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Bumthang Cultural Treks

This trek is recommended from March to May, and then again from September to November. The best option for the average trekker as the altitude does not go over 11,155 ft. The lovely Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three day trek passes through several villages on its route through the Bumthang countryside of meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. Perfect for those who want to see and feel more by walking to visit sites and meet people. Especially recommended for lovers of nature. 11 days/10 nights full itinerary

Day 01: Paro
On arrival at airport, you will be met by your Golden Langur Travel Bhutan(GLTB) representative and transferred to hotel on completion of arrival formalities. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro
Full day of sightseeing in Paro. In the morning , visit Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watch tower for Rimpong Dzong(Paro Dzong) and in 1968 inaugurated as National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Also visit Rimpong Dzong, built in 1647 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. It now houses the district administration offices and Paro's monastic community. After lunch, drives up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. We may also have time to visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro - Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. About 7km. before Thimphu, pause briefly to admire Bhutan's most ancient fortress Simtokha (built in 1627), rising up from a small hilltop on the right side of the road. After lunch, visit as time permits: the National Memorial Chorten(built in 1974 in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and as a monument to world peace); the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where herbal medicines are made up and dispensed and traditional medicine practitioners are trained; the Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist Literature including many ancient Buddhist texts in block- printed format: Tashichodzong, (after 5pm in the evening) , the fortress of the glorious religion, which houses some ministries, His Majesty's secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu - Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa via Dochula pass( 3050m). On a clear day there is a superb view from here of Bhutan Himalayan range including the highest peak, Gangkar Puensum, 7440m. Continue on to Wangduephorang town which is also our lunch stop. Then proceed to Trongsa over Pele La pass(3300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Overnight at the lode in Trongsa.

Day 05: Trongsa - Bumthang
Morning visit to striking Tongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Bhutan's royal family. Then visit the Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to guard Trongsa Dzong. Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon visit the 17th century Jakar Dzong and then Kurjee monastery, built in the 17th century to mark the place where Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in the 8th century, leaving his body imprint on the rock. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 06: Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang
14km, 3 to 4 hours
The trek begins today. The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu (river), taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. Overnight camp. Altitude 2900m.

Day 07: Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyencholing
19 Km, 7 to 8 hours.
The trail ascends gradually through juniper forest towards Phephe La (3360m). From there, the path descends to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyencholing village(2850). Camp overnight by the side of the river near village. Altitude 2670m.

Day 08: Ugyencholing - Bumthang
11km, 4hours.
In the morning, walk up to Ugyencholing Palace, a beautiful private mansion which also houses a small eco- museum, then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu until arriving at the main road. On the way visit the Burning Lake, where Terton ( treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred, and on auspicious days many Bhutanese people go there to make butter lamp offering. Overnight at the Lodge in Bumthang.

Day 09: Bumthang - Punakha
Morning visit to Jambay Lhakhang built in 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo, who is believed tobe reincarnation of Lambay( Avalokitesvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Tamshing Lhakhang, across the river, is also an important place to visit, as it houses old and interesting religious paintings. Drive to Punakha with lunch en route. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 10: Punakha - Paro
Today we drive to Paro. It will be relaxing day, as we reach Paro by lunch time. Free time for leisure or last minute shopping in the afternoon. Take a stroll around Paro market in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Paro-Depart
Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Good-bye and happy journey back home. Tashi Delek

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