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Bumthang Cultural Trek
Tour Duration : 11nights and 12 days
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BUMTHANG CULTURAL TREK

11 nights / 12 days

 

Highlights  : Starting out from the splendid Bumthangvalley, this three days trek passes through several villages and provides anexceptional opportunity for contact with Bumthab rural life. The valley whichis wide and lush is also known worldwide for its exquisite handicraft industry.Spectacular mountain scenery, remote and dramatic monasteries and pristineHimalayan culture is all included in this beautiful trek.

 

Day01 :  Arrive Paro by Druk Air flightwhich will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari,Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake.  The momentyou step out of the plane you will see the difference . Bhutan welcomes youwith cool,  clean fresh air. Peace andquietness is just another bonous. ITT representatives will escort you to Kichu resort.If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. O/N Kichu Resort.

 

Day02 : To acclimatize yourself a hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger's denlies at an altitude of 3000m which takes about 4/5 hours.  The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 butthe remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has takenimmediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snackswill be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monumentbuilt during the 17th century.  Strollback to Kichu resort.  Evening at leisure.

 

Day03 : Drive to Thimphu (2hrs). Upon arrival check into Hotel River view orsimilar. PM sightseeing - Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of thelate King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithangmini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive furtherdown with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnerytemple and free time in the market.

 

Day04 : AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshopand Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing theDochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayanranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters.The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower andwarmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the market area. Overnight at Wangdi KichuResort.

 

Day05 : Today the drive takes about 6 / 7 hours crossing 3 passes over 3000meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautifullandscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine.Picnic lunch will be served at the 18 century Chendebji chorten. After one andhalf hour arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The townmainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is theTrongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was controlled from this fortressduring the mid 17th century.   Proceed another 2 hours to Bumthang visitingthe Chume weaving center.  Overnight at LhendupcholingLodge.

 

Day06 : Bumthang altitude 2600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors andseparates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeplyspiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales ofGuru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in mostnooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which canbe seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing - Visit the Jakar Dzong,7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery.This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot.Overnight same.

 

Day 07 : Trek starts to Ngang Lhakhang. The trailfolows the Chamkhar river up stream filled with rainbow trouts. The walk isvery pleasant through pine forest and you can take your time admiring thebeautiful country side. Arrive camp at 3000 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.

 

Day 08 : Nang Lhakhang to Meadow Camp via Phephe la.Climb gradually over the Phephe la pass at 3,465m. The1hr descent from the pass is steep & sometimes slippery.  At thebottom you reach a beautiful old mani wallending at an archway chorten. Here the forest opens up to give the first view of the day, the wide Tangvalley.  Along the way one can enjoy the natural beauty of thesurroundings. Arrive camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.

Day09 : Meadow Camp to Ugyencholing to Bumthang (4/5hrs): Follow the main trailthrough the bottom of a broad valley.  High on the left is Tahung &above that there is another village called Wobtang. Follow the trail to awooden bridge at 2865m.  The trail changes to a dirt road just before thebridge.  Ahead & across the river is the impressive UgyencholingDzong.  A big suspension bridge crosses the river to meet a dirtroad.  From here you will be picked up & driven to Bumthang(2-3hrs).  Overnight at Lhendupcholing Lodge.

 

Day10 : Drive back to Wangduephodrang. Overnight Wangdi Kichu Resort.

 

Day11 : AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served asan old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two riversand has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month ofFebruary a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate thevictory over the Tibetans. Proceed to Thimphu. PM drive back to Paro. OvernightKichu Resort.   

 

Day12 : Transfer to airport for departure.



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