- Trip Overview
Broad and gentle glaciers and scenic beauty of mountains with historical and spiritual legacy, Bumthang Valley is one of the amazing places of Bhutan. Bumthang trek is not only adventurous but highly profound of cultural aspect.
Origin of name bumthang are depicted in two different ways:
- First, it is believed to be named after Bumpa, vessel for holy water. As the shape of the valley is like a vessel.
- Secondly, it is assumed to be the valley of beautiful girls as Bum interpreted as girl and thang – flat piece of land.
Highly cultural Bumthang also has fertile fields covered with rice, buckwheat and potatoes. Beside that dairy farms and apple orchards are also common in this place.
Trek to Bumthang is mostly recommended during March – May and September – November.
Bumthang is the home ground of large number of temples and Monasteries. Historical backgrounds with religious beliefs brings the cultural highlight too in the trek. This place can also be called as the religious heartland of Bhutan. This trek passes through Tang valley, Remote valleys of Bhutan, choekhor, Ugencholing and ancient temples.
Bumthang is quite short and easy trek. During the journey we will get an exceptional opportunity to understand the religion and festivals of the place and encounter the livelihood of the Bhutanese people.
Mostly we will get to visit the several shrines linked to guru Rinpoche during his visit to the place at 746 A.D.
- Day 01:: Bumthang Cultural trek
- Day 02:: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu
- Day 03:: Thimphu via dochula Pass- Punakha
- Day 04:: Punakha – Trongsa- Bumthang
- Day 05:: Domkar Festival and dzong visit.
- Day 06:: Trek starts from Kurje to Ngalakang
- Day 07:: Trek over Phephe – Thakung
- Day 08:: Gamling – Bumthang Trek
- Day 09:: Flight to Paro
- Day 10:: Short hike to Taktsang Monastery
- Day 11:: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 01:: Bumthang Cultural trek
Arrival at Tribhuvan international airport. Received by guide. After lunch sight-seeing around the city. World heritage sights. Night stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02:: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu
Early morning flight from Kathmandu-Paro (1hr flight). After flight, one hour drive to the city Thimphu.
We will have a short visit to Tashichodzong and semtokha Dzong. Historical places with much more to deliver and get information’s from. We will stay the night at thimphu.
Day 03:: Thimphu via dochula Pass- Punakha
Our next destination is Punakha (77km from Thimphu) and it takes about 2hrs 15 min’s to reach there. On our way to punakha, we will pass through Dochula pass and get the spectacular scenario of beautiful mountains. We will also get to visit memorial chorten, handicrafts, painting school. Overnight at punakha.
Day 04:: Punakha – Trongsa- Bumthang
Bumthang, 218 km s from punakha takes around 7 hr to reach the destination. Drive enroute trongso via yotongla pass. We will encounter some weaved materials at chumey. We will stop by chendebji chorten for our lunch and head towards bumthang. Bumthang is the city of monasteries and also has huge number of ancient sacred places. Overnight at bumthang with refreshing fire dance.
Day 05:: Domkar Festival and dzong visit.
We will spend our entire day enjoying domkhar festival. Besides, we will also visit Dzong nearby as Kurje Lakang and Jakar Dzong at bumthang (Historical monasteries). Kurje lakhang is where the remains of first three kings of Bhutan is kept. Whereas, jakar is the largest dzong of Bhutan which is also derived from the word 'bjakhab' – white bird.
Day 06:: Trek starts from Kurje to Ngalakang
Our day starts from kurje that heads to Ngalakhang on our 6th day of trip. Altitude of Ngalakhang camp is 2800m from sea-level. Normally the trek is done from Thangbi lakang but to add more adventure to the tour we will start our trek from Kurje. It takes an hour to reach Thangbi Lhakhang. And the distance to Ngalakhang is about 20km which takes 5 hours to reach the destination. On this trek we will pass through chamkhar chu lake, get along with the villages of Bhutan, bliye pine forest and shrubs of bamboo. Following the trails we will also get to enter the swan land (Ngang yul) at the centre of which also lies Ngang lhakhang that is also known as the Swan temple. As, the valley was populated by swans previously the name Ngang yul was named after that. We will spend our night on camp at Nglakang.
Day 07:: Trek over Phephe – Thakung
Next day we will start to climb Phelhe La Pass. Our trek destines from Phelhe la pass to thakung. Altitude of Phelhe la pass is 3456 m and thakung is 2900m with a distance of 16km. It will take 6-7 hour to complete the trek. This journey will make you feel the nature at its best. Beautiful forest areas and the fresh air to the highest point of the trek will be enthusiastic and full of adventures. We will camp on meadows of thakung.
Day 08:: Gamling – Bumthang Trek
Trek from Gamling to Bumthang, is 3hr journey followed by ups and down walk. And the distance of 10 km needs to be covered to complete the trek. We can also take 2 hr walk and visit Tang monastery. After completing the visit to Tang monastery, we will drive to Mebartsho (Burning Lake). Believed to be one of the most sacred site. The name Burning Lake came after the legend Terton pema lingpa, who jumped inside the lake with burning butter lamp in his hand discovered the treasure hidden inside the lake and re-emerged. His lamp on his hand was still burning bright when he re-emerged from that lake. He had claimed that the treasure was hidden inside the lake by Guru Rinpoche.
Our drive will continue to jakar after that and we will spend the night at Bumthang.
Day 09:: Flight to Paro
On this day, we will fly back to Paro. Short trip toRinpoche Dzong Kyichu Lakhang and National Museum will be done after reaching Paro. Rest at hotel.
Day 10:: Short hike to Taktsang Monastery
Our final destination of the trip is the tiger’s Nest – Taktsang Monastery. We will hike to the monastery. This was built in 1692. And is believed to be the meditation cave of Guru Padmasambhava who is also credited of introducing Buddhism in Bhutan.
Day 11:: Flight to Kathmandu
Our last day at Bhutan. Today , we will fly back to Kathmandu from Paro.
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