Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumdra Trek
Bumdrak Trek: In this Trek, we will be blessed by visiting the two most revered Buddhist Pilgrimage spot in Bhutan, Bumdra and Taktshang Monastery, besides enjoy the scenic beauty and Himalayan Mountains. Bumdra means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Foot Prints’. The legend tells us that a hundred thousand Dakinis (angels) descended here and left their footprints on the rock 800 years ago. Bumdra is about 3800m above sea level and the Taktshang Monastery is above 3100m above sea level.
Day 1. Arrive to Paro International Airport and received by our representative. Drive to Thimphu. 65km appx 1hr drive.
Drive to Thimphu, the capital City of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1hr.
PM: we will do some sightseeing in Thimphu like visit to Memorial Chhorten, Motithang Minizoo, to see the National Animal of Bhutan, Takin and the Nunnery or Drupthop Lhakhang. Then stroll around the Thimphu town. In the evening, we will visit Thimphu Trashi Chhoe Dzong.
Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel. o/n Peaceful resort or similar. L D
Day 2. Thimphu to Punakha. 79km appx. 2 hrs drive.
Today we will make day excursion to Punakha via Dochula pass (3150m). The pass is adorned with 108 small stupas and many kinds of prayer flags. From the pass, we can see the Eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges so beautifully on clear days. Continue our journey to Punakha and on reaching Punakha, we will visit the glorious Punakha Dzong/Fort and hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, which is located at a hilltop. The hike will take about 15-20 minutes from the road end through paddy fields and farmhouses. Then we will have lunch at Lobesa.
Overnight at Punakha. Zhingkham Resort or similar 2 N . BLD
Day3. Punakha Khamsum yuelly stupa Hike.
Walk amidst the rice fields to reach the Khamsum stupa. Later you can explore the Punakha valley do a village hike and visit a farm house.
Visit the Khamsum stupa and later drive back to Paro. BLD
Day4. Punakha to Paro. 144km appx. 3 hrs drive.
Drive to Paro via Thimphu, enroute visit the Semtokha Dzong and the Tachog monastery. On reaching Paro free to explore the Paro town and also visit the Paro Dzong.
Day5. Bumdra (Trek).
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Paro, Sang Choekor, where our trekking crewmembers will be waiting for us. Our trek will start from here to Bumdra. Bumdra, which is blessed by 100,000 dakinies.
At Sang Chhoekhor, you can visit Sang Chhoekhor Lhakhang, which is a Buddhist College.
The trek to Bumdra for about first 1-2hrs walk will be ascent of a shady, forested ridge, brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys.
The Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside about 2 hrs hike from Sang Chokor. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple, which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas.
After a final 20-minute climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and, after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chortens and prayer flags.
Our camp for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Hundred Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan range. After lunch we can visit the monastery and mediate there for whole afternoon.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bumdra camp (3800m) BLD
Day 06. Bumdra to Taktshang Paro.
After our breakfast, we will start our trek to Paro via Taktshang Monastery. After one to two hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of Zangtopelri (Heaven on Earth), from here you get views of the Taktsang Monastery.
An hour later you reach Taktsang Monastery. You can have your picnic lunch at the view point and further walk down hill for an hour will reach the road head where your vehicle will be waiting for you.
Dinner and overnight stay at Paro Hotel. Tenzinling Resort / similar 2N BLD.
Day 07. Haa valley excursion. 130 km. appx 4 hrs.
Haa valley is one of the remote districts of Bhutan that borders Tibet. The road reaches heights of 4000m and is one of the highest road in Bhutan. Weather permitting you have some great views of the Eastern Himalayan range. BLD
Day8. DEPARTURE B
Our Package usually includes:
• All hotel and resort arrangements on Full board
• All trek arrangements and camp arrangement for 1 Night.
• All sightseeing,
• Bhutan visa and permits.
• All private Transfers with a SUV.
• English Speaking guide throughout the tour.
Extras on tour usually paid for direct.
• Bar and beverages in Hotel. Any hotel extras like spa, laundry etc.
• Tips to crew.
• Personal shopping.
• Personal travel Insurance.
Please contact us Price and any further information on this tour.
Images from the Bumdra trail