Bumthang Cultural Trek with Ura Festival
This 3-days trek in Bumthang provides you with opportunities to visit villages and Lhakhang. Though it is a short trek, the Bumthang trek is strenuous because it involves a climb to Phephe La (3360 m).
Max Elevation: 3,360 m
Min Elevation: 1,200 m
Best season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Trekking Duration: 3 days
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro||Cultural Sightseeing||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 02||Paro||Culture and Hike||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 03||Paro -Thimphu||Tiger Nest Hike||Hotels Phuntshopelri|
|Day 04||Thimphu sightseeing||Cultural Tour||Hotel Phuntshopelri|
|Day 05||Thimphu to Punakha||Cultural Tour||Hotel Lobesa|
|Day 06||Punakha to Trongsa and Bumthang||Cultural Tour||Hotel Swiss Guest House|
|Day 07||Bumthang Sightseeing||Cultural and Farm House Visit||Hotel Swiss Guest House|
|Day 08||Bumthang Cultural Trek Starts||Trek Begins||Camping at Nagang Lhakhang|
|Day 09||Ngang Lhakang – Ugyenchholing||Trekking||Camping at Ugyencholing|
|Day 10||Ugenchholing – Jakar||Trekking||Hotel at Jakar Village Lodge|
|Day 11||Bumthang sightseeing||Cultural Sightseeing|
|Day 12||Bumthang to Phobjikha Valley||Cultural and Bird watching||Hotel Dewachen|
|Day 13||Gangtey to Thimphu||Cultural Sightseeing||Hotel Phuntshopelri|
|Day 14||Thimphu to Airport and SEE OFF|
Bumthang Cultural Trek with Ura Festival
These 3 days of Bumthang Cultural Trek is your opportunity to make your fantasies work out, from exploring the cultural heritage of Bhutan to challenging yourself and finding both the greatness of nature and your own latent capacity. This tour also gives you the opportunity to witness Ura festival scheduled from 13th to 17th may 2022.
Ura Yakchoe festival is an annual ceremony held at Ura temple and is known for famous dance, Ura Yakchoe. A sacred relic is displayed for people to receive blessings.
From hiking Taktshang to visiting the Mebartsho (burning lake) in Bumthang. From climbing low elevations to going through a few days climbing to encompassing towns, finding far-off monastic caves, and adapting the body to the rise. This cultural Bhutan Trek gives more emphasis on the religious and cultural sites as its main theme.
Though it is a short trek, the Bumthang Cultural Trek is demanding because it involves a climb to Phephe La which is as high as 3360 m which makes Trekking in Bhutan exotic and memorable.
Day 01. Arrive Paro (By Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines flight)
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty with magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Fresh air and a refreshing atmosphere for the first day of your Bhutan Tour.
Day 02. Paro sightseeing
The tour includes a visit to Kichu Lhakhang one religious sight you wouldn’t want to miss. Visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum and Paro Rimpung Dzong is some snapshots of the Paro Tour. Here you can experience the essence of the Bhutanese National game which is Archery and also an experience can be arranged while visiting a farmhouse.
Day 03. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
Any Tour or tailor-made tours are incomplete or less credible without the Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery. It is the most known monastery in Bhutan and takes 2hours to reach your destination. The monastery is the most visited place in Bhutan by tourists. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04. Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimphu is the capital and largest city in Bhutan. Some of the known highlights are exploring Simply Bhutan: Museum resembling a Bhutanese village, featuring traditional cuisine, demonstrations & performances, Takin Trail hike, The Royal Textile Academy, and Dechen Phodrang Monastery. All the sights make Traveling to Bhutan a much adventurous and mysterious experience.
Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass(3,080m) halting quickly here to take in the spectacular view of the Himalayas, the chortens, prayer flags that are nestled at the highest point of Thimphu and Punakha. Later visit Punakha Dzong then to Wangduephodrang Dzong and the local market. Wangduephodrang is known for its bamboo products, slate, and stone carvings. Punakha is must-visit sight as it was the formal capital of Bhutan is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo
Day 06. Punakha – Trongsa – Bumthang
Trekking in Bhutan becomes less fascinated if you miss a visit to Bumthang cultural Trek, Chime Lhakhang, “the Temple of Fertility” and Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong.
Day 07. Witness Bumthang Ura Festival
In Bumthang, witness the famouse Ura festival. According to legend, an old woman was visited by a lama asking for a glass of water. When she came out to offer water, the lama had vanished leaving behind only a sack. As she checked the sack, she found a revered statue that is now displayed annually at the Ura festival. This relic has been passed on from generation to generations and owned by the descendants of the woman till today. The festival takes place at Ura temple.
Start of Bumthang Cultural Trek
Day 08. Jakar – Nagang Lakhang:
The Bumthang Cultural trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu river, coming across many villages and temples. This is a simple and loosening up day. Show up at the village camp at the height of 2900 meters which will take a walking time of 6 Hours.
Day 09: Ngang Lhakang – Ugyenchholing
Trekking in Bumthang takes slowly towards the Phephe la pass, experiencing the timberland of junipers until you show up at the go at a height of 3340 meters. After the pass slide to Tang Valley, at long last showing up at Ugyenchholing town. Camp by the side of the stream at an elevation of 2850 meters. Bhutan trekking is less fun if the walking time is less so it will take 6-8 hours walking time in these elevations.
Day 10. Ugenchholing – Jakar
Morning approaches the Ugyenchholing dzong and the encompassing town. In transit visit Membertsho Lake(Burning Lake). This lake is hallowed and is visited by numerous Bhutanese during propitious days to offer spread lights. This Bhutan Trek Package is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Day 11. Bumthang (Excursion to Ura valley)
A soothing drive to Ura valley. The valley is delightful and in the event that you happen to be there during mid-year, the greeneries are extreme. Exploring the Ura valley is an amazing and religious experience in Bumthang Cultural Trek.
Day 12: Bumthang – Phobjikha valley
After breakfast, drive to the delightful valley of Phobjikha/Gangtey. Visit Gangtey Gompa Religious community from outside. Travel over Phobjikha valley, well known for the Black Necked Cranes during winter and make sure you are astounded by the beauty of this Bhutan Trek and wish to Travel to Bhutan again.
Day 13. Gangtey – Thimphu
A rich, lush green, and exotic drive to Thimphu. Later we will give something fresh and beautiful to experience at Cheri Monastery with amazing and unique occurrence while your time on the entire Bhutan Trekking Tour.
Day 14. Thimphu – Paro
Finally, you have a nature-filled experience, a bunch of amazing memories to cherish, and beautiful people to remember with the exotic happenings from this Trekking in Bhutan.
Farewell and Tashi Delek.
Bumthang Cultural Trek Cost
Trek Cost in March, April, May, September, October, and November.
1Pax USD 3810.00
2pax USD 3680
3pax group will be USD 3250.00
Trek Cost in June, July, August, December, January, and February.
1Pax USD 3160.00
2pax USD 3030.00
3pax group will be USD 26400.00
If you have groups of more than 3 and accompanied by children we have different rates for that and please drop us the mail. We may consider a discount if you have groups.
All guides that we use are carefully selected. They are well trained and have very rich experience in leading the groups. Most of them have already led hundreds of guests to this trek.
Transportation for the Tour:
For groups of 1 to 2 people, we use a comfortable SUV car with AC and heater. Since driving is long we make sure our clients to have a comfortable journey.
Flights to Bhutan
Bhutan is well connected with lots of major destinations like Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu. Both Drukair and Bhutanairlines fly to this destination. You can plan your connecting flights accordingly. In this trek of Bhutan, we advise you to take domestic flights from Bumthang to Paro to avoid wasting your time and have more places to visit.
Visa for Bhutan:
These are the most important documents you need to know before proceeding with your bookings. Upon confirmation of the tour, we shall send you all the detail of how to get your Visa. For more detailed information please check our BHUTAN VISA page.
Being a responsible company, we are always available 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or salesperson (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505 (Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9 am – 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 00975 17343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)
Etiquette and Taboos
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
What to wear in Bumthang Cultural Trek?
Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs. As for trek comfortable shoes and trekking pants should do the job.
Generally, we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.
Meals while in Bhutan
Meals are usually provided in a buffet system and most of the tourist food is blend and if you need to change the food varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with a guide. We have Indian, Chinese, and authentic Bhutanese restaurants where you can have very spicy food. While in trek basic foods with a good standard will be provided by our trained cook. All our cooks are well trained and certified by the TCB.
Mr.Lal Bdr Rai has done this trekking 20 times and has very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.
Our Cook Kaka is a licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be very good conversational in English, he is well trained in cooking all kinds of meals.
We use high-quality tents and equipment imported from the US for comfort stay.