Overview – Bumthang Trek
The miniature nation of Bhutan is home to some of the most exotic and historic sites and treks. These treks provide a great opportunity to reflect upon oneself and comprehend the true scale of what we don’t know. It also gives travellers a sense of inner peace and satisfaction. The Bumthang trek will not only fulfil the above-mentioned condition, but it will give you an idea as to what separates Bhutan from the rest of the globe.
The Bumthang trek takes place in the historic Bumthang district which is considered to be the most historic district in Bhutan. Its cultural allure lies in the fact that it houses a large number of temples and holy sites. This 13-day trek will lead you inside the magnificent Rinpung Dzong and inside the vicinity of the oldest temple in the country, ‘Kichu Lhakhang’.
As you admire the amazing relics and sculpture, you’ll understand as to what comprised ancient Bhutan. Admire the colossal Chomolahari from the cliff at the Taktsang monastery and enjoy the same view that Guru Rinpoche once relished.
Climb down the steep stairs and head out to Punakha via bus. Contrary to popular belief, the drive is not that boring as you get to observe the serpentine hilly roads and magnificent scenery from the hilly roads. The Punakha Dzong awaits your arrival and you’ll receive the blessing of a monk at Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
Highlights of Bumthang Trek
At Bumthang trek, enjoy the grandeur of the Jakar Dzong and Kurjey Lhakang, which is the most revered place in Bhutan. As per historical records, this place is associated with the holy Guru Rinpoche. Admire the Buddhist paintings and the next day, find yourself walking along the gritty Phephe La Pass.
The climb to surmount the pass is taxing but the thrill and experience are priceless. Admire the terraced fields and play with children before reaching Jakar. A visit to the Tang Rimochen Lhakhang will teach you about the history of Buddhism. Feel serenity oozing in you as you observe the beautiful Mebar Tsho lake. Spend some time at the river bank to truly understand this magical feeling in this Bumthang trek.
Drive through Punakha to reach Thimpu, and there, take a breather by visiting restaurants or, you can explore the many museums and monasteries there. With a mind full of memories, you will head back to Paro and on the 13th day, you will leave Bhutan. The farewell may be a bit hard for you so come back again!
Day 01 of Bumthang trek: Arrival at the Paro International Airport, Bhutan (2250m)
Day 02: Drive from Paro to Thimphu (2320m). Drive for 2 hrs. Distance covered:50.4 km
Day 03: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha(1250m) Drive for 2-3 hrs. Distance covered:76km.
Day 04: Drive from Punakha to Bumthang (2850m) Drive for 6-7 hrs. Distance covered:214km.
Day 05: Exploring and sightseeing in Bhutan.
Day 06: Trek to Ngang Lhakhang (2895m). Trek for 6-7 hrs. Distance covered: 20km
Day 07: Trek from Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyen Choling (2745m). Trek for 3-4 hrs. Distance covered: 10 km.
Day 08: Trek from Ugyen Choling to Jakar. Trek for 2-3 hrs. Distance covered: 1.6km
Day 09: Head back to Bumthang and drive to Punakha. Drive for 6-7 hrs. Distance covered: 214km
Day 10: Drive from Punakha to Thimphu. Drive for 2-3 hrs. Distance covered: 76km.
Day 11: Thimphu exploration and sightseeing (2320m).
Day 12: Drive from Thimphu to Paro(2250m). Drive for 2 hrs. Distance covered:50.4 km
Day 13: Depart from the Paro International Airport