Bhumthang cultural trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Activities Trekking
  • Total Duration: 13 days

Bhumthang cultural trek offers the unique exotic areas of Himalayas with panoramic views of hidden shangri-la.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)
Day 02| Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 Hrs)
Day 03| Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Day 04| Phobjikha – Jakar
Day 05| Jakar sightseeing
Day 06| Cultural Trek (4hours/Altitude gain 180m)
Day 07| Ngalathang – Takhung (7/8hours/Altitude gain 750m/ loss 670m)
Day 08| Takhung – Tang – onward destination
Day 09| Tang – Trongsa (5 Hrs)
Day 10| Trongsa – Wangdue (3 ½ Hrs)
Day 11| Wangdue – Paro (3 ½ Hrs)
Day 12| Paro Sightseeing
Day 13| Departure:

Detail Itinerary

Day 01| Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.2 Hrs)
On arrival, warm welcome by tour guide and proceed for an hour ride to Thimph, the capital city of Bhutan. After lunch proceed to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king. Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m
Day 02| Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees. Overnight in Punakha | Altitude: 1350m
Day 03| Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Check out of the hotel and visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll. Overnight: Phobjikha | Altitude: 2900m
Day 04| Phobjikha – Jakar
Check out from the hotel and drive to Jakar, the valley of white bird. En-route we will stop at Pelela pass, Chendipji and Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong. we will stop at Chumey to explore the yatha factory, place where woolen products are famous in the region. Overnight in Jakar | Altitude: 2650m
Day 05| Jakar sightseeing
Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit Kurjey temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. Either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles. Overnight in Jakar
Day 06| Cultural Trek (4hours/Altitude gain 180m)
Trek from the Tokto Zampa through the villages and fields, it is gradual and almost flat land, the trail is all stony, you can’t escape the stones. Or drive along the dirt road to Ngala Thang. Overnight: Ngalathang Camp
Day 07| Ngalathang – Takhung (7/8hours/Altitude gain 750m/ loss 670m)
Initially the trail is through the field and villages, over the small hill and down the stream through the forest of Pine, Cider and Oak, after 2nd stream the trail starts climbing through the dwarf bamboos, tall bamboos, old trees with spanish mosses (lichen) hanging down making the environment cold and sunless and it is muddy in some of the places finally through the rhododendron forest with a steep climb to the Phephela Pass (3360m), from here the trail is all down through the more thicker forest and finally a white gate of chorten welcome us for a flatter trial with dwarf bamboos and Pine forest. Your pack luch will be served either at the pass or at the chorten. Overnight: Takhung Camp
Day 08| Takhung – Tang – onward destination
Visit the Ugyenchholing Palace, which is converted into a museum and is located on the hill top, it is an hour of walk.
Day 09| Tang – Trongsa (5 Hrs)
Walk back to the car and continue driving back passing by the wool weaving center which Bumthang Valley is famous for. Overnight in Trongsa | Altitude: 2200m
Day 10| Trongsa – Wangdue (3 ½ Hrs)
Morning visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals and the watch tower which houses a museum now. Continue to Wangdi. Stroll in Wangdi town and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress) which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof Overnight in Wangdue | Altitude: 1350m
Day 11| Wangdue – Paro (3 ½ Hrs)
Return the drive to Paro over the Dochula. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 12| Paro Sightseeing
Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure Overnight in Paro
Day 13| Departure:
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport

CHECK LISTS

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or incase of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However travelers cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULLAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)

TREKKING TIPS AND WHAT TO BRING DURING THE TREK IN BHUTAN

Physical Fitness

Treks vary from short three-day walks across low altitudes to the three-week Snowman Trek that covers 356 kilometers and climbs three of the Kingdom’s highest passes. Not only the overall duration but also the daily walking distances vary substantially according to the different trek routes.

Guiding, Food and Camping

In Bhutan, all trekking supplies - camping equipment, kitchen implements, food - are all carried by pack animals. Porters are rather unusual in Bhutan with loads usually carted by horses or, in higher regions, yaks. All trekkers are accompanied by a guide, a cook and usually at least one horseman or yak herder. With the surest footing; they lead trekking groups across the passes. The horseman and cook will usually run ahead during a trekking day. They will have prepared a packed lunch for hikers and will go on to the night’s resting place to set up camp.
They set up tents, cook dinner and ready the area for arriving trekkers. When trekkers reach the campsite they are greeted with a hot cup of tea and biscuits in the dining tent. After six hours on the mountains, no drink will ever taste sweeter. For dinner the cook will usually prepare a buffet of dishes that are as welcome as they are delicious.

Trekking Gear

Although trekking gear is available in Bhutan you are advised to bring your own gear.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESSES, MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES IN BHUTAN

Shirt(either half or full sleeve)
Full pants/long skirts
Any type of shoes with socks
No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt and No half-pants
Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan

Ground transportation is by private vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning and heat in vehicles . expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. in Bhutan we have local doctors to assist incase if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents

We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers
Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.
“this program can be customized based on your time and interest ”

What to Bring - FOR ALL TREKS

Footwear

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Camp shoes or thongs
  • Socks (polypropylene)

Clothing

  • Down or fibre-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • Underwear
  • Sun hat

Other equipment

  • Rucksack
  • Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional, “normal” mats provided by Bhutanese tour operators)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch, batteries and bulbs

What's Included

Service Includes During Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

 

Excludes in the Package / Supplement During Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

 

Visa Processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • Your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time of travel in Bhutan

* Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some Useful Bhutanese Phrases During Tours

Hello : Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You : Ka din chey la
See you : Lok jey gay
Good bye : Lus la “or” Laso la

Cost and Dates

Sorry, but there are no fixed dates. You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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Amazing Bhutan experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
COO
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
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Bhutan’s best tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - saulakry@aol.com | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles


Excellent trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
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Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Sincerely,
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,
USA

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,
USA

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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