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Owl Trek of Bhumthang

This trek is a great option around Bumthang that offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with […]

  • trip code

    WT-CODE 531

  • group-size

    No size limit person

  • duration

    12 Day(s) days/ nights

This trek is a great option around Bumthang that offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. The trail takes you through forests of largely bamboo and interspersed with a large variety of Rhododendrons that can be seen blooming during April and May. The forest cover makes for excellent bird watching and black bear. The trail starts near Dhur village a traditional village with a large population of nomadic herdsmen. The second day brings you to Drangela Pass 3,600m (11,800 feet) the high point on the trek from where you can have great views of Gangkar Puensum 7,570m (24,836 feet) Bhutan’s tallest peak. On the way to pass you will have a chance to visit several monasteries including the Chuedak monastery which features over 100 stoned carvings of Avalokiteśvara one of the most honored bodhisattvas. If it is possible to schedule your trek during one of the local festivals you will be able to enjoy additional insights into the traditions and culture of this region.

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro

    Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be meeting by our representative, then transfer you to the hotel. Take refreshment for a while and we will visit Drugyal Dzong, 16 km away from Paro. On a clear day one can view sacred Mt. Jomolhari (mountain of Goddess) from the area of Dzong. We will also visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which is now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal overnight at hotel in Paro.

  • Day0 2: Paro Sightseeing-Thimphu

    After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence a climb through beautiful pine forest. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in the east. In the afternoon, we will drive to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan which takes approximately 1:30-2 hours drive. Dinner will in the niece restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 03:  Thimphu

    After the morning fresh breath taking in the Thimpu you will visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body which includes the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Zoo, where the Takin is preserved , Buddha Point, Paper factory ,School of art and craft .Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day04: Thimphu – Punakha

    Today, drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass (3,140m). On the way stop to see the spectacular array of chortens, to enjoy the superb view over the snow capped Himalayan Mountains and also to the Gasa Dzong at a distance if the weather is clear. Your journey then continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha. On arrival at Punakkha visit Punakha Dzong, which is impressive due to its location between two great river, Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). This Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body and also the office of the district Administration. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

  • Day 05: Punakha – Trongsa

    After early breakfast, drive about 7km from Punakha town and crossing the suspension bridge over the Mochu River it takes approximately 30-45 minutes to walk to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa) which is perched on a strategic ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa geog. It was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to remove evil forces and promote peace, stability and harmony throughout the world. As the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed, the details and the architectural designs were drawn from scriptures as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa .Then drive to Trongsa via Wangduephodrang and later passing through Pelela pass at 3,300m, the traditional boundary between east and west. Overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.

  • Day 06: Trongsa – Bumthang

    After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, an ancestral residence of Bhutan’s royal family. Then visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower built to guard the Trongsa Dzong. After lunch, drive to Bumthang. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

  • Day 07: Mangchungang – Dhur Village

    The trek starts from Manchugang and take you to Dhur village at 2,900m. The inhabitants of the village are the nomadic Kheps and Brokpas. This village has two distinct dialects, the Bumthang Kha and the Brokke, a language spoken by the nomads. Near the river is a traditional water-driven flour mill which used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village. The trek resumes with an uphill climb through blue pine forests towards the camp site at Schonath (3,450m) which is covered in hemlock and juniper trees. The silent nights are punctuated with the hooting of owls, hence the name ‘Owl Trek’ Overnight camping at Dhur Village.

  • Day0 8: Dhur Village – Drangela Pass

    The second day of this trek is mainly through lush forests of hemlock, fir, spruce and many species of rhododendrons which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. The trail also takes you through the forests of bamboo which is the main undergrowth in this area. After a few hours of walking you will arrive at the Drangela pass (3,600m). Climbing up the Kitiphu ridge brings you to the campsite for the night at an altitude of about 3,870m. From the point you can have a fresh view of snow-capped mountains and valleys underneath. You can also view Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7541m), the highest unclimbed peak in the world. Overnight camping at Drangela pass.

  • Day 09: Deangela Pass – Tharpaling Monestary

    On the third day of the trek you descend towards the monasteries of Zambhala, Choedak and Tharpaling. Choedak monastery has 100 Avaloketesvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) where you may pray for yourself and all living beings. In the afternoon the trek will take you along the Kikila ridge and then follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) through scenic hills and forests. Finally you will have a great view of Jakar Dzong and come to the end of Trek at Bumthang. Overnight at your hotel in Bumthang.

  • Day 10: Bumthang – Thimphu

    After early breakfast, we will drive for a Thimphu. The drive will be longer today approximately 10 -10:30 hours arrive in Thimpu and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 11: Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro

    After breakfast, we will drive to Dodeyna to climb through a beautiful forest track to the Tango Monastery which overlooks a forested valley and other Buddhist retreats high in the mountains. The you can stroll around the city for shopping souvenirs for your family, relatives and friends. In the evening, we will drive through to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

  • Day 12: Departure

    After the early breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell.

whats included

  • Cost Inclusive 

    • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses/Camp.
    • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty.
    • Laxurious Private Transportation in the whole trip.
    • Local English speaking license holder Trekking Guide/Tour Leader.
    • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
    • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that carry luggage and camp gear.
    • All meals in Bhutan (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
    • All necessary entrance fees and permits.
    • Basic medical kids

whats Excluded

  • Cost Exclusive

    • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
    • Air Tickets
    • Visa fee of Bhutan
    • Penalize amount USD 60.00 incase if you took Tobacco with you in Bhutan.
    • Insurance of any kind

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