Bumthang Cultural Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu:
We spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for the trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and answer your questions if you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing today include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro Airport:
We get ready early in the morning for our flight to Bhutan. We will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hour prior to your departure time.
After your flight arrived at Paro, you will be met by our representative of Himalayan scenery treks and expedition. Warmed welcomed with typical and immigration formalities you will be shifted in the hotel. Once you discussed equipment and gear for trekking with your tour guides then you can stroll Paro for some fresh air.
Day 4: Preparation and Sightseeing Around Paro:
Early morning, we take drive northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong along with windy path. Through the ruined Fortress which once protected this valley from Tibetan attack. According to the environment, you will have a stunning view of Mt. Jumolhari well-known for sanctified Mountain. On the way back we stay to have a beautiful look one of the Typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After that, we drive to Ta-Dzong where you see the tower of Paro valley. Then we visit the natives’ settlement and National Museum and then walk downhill pass the Paro Dzong, passing the typical traditional covered bridge to Paro town.
Day 5: Drive to Thimpu:
After breakfast, we drive to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. Along the way, we also visit the National Memorial Chorten, which was made in the reminiscence of the late king. Here the many believers go around the stupa humming prayers with their prayer drops as they walk. Later your refreshment after you arrived at Thimphu if time remains you can stroll in Thimphu market in the evening.
Day 6: Exploring and Sightseeing around Thimpu:
After breakfast, we will head towards the major attraction of Thimphu. Trashi Chho Dzong, a splendid dzong seems to fit seamlessly into the valley. Then, we head ahead towards most popular temple Changangkha Lhakhang, soaring like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, buzzes with pilgrim activity. After lunch in the hotel, we will visit Zilukha Nunnery, also called Druubthob Goemba. This site is connected to Thangtong Gyelpo where you got interesting enclosed chorten in the main courtyard. Also, visit the Handicraft Emporium/chokey handicraft and the National painting school. And at last, we stroll Thimphu market in the evening.
Day 7: Drive to Bumthang:
The long drive about 9 to 10 hours will take over the Dochula pass at 10'000 ft. Then go downhill to the Wangdue valley. Along the route, you can have the beautiful view of the clean environment. Also after a view of Wangdue town and the nearby Dzong, we continue our drive to a suitable spot for lunch. Enroute you can explore the beautiful Trongsa town and Chumey weaving houses. After 9 or 10 hours of drives, you will be in Bhumtang where you stay overnight.
Day 8: Explore Bumthang Valley:
Today, after breakfast we explore the valley which is unique and different from other valleys in Bhutan. It is beautiful, roomy and open ranging in altitude from 8'500 ft to above 13'000 ft. It will be an ideal trip and heaven for trekkers and hikers. Here, you can spend the day visiting the dairy farm and local weaving houses and also visit the famous monasteries.
Day 9: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang:
Our treks begin at Toktu Zampa (2540m), this trek route takes you through the Chamkhar River along with lovely meadows and pine forest. Enroute the walk has no steep climbs. Before lunch, you can visit the Thangkabi Goempa at the beginning of your trek. After lunch, you reach the "Swan Land". While you are busy with the nature full of greenery you will be an entire village of Nga Lhakhang.
Day 10: Trek to Tahung:
We start our trek from Nga Lhakhang (2800m) also well-known for Meadow Camp. We visit the Ngang Lhakhang Goempa before we start our trial. After Ngang Lhakhang it is an ongoing climb for 1 hour around and then it is steep climb still we reach Phephela pass at 3360m. This pass is considered as the highest point on this trek and then you go downhill till camp. Today’s trail takes you through attractive forested areas.
Day 11: Trek to Gamling/Mesithang:
Today you start from Tahung and the path leads you to the Tang Chu and the Tang Bridge. Here this trial contains distance approx. 10 km to Gamling, walking time contain 2 to 3 hours and 16 km to Mesithang walking time about 6 hours. Also, you can camp at Mustang through Passing Bridge at this location or you can keep to the left of the bridge and camp at Gamling. Camping at Gamling will offer you the chance to take a simple side trip to Ugyen Chholing.
Day 12: Drive to Bumthang:
Today, we have two choices, first is that if you camp at Gamling then you will have to walk for 1 hour. Before crossing the Tang Chu where your vehicle will pick you up or else from Mesithang it is a 15 km dirt road drive to the connection of Bumthang to Mongar highway. Then you will have a 30-minute drive to Bumthang. You can also stop to visit Membar Tsho here.
Day 13: Drive to Punakha:
We will take a beautiful drive along the scenic mountain highway about 6 to 7 hours, one of the most picturesque drives. Enroute Bumthang, you need to pass two renowned passes. One is Pele La and another is Yutong La. Also, the beautiful Trongsa valley which is the largest Dzong in Bhutan. Upon your arrival in the late afternoon, you can hold the highlight, Punakha Dzong, a very splendid Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers with rich Buddhist groups.
Day 14: Drive to Thimphu:
We stroll Punakha town and Dzong in the morning time. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan before 1955. It is famous for rice farming. Here you found houses made of pounded mud with the stone foundation. As Punakha, the palace of great bliss. The Dzong is situated at the union of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in the Punakha to Wangdue valley. Next, we do a two-hour roundtrip hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Devine madman. After lunch, we drive on to Thimphu along with beautiful forested area and stunning mountains view.
Day 15: Drive to Paro:
After breakfast, sightseeing nearby the hotel. You can also have some shopping for your family member in the famous market of Thimphu. Once your lunch finished, in the afternoon we drive to Paro along the scenic highway passing through dramatic river valleys. Upon arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Paro, the beautiful valley sum up rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's ancient temples, monasteries, and National Museum.
Day 16: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu:
Today is the day we leave the wonderful land of Thunder Dragon. We wake up early and have one last glance of Bhutan before we depart off to the airport to come back to the land of mountain and temples i.e. Kathmandu, Nepal. Once you arrive at Kathmandu, the rest of the time is leisure. Walk around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding a massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
We are taking you for the farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of Bhumthang Cultural trek tonight.
Day 17: Farewells and departure:
After the short farewell program, a representative from Himalayan Scenery will escort you to the Tribhuvan International airport before 3 hours prior to your flight schedule. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as the tourist, but going back as a friend. Hope to see you again and have a safe journey.