Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Bumthang Cultural Trek

Duration: 14 days      (Based On review(s))

Bumthang Cultural Trek is especially worked out merging both cultural sightseeing and trekking in Bumthang. The beautiful Bumthang valley is the cultural heartland of Bhutan and home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples in Bhutan. Tour to Bhutan first begins with sightseeing in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha including Bumthang.

Bumthang cultural trek passes along some remote villages, ancient temples with great Himalayan views. Bhutan tour package begins after a scenic flight over the world’s tallest mountains to the lush valley of Paro. Then proceeds to Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and towards Bumthang. En-route to Bumthang, visit several historical and religious landmarks like Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang ‘ the fertility temple, crossing over the Dochula Pass at 3140m. The pass offers majestic Himalayan views of the eastern mountains on a clear day. The prime feature of any Bhutan tours is a hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava flew on a back of a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century. Bumthang Cultural Trek is to enjoy the picturesque high passes, deeply forested valleys, remote settlements, small townships and witnessing spectacular Himalayan panorama.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Trek into Bhutan’s cultural heartland – Bumthang Valley with age-old monasteries and temples.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.


Our representative will meet you. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger’s nest) view point, visit a farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River). Evening at leisure in the local market. Overnight hotel
After breakfast one and a half hours drive to Thimphu the capital city. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong built in 1627 the first Dzong built by Shabdrung, now it houses the school for learning national language. Check in at hotel. After lunch visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. Stroll in Thimphu market in the evening. Overnight hotel
After breakfast visit the visit Zulikha Nunery, and also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch visit the traditional gold smiths and a stroll in Thimphu market in the evening. Overnight hotel
Today is a long drive to Bumthang (9-10 hours) The drive will be over the Dochula pass at 10’000 ft. and then descend to the Wangdue valley at 4’000 ft. After viewing Wangdue town and the Dzong continue your drive to a convenient spot for pack lunch. Enroute Trongsa town and Chumey weaving houses.
After breakfast explore the valley which is different from other valleys in Bhutan. It is a spacious and open ranging in altitude from 8’500 ft to over 13’000 ft. It is a haven for trekkers and hikers. Today you can spend the day visiting diary farm and local weaving and also visit monasteries. Prepare for your trek.
Bumthang Cultural Trek Day 1 Start of Trek : Starting at Toktu Zampa (2540m) and camp at Ngang Lhakhang(2800m) Distance 12 kms and walking time 4-5 hours. The trek route takes you along the Chamkhar river through pleasant meadows and pine forest and the walk has no steep climbs. At the beginning of the trek you can visit the Thangkabi Goempa. After lunch you reach the “Swan Land”, Ngalhakhang. Overnight camp.
Bumthang Cultural Trek Day 2 : Starting at Nga Lhakhang (2800m) and camp at Tahung(2790m) also know as Meadow Camp.Distance 16 kms and walking time 6-7 hours. You can visit the Ngang Lhakhang Goempa at the start of your trek. From Ngang Lhakhang it is a gradual climb for about 1 hour and then it is steep climb till Phephela pass at 3360m. which is the highest point on this trek and then you descend till camp. Todays trail takes you through beautiful forested areas with lots of leisure and stops. Overnight camp.
Bumthang Cultural Trek Day 3 End of Trek : Distance approx. 10 kms to Gamling walking time 2-3 hours and 16 kms to Mesithang walking time about 6 hours. Today you start at Tahung and the trail leads you to the Tang Chu and the Tang Bridge. The diversion to the 2 camp sites is here at the bridge. If you want to camp at Mesithang then you cross the bridge and continue otherwise you keep to the left of the bridge and camp at Gamling .Camping at Gamling will provide you an opportunity to take an easy side trip to Ugyen Chholing.
If you camp at Gamling then you will have to walk for 1 hour before crossing the Tang Chu where your car will pick you up otherwise from Mesithang it is a 15 km dirt road drive to the junction of Bumthang – Mongar highway and then a 30 minute drive to Bumthang. You can also stop to visit Membar Tsho at this road junction.
Approx. 7-8 hours drive to Punakha.
Visit Punakha town and Dzong and do a 2 hour roundtrip hike to Chhimi Lhakhang (temple of the Devine madman. After lunch to Thimphu (3 hours)
Morning at leisure/shopping. After lunch drive to Paro and leisure. Overnight Hotel.


  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)


  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.



  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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