Bhutan cultural Tour with 3 Days Bhumtang Trek 12 Days

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TRIP OVERVIEW BHUTAN CULTURAL TOUR WITH 3 DAYS BHUMTANG TREK 12 DAYS

Trip Introduction

Bhutan the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ – a small country sandwiched between Tibet in the north and of India in the three sides offers a mesmerizing and artificial cultural and natural grandeur. Bhutanese landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south, through temperate zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7000 meters. Bhutan is predominantly a Buddhist country with Vajrayana Buddhism being Bhutan’s state religion. Hinduism is Bhutan’s second-largest religion mostly followed by the speaking Bhutanese in the Nepali south.

The 12-days Bhutan tour with Bumthang Cultural Trek offers cultural highlights of Bhutan in stunning 9-days cultural tour combined with 3-days Bumthang cultural trek. Our tour starts at the Paro Valley with a hike to famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Visit Thimphu, the capital city and then drive on to the central Bhutan across picturesque high passes deeply forested valleys, interesting villages and small townships. Then the 3-day trek starts from the splendid Bumthang valley, passing through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity to discover Bhutanese rural life.This tour also most beauty and cultural tour in the world

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Paro – (2252m ):
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we be greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning fortress of the heap of jewels”. Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: Paro-Thimphu (2325m):
1 hr/54 km After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This evening we transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu
After breakfast we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and observe the life style of the people. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu-Punakha (1250mhrs/75 km

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha-Bumthang (2850m): 7 hrs/215km
After an early breakfast we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it’s possible to see yaks. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 06: Trek Bumthang-Ngang Lhakhang – (2895m/6 hrs/20 km. Trek starts
The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul.
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Day 07: Trek Ngang Lhakhang-Ugyen Choling – (2895m): 78 hrs walk/23 km
The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 3353m/11,000 ft, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyen Choling Palace can be seen.

Day 08: Trek Ugyen Choling-Jakar – (2745m/3 hrs /10 km. Trek ends
The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 09: Bumthang
Today’s sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Then visit Tamshing Monastery, which is founded by the great treasure discoverer. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang-Wangdue – (1241m/6 hrs/197 km :
Begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue. Along the way visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue with its dramatic Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.

Day 11: Wangdue-Paro: 4 hrs/124 km:
This morning we return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama wooden phallus! We stop for lunch at Dochula pass. Here we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening free time to explore Paro town. Overnight in Paro
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Day 12: Depart Paro:
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

What Is Included:

* All meals, tea & snacks
*  Government approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
* Roundtrip airport transfers and other transport as per itinerary
* Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
* All city tour
* Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments
* Bhutan Visa fee
* Porter and pack animals for the trekking
* Trekking equipments like 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and sleeping mats

What Is Not Included:

* Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
* Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
* Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
* Tips for Staff/guide

Tour Cost
1-2 people = USD 4070 per person
3-12 people = USD 3520 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2013 )

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Paro – (2252m ):
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we be greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning fortress of the heap of jewels”. Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: Paro-Thimphu (2325m):
1 hr/54 km After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This evening we transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu
After breakfast we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and observe the life style of the people. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu-Punakha (1250mhrs/75 km

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha-Bumthang (2850m): 7 hrs/215km
After an early breakfast we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it’s possible to see yaks. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 06: Trek Bumthang-Ngang Lhakhang – (2895m/6 hrs/20 km. Trek starts
The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul.
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Day 07: Trek Ngang Lhakhang-Ugyen Choling – (2895m): 78 hrs walk/23 km
The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 3353m/11,000 ft, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyen Choling Palace can be seen.

Day 08: Trek Ugyen Choling-Jakar – (2745m/3 hrs /10 km. Trek ends
The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 09: Bumthang
Today’s sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Then visit Tamshing Monastery, which is founded by the great treasure discoverer. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang-Wangdue – (1241m/6 hrs/197 km :
Begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue. Along the way visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue with its dramatic Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.

Day 11: Wangdue-Paro: 4 hrs/124 km:
This morning we return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama wooden phallus! We stop for lunch at Dochula pass. Here we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening free time to explore Paro town. Overnight in Paro
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Day 12: Depart Paro:
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

What Is Included:

* All meals, tea & snacks
*  Government approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis in city and camping during trekking
* Roundtrip airport transfers and other transport as per itinerary
* Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
* All city tour
* Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments
* Bhutan Visa fee
* Porter and pack animals for the trekking
* Trekking equipments like 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and sleeping mats

What Is Not Included:

* Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
* Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
* Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
* Tips for Staff/guide

Tour Cost
1-2 people = USD 4070 per person
3-12 people = USD 3520 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2013 )