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Bumthang Cultural Trek

  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 24’ - Dec 24'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Paro International Airport

The Bumthang Cultural trek takes you to the lovely Bumthang valley which is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three-day Cultural trek passes through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside and provides an exceptional opportunity for contact with Bhutanese rural life.

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport.

Trek Starting Point

Bumthang to Bumthang

Bumthang Cultural Trek Difficulty


Highest Altitude during the Trek

Bumthang Cultural Trek Distance


40 km from the starting point to the end Point.

Price Includes

  • All Accommodation in Bhutan in 3 star Hotel
  • Professional English speaking trekking Guide.
  • Taxes and service charges.
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • All meals during the Trek and tour
  • Entrance Fees for all monuments in Bhutan
  • All Trekking and Camping equipments for Bumthang Cultural Trek
  • Porter and Pony to carry the camping equipments.
  • Sustainable Development Fees of USD 100 Per Person Per Night

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Shopping or sovenior

Bumthang Cultural Trek Highlight

  • Embark on the captivating Bumthang Cultural Trek, a cultural odyssey through Bhutan's picturesque landscapes
  • Explore traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and lush valleys.
  • Marvel at the architectural wonders of Jakar Dzong and Jambay Lhakhang.
  • Traverse through enchanting forests and experience the warmth of traditional Bhutanese hospitality in family-run guesthouses.
  • The Bumthang Cultural Trek offers an immersive journey, blending Bhutanese heritage, scenic beauty, and genuine cultural exchanges, providing an unforgettable exploration of the heart of the Himalayas.
Bumthang Cultural Trek Packing List
  • Hiking backpack.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
  • Hiking boots or shoes.
  • Plenty of water.
  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass.
  • First-aid kit. Knife or multi-tool.
Detail Tour Program for Bumthang Cultural Trek

Day 01Arrival at Paro Airport from Singapore/Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu:

Arrive, Paro
. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Excursion to Himalayas representative and transferred to the hotel on completion of arrival formalities.  Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2Paro Day Tour

 Full day of sightseeing in Paro.  In the morning, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower for Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) and 1968 inaugurated as the National Museum.  The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps, and a small natural history collection.  Also visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders

After lunch, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders.  We may also have time to visit the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3Paro to Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. About 7 km. before Thimphu, pause briefly to admire Bhutan’s most ancient fortress Simtokha Dzong (built in 1627), rising up from a small hilltop on the right side of the road.

After lunch, visit as time permits: the National Memorial Chorten (built as a memorial to Bhutan’s third king and as a monument to world peace); the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only) where herbal medicines are made up and dispensed and traditional medicine practitioners are trained; the Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature including many ancient Buddhist texts in block-printed format; Tashichhodzong, (“the fortress of the glorious religion”), which houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Also, visit the most popular Autumn festival of Thimphu

Day 4Thimphu to Trongsa

Drive to Tongsa via Dochu-la pass (3,088m).  On a clear day, there is a superb view from here of Bhutan’s highest peaks.  On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Continue on to Wangduephodrang town, which is also our lunch stop.  Then proceed to Tongsa over Pele-la pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west.  Overnight at the lodge in Tongsa.

Day 05Tongsa to Bumthang- 78Km and time take 2 and half Hours.

Morning visit to striking Tongsa Dzong, the ancestral abode of Bhutan’s royal family.  Then visit the Ta Dzong, built as a watchtower to guard Tongsa Dzong.  Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon visit the 17th-century Jakar Dzong and then Kurje monastery, built in the 17th century to mark the place where Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in the 8th century, leaving his body imprint on the rock.  Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 6Bumthang Cultural Trek Begins

Route: Bumthang – Ngang Lhakhang:


Time Taken: 6 hours

The trek begins today.  The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu (river), taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine, and scrub bamboo.  We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. Camp overnight at the village (2,900m).

Day 07Bumthang

Route: Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing


Time Taken: 7-8 hours

The trail ascends gradually through the juniper forest towards Phephe-la pass (3,340m).  From there, the path descends to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village (2,850m).  Camp overnight by the side of the river near the village.

Day 08Bumthang

Route:Ugyenchholing – Bumthang


Time Taken: 4 hours

In the morning, walk up to Ugyenchholing Palace, a beautiful private mansion that also houses a small eco-museum, then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu until arriving at the main road.  On the way visit Mebar Tso Lake, where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century.  This lake is very sacred, and on auspicious days many Bhutanese people go there to offer butter lamps.  Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 09Bumthang to Punakha

Morning visit to Jambey Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Jambey (Avalokitesvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  Tamshing Lhakhang, across the river, is also an important place to visit, as it houses old and interesting religious paintings.  Drive to Punakha with lunch en route.  There is a popular festival called Jambhay Lhakhang Festival in Bumthang. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 10Punakha – Paro

Today we drive to Paro.  It will be a relaxing day, as we reach Paro by lunchtime.  Free time for leisure or last-minute shopping in the afternoon.  Take a stroll around Paro market in the evening.  Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11Paro to Airport and See Off

Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for a flight to their onward destination.

Bumthang Cultural Trek Map
FAQ About Bumthang Cultural Trek

What is the best time to undertake the Bumthang Cultural Trek?

The best time for the trek is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is generally clear, and the landscapes are at their most vibrant.



Is the trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Bumthang Cultural Trek is considered relatively moderate, making it suitable for beginners with a reasonable level of fitness.

Are trekking permits required for the Bumthang Cultural Trek?

Yes, trekking permits are required for the Bumthang Cultural Trek, and these can be obtained through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

What is the highest altitude reached during the trek?

The altitude reached during the Bumthang Cultural Trek is moderate, and trekkers can expect altitudes ranging from approximately 2,800 meters to 3,500 meters.

What cultural highlights can be expected during the trek?

The trek includes visits to traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and cultural landmarks such as Jakar Dzong and Jambay Lhakhang. Trekkers can also witness local festivals and ceremonies.

Can the trek be customized to include additional cultural experiences?

Yes, many tour operators offer customizable options for the Bumthang Cultural Trek, allowing trekkers to include additional cultural experiences and visits to local attractions.

Is travel insurance recommended for the Bumthang Cultural Trek?

Yes, having travel insurance that covers trekking activities, medical emergencies, and trip cancellations is highly recommended for all participants.

Which Treks can you do other than Bumthang Cultural Trek?

You can do the following trek in Bhutan other than the Bumthang Cultural trek.

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