Bhutan it's known by many names: "The Land of Peaceful Thunder Dragon", "The Forbidden Kingdom", "Southern Valley of Medicinal Herbs". Bhutan is known hidden in the eastern folds of the Himalayas. The total area of Bhutan is 18,000 sq miles, (47,000 Bhutan is bordered by Tibet in the north, Sikkim in the west and indian in the east.
Bhutan -Bumthang Cultural Trek  
Bumthang Cultural Trek
» 12 Nights and 13 Days Package
Day 1 Arrive

Arrive Paro, Bhutan by Druk Air flight from Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok or Calcutta. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchan Junga and other High Himalayan peaks including sacred Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at the Paro International Airport, representative of Shangrila Bhutan Tours & Treks will receive you with a warm welcome. After completing disembarkation formalities at the airport, drive to hotel, which will take about 20 minutes. Overnight Paro.

Day 2 Paro Sightseeing

Full day Paro Valley sightseeing. Visit Drugyel Dzong, the ruined victorious fortress of the Drukpas, which once defended Paro from Tibetan invasion. The Dzong was built in 1649 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan Invaders in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day you can see spectacular view of sacred Mt. Jumolhari from the vicinity of Dzong area. On the way back view Taktsang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery of Bhutan perched on the side of a cliff at 900m above the valley floor. The name Taktsang means Tiger's Nest. The Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhawa, believed as the second Buddha or Precious Teacher flew to the site of the monastery on the back of tigress and then meditated there in the cave for three months. The main building of the monastery was destroyed by fire on 19 April 1998 and the Bhutan Government's effort to re-construct it in its original form is underway. Visit Kychu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the Kingdom built in 659 AD by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Visit National Museum popularly known to the local Bhutanese as Ta Dzong or Watch Tower. Originally built in 1656 as the Watch Tower (Ta Dzong) of Paro Dzong and the Valley was renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. Evening stroll around Paro town. O/n Paro.

Day 3 Paro - Thimphu

Follow the winding road beside Pa Chu river down stream to its confluence with the Wangchu river then up to Thimphu, the capital city. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten, where the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the late third king of Bhutan chanting their prayers and turning their prayer beads as they walk round the chorten. O/n hotel.

Day 4 Thimphu Sightseeing

A full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the Traditional Art and Crafts School National Library, Zilukha Nunnery, Handmade Paper factory, the premises of Tashichodzong and Handicraft Emporium. O/n hotel.

Day 5 Thimphu - Trongsa

The journey to the Central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 8 hrs. It takes you across Dochula Pass (3000 m.) to the warm fertile valley of Wangduephodrang (1250 m.). Lunch at Wangdue. After lunch continue drive to Trongsa across Pelela Pass (3300 m.). The famous Chendiji Chorten is situated at the base of the hills. O/n hotel.

Day 6 Trongsa - Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. From the view point you can see the Jakar Dzong "The Castle of White Bird". Lunch at the hotel. After lunch Drive up to Lame Gompa a place built by the 1st King for his two nun Sisters. An old style of making Bhutanese Paper can be seen outside of this place. O/n hotel.

Day 7 Bumthang - Halt

Walk around Bumthang valley. Visit the Swiss Cheese factory, premises of Kurje & Jambay monasteries. A trout fishing can be done in Chamkhar river. O/n hotel.

Day 8 Bumthang - Nganglhakhang (Trek Begins)

The trek route takes you around the Chamkhar river known for its riches in Trout. Lunch stop at Tangbi Lhakhang then you enter to the swan land of Ngang Yul with its centre swan temple Ngang Lhakhang . This part of valley was at first inhabited by the swans who gave their name Ngang. The lama Namkha Samdrup having dreamt a vision of how to built a gompa shot an arrow and the spot where the arrow landed Ngang Lhakhang was erected. Cultural dance can be arranged in the evening. O/n camp. Distance : 20 km. Alt. 9500 ft.

Day 9 Nganglhakhang - Ugyencholing
Climb gradually to Phephela Pass (11000 ft.) the highest point on the trek route. The trail you follow until the Pass takes you through one of the most beautiful Frosted area of this region. O/ n camp.
Day 10 Ugyencholing - Bumthang

The trail follows through along the Tang river another trout filled river. Along the banks of the river is Tang Rimpoche Lhakhang whose first foundation is ascribed to Guru Rimpoche and its second foundation to the "Treasure Finder" Terton Pemalingpa. On the way to Bumthang visit Mebar Tso "Burning lake". At Pangshing the transport will be provided for onward journey. Distance : 10 km. Alt. 9000 ft. O/n lodge.

Day 11 Bumthang - Punakha
Drive to Punakha the old capital city of Bhutan. O/n hotel.
Day 12 Punakha - Thimphu
Morning Punakha valley sightseeing. Afternoon drive to Thimphu (3-4 hrs.). O/n hotel.
Day 13 Thimphu - Paro for Departure
Early morning drive to Paro Airport for departure. TASHI DELEK!

Season :
March - May & October - November
Climate : Days are normally warm and nights can at times be very cold and in winter below freezing point.
What to Bring : Warm woolen clothing, good walking boots, sun glass, sun block cream, head gear, rain gear, water bottle, rug sack, sleeping bag (medium to heavy).
Group Condition : Minimum 04 Pax
Highlights : This is the cultural heartland of the Kingdom. On this trek you will see many
temples and monasteries.
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