Bumthang Cultural Trek

A gentle three-day trek with cultural tour.

Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ngang Lhakhang, Ogyenchhoeling, Punakha

13 days

£979 per person

Trip Info

Overview

The Bumthang Cultural Trek explores the highlights of the Bumthang valley, the religious heartland of Bhutan. This gentle three-day trek through Bumthang’s countryside of meadows and forests is perfect for the average trekker who wants to enjoy breathtaking mountain views, visit remote sacred sites and meet with locals. It is especially recommended for nature lovers. This trek also features a cultural tour through the beautiful western valleys of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

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"Everything happened as it was supposed to and we really had a great time." Martin & Alexis Barnes, Hong Kong

Day 1 - Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel

Meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. In the evening enjoy a complimentary dinner, a chance to taste Nepalese cuisine, or taste one of a range of other dishes if you prefer.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu | Paro

Morning & Afternoon: Fly to Paro in Bhutan, on arrival meet our representative waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a visit to Paro market and town.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro

Morning: Visit Ta Dzong, the national museum, with your city guide, walk a short trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, the ‘Fortress of the Heap of Jewels’.

Afternoon: After lunch drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, from here on a clear day you will have a splendid view of Mount Chomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan also visit the shrine Kyichu Lhakhang.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Thimphu

Morning: Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, on the way pause briefly to admire Bhutan’s oldest fortress Semtokha Dzong.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit the National Memorial Chorten then see Tashichho Dzong Thimphu’s most impressive building. Later in the afternoon pay a visit to the Handicrafts Emporium.

Thimphu

Thimphu

Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thimphu | Trongsa

Morning & Afternoon: Your journey to central Bhutan begins. Drive to Trongsa (7-8 hours). Packed lunch stop at Chendebji Chorten.

Trongsa

Trongsa

Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trongsa | Bumthang

Morning: Visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture

Afternoon: Make your way to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. The rest of the day is free.

Trongsa

Trongsa

Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bumthang | Ngang Lhakhang

Morning & Afternoon:  Your route follows the Chamkharchu river, lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang, walk into the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) and visit the Nganglhakhang (Swan Temple). Camp overnight.

Walking time: 5-6 hours

Nganglhakhang Swan Temple

Nganglhakhang Swan Temple

Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nganglhakhang | Ugyenchholing

Morning & Afteroon: A gradual climb to Phepela Pass (3353m), the highest point of your trek. Pass through beautiful forests to Ugyenchholing. Camp overnight.

Walking time: 7-8 hours

Ugyenchholing

Ugyenchholing

Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ugyenchholing | Bumthang

Morining & Afternoon: Your trail follows the Tang Chu river,  pass the Membar Tsho (Flaming lake). From Panshing drive to Bumthang. Overnight in a lodge.

Walking time: 2-3 hours

Ugyenchholing

Ugyenchholing

Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bumthang | Punakha

Morning: Explore the ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong.

Afternoon: Drive to Punakha with lunch en route.

Punakha

Punakha

Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Punakha | Paro

Morning & Afternoon: Drive to Paro, 5 hrs, en route visit Bhutan’s oldest fortress, Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627, which has a series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard. The rest of the day is free.

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paro | Kathmandu

Morning & Afternoon: Take an early breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Paro airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Meet our representative waiting for you at Kathmandu airport, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Evening: Enjoy a complimentary farewell dinner.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch

Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

Departure day: We provide a complimentary transfer to Kathmandu International Airport where our representative will help you and bid you farewell.

Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu Airport

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Our Prices

Are based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. We offer reasonable quotes for single travellers and can save money for groups of two or more people, we want to tailor your holiday to suit your budget.

Included in your holiday

  • All accommodation
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Cook and camp hand
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation including Kathmandu to Paro return flights
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 support from our local representatives

Excluded from your holiday

Value for Money

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  • Day 1
    Kathmandu Airport | Kathmandu Hotel
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu | Paro
  • Day 3
    Paro
  • Day 4
    Paro | Thimphu
  • Day 5
    Thimphu | Trongsa
  • Day 6
    Trongsa | Bumthang
  • Day 7
    Bumthang | Ngang Lhakhang
  • Day 8
    Nganglhakhang | Ugyenchholing
  • Day 9
    Ugyenchholing | Bumthang
  • Day 10
    Bumthang | Punakha
  • Day 11
    Punakha | Paro
  • Day 12
    Paro | Kathmandu
  • Day 13
    Kathmandu Hotel | Kathmandu Airport

It’s Good to Know

We have assembled a list of all the things about this itinerary that are good to know, those things that you could have gone on holiday, not knowing, but feel better that you did.

Time Zone: GMT +6hr

Language: Dzongkha also known as Bhutanese

Gross National Happiness of Bhutan Explained

Food of Bhutan

Standards of Holiday Accommodation

How To Load Your Pack For Your Himalayan Trekking Adventure

 

When to Go to Bhutan

Our tailor made approach to your holiday offers you complete choice, for a rough guide of  the typical temperature and rainfall see Weather and Climate.

  • We can base your holiday to suit the dates you want to go.
  • We can offer some fixed date departures for customers wanting to join a group.
  • Some holidays must operate on certain dates if they contain time sensitive events like a course or a festival.
  • We can help solve the age-old problem of booking a holiday to get away from the crowds.

Bumthang Cultural Trek

The best time to go is April to May and then again from September to November.

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Visit the heartland of religion in Bhutan and see the country’s oldest monasteries and temples on this three-day trek. Before and after the trek experience a cultural programme of the countries major towns and sights.

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