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Bumthang Owl Trek Tour

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days

Destination Covered : Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa

Tour Activities : Heritage, Hill Stations & Valleys, Hill Stations & Valleys, Trekking

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Paro, Thimphu and Trongsa Tour Overview

This trek offers range of opportunities starting from exploring village settlements to sacred sites of monasteries passing through forests of rhododendrons, blue pine, fir, spruce and juniper. Village settlement specifically that of Dhur affords enriching experience of Bhutanese village life. Walking through the temperate forest with lush environment home to varied species of flora and fauna is ever refreshing. The view of Himalayan snowcapped mountains towards the north is unique experience too. Sacred religious site such as Tharpaling, Choedak and Zhambala are history in itself.Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us) Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and drive
Alcoholic drink

Paro, Thimphu and Trongsa Tour Itinerary

Aboard on a flight to Paro is befitting introduction to the spectacular and preferred destination of travel. Under a clear sky, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks are characteristic feature. The lush environment with variety of species of flora and fauna, cool air and clear streams are gift from Bhutan besides her unique culture. At the Airport, you will be greeted by our Representative and transferred to Thimphu, the Capital city along the Pachhu – Wangchhu banks. In the evening, stroll freely in the town and visit the handicrafts emporium. Overnight hotel in Thimphu!
After early breakfast, we visit Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum and the Bhutanese Traditional Paper making factory. After lunch, we head to Wangdue with brief stop at Docchu La Pass at 3,050m for the pass affords panoramic view of the Himalayas. Descend to the fertile valley of Wangdue and make a visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built at the confluence of Puna Tsang chhu and Dangchhu rivers. A gradual climb from here would take you to Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley, regarded as the ‘most beautiful valley of the Himalayas’. Gangtey lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of Black Mountain, Jowo Durshing. The Valley has one of the sacred temples in Gangtey Gonpa built in 17th century. A few kilometres past the Goenpa will take you to Phobjikha Valley, the winter home for endangered black necked cranes. Overnight at Hotel!
We start early for our drive to the central Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is about six hours drive crossing passes of Pelela at 3, 300m and Yotong La at 3, 400m. The ride takes through semi tropical vegetation to that of alpine environment of bamboos and rhododendrons. En route, we cross Chendebji Chorten built to subdue evil spirits of the community. After lunch, we make a brief stop midway through our journey to have an impressive of the Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral palace of the Wangchuck Dynasty. By the sunset, we reach Bumthang, the cultural capital of the country. Overnight hotel in Bumthang!
Visit of Guru Rinpochhe and Tertoens (Treasurer Discoverers) have made Bumthang the cultural capital with sacred religious sites beside the valley in itself being the centre of attraction. In the morning, visit Jamba Lhakhang, one of the oldest in the Country built prior to the visit of Guru Rinpochhe. Further north is the sacred Kuje Lhakhang, housing the ‘body imprint’ of Guru Rinpochhe on a rock. Visit Tamzhing, on the right flank of the Chamkhar town, built by one of the five great tertoens and only native, Tertoen Pemalingpa in the 14th Century. After lunch, visit Thangbi Lhakhang by crossing the suspension bridge. On the way back, visit Jakar Dzong. In the evening, walk freely in the town! Overnight in Hotel!
Start Manchugang and visit the biggest village of Bumthang in Dhur at 2, 900m. The village is home for different inhabitants, categorically, Kheps and Brokpas. A walk above the village gets to see the whole of the village at a glance. Downhill walk will take you to the traditional water mill of flour that was widespread during olden days. Continue to trek uphill through the blue pine forests until we reach at our campsite at Schonath at 3, 450m amongst hemlock and juniper forests. Hauling of owls through the night is quite common.
Trekking through the forests of spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and rhododendrons offers soothing environment favourable for trekking. Rhododendrons are in full bloom in the month of April and May. In about two hours, you will reach at Drangela Pass at 3, 600m. Further gentle climb would lead you up to Kikiphu Ridge for our night’s camp at 3, 870m. On a clear day, Kikiphu at 4, 000m presents the view of Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest mountain at 7, 541m right infront of you. Enjoy the panoramic view of valley from the summit.
As the rays of the morning sun transcends the snowcapped mountains, climb down to the monasteries of Zambalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Visit these sacred lhakhangs that forms part of the Bhutanese history and uncover their significance in everyday lives of the people. After lunch, walk along the Kikila ridge and follow the traditional route between Trongsa and Bumthang, known as the ‘Royal Heritage Trail’. Toward the end of the trail, the sight of Jkar Dzong is magnificent marking the end of three day trek with interesting memories deeply embedded as a part of you. At Jakar, our transport team will be waiting for you to transfer to the Chamkhar Town. Overnight hotel in Bumthang!
We start early for drive to Punakha via Wangdue takes about 7 hours over the Yotongla and Pelela Pass. Stop for lunch at Chendebji. After day long travel, we go for dinner and the overnight hotel will be at Punakha.
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of Phochhu and Mochhu. The dzong was the former capital of the country and now is the winter residence of the Chief Abbot and the Central Monastic Body. Return to Thimphu via Dochu La Pass. After lunch at Thimphu, visit popular sites such as Memorial Chorten built in memory the Third King of Bhutan, proceed to National Library and visit to BBS tower to view Thimphu City and Takin Zoo. In the evening, drive to Paro for overnight hotel will be in Paro.
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, the fort of the victorious Bhutan built in 1649 after victory over Tibetan invasion. From here, one can have a splendid view of Mt. Jomolhari at 7, 329. Short drive towards the South will reach you to the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the Country built in 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsan Gampo. Also visit Rinpung Dzong, now the seat of the District Administration. Just above the Dzong is Ta Dzong, the watch tower is now converted as the National Museum. Historical artifacts and armours and antiques are displayed there for visitors. In the evening, stroll in the town! Overnight hotel in Paro!
After breakfast, drive until Satsham Chorten to hike up to Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The view point at the entrance of the Monastery affords stunning view of the Paro Valley. It is said that Guru Rinpochhe flew here from Khengpajong in Lhuentse on a back of Tigress to meditate. The monastery is perched on a vertical of a granite rock and is miraculously built. After lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria, descend back to Paro and go for shopping in the town. Overnight in the Hotel at Paro!
After breakfast, our representative will drive you to the Airport and bid goodbye to you!

More Details about Paro, Thimphu and Trongsa Tour

Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing
  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle
  • Entry fees & road permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
  • Trekking equipment provided: A Cook, Camp assistance ,Horses, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mats, Blankets, Tents.

Exclusions

  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us) Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and drive
  • Alcoholic drink

Terms & Conditions

DELAYED ARRIVALS - There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.
CANCELLATIONS - Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
within 30 days of start of program – no charges within 21 days – 10% of rate within 14 days – 15% of rate within 7 days – 30% of rate

less than 7 days or without notice – 50% of rate after arrival in Bhutan – 100%

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