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Bumthang Owl Trek

  • Cultural Tour and Trek
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 23’ - Dec 23'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Paro International Airport

The Bumthang Owl Trek offers an invigorating experience of the culture and environment of the central Bumthang region. It is a moderately rated 3-day trekking.

Departure & Return Location

Paro International Airport.

Trek Starting Point

Bumthang to Bumthang

Bumthang Owl Trek Difficulty


Highest Altitude during the Trek

Bumthang Owl Trek Distance

4000 meters. 

27 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 Owl 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:

As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep pass through green forested hills with the silvery Pa Chhu (Paro river) meandering down the valley. Our representative (your guide) will meet you at Paro airport and followed by visa formalities, collection of baggage, and transfer to the hotel. Spend your day relaxing. Take a stroll around and explore the town area. Your day will be at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Halt at Paro.

Day 2Paro Day Tour

After a good breakfast, you can start your sightseeing from Ta Dzong, a Museum housing many religious relics, works of art, and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past.

Next, visit the Rimpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment. Dzong is a large monastery and district administrative center, which were once strategic forts.

Day 3Paro to Bumthang Via domestic flight

Trekking Begins: Menchugang

Trekking Time: 4-5 Hours.

After an early breakfast transfer to Bumthang by Flight.  Upon arrival drive to Menchugang, the starting point for the trek.

Start at Menchugang and visit the biggest village in Bumthang, called Dhur, at an elevation of 2900 meters above sea level. The village consists of about 75 households with a recorded population of around 800 people. This single village has three types of inhabitants the Kheps (taxpayers) having cattle and farmland, Brokpas (nomads) having Yaks, and a third group a combination of the two. This village has two different dialects, the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialect).  A walk above the village to gain an aerial view is interesting.

Descend down to the river where the traditional water-driven flour mill can be visited. This traditional flour mill used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village however was abandoned after the intake channel was washed away by a flash flood. The mill process has since been rehabilitated as it symbolizes an authentic Bhutanese tradition. Continue to trek uphill through the blue pine forest and reach the camp at Schonath (3450m) in the hemlock and juniper forest. The hooting of owls through the night is quite common, hence the name the Owl Trek. Overnight tented campsite.

Day 4Thimphu to Trongsa

Trekking Time:5-6 hours trekking.

Trekking Distance: 12 km.

Camp Site: Ketiphu

Trekking through the virgin forest of huge temperate trees like spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron introduces you to the real wilderness of Bhutan. Bamboo is the main undergrowth of this wild forest and during the months of April and May the rhododendrons are in full bloom. After 2 hours of trekking, you will arrive at the Drange La Pass (3600m). Ascending the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of 3870m for the night camp. In favorable weather, you have a wonderful view of the valley and the panoramic snowcapped Eastern Himalayas. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkarpunsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the top of Kitiphu ridge at 4000m.

Overnight tented campsite.

Day 05Owl Trek Continues

The magnificent sunrise in the morning is a new experience in Bhutan. Climb down to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak, and Tharpaling which brings you into the religious life of monkhood at these historical Buddhist learning centers. Chumak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) that you will see nowhere else in the country. This afternoon, trek along the ridge of Kiki La and finally follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) and culminating in a superb view of Jakar Dzong that will end your three-day trek with many unforgettable memories.

Day 6Bumthang to Phobjikha

Drive to Phobjikha Valley, a glacial valley on the periphery of the north west tip of the Black Mountain, a National Park at an altitude of 9,840 feet. Phobjikha valley is a wide, beautiful alpine wetland valley and is a conservation area, lying on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range. The hillside vegetation is mostly pine forests, interspersed with Rhododendron trees. Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds for the Black-necked cranes that migrate each year during winter from the northern habitats of Tibet. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November till the end of March. Night halt at Phobjikha

Day 07Gangtey Sightseeing

Visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second reincarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth reincarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated with other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Dinner and overnight at the hotel, Halt at Phobjkha.

Day 08Phobjikha to Thimphu

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Punakha. Stop via Dochula Pass (3,150m) which heralds the most amazing views of Bhutan. The drive will take about 4 hours and upon arrival, Kuensel Phodrang to visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue. Kuensel Phodrang or popularly known as the Buddha point is where you’ll find one of the World’s largest sitting Buddha statues, standing 167 feet high from the ground. The statue is situated on top of a hill, overlooking the city of Thimphu. As you drive to the statue, the steep winding hill road offers an unparalleled view of the city and is an excellent place to take pictures, especially at night as the City lights glow up the valley.

Day 09Thimphu to Paro Tiger Nest Hike

After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

Day 10Paro
 to Airport and See OFF

Paro departs
 Early breakfast in the hotel and drives to the airport for a flight to their onward destination.


What is Included in Bumthang Owl 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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