Bumthang Cultural Trek

Trip Duration 12
Max Altitude 3000m
Group Size 05-30
Best Time for Visit Jan to June and Sept to December

Trip Overview


The Bumthang Cultural Trek is a captivating trekking adventure that takes you through the heart of Bhutan's cultural heritage and enchanting landscapes. Located in the Bumthang district of central Bhutan, the trek also spans over 3 to 4 days and offers a moderate-level challenge suitable for trekkers with reasonable fitness. As you embark on this cultural odyssey, you will be immersed in the authentic Bhutanese way of life. The trek also meanders through traditional villages, allowing you to interact with friendly locals and witness age-old customs and architecture that have endured through generations. The Bumthang Valley, often dubbed the cultural heartland of Bhutan, welcomes you with its captivating blend of history and spirituality. The journey unveils the secrets of some of Bhutan's most revered religious sites. You will also visit ancient monasteries and temples like Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, and Tamshing Lhakhang, experiencing their architectural grandeur and profound spiritual significance. Throughout the trek, you will also traverse breathtaking landscapes, characterized by lush forests, emerald valleys, and picturesque meadows. Bhutan's commitment to environmental conservation ensures you encounter pristine environments that instill a sense of serenity and awe. The warmth and hospitality of the Bhutanese people will also leave a lasting impression on you. Interactions with the locals offer insights into their way of life, culture, and traditions. Bhutanese cuisine, featuring delights like Ema Datshi (cheese and chili stew) and red rice, delights your taste buds. Bhutan's policy of "High Value, Low Impact Tourism" ensures a limited tourist footfall, granting you a more exclusive and intimate experience during the trek. As you walk amidst the tranquil surroundings, you will find an ideal environment for meditation and reflection, disconnecting from the noise of modern life.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Bumthang Cultural Trek is not just a physical journey but also an enriching cultural and spiritual experience. It also provides a deep connection with Bhutan's unique identity and values, making it a truly unforgettable and transformative adventure. So, come and discover the magic of Bumthang, where the past meets the present, and nature embraces culture in harmony.

 Trip Highlight

Bumthang Cultural Trek takes you on a journey through some of the most magical monuments, lakes, fortresses and valleys of Bhutan. Bumthang is one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan.
The trek follows the beautiful Chamkhar Chu river and Tang Chu river in Bumthang valley. During the trek you will visit Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan), Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake), Tang Ugyen Choling and Ugyen Choling museum among others. Especially the crossing of Dochula pass (3050m) to capture the views of Gangkar Puensum, Table mountain, Jeje Khang and Masakhang Gangchey ta will be breathtaking. The highest point of the trek is Phephe La situated at an altitude of 3,360m.
Aside from trekking, you will go on a sightseeing tour of Paro sightseeing visiting the famous Tatksang or Tiger Nest Monastery, Ta Dzong and 17th century Rinpung Dzong. The trek can be easy to moderate trek and is best done during Spring and Summer seasons.


The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we are greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we are taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.

This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu (chu means water) river downstream until you reach its confluence with the Wangchu. Ride up the valley to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Memorial Chhorten, Traditional Medicine Hospital, and Painting School.

After breakfast we visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and observe the life style of the people. Overnight in Thimphu.

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.

After an early breakfast we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it’s possible to see yaks. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight in Bumthang.

The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul. Camp at an altitude of 9500 feet.

The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 3353m/11,000 ft, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyen Choling Palace can be seen. Camp at an altitude of 9300 feet.

The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight in Bumthang.

Today’s sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Then visit Tamshing Monastery, which is founded by the great treasure discoverer. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.

Begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue. Along the way visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue with its dramatic Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.

This morning we return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! We stop for lunch at Dochula pass. Here we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening free time to explore Paro town. Overnight in Paro.

Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Friendship World Trek will bid you farewell.

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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Airport pick up and transfer to the hotel.
  •  Three-night accommodation in Paro on BB basis (3-star category hotel) on twin sharing as mentioned in the itinerary
  •  An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder trekking Guide.
  •  Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Minibus / Bus
  •  Required Trekking porter /sherpa (two people will get one trekking sherpa/ porter)
  •  Three-time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  •  Bhutan visa fee
  •  Bhutan travel permit
  •  Trekking permit as mentioned in the itinerary
  •  All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  •  Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  •  Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  •  Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
  •  All program as mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Overland transportation
  •  Insurance for staff ( Trekking guide, Driver and porters)
  •  Guide and porter fares and taxes.
  •  Government Tax and office service charge.
  •  Airport drop

Price Excludes

  •  International flight ticket
  •  High-risk medical insurance
  •  Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
  •  Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
  •  Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  •  Purely personal nature expenses
  •  Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).


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