Long hidden but exquisite, so much so, culturally rich country is Bhutan. Although the exploration of culturally rich country Bhutan was once behind the curtain from the eyes of the tourists from different countries in the world, recently it has disclosed its different parameters for the visitors to explore the country. During our visit, we explore marvellous, wide and lush valleys, cultural treasury of rural life, local exquisite handicrafts, spectacular mountainous range and so on. The most and fantastic trek to explore unique as well as the exotic and outlandish experience of Bhutanese rural culture is Bumthang valley and its rural life.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro
Fly with Druk Air and land at Paro Airport. The flight offers you the most magnificent and breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas, including the towering Mt Everest. On arrival, the group will be accorded a very warm reception by a representative in Bhutan and driven to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing
Full day Paro Valley sightseeing. Visit Drugyel Dzong, the ruined victorious fortress of the Drukpas, which once defended Paro fromTibetan invasion. The Dzong was built in 1649 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan Invaders in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day you can see spectacular view of sacred Mt. Jumolhari from the vicinity of Dzong area. On the way back view Taktsang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery of Bhutan perched on the side of a cliff at 900m above the valley floor. The name Taktsang means Tiger’s Nest. The Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhawa, believed as the second Buddha or Precious Teacher flew to the site of the monastery on the back of tigress and then meditated there in the cave for three months. The main building of the monastery was destroyed by fire on 19 April 1998 and the Bhutan Government’s effort to re-construct it in its original form is underway. Visit Kychu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the Kingdom built in 659 AD by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Visit National Museum popularly known to the local Bhutanese as Ta Dzong or Watch Tower. Originally built in 1656 as the Watch Tower (Ta Dzong) of Paro Dzong and the Valley was renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. Evening stroll around Paro town.
Day 03: Paro – Thimpu
Follow the winding road beside Pa Chu river down stream to its confluence with the Wangchu river then up to Thimphu, the capital city. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten, where the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated to the late third king of Bhutan chanting their prayers and turning their prayer beads as they walk round the chorten.
Day 04: Thimpu sightseeing
A full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the Traditional Art and Crafts School National Library, Zilukha Nunnery, Handmade Paper factory, the premises of Tashichodzong and Handicraft Emporium.
Day 05: Thimpu – Trongsa
The journey to the Central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 8 hrs.. It takes you across Dochula Pass (3000 m.) to the warm fertile valley of Wangduephodrang (1250 m.). Lunch at Wangdue. After lunch continue drive to Trongsa across Pelela Pass (3300 m.). The famous Chendiji Chorten is situated at the base of the hills.
Day 06: Trongsa – Bhumthang
Drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. From the view point you can see the Jakar Dzong “The Castle of White Bird”. Lunch at the hotel. After lunch Drive up to Lame Gompa a place built by the 1st King for his two nun Sisters. An old style of making Bhutanese Paper can be seen outside of this place.
Day 07: Bumthang rest day
Walk around Bumthang valley. Visit the Swiss Cheese factory, premises of Kurje & Jambay monasteries. A trout fishing can be done in Chamkhar river.
Day 08: Bumthang – Nganglhakhang
The trek route takes you around the Chamkhar river known for its riches in Trout. Lunch stop at Tangbi Lhakhang then you enter to the swan land of Ngang Yul with its centre swan temple Ngang Lhakhang . This part of valley was at first inhabited by the swans who gave their name Ngang. The lama Namkha Samdrup having dreamt a vision of how to built a gompa shot an arrow and the spot where the arrow landed Ngang Lhakhang was erected. Cultural dance can be arranged in the evening. Distance : 20 km. Alt. 9500 ft.
Day 09: Nganglhakhang – Ugyencholing
Climb gradually to Phephela Pass (11000 ft.) the highest point on the trek route. The trail you follow until the Pass takes you through one of the most beautiful Frosted area of this region.
Day 10: Ugyencholing – Bumthang
The trail follows through along the Tang river another trout filled river. Along the banks of the river is Tang Rimpoche Lhakhang whose first foundation is ascribed to Guru Rimpoche and its second foundation to the “Treasure Finder” Terton Pemalingpa. On the way to Bumthang visit Mebar Tso “Burning lake”. At Pangshing the transport will be provided for onward journey. Distance : 10 km. Alt. 9000 ft.
Day 11: Bumthang – Punakha
Drive to Punakha the old capital city of Bhutan.
Day 12: Punakha – Thimpu
Morning Punakha valley sightseeing. Afternoon drive to Thimphu (3-4 hrs.).
Day 13: Thimpu – Parto departure
Early morning drive to Paro Airport and departure to Kathmandu with beautiful memories of Bhutan trip
(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)