10 Days Hiking in Bhutan

Bumthang Cultural Trek (10 Days /09 Nights)

Bumthang Cultural Trek explores the 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. This trek also features a cultural tour through the beautiful western valleys of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

This trek will give greater opportunity to go through the countryside and the living of a Bhutanese lifestyle viz. people, villages, Lhakhang (monastery), landscape, etc. The best time to trek this route is between March-May and September-November. The trek begins with a 3 km drive from Kurje Lhakhang-Toktu Zampa.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Arrival at Paro Int’l Airport; receiving by our representative and transfer to the hotel; check-in  & some rest.
  • After lunch drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 Mtrs.).
  • Drive back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the holiest and oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyampo.
  • Later, visit a traditional Bhutanese Farm House.
  • Evening at leisure in Paro town
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel
  • Following early breakfast, excursion to view & visit the spectacular Takshang Monastery; “Takshang” literally means Tiger’s Nest.  The Monastery is believed to have been built in 1684 on the spot where Guru Rimpoche (founder of Buddhism in Bhutan) flew on the back of a Tigress and meditated to subdue the demons in Paro valley. The trail to the Monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This incredible Monastery clings vertically to the edge of a granite rock cliff that plunges 900 meters above the valley floor.
  • Lunch at Takshang Cafeteria.
  • Later visit Taa Dzong, formerly a watch tower but now houses the National Museum. Taa Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient armor to textiles, Thangkha paintings, stamps, coins and natural history.
  • Walk down the hillside terrain to visit Rimpong Dzong, built in 1646 during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro’s monk body and offices of the civil administration. Rimpong Dzong is the venue for the famous Paro Tsechu festival, held annually in the spring.
  • Continue to walk down-hill and through the traditional cantilever wooden bridge to Paro town.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel
  • Following early breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu
  • Visit Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Zorig Chosum (Painting School), Post & Telegraph office to view Bhutanese stamps, Takkin (national animal) Preservation center, Sangyegang view point, Buddha’s Point, Handicrafts Emporium, Bhutanese Handmade Paper factory and Tashichhodzong (the central secretariat building).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant and drive to Punakha
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel
  • Early breakfast and visit Punakha Dzong, which looks like a ship between two rivers i.e. Pho Chu and Mo Chu
  • Visit Khamsum Yule Monastery.
  • Continue sightseeing; visit Chimmi Lhakhang (a temple of fertility which is regarded as a pilgrimage site for barren couple).
  • Drive further to Wangduephodrang to visit town and drive to Bumthang.
  • Overnight Hotel
  • Full day sightseeing -visit Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang (Monastery), Kurjee Lhakhang (Monastery), Thamsing and Kencho Sum Lhakhang (Monastery), Swiss Farm, Bumthang sheep farm, Diary farm & Juice factory.
  • Overnight Hotel/Guest House
  • Walk through Duer Chhu crossing suspension bridge and a carving of Lord Buddha on the rock beyond the bridge and pass through Bumthang Chhu(River) along government animal husbandry office and Thankabi Goemba.
  • Follow the left bank of Bumthang Chhu over Tibetan-style Chorten surrounded by prayer flags and a further steep climb, you will reach Ngang Lhakhang. There are two water-driven prayer wheels around the camp site. Distance is 12 kms, takes approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Overnight Camp
  • Beyond Ngang Lhankhang, the trail takes you through more level area and thick forest of bamboo, forming sunless and cold. With lots of climbing and descending, you will reach the camping site at Tahung. Distance is 16 kms, and takes approximately 6 hours.
  • Overnight Camp
  • The trekking route leads downstream next to the river, sometime on the road, and sometime on the footpath, to reach Tang valley at an altitude of 2640 Meters. You can move down to Mesithang, which is 2 km south of Tang. Distance is 16 kms, and takes approximately 5-6 hours. Your vehicle will be at Mesithang to receive you and drive to the hotel.
  • Overnight Guest House
  • Early breakfast and drive back to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel
  • Early morning drive to Paro for departure
  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.