Bumthang Cultural Tour & Trek

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Bumthang cultural tour and trek a perfect destination and nice combinations with Annapurna Encounter in one and only country Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan “ The Land of Peaceful Dragon” a medieval period country which is slowly exposing and opening its mighty door from centuries of enclosed in isolation and its remoteness welcoming the outside world and turning into modern civilizations, which makes Bhutan a truly a exceptional place to discover its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion and awesome architecture with its way of life as it was for hundreds of years back, so Bhutan’s ancient past still retains at present with tantric Buddhism way of life.

Bumthang culture tour and trek with Annapurna Encounter, starts from Kathmandu with interesting and fascinating sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley, as Kathmandu is steeped with ancient history, culture and religion which can be seen in best World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu itself, after Kathmandu flying to amazing country with awesome panorama of mountains during an hour airborne, on reaching at Bhutan airport in Paro, with cultural activities visiting interesting places in Paro which includes the famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest the drive to Bhutan’s capital at Thimphu here visiting special and interesting places for cultural tour and then heading into central Bhutan a beautiful country with green pristine valley where you can observe the true and typical side of Bhutan, at Bumthang starting a nice wonderful trek for few days into serene environment with country villages and awesome views of landscapes and snow capped mountains and concluding this wonderful trip with a drive back to Paro for sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu by Bhutan’s National Carrier “Druk Airlines” or to connecting flight to Delhi for your onward journey back home or to respective destination after a remarkable trip to Bumthang Cultural Tour and Trek with great and excellent service of Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels-Lodge-Tents
  • Total Trip : 13 /14 days
  • Trip Grade : Leisure and moderate
  • Season : March to June and September to November

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air.
Day 04: In Paro for sightseeing tour.
Day 05: Drive to Thimphu 54 k.m - 02 hrs journeys
Day 06: Drive to Tongsa 129 km - 04 hrs journeys.
Day 07: Drive to Bumthang 2,600 m / 8,580 ft (68 km.) - 03 hours journeys.
Day 08: Trek to Jakkar and to Ngang Lhakhang at 2,900 m - 06 hrs walks.
Day 09: Trek to Ugyenchholing 2,850m via Phephe-la 3,340 m - 07 hrs.
Day 10: Drive to Jakar - 04 hrs journeys.
Day 11: From Jakar drive to Tongsa 68 km - 03 hrs journeys.
Day 12: Drive back to Thimphu 198 km - 05 hrs journey.
Day 13: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.
Day 14: International departure for homeward bound.

Our extension trip near or within Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi (Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of Bhutan’s Bumthang cultural tour and trek and more.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu with tours, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Depending upon the flight time to Paro in Bhutan transfer to Kathmandu international airport for an hour panoramic flight to Paro, on reaching at Paro airport, after going through immigration and visa formalities our Bhutan representative and guide will receive you in Bhutanese custom and tradition and a short drive to respective hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 04: In Paro 2,280m / 7,524 ft for sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast our guide will meet you at given time for a tour with short drive and nice walk with an hour uphill with slow gradual pace to the famed and charm of Bhutan at Taksang Monastery also called as “Tiger\'s Nest”. A place for meditation and prayers when monks and lama are in retreat and prayer in isolation for few weeks or months, from this high cliff edge of Taksang monastery overlooking scenic views of Paro and of distance snow capped Mountains, after a wonderful time return back by the same route, after lunch visit of 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and then in 1967converted into a National Museum.

Day 05: Drive to Thimphu 2,320m / 7,656ft ( 54 km) - 02 hrs.
From Paro after an interesting time, morning heading to the Bhutanese capital at Thimpu, with a scenic drive for about two hours to reach the modern capital of Bhutan at Thimphu (probably the only city in the world without traffic lights), at Thimphu transfer to nice hotels with Bhutanese hospitality, after lunch visit of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced since hundreds of years and tour of painting school.

Day 06: Drive to Tongsa 129 k.m - 04 hrs journeys.
After a nice time in Thimphu, morning a pleasant scenic drive over Duchulu pass at 3,050 meters to reach Tongsa after heading with another climb at Pele-la a pass of 3,150 meters high, offering glamorous views of inner and central Bhutan’s landscapes panorama, which is just before Tongsa, then arriving at Tongsa a small countryside village with nice surroundings, here overnight in Lodge or nice Guesthouse stopping for lunch and overnight stay, afternoon a free time to walk around this nice village of Tongsa and interact with the locals.

Day 07: Drive to Bumthang 2,600 m / 8,580 ft (68 k.m.) - 03 hours.
From Tongsa with delightful time, after breakfast another pleasant drive with nice scenery of inner Bhutan’s landscapes and of Himalayan peaks, the drive leads for about 3 hours of interesting journey to Bumthang located in central part of Bhutan, on reaching at Bumthang a nice charming town with many farms and agriculture area, a pleasant view of this place with large green fields and coniferous alpine woodland full of rhododendron and pine trees, in Bumthang overnight at lodge or in a nice Guest Houses with warm Bhutanese hospitality, afternoon visit of 17th century Jakar Dzong, at present turn into Bumthang valley administration centre.

Day 08: Trek to Jakkar and to Ngang Lhakhang at 2,900 m - 06 hrs walks.
A beautiful place to start this wonderful short trek in central Bhutan countryside, first day walk starts following Chamkhar chu-river and several traditional villages and chortens and prayer walls, a Buddhist prayer monuments at Jakkar village area, then the walk leads into enchanting pristine woodland of rhododendron and pines trees with tremendous views of snow capped mountains towards north, after a fine walk of downs and uphill trail with over hills and ridges reaching at Ngang Lhakhang for overnight stop and camping.

Day 09: Trek to Ugyenchholing 2,850m via Phephe-la 3,340 m - 07 hrs.
From this lovely place of Ngang Lhakhang our journey continues which is quite a long day today reaching at Ugyenchholing 2,850 meters high, morning walk starts with a long climb to Phephe-la pass at 3,340 meters, with overwhelming scenery of surrounding rolling green hills and fertile valleys with snow clad mountains after enjoying the panorama, a long descend towards Tang Valley to reach our overnight camp at Ugyenchholing village with a long interesting walk of the day and concluding this short trekking as well.

Day 10: Drive to Jakar - 04 hrs journeys.
Morning at leisure in Ugyenchholing village a visit around the village is worthwhile a true culture with pure Bhutanese traditions and custom found around this region, although all Bhutanese wears national and traditional dresses all the time, but this village is more special, here visit the Dzong (fort) and the country village, afternoon drive back to Jaker following Tang chu river, on route visit a holy Tso-lake, and then reaching at Jakar for overnight stop in the comfort of nice simple lodge.

Day 11: Drive to Tongsa 68 km - 03 hrs journeys.
After a wonderful time in the mid hills and rural villages of central Bhutan and visiting its beautiful country life of typical tradition and custom of Bhutanese, today a leisure morning, after lunch drive back to Tongsa which takes three hours of scenic driving, on reaching Tongsa overnight stay in a nice Tourist Lodge.

Day 12: Drive back to Thimphu 198 k.m - 05 hrs journey.
From Tongsa after visiting fascinating places of central Bhutan and its beautiful countryside, morning drive leads to Punakha town, which is an old capital of Bhutan, here visit of Buddhist monuments and monastery and then continue drive to the Bhutan’s capital in Thimphu, at Thimphu check back in the same hotel or similar type for last overnight in Bhutan soil, with afternoon free for walk and last day shopping souvenirs.

Day 13: Drive to Paro flight to Kathmandu and to other destinations.
Morning back to Paro on the same route, after a wonderful drive reaching at Paro airport, as per the flight time to Kathmandu for sweeping scenic flight of an hour with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Paro.

Day 14: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

land of peaceful dragon Bhutan in the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom
wonderful picturesque landscapes and view of amazing snow capped peaks
visiting Taksang Monastery “ The Tigers Nest” high above the cliffs edge
country of monasteries, religions, culture, traditions as it was for many years