Bhutan is a tiny, remote and impoverished kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbors, India and China. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s. Bhutan’s ancient Buddhist culture and breathtaking scenery make it a natural tourist attraction. Tourists must travel as part of a pre-arranged package or guided tour.
Bhutan is known for the best holiday destination in the world. People from all over the world come to Bhutan to experience tradition, culture, landscape, trekking, kayaking, rafting and most of all HAPPINESS!
As Bhutan is the neighboring country of Nepal, we can arrange for perfect holiday plan in Bhutan for our guests. We ensure you are fully satisfied and extremely happy. We give you holiday of a life time.
Bumthang Cultural and Leisure Trek is one of the stunning treks in Bhutan our guests will love much.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.
Day 01: arrival to kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: sighseeing in kathmandu (1337)
Day 03: departure from kathmandu to paro
Day 04: excursion to takshang & acclimatization
Day 05: shana to soi-thangthangkha
Day 06: soi-thangthangkha to jangothang
Day 07: jangothang to lingshi (18 kms, 5-6 hours)
Day 08: lingshi to chebisa (10 kms, 5-6 hrs.)
Day 09: chebisa to shomuthang (17 kms, 6-7 hrs.)
Day 10: shomuthang to robluthang (18 kms, 6-7 hrs.)
Day 11: robluthang to limithang (19 kms, 6-7 hrs.)
Day 12: limithang to laya (10 kms, 4-5 hrs.)
Day 13: day halt at laya
Day 14: laya to koina (19 kms, 6-7 hrs.)
Day 15: koina to gasa (14 kms, 6-7 hrs.) and drive to punakha
Day 16: punakha to thimphu
Day 17: departure to kathmandu ( 1337)
Day 18: rest/shopping in kathmandu or visit to bhaktapur (1401) sigh seeing 3-4 hours
Day 19: departure from kathmandu (1337m)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.
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Day 01: ARRIVAL TO KATHMANDU (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: SIGHSEEING IN KATHMANDU (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU TO PARO
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition will manage vehicle and a staff to drop our valuable guests at the airport in Kathmandu. Our guests will be received at Paro airport by our Bhutanese agent 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
Day 04: PARO SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING HIKE TO TAKSHANG MONASTERY
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
Day 05: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING & AFTERNOON DRIVE TO PUNAKHA
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
Day 06: DRIVE TO BUMTHANG
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.
Day 07: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING
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
Day 08: TREK STARTS FROM TOKTU ZAMPA TO NGANG LHAKHANG
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.
Day 09: NGANG LHAKHANG TO TAHUNG
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.
Day 10: TAHUNG TO MESITHANG
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
Day 11: DRIVE BACK TO THIMPHU
Early breakfast and drive back to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel
Day 12: DEPARTURE TO KATHMANDU
Today we travel to Kathmandu by air. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition will manage vehicle and a staff to receive our valuable guests at the airport. If we have time, we can go to look around or go for shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 13:REST/SHOPPING IN KATHMANDU OR VISIT TO BHAKTAPUR SIGHSEEING (1401) 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 14: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU (1337)
A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.