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Bumthang Cultural Trek

  • Whole Day Tour
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 23’ - Dec 23'
  • 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
  • Entrance Fees for all monuments in Bhutan
  • All Trekking and Camping equipments
  • Porter and Pony to carry the camping equipments.
  • Sustainable Development Fees of USD 200 Per Person Per Night

Price Excludes

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


  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled water and welcome drinks
  • Entrance Fees
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.

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


What is Included in Bumthang Cultural Trek Cost?

The trek includes the following services.

  • Cook and Assistant.
  • Dining Tent and Camping.
  • Trekking Permits.
  • Horse to carry the stuff.



Can you get altitude sickness at 4000m?

While arterial oxygen transport may be only slightly impaired the arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) generally stays above 90%. Altitude sickness is common between 2,400 and 4,000 meters (7,900 and 13,100 ft) because of the large number of people who ascend rapidly to these altitudes.

What are the early warning signs of mountain sickness?

The symptoms can feel like a hangover — dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea. High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a buildup of fluid in the lungs that can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. This is the most common cause of death from altitude sickness.
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