Bhutan Hiking Experience
Central Bhutan is an exciting destination for all travellers. It is blessed with great natural beauty of alpine and sub-tropical forests teeming with a variety of flora and fauna. Central Bhutan also has some of the most significant historical and religious sites. The Trongsa region, has been of great political importance, due to its commanding location in the centre of Bhutan. The nearby Bumthang region has some of the most ancient temples and monasteries in Bhutan. The Thrumshingla National Park located here is famous for many rare and endangered birds.
On this tour, we begin in Paro and then travel to Thimphu, for a comprehensive touring of its cultural attractions. Then drive over the Himalayan passes to Punakha valley in Central Bhutan. Located in a sub-tropical valley it has a beautiful Punakha Dzong. On your return, we trek over the mountains to Paro and experience the remote culture and warmth of the Bhutanese.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 7-DAY BHUTAN HIKING EXPERIENCE...
And, experience Bhutanese culture on short Bumdra trek.
Bhutan Hiking Experience Bumdra Trek: Luxury Adventure
For adventurous travellers who still want comfort & luxury
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumdra Trek
(7 Days – Travel Any Day)
Your adventure begins with the flight to Paro, one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will fly over a wall of green hills known as ‘dwars’ or doors to the Himalaya. As you cross the “dwars”, you will see Mt Everest, Mt. Kangchenjunga, Mt. Makalu and some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks; a never-to-be-forgotten picture of a lifetime.
Day 1 – Arrive Paro
Thimphu The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will fly over a wall of green hills known as ‘dwars’, or doors to the Himalaya. You will see Mt Everest, Mt Kangchenjunga, Mt Makalu and some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks - a never-to-be-forgotten vista of a lifetime.
On arrival, you will be received by our representative, who will escort you to your hotel in Thimphu. The transfer to Thimphu takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
Taj Tashi Hotel – (Local Restaurant – D)
Day 2 – Explore
Thimphu Take a comprehensive tour of Thimphu with your private guide and driver to see the highlights, including the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government, the Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings, and a short hike to Cheri Gompa, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom.
Taj Tashi Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)
Day 3 – Explore
Punakha Drive to Punakha, the ancient winter capital, located in a sub-tropical valley with warm summers and pleasant winters. Visit the beautifully located Punakha Dzong, built on the confluence of Pho chhu (male river) and Mo chhu (female river).
Spend the rest of the day hiking through the fields along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley. On return, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Time permitting, visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility and dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, known locally as the ‘Divine Madman’.
Uma Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)
Day 4 – Explore
Paro Driving back to Paro through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests. You will drive over the high mountain pass (3,140 m) from where, on a clear day, you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas.
In the evening, travel to Drukgyal Dzong (fortress) now in ruins, which was built by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by the Mongolian warlord Gushri Khan. Historically and strategically, this dzong has captivated Westerners since it was featured in the National Geographic magazine in 1914.
Zhiwaling Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)
Day 5 – Hike
Bumdra Trek The Bumdra trek starts from about 2,800m to yak pasture below Bumdra Monastery (3,800m). The adventure begins with a steep ascent but with commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snow-capped Himalayas. The camp is on a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chortens and tucked under the Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Thousand Prayers) which we will visit in the late afternoon.
Duration: 3 – 4 hours to camp
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Luxury Camp at Bumdra (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Hike
Bumdra Trek Today we trek from our campt site back to Taktsang Monastery (2,900m). The path snakes across the mountainside between some ancient monasteries before going straight down onto the ornate rooftops of Taktsang (‘Tiger’s Nest’), one of the most important icons of Bhutan. It is said that, in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, a great Buddhist sage, flew on a tigress and landed here, where he meditated in a cave before introducing Buddhism to the country. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m that overlooks the Paro River. A round-trip hike takes about 3-4 hours.
Duration: 5 – 7 hours
Zhiwaling Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)
Day 7 – Airport Transfer
Depart Paro Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There International flight to Bangkok or New Delhi are available from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights to Bhutan are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates. Transfers within Bhutan will be arranged by AwimAway. On your arrival, our representative will meet and greet with your private car and driver, that will be available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience.
When to go Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. During the spring months of March, April and May, Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan.
By the middle of June, clouds begin to build up for the monsoon that arrives in July. By mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can get cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking in the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.