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Bumthang Culture Trekking

Bumthang Culture Trekking

Bumthang Culture Trekking

Mountain Guide Trek and Expedition has organizing trekking in Bhutan. Trekking in Bhutan is a unique part of adventure among the other Himalayan parts of Nepal, Tibet and India. Bhutan trekking is more comfortable than other part of Himalayas but it is a real adventure for outdoor person.

This is an only one place for true nature lover, who like to be wild in Himalayas. The trekking area seems lifeless as nobody meet during the trek except some areas. Bhutan trekking offers pristine trails that lead through the Himalayan wildness trails with interesting flora and fauna. The different trails and areas offers from one week treks Druk path to three weeks Snowman trek in Bhutan. The landscape in Bhutan is rocky and challenging. The trekking trails in Bhutan is not marked or mapped which may easily lost clients without guide. Our all guides are registered in Bhutanese Government and they are authorized licensed holder. They are very knowledgeable, friendly and professional, eco trained with mentally and physical fit. This is most enchanting way to explore the pristine beauty and natural wonder of Bhutan.

The lovely Bumthang Culture Trekking is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Bumthang Cultural Trek is through Choekhor and Tang valley, passing and visiting Bumthang's remote villages, ancient temples and even a manor of Ugencholing. The lovely Bumthang valley trek is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries the Bumthang Culture Trek. Bumthang Cultural Trekking is well known as one of the main cultural center of Bhutan and there are many opportunities to visit temples and small Bhutanese villages along the trek route. Although the trek is on the easy, it involves a few major climbs like the one up to Pep he La with an ascent of about 500 m.

Bumthang Culture Trekking / 13 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro (2250m).

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu(2320m).

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha(1250m) Driving 2-3 hrs/76km.

Day 04: Punakha to Bumthang (2850m) Driving 6-7 hrs/214km.

Day 05: Bumthang.

Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2895m) 6-7 hrs/20km.

Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2745m) 2-3 hrs/10 km.

Day 08: Conclusion of Trek at Jakar (1hr/1.6km).

Day 09: Bumthang to Punakha (Driving 6-7 hrs/214km).

Day 10: Punakha to Thimphu (Driving 2-3 hrs/76km).

Day 11: Thimphu(2320m).

Day 12: Thimphu to Paro(2250m).

Day 13: Depart Paro (to your destination place).

Bumthang Culture Trekking / 13 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro (2250m).
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu(2320m).
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro valley. This evening, you will transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha(1250m) Driving 2-3 hrs / 76km.
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama's wooden phallus! After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 04: Punakha to Bumthang (2850m) Driving 6-7 hrs / 214km.
After early breakfast you will drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. You will stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch you'll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then you'll proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. (Overnight at tourist standard hotel on full board basis)

Day 05: Bumthang.
Today's sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. You will also have a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. In the evening you can visit local shops. (Overnight at tourist standard hotel on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2895m) 6-7 hrs/20km.
You will begin trek today with a walk that covers about 12 miles in five to six hours. Your trial follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan), at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In bygone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek to Ugyen Choling (2745m) 2-3 hrs/10 km.
Your walk today covers 14 miles in seven to eight hours. You will begin with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 11,000 feet, the highest point of the trek route. The trial passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, you will visit the Ugyen Choling Palace, which a repository of artifacts of ancient nobility. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 08: Conclusion of Trek at Jakar (1hr/1.6km).
Your trek today covers about 6 miles in two or three hours. The trial follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimochen Lhakhang, marking a sacred place where Guru Rimpoche meditated. The trek continues past the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) to Pangshing, where you are picked up and driven the rest of the way to Jakar where you celebrate your return to civilization with a refreshing shower in hotel accommodations. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 09: Bumthang to Punakha (Driving 6-7 hrs/214km).
You'll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Punakha. Along the way visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue with its dramatic Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. (Overnight at tourist standard hotel on full board basis)

Day 10: Punakha to Thimphu (Driving 2-3 hrs/76km).
After breakfast, you will drive to Thimphu with stop at Dochula for tea. Here you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Check into your hotel on arrival. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 11: Thimphu.
After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the taking. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening you can explore Thimphu city and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 12: Thimphu Paro.
In the morning, you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Later in the evening, you will drive to Paro. (Overnight at 4 star hotel on full board basis)

Day 13: Depart Paro (to your destination place).
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

Note: We could arrange you Druck air ticket (Kathmandu-Paro) on your request.

Cost Include

  • All meals, tea & snacks
  • Government approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
  • Round trip airport transfers and other transport as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
  • All city tour
  • Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Porter and pack animals for the trekking
  • Trekking equipments like 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and sleeping mats
  • Flight ticket; Kathmandu-Paro, (on your request)

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Airport- departure tax
  • International Airfare
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips for Staff/guide


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Bumthang Culture Trekking Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion/Anti-sunlight cream


  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water/wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)


  • Sleeping bag
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photo's of home/family
  • Energy/protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Photos

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