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This three-day trek around Bumthang offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. The trail takes you through forests of blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, bamboo and a beautiful, rugged landscape draped in countless varieties of rhododendrons. As you walk along the tranquil ridges and mountains of Bumthang you will be treated to unparalleled views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world. There is an abundance of avian wildlife in this area and pheasants such as the beautiful Himalayan Tragopan are a common sight around April-May. One of the best times to undertake this trek is in late spring, between April and early June when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. When trekking through this area in autumn there is a possibility of encountering Himalayan Black bears so caution should be exercised. If it is possible to schedule your trek during one of the local festivals you will be able to enjoy the additional insight into the traditions and culture of this region.Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us) Flight on another airline to catch Drukair Flight Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants Hotel stay outside of Bhutan Expenditure of personal nature Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us) Tips for the guide and driver Alcoholic drink

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Paro International Airport

    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, a representative from our company will be there to receive you as you exit the Paro international airport. Upon warm greetings by offering a scarf, our team will take you to one of the finest restaurant in Paro for a Lunch served in a finest Bhutanese dishes.
    After lunch,
    - Visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum. Followed by a visit to the Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal below the museum. The dzong is the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. And by a walk around the Paro town for you to get a glimpse of traditional Bhutanese Urban (Overnight at Paro)

  • Day 2 : Paro Halt - Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Hike (acclimatization)

    After breakfast,
    - Drive to the trail head to commence a climb through beautiful pine forest. This hike will help you prepare for the trek through weather and air adaptation.
    Taktshang Monastery (Tigers nest) has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in the east. Set on a vertical cliff face at 3100m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Upon returning, you will have your lunch at Cafeteria, followed by walk to the Base.
    Afternoon,
    - Visit Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress) 16km away from Paro. Although it is now in ruins, this Dzong has great historical importance for the people of Bhutan. It was a place where the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetan invasion. On a clear day one can view sacred Mt. Jomolhari (mountain of Goddess).
    - Followed by a traditional stone bath and dinner at one of the popular lodge in the middle of the farm. (Overnight at Paro)

  • Day 3 : Fly Paro - Bumthang

    After your breakfast,
    - Our team will take you to Paro Airport depending upon the flight schedule. The flight takes only 25 minutes to reach Bumthang from Paro. You can see most of the Himalayan ranges from this flight and a view of the valley below. Upon reaching Bumthang Airport your Trekking guide will receive you. Explore Bumthang town.
    In the afternoon relax in your hotel and prepare for next day trek. (Overnight at Bumthang)

  • Day 4 : Bumthang - Dhur Village

    The trek starts from Manchugang and take you to Dhur village at 2900m. The inhabitants of the village are the nomadic Kheps and Brokpas. This village has two distinct dialects, the Bumthang Kha and the Brokke, a language spoken by the nomads. Near the river is a traditional water-driven flour mill which used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village.
    The trek resumes with an uphill climb through blue pine forests towards the camp site at Schonath (3450m) which is covered in hemlock and juniper trees. The otherwise silent nights are punctuated with the hooting of owls, hence the name ‘Owl Trek’. (Overnight Camp)

  • Day 5 : Dhur Village - Drangela Pass

    The second day of this trek is mainly through lush forests of hemlock, fir, spruce and many species of rhododendrons which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. The trail also takes you through the forests of bamboo which is the main undergrowth in this area.After a few hours of walking, you will arrive at the Drangela pass (3600m). Climbing up the Kitiphu ridge brings you to the campsite for the night at an altitude of about 3870m. From this point you can have a fresh view of snow-capped mountains and valleys underneath. This is also when you can view Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7541m), the highest unclimbed peak in the world. (Overnight camp)

  • Day 6 : Drangela Pass - Tharpaling Monastery

    On the third day of the trek you descend towards the monasteries of Zambhala, Choedak and Tharpaling. Choedak monastery has 100 Avalokiteswara in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) where you may pray for yourself and all living beings.
    Towards the afternoon the trek will take you along the Kikila ridge and then follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) through scenic hills and forests. Finally you will have a great view of Jakar Dzong and come to the end of Trek at Bumthang. (Overnight hotel in Bumthang)

  • Day 7 : Bumthang Halt

    Morning Hours,
    - Visit to the Wangduechhoeling Palace, built by Jigme Namgyal and used by his son, Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan, as his principal residence.
    - After visiting the Palace you will visit Jakar Dzong. The Jakar Dzong is one of the largest and most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan and houses the administrative and monastic offices for the Bumthang district. Afternoon is open to relax or embark on a leisurely walk in Jakar Valley (Overnight hotel in Bumthang)

  • Day 8 : Jakar to Trongsa

    Morning Hours,
    - Begin your journey westward to Trongsa. Enroute, you will visit the Yathra Factory, where the local people of Bumthang makes the woolen clothes. This clothes are very popular among the Bhutanese for its originality and thickness which keeps them warm during winter season.
    - Upon arrival, visit the Trongsa Dzong and the recently restored Ta Dzong, which has been made into a museum covering the history of the monarchy of Bhutan.
    Trongsa Dzong: Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.
    Ta Dzong: This watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands on a promontory above the town. Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the 1st Governor of Trongsa in 1652, built it. It has four observation points resembling Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon. Climb up the path to visit Ta Dzong, which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. A visit to this former watchtower provides visitors with an insight into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. As of date the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum of the nation. (Overnight hotel in Trongsa)

  • Day 9 : Trongsa - Phobjikha (optional) - Punakha

    Morning Hours,
    - Continue journey to Punakha (3 hours) via Phobjikha (45 min detour each way) or go directly to Punakha crossing Pele La Pass (11,250 feet) where on a clear day you can see Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Kang Bum, three of Bhutan’s prominent peaks.
    If travel by Phobjikha, you can visit the Gangtey Goenpa (monastery) founded in 1613. The current Gangtey Trulku is the 9th reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, the famous Buddhist saint from whom the Royal Family is descended. Post lunch; depart Phobjikha crossing Lawa La pass and then descending into the Punakha Valley. (Overnight hotel in Punakha)

  • Day 10 : Punakha to Thimphu

    Morning Hours,
    - Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful structure build by the unifier Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Followed by visit to Chimi Lhakhang the temples dedicated to the divine mad man and learn about his way of teaching Buddhism.
    - Drive to Thimphu. Enroute, visit the Dochula Pass (10,100feet). This pass is a popular location among visitors as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayan range. The view is especially scenic on clear day with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (Stupas) gracing the mountain pass. The eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, commissioned the 108 Chortens. From Dochula, you will then descend into the Thimphu Valley passing the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, on the way and arriving in Thimphu. (Overnight hotel in Thimphu)

  • Day 11 : Thimphu to Paro

    There is much to do in Thimphu where you can visit sites such as the Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, The Royal Textile Museum, Handmade Paper Factory and the Zorig Chusum Art School (13 Traditional Arts), The Buddha Dordenma Statue, this massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. In the Afternoon drive toward Paro. (Overnight hotel in Paro)

  • Day 12 : Depart Bhutan

    After your Breakfast,
    Depending upon your flight schedule, Our team will drive you to Paro International Airport for your departure

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels Accommodation at 3-star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle
  • Entry fees & road permits Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costume (to return at the end of your stay)
  • A traditional hot stone bath to aid your body after Taktshang Hike
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
  • Trekking equipment provided: (A Cook, Camp assistance, Horses, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mats, Blankets & Tents)

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Exclusions

  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
  • Flight on another airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

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Package Start From

  • Paro, Bhutan, Asia

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Payments

    For Travel during the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November

    • USD 3,407 for 1 person
    • USD 3,297 per person for 2 person travelers
    • USD 2,967 per person for a group of 3 and above travelers 

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Payment Terms & Methods :

For Travel during the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November


  • USD 3,407 for 1 person

  • USD 3,297 per person for 2 person travelers

  • USD 2,967 per person for a group of 3 and above travelers 

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