 2850m via Phephe-la 3340m
Day 08:
Drive to Jakar 3-4hr ride
Day 09:
Afternoon drive to Tongsa(68km)
Day 10:
Drive to Thimphu (198km)
Day 11:
Early morning drive to Paro

Service includes
  • English speaking guide
  • Monastery entrance fee as per itinerary
  • Transportation by jeep
  • Accommodation on full board basis included Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast
  • Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Bhutan Entry visa Permit
  • Trekking Equipments
Service does not include
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any kinds of Bar bills Mineral water, Alcoholic drinks, Juice etc.
  • Any Expense of Personal Nature.
  • Tips for tour staff ( Tipping is expected but not compulsory)
  • Airport Departure tax
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price includes section
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu-Paro:
Scenic, spectacular flight to Paro on arrival received by our representative in a traditional way and drive to Hotel Gangtey Palace or similar.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing:
Morning hike up to the Taksang Monastery (Tiger's nest). Afternoon visit the 17th centuary Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Paro-Thimphu: 
2 hr drive to Thimphu (54km), the modern capital of Bhutan. Check in at Hotel Taksang or similar. After lunch visit the memorial stupa, indegenous Hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Thimphu-Tongsa (129km): 
Drive to Tongsa via Duchulu pass  (3050m) The drive takes you via Pele-la pass (3,150m) also before Tongsa. Overnight at Tourist Lodge or 
similar.

Day 05: Tongsa-Bumthang:
3 hours drive to Bumthang (68 km), afternoon visit the 17th centaury Jakar Dzong, now used as Administration centre for Bumthang Valley. Overnight at Tarnshing Lodge.

Day 06: Jakkar-Ngang Lhakhang 2900m:
Trek begins from here following the Chamkhar chu-river and many villages and temples, a pleasant 6 hr walking day.
Overnight Tented Camp.

Day 07: Ngang Lhakhang-Ugyenchholing 2850m via Phephe-la 3340m:
Trek and descend to Tang Valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village for the overnight camp after a 7-8 hrs walk.

Day 08: Drive to Jakar 3-4hr ride: 
Morning at leisure to visit the Dzong and the surrounding village and drive to Jaker following the Tang chu river, on the way visit the religious Member Tso-lake. Arrive at Tamshing lodge for the overnight.

Day 09: Afternoon drive to Tongsa(68km):
Morning free at leisure, after lunch drive to Tongsa. Overnight at Tourist lodge or similar.

Day 10: Drive to Thimphu (198km)
Drive to Thimphu via Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. On arrival at Thimphu Overnight stay at Hotel Taksang or similar.

Day 11: Early morning drive to Paro
Airport for the the flight back to Kathmandu. Flight from Kathmandu/Delhi are on Monday & Thursday only.

The above itinerary includes full board tour and treks and accommodation on the best available Hotels in Paro, Thimphu and Guest houses on route.

For Nepal cost depending upon your duration of days in Kathmandu and services you might like to include beside the Hotel accommodation.

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