Bumthang Trek
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  • Duration 13 Days
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Overview

One of the most trending treks in Bhutan is Bumthang Trek. Bhutan is the Buddhist Kingdom in the Himalayas that resides in Asia. Many travelers describe Bhutan as a religious, pleasant valley that exists together with nature. Bumthang Trek is a journey to explore several villages in Bhutan along with the cultural life of Bhutanese people. This trek is normally suitable for trekkers who do not want the hardest Climb. The altitude of this trek is 11,155 ft which is suitable for any average climber. Thus, walking each day is steady and comfortable. There are plenty of ancient temples and monasteries to visit during this trek. As the people of Bhutan celebrate the major festival in Bumthang.

This Bumthang Trek is in the magnificent Bumthang valley which embraces stone monasteries, traditional stone houses, and markets. Another name for Buntham valley is Jakar which is one of the most sacred valleys in Bhutan.

Cultural Heartland of Bhutan

Also,  Bumthang is the Cultural Heartland of Bhutan. The prosperity of flora and fauna, the sweeping views of the valley underneath the hilltops, and the majestic views of the Himalayan spread broad vista is an experience to cherish for a lifetime.

The trek to Bumthang begins after the scenic flight over the tallest peak of the lush valley of Paro. After Paro, the trial proceeds to Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Ngang Lhakhang, and many other places across the valley. Besides, you may also visit various historical religious places such as Punakha Dzong, Wangduephodrang, Chimi Lhakhang, etc. Throughout the journey, one can enjoy the beautiful temperate forest of Blue pine, maple, chestnut, hemlock, fir along with the rhododendron field which adds extra spice to your journey. Additionally, it is home to ancient Buddhist Monasteries and temples. It is a land of lush forested valleys, protected monasteries, holy mountains, and art and architecture distinctive to this region. Besides, you can even explore the rural life of natives along with their attractive festivals.

However, the suitable season for the trek is from March to May and September to November. During this season the weather is fair and clear providing a stunning view of nature. Moreover, this season also provides you with the joy of festivals and events. Therefore, you will not only feel vigorous but experience the lifelong culture, tradition of the typical village lifestyle of Bhutanese people.

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Bumthang Trek

Duration: 13 days

Country: Bhutan

Max altitude : 3120m

Transportation: Flight and comfortable rides 

Best Season: March to May and Sept to Nov

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival

Your journey to Bumthang starts with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro International Airport. Our Airport representative will pick you up from the Airport terminal and transfer you to the hotel in our private jeep. We will then hold a pre-trek meeting where we will be giving you a short briefing about the trek preparation and introducing you to your guide. After that, you can either rest in the hotel or can even go for a walk in the evening. The next day is going to be the real rush. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02

Sightseeing

Early morning after breakfast you will make your way to Paro sightseeing. You will drive to Drugyel Dzong, a ruined fortress (16km from Paro Town). This place has its own historical significance. It was built in 1646 to honor Bhutan’s victory over Tibetian invaders during the 1600s. Besides, if the weather is clear you can see the peak of Mt Chomolhari, which is the 2nd highest peak in Bhutan at 7,314m. Besides, you can even visit Ta Dzong a fortified outlook tower that is now a national museum. Similarly, you can explore one of the oldest temples in Bhutan Kichu Lhakhang. In Addition, you can make your way to observe the typical Bhutanese farmhouse. In the evening you can take a relaxed ramble around Paro town. Overnight at Paro.

Day 03

Drive through Paro and Thimphu

Your journey to the capital of Bhutan Thimphu starts with an early morning drive from Paro. The drive takes you to the winding road alongside Paro Chu to the Wang Chu and then to the capital Thimphu. In Thimphu visit Buddha point for an incredible view of Thimphu city. On the way to the viewpoint of Thimphu, you can spare some time to observe the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Subsequently, your trial continues to Tashi Choe Dzong- the castle of the illustrious religion constructed in 1641. Later King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck rebuilt it in the 1960s. Moreover, Thimphu is even popular for authentic craft Bazar. In the evening you can stroll around Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04

Sightseeing in Punakha

After breakfast enjoys an early morning scenic drive to Punakha. After the half, hour drive to Punakha, climb up to the Mt road to Dochula La at 3140m. If the weather is clear you will be rewarded with the wonderful panorama of the eastern Himalayas. In addition, the pass descends through the forest of Rhododendron emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. On the way, stop at Metshina Village to take a short hike through the beautiful rice field to Chimmi Lakhang. It is a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Eventually, this temple has become a pilgrimage site for a couple who wished to have a child. After lunch, you can visit Punakha Dzong, situated in between male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight at Punakha hotel.

Day 05

Visit various famous places

Bumthang is regarded as the cultural heartland of the country. So, after early morning breakfast, you will drive to Bumthang. The drive led you to the winding mountain road through the oak rhododendron forest over Phobjikha valley. After the exploration of the valley, you will stop at Trongsa for lunch and make your way to Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa Dzong is a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Moreover,  the trail re-enters the forest and reaches the Yotong La.  Similarly, the trials descend to a low point at a village named Chumey. From Chumey, you will proceed to Bumthang with the spectacular scenery of lush valleys and hilly forests. Furthermore, if you are interested you can even stop at a Yathra (textile-waving Factory). Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.

Day 06

Sightseeing in Bumthang

Today you will embark on Bhutan’s central heartland passing through stunning lush valleys and impressive temples. You will reach Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley- a town rich in stories and innumerable legends. From there, descend downwards into the town to explore the surroundings and walk over the suspension bridge. A little further, you will reach Kharchhu  Goemba where young monks polished their debating skills. The next destination in Bumthang that awaits you is Jambay Lhakang- one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century. It is believed that  Jambay Lhakang is one of the 108th temples built by the Tibetian King to fight a demon.

In addition, explore Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche Left his body imprint on the cave while meditating. You will also have a chance to explore Tamshing Lhakhang where Buddhist paintings are preserved. Likewise, you can visit the local Bhutanese shop in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.

 

Day 07

Visit Nyang Lhakhang

Our hike starts from the small village of Thangbi (Thankabi) Goemba and follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout fish. After walking for an hour, we will pass the Zangling Lhakhang on the hill to the right. We will stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. After lunch, we will make our way to Ngang Yul (also known as the land of a swan). At the center of Nyang Yul, there lies the Nyang Lhakhang ( Swan Temple). In ancient days, the valley was occupied by a swan and thus named the Swan Valley. Overnight at the hotel in Nyang Lhakhang.

Day 08

Trekking from Nyang Lhakhang to Ugyen Choling

The trail today is longest than any other day. You will have to walk 14 miles within seven to eight hours. Consequently, the journey begins with Phephe La pass (3360m), the highest point of our trek. The trail passes through various forested areas with hills that provide picturesque natural views. From the top, we will descend down to Tang valley. Along the way, we will visit the Ugyen Choling Palace. It is a storehouse of artifacts of ancient nobility. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09

Trek from Ugyen Choling to Bumthang

The trail today follows the Tang Chu, another trout fish river. Tang Rimochen Lhakhang is by the bank of the river which is one of the sacred places. It is said that Guru Rinpoche meditates in this place.  We will then descend down to Kizam. Our representative will pick you and drive to Mebar the lake ( Flaming Lake), a sacred site. The name Mebar refers to an episode in the 15th century when Terton Pemalingpa dived into the lake with a burning lamp. From there, the journey continues to Pangshing and leads all the way to Jakar.

Day 10

Drive from Bumthang to Gangtey

Early morning after breakfast we will drive to Gangtey. The road descends rapidly through a series in Trongsa. The drive offers a great view back to the Dzong and out across the valley. The trail passes through Yotong La and Chumey village and finally leads us to Gangtey. In the evening you can stroll around Gangtey.

Day 11

Drive from Gangtey to Paro

Today is the day when you return back to a place where you have started your journey. Early morning we will drive back to Paro crossing Dochula Pass. Today the returning trials pass through Punakha, Thimphu, and reached Paro. The drive will be longer than other days. Hence, it will be a 5-hour long drive with the scenic view offered by the journey. You can go for a leisurely walk around the market in Paro.

Day 12

Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Early morning after breakfast hike to Taktsang Monasteries also known as Tiger’s nest which is one of the ancient monasteries in Bhutan. The hike is 2-hour long. Taktsang Monastery is a sacred site of Buddhists and the temple is located on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan.  This monastery was first built in 1692.  It is said that Guru Padmasambhava has flown on the back of the tigress to meditate in the cave of these monasteries in the 8th century. This place has become a cultural icon of Buddhism. After exploring Taktsang Monasteries you can hike back to the road and drive to Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Ringpong Dzong. In the evening you can explore the Paro market. Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 13

Final Departure

Today you will be bidding farewell to your Bumthang Cultural trek in Bhutan. Early morning after breakfast our representative will drop you off the Paro International Airport and wish you for your happy and safe journey.

Day 00

Note: BD Plan, BL Plan, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch content will appear here. Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter.

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • Private transportation
  • Necessary Bhutan travel permits
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide and Driver
  • Accommodation on Twin sharing/ Single room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis
  • Bhutan Government Royalty fee ($ 65 per person / per day)
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Flight fare for Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu or from other destination.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

SEASONS & DEALS
February through May and September through November are the major seasons in Nepal. So, we kindly ask you to confirm your trip as early as possible for the best deal and good travel management.
For the most up–to–date information & latest pricing please contact us.

Trip Info

Short Description Mode Of The Packages: What Are Included In The Packages

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 2 to 3 stars level, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, necessary permits, all the ground transportation by tourist vehicles, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits.

Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.