Bumdrak Trek with Cultural Tour

Trip Facts

Bumdrak Trek with Cultural Tour
Length : 10 Days - 9 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Cultural Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

While enjoying a trek through the high mountains, the trip offers a cultural glimpse of the five western districts, with a special exposure to Haa valley and it surrounding cultural sites. The trip also gives close-up views of some of the snow-clad peaks and a sense of being on top of the mountains looking down the green valleys – an experience that makes you feel being one with nature and religion. Some of the highlights are:

  • A close-up view of some of the great monasteries and religious and cultural sites in western Bhutan
  • A glimpse of the present and the old capitals of Bhutan
  • An understanding of the cultural life of the people of western Bhutan
  • Visit to some of the oldest fortresses and lhakhangs in the region
  • A quick look and an understanding of the flora and fauna of the region in a brief visit.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro

  • To be received by our representative
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang and stroll around town

Day 2: Paro – Taktshang – Ugyen Tsemo

  • Transfer to Satsam Chorten and start trek. The hike will be uphill through a forested path to Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest.” The climb is steep and takes about 2 hrs to get there. An important place of pilgrimage for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery stand 900m above Paro valley. On a hill top clearly visible from some point before getting to Taktsang, is yet another monastery known as Ugyen Tsemo, the camp site for the night.

Day 3: Ugyen Tsemo – Bumdrak

  • It will take four hours to reach Bumdrak from Ugyen Tsemo. A pleasant walk through the forest without steep climbs or descents The camp site will be in the vicinity of Bumdrak Monastery It is believed that 1,000 Dakinis (celestial female deities) had meditated in a cave and blessed the place and hence the name, Bumdrak.

Day 4: Bumdrak- Sangngachoekhor (Thimphu)

  • After breakfast, visit monastery and meet with the local nuns and gomchens, who live around before starting on the trek. The four-hour trek will take you through coniferous forest and a forest of mixed vegetation as you descend down to Sangngachoekor. You will come across sheep and goats and sometimes yaks ‘released’ to graze in the forests. After four hours of gradual descent, you will finally reach Sangnachoekor Sheydra (Buddhist college), the pick-up point for transfer to Thimpu, the capital.

Day 6: Thimphu

  • Visit Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, the century-old nunnery at Zilukha and the National Library.
  • After lunch, explore Thimphu

Day 7: Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue

  • Today, drive across Dochula pass (3050m) commanding a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayas and also admire the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. In April and May, the mountainsides are ablaze with a riot of rhododendron flowers.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, at the confluence of Phochu and Mochhu rivers.
  • Hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten, known for its paintings in Nyingma tradition.

Day 8: Punakha – Wangdue- Paro

  • Drive to Wangdue and visit Wangddue Dzong under renovation after the great fire and the local market.
  • Drive to Paro and after lunch visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and the state monastic body. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Also visit Tadzong, the museum.

Day 9: Paro - Haa

  • After breakfast, drive to Chelela Chelela-la pass (3800m), a favourite place for many visitors, and is one of highest motorable passes in the country. For the Buddhists, it is also a sacred place to festoon the pass with prayer flags. For naturalists, the Chelela ridge offers a garden of Himalayan flowers and plants and a home for special pheasant species. The blooming season for most flowers are in June and early July and best time to watch pheasants on the ridges are in the months of April and May. Blue Poppy, beautiful but rare, blooms in June and can be spotted a few minutes’ walk towards the southern ridge.
  • The main deity of Haa valley is Ap Chundu, the great warrior guardian. He is honoured by most farmers in western Bhutan and one may note that the three-striped flag on the roofs of the houses is often called the Chundu dharchu (flags of Ap Chundu). This shows that the deity is being honoured during the Choeguu (the family annual ritual). Haabi Lomba, the New Year for the locals here, is another delicious highlight. Many who have had a chance to eat hoentay (the vegetable-filled dumpling) would agree.
  • While in Haa, one of the best areas to go for excursion is a visit to Tachu Goenpa, among others. There is a farm trail where a four-wheel drive vehicle can ply easily but on foot it will take one and half hours uphill and an hour downhill using the old footpath.
  • Drive back to Paro

Day 10: Departure from Paro

  • Our representative will drive you to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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Bumdrak Trek with Cultural Tour
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