Trek BTH/12: 03 days Bumthang Cultural Trekking Tour

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Bhutan Trekking Tours

Trekking in Bhutan is a truly amazing experience. From the warmth and lush vegetation of the river valleys to the icy slopes of the eastern end of the Himalayas, you will encounter some of the most stunning scenery and friendly people imaginable.

All our treks offered here are designed to let you discover pristine nature, and offer an insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of the people. The trail on each trek passes through traditional ancient villages with a unique and traditional lifestyle. You will get the chance to mingle with the locals, observe their custom and tradition, see the differently styled buildings, and the ancient monasteries.

All treks are fully serviced. You will get tents, with field toilets and all meals. The Bhutanese crew lead by your English speaking Guide and trek boss, will provide kitchen, dining facilities, and ponies/yaks for logistics.


Trek Tour starts and ends at Bumthang. We can tailor your Bhutan holiday to integrate this trek with a cultural Tour of your choice
Trek grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 2900 m
Open: March to May and September to November.

The lovely Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three day trek, takes you through meadows, and deep forests studded with quaint villages, Buddhist temples, water mills, and over the 3,340 m high Phephe-la pass to the picture postcard Tang Valley. As you traverse the meandering route through Bumthang countryside, you have a chance to take a peep at Bhutanese rural lifestyles.


Day 01: Toktu Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang /14km, 6 hours


You will be picked up from your lodging in Bumthang and driven to Toktu Zampa to start the trek. The trek route follows the Bumthang Chhuu ( river) Locally called the Chamkhar Chu (river). We will walk through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. You will get to see the Thankabi Temple, founded in 1470, pass by a 70 meters long mani wall, and some water driven prayer wheels, to reach Ngang Khakhang.

Lama Namkha Samdrup is believed to have come from Tibet in the 15th century, and founded the Ngang Khakhang. It is said that when he reached the place where the monastery stands today, a beautiful swan or Ngang-ma came flying in circles and landed there. The Lama considered this an auspicious sign and decided to build his monastery there.

The monastery thereafter came to be known as Ngang Lhakhang “Swan Monastery” and the valley called Ngang-bi (Swan valley). For centuries, Ngang Lhakhang has served as the seat of direct descendants of Lam Namkha Samdrup, whose ancestry can be further traced centuries back to a powerful monastic lineage in Tibet.

We will camp overnight near the temple (2,900m) or close by Damphay village known for tasty buckwheat pancakes and noodles. A small flock of black necked cranes winters here.

Day 02: Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing

The trail ascends gradually through birch, sycamore, bamboo and juniper forest towards Phephe-la pass (3,340m). It is a dark sunless forest with an eerie atmosphere. On the other side the dark forest continues till you descend into the Tang Valley- a picture post card wide valley with meadows, and pastures with grazing cows, small hamlets, and meandering stream.

Tonight we will camp on the riverside near the village of Ugyenchholing.(2,850m).


Day 03: Ugyenchholing – Bumthang / 11km, 4 hours

In the morning, walk up to Ugyenchholing Palace, a beautiful private mansion which 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 the 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. Drop at your lodge in Bumthang.





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