Bumthang Cultural Trek (12 Days)

from $250.00

The Bumthang Cultural Trek explores the cultural highlights of the Bumthang valley, the religious heartland of Bhutan, and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This gentle three-day trek passes through several villages on its route through Bumthang’s countryside of meadows, blue pine forests and mountains of scrub bamboo. It is perfect for the average trekker who wants to enjoy breathtaking mountainous views, visit remote sacred sites and meet with locals. It is especially recommended for lovers of nature.

Tour Detail

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights
Level: Moderate
Season:  April – July &  September – November

Description

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    • Activity Level Fairly Easy
      2/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
      3+
    All about the Bumthang Cultural Trek (12 Days).

    Cost & Special offer

    The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:

     High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

    • Single traveler: USD 250 per person + USD 40 per night.
    • 2 person:USD 250 Per person + USD 30 per night.
    • 3 plus person: USD 250 per person
    • US$ 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

    Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

    • Single traveler: USD 200 per person + USD 40 per night.
    • 2 person:USD 200 Per person + USD 30 per night.
    • 3 plus person: USD 200 per person
    • USD 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

    Tour Discounts:

    There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

    • No charge for children under 5 years.
    • 50%  discount on minimum daily package rate for children in age group 5-12 years.
    • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards.
    • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 people.
    • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
    • A 50% duration discount on SDF shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SDF shall be provided after 14th night.
    • 100% discount shall be provided on SDF on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure.
    • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

    Delayed Arrivals

    There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

    (Note: airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

    No Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) for tourists visiting the Eastern circuit:

    This special package is offered to visitors to promote tourist visitation to the six eastern Districts of Bhutan so that tourists can experience and enjoy the various exciting places and activities that are largely unexplored in the Eastern part of the country. So, no SDF will be applicable for the tourists visiting the six eastern districts (Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Pemagatshel) with effect from 16th November 2017. Our local tour operators are  aware of this and they will arrange everything accordingly to make your visit to the Eastern part of Bhutan a memorable one.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
    •  Tea and snacks
    • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
    • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
    • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
    • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
    • All internal taxes and charges.
    • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
    • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Air fare.
    • Drinks and beverages.
    • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
    • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
    • Tips for guide and driver.
    • Shopping and Entertainment.
    1. Day 01 Arrival at Paro

      Arrival and check in at the hotel. Sight-seeing in the afternoon include the visit to the Taa Dzong in conjunction with the National Museum visit; the 17th C Paro Dzong; and the 7th C Kichu lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan.
      Overnight at Paro.

    2. Day 02 Drive to Thimphu

      A leisurely 1 and 1/2 hour drive to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan. Cultural sites of interest in Thimphu include the Memorial Stupa, a very popular circumambulation hub attributed to world peace and prosperity; the Buddha Dordenma statue, the largest statue of the 51.5 meters seated Buddha in the world; Changangkha Lhakhang, the 12th C seat of Drukpa Kagyu, the state official religion of Bhutan. Additional sightseeing includes the visits to the School of 13 traditional Arts and Crafts, the Textile Museum, and an acclimatization hike to the 18th C Tango monastery, another important religious seat.
      Overnight at Thimphu.

    3. Day 03 Thimphu - Wangduephodrang across Dochula Pass (10,500ft).

      Morning drive to soak in the spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains up from the Dochula Pass at 3000m .Lunch stop at Lobesa before visiting the 15th C Chimme Lhakhang, a beautiful temple attributed to Drukpa Kuenley, a prominent yogi of the Crazy wisdom teachings. Afternoon sightseeing to Punakha Dzong dating back to 1637 AD, and located strategically at the junction of the male and female rivers. Wrap up programme with a visit to Sangchen nunnery, a beautiful temple attributed to the Buddha of compassion.
      Overnight at Punakha.

    4. Day 04 Wangdue - Bumthang

      A long early morning drive on a scenic and breathtaking highway with breather stops at the Pelela Pass at 3300 m, designated by myriad of prayer flags; a quick detour to visit Chendebji chorten, an 18th C stupa built in Nepalese style, followed by a long rewarding stop for lunch at Trongsa. After lunch, a visit to Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family, an architectural wonder built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, the Third temporal ruler, in 1648. Continuation of a 2 and 1/2 hour drive to Bumthang, punctuated by a stop at the weaving village at Chumey.
      Overnight at Bumthang.

    5. Day 05 Bumthang - Nga Lhakhang:

      After breakfast are the preparations to embark on the wonderful trek to Ngang Lhakhang. Today the hike is approximately five hours passing though villages, fields and forests and also crossing over suspension bridges. Today the trail mostly follows the Chamkhar river, that has an abundance of rainbow trout. A bit of opportunity at cultural immersion with a visit to Thangbi Lhakhang enroute before entering the beautiful valley of ” Ngang Yul”, called on account of the beautiful oriental swans inhabiting the lake here. We will be visiting the Nga Lhakhang, or the swan temple before walking to our camp.
      The Overnight camp altitude is 9,500 ft. (2,800M).

    6. Day 06 Trek Continues...

      oday a gradual climb to Phephela Pass brings to the highest point of our trek at approximately 3000 m/ 12,000 ft. The trail to the pass leads through one of the most beautiful forested areas of this region, with mini bamboo pasture and forests of rhododendrons and mixed Conifer. Today’s seven-hour trek today will allow for many stops, to enjoy nature’s rare beauty.

    7. Day 07 Trek Continues...

      Today we pass Ugyenchholing in in the bucolic Tang Valley. A visit to the Ugyenchholing Palace which now houses a family museum showcases exhibits recreated to capture the ambience of the lifestyle of the Trongsa Penlop and his household. Continuing from Ugyenchholing, we reach the Rimochen Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Guru Rimpoche, the Patron Saint of Bhutan. This is the last point in the trek route from where there is a beautiful drive through Pangshing village to Jakar, Bumthang, with an optional stop to visit farmhouses on the way.
      This is the end of the trek.Overnight at the hotel.

    8. Day 08 & 09 Sightseeing in Bumthang

      Bumthang comprises of four of the most beautiful valleys anywhere, Ura, Tang, Choskhor and Chhume, varying in altitude and vegetation. Day hikes upon special request can be arranged. Sight-seeing in Bhutan encompasses the visits to the Jakar Dzong, which stands out as perhaps the only dzong to be built prior to the 17th century; Jambay Khakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the Himalayan region; and Kurjey Lhakhang, the 12th c temple that famously houses the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche, one of the Patron Saints of Bhutan. Handicraft shopping is irresistible in Bumthang, which is famous for its textiles woven from yak hair and Merino sheep wool. A visit to the Swiss Farm, the beer brewery the cheese production unit can be very interesting.
      Overnight at Bumthang.

    9. Day 10 Departure from Bumthang to Trongsa

      To cut short the same tedious long drive back, a highly recommended overnight stay will be made at Trongsa. Sightseeing in Trongsa includes a tour of the Medieval Watchtower, a once look-out point, which now houses a museum commemorating the Royal Dynasty of Bhutan. After an optional lunch at the Museum cafeteria, the afternoon’s sightseeing revolves around walking around the Watch tower and down to the Trongsa Dzong, which is steeped in rich medieval history culminating in the famous account of the start of the present Wangchuck Dynasty.
      Overnight at Trongsa

    10. Day 11 Trongsa - Thimphu

      It’s the same long return leg of the journey over the passes, the traditional farm houses, and agricultural land holdings. Lunch will be en-route after which the journey resumes till Thimphu, the administrative Capital. After check in at the hotel in Thimphu, time permitting, there will be an opportunity to visit places that might have been missed out before. An evening stroll in the streets of the Capital city can be interesting.
      Overnight at Thimphu.

    11. Day 12 Thimphu - Paro

      After breakfast, we depart for our hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery or theTiger’s Nest monastery, which is precariously perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800 meters.Perhaps, the most visited site by both locals and tourists, legend recounts that, in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here upon the back of a tigress and meditated here. It is generally a good way to wrap up your Bhutan tour with a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
      Overnight at Paro.

    12. Day 12 Departure

      Depending on your flight timing, our Tour Representative will escort you to the airport, facilitate your check-in and bid you von voyage!

    Accommodation

    we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

    A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

    The types of accommodations can be divided into:

    • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts.
    • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains.
    • Village Homestay.
    • Camping.

    Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

    Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas.

    Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

    The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

    Village Homestay

    Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

    Camping

    There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
    •  Tea and snacks
    • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
    • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
    • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
    • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
    • All internal taxes and charges.
    • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
    • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.
    Whats not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price
    • Air fare.
    • Drinks and beverages.
    • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
    • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
    • Tips for guide and driver.
    • Shopping and Entertainment.