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This is a hilarious blend of Tour and Trek which caters us various cultural tours accompanied by some adventurous treks to the varied topography of Bhutan. Our trip starts and ends in Paro. The day begins with the sightseeing in Ta Dzong, the national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Paro. Then we go for a hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. We visit different cities like Thimphu, Punakha, Bhumtang, Ngang Lhakhang,Ugyen Choling and Jakar that are unique in their own way. The trip provides us an opportunity to explore the rich culture and historic landmarks of Bhutan. The drives are akin to cruising along the bed of roses, but the walks could be arduous at times. Yet, the fresh air and panoramic view compensate the toils along the trails which lead you through the rhododendron forests around the foothills of the Himalayas, lush green valleys and crystal clear lakes. True indeed, the Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bhumtang Trek is worth giving a try!
Day 1: Bangkok - Paro
Arrive Paro. Afternoon visit National Museum & Paro Dzong. Evening at stroll around the Paro town. Welcome dinner and over night at hotel.
Day 2: Paro - Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu.Hike to Wangditshe. (1hr. 30minutes), then visit Mothithang mini zoo, to see the Takin, the National animal of Bhutan, Drupthop Lhakhang – the nunnery and Folk Heritage museum. Luch at hotel Thimphu. After lunch visit painting school, National Library and weaving center. Evening visit Tashichho dzong, emporium and stroll around the Thimphu town. Over night stay at hotel Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Bumthang.
Drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 8hours. You will be surprised by the change of vegetation quite often. En route visit 108 Druk Wangyel Chhorten. We will be passing by three pass, Dochula pass (3150m), Pelela pass (3420) and Yotongla pass (3425m). Dinner and over night stay at hotel Bumthang.
Day 4: Bumthang Halt
Sightseeing in Bumthang – like visit to Jampay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong in the morning. In the afternoon visit Tamshing Lhakhang, Konchosum Lhakhang and Bumthang town.Bumthang is comprised of four valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in the religious legend.
Day 5: Bumthang – Nganglhakhang (Start of the trek)
The car will take us till Thangbi Lhakhang-where our trek will start through the pine forest. Visit the Nganglhakhang (the Swan Temple) and farmer’s house. Over night stay at hotel
Altitude: 2800m, Distance: 14km, Time: 3hrs.
Day 6: Nganglhakhang – Ugyenchholing
Ascend gradually to Phephela Pass 3353m, the highest point in this trek. We really enjoy the beautiful forest and scenic nature beauty. Over night in hotel
Altitude: 2800m, Distance: 20km, Time: 6-7hrs.
Day 7: Ugyencholing – Jakar/Bumthang (end of the trek)
Today visit Ugyenchholing museum and Mebar Tsho, (The Burning Lake). Over night in hotel Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang – Punakha
Early in the morning drive to Punakha. On reaching visit Punakha Dzong. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay in Hotel Punakha.
Day 9: Punakha – Paro
Drive to Paro. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong built by Zhabdrung Rinpoche and Tachogang lhakhang. Evening visit farmer’s house at Paro for dinner, Suja (Butter Tea) and Ara (Local Alchol), and over night stay if you wish to or over night stay in hotel paro.
Day 10: Paro halt.
Hike to Taktshang Goenpa. Afternoon visit Drukgyel dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening cultural show by the group of singers for about 1hour. Over night stay in hotel.
Day 11: Paro – Bangkok
Early morning drive to Paro International airport for your onward flight to your next destination.