Bumthang Tour & Trekking – 13 Days Tour

Tour Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights.
Trek Duration: 3 Days
Locations: Eastern- West Bhutan.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure/Trekking.

Highlight:
Bumthang, Thimphu,paro valley, Trek from the Tokto Zampa through the villages and fields, visit Trongsa Dzong
Max. Elevation: 3360 Meters.
Max. Campsite: 3400 Meters.
Difficulty: Varies from easy to moderate.
Seasons: The best times to embark on the Bumthang Trek are between March-June and September-November.

Description:
Bumthang is one of the most beautiful & Sacred valleys in Bhutan. The landscape is in a shape of a Bumpa ‘an oblong shaped Buddhist water vase’ as seen from chhoekhor on the western hill of the valley. Therefore Bumthang is derived from “BUM” meaning Water Vase and “THANG” meaning “Plain Flat Land”.

Bumthang Comprising of four smaller valleys namely Tang, Ura, Choekhor and Chumey.The main Crops are Potatoes, Barley, wheat and Buck wheat. Bumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu

On arrival, warm welcome by tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours and Travels and proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. After lunch proceed to visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm, visit the fortress of Thimphu, Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the king.Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m.

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude: 1350m)
After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them.
Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees.
Overnight in Punakha |

Day 03: Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Check out of the hotel and visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. Visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll.
Overnight: Phobjikha | Altitude: 2900m

Day 04 : Phobjikha – Jakar
Check out from the hotel and drive to Jakar, the valley of white bird. En-route we will stop at Pelela pass, Chendipji and Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong. we will stop at Chumey to explore the yatha factory, place where woolen products are famous in the region.
Overnight in Jakar | Altitude: 2650m

Day 05: Jakar sightseeing
Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit Kurjey temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. Either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Overnight in Jakar

Day 06: Cultural Trek (4hours/Altitude gain 180m)
Trek from the Tokto Zampa through the villages and fields, it is gradual and almost flat land, the trail is all stony, you can’t escape the stones. Or drive along the dirt road to Ngala Thang. Overnight: Ngalathang Camp

Day 07: Ngalathang – Takhung (7/8hours/Altitude gain 750m/ loss 670m)
Initially the trail is through the field and villages, over the small hill and down the stream through the forest of Pine, Cider and Oak, after 2nd stream the trail starts climbing through the dwarf bamboos, tall bamboos, old trees with spanish mosses (lichen) hanging down making the environment cold and sunless and it is muddy in some of the places finally through the rhododendron forest with a steep climb to the Phephela Pass (3360m), from here the trail is all down through the more thicker forest and finally a white gate of chorten welcome us for a flatter trial with dwarf bamboos and Pine forest. Your pack luch will be served either at the pass or at the chorten. Overnight: Takhung Camp

Day 08: Takhung – Tang – onward destination
Visit the Ugyenchholing Palace, which is converted into a museum and is located on the hill top, it is an hour of walk.

Day 09: Tang – Trongsa (5 Hrs)
Walk back to the car and continue driving back passing by the wool weaving center which Bumthang Valley is famous for.
Overnight in Trongsa | Altitude: 2200m

Day 10: Trongsa – Wangdue (3 ½ Hrs)
Morning visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), the home of the royals and the watch tower which houses a museum now. Continue to Wangdi. Stroll in Wangdi town and view the Wangdi Dzong (Fortress) which happens to be the only fortress with the original roof
Overnight in Wangdue | Altitude: 1350m

Day 11: Wangdue – Paro (3 ½ Hrs)
Return the drive to Paro over the Dochula. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 12: Paro Sightseeing
Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure
Overnight in Paro

Day 13: Departure:
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 3,670 for a single person
2 person: US$ 3,190 per person
3 plus person: US$ 3,070 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 2,635 per person
2 person: US$ 1,990 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2,590 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above.

Air Fare

  • Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$410

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount
• Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
• A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
• Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities