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.
This tour is designed for couples, families or small groups of first-time trekkers, who like to take an active adventure, in the comforts of luxury accommodation.
On arrival at Paro, enjoy a beautiful drive through mountains to Thimphu, Bhutan's charming capital. Begin with a comprehensive touring in Thimphu and explore its many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Urbanisation began here when Thimphu was proclaimed as a national capital in 1952 and the Dechenchoeling Palace was built. Even today the city retains its ethnic architectural style and is the only capital in the world with no traffic lights.
Yet unlike other capital cities in the world, Thimphu remains essentially pastoral in character and changes its demeanour with the seasons. The best way to explore Thimphu is by foot and experience the local culture. A walk up and down the street will always be enlightening. From the farmers that come to trade supplies in the city, to Bhutanese businessmen, to the monk body there will always be a colourful gathering passing by.
Journey into central Bhutan via Himalayan passes offering great vistas to Punakha the winter residence of the central monk body. Located in a sub-tropical valley it has a beautiful Punakha Dzong on an island surrounded by the Pho Chu (male) river and the Mo chu (female) river. To return to Paro, we trek over the mountains with your private guide. The short trek will allow a glimpse into this remote culture and you will be amazed by the warmth of the Bhutanese and their sheer charm that will make a journey here a real privilege indeed.
Returning to Paro, you’ll witness one of the most spectacular monasteries in the world, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tiger and landed there in the 8th century, and meditated. We will take some rest and picnic before returning to a hotel for a nice warm bath.
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 Flights are available to Bangkok or New Delhi from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance details and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates.
Getting Around: Transfers from Paro airport in Bhutan for this tour will be arranged by AwimAway. On your arrival our representative will be waiting for you at the airport with your private car and driver. The car willbe available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience, and can be used to travel throughout Bhutan by road.
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. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. 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 be cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking deep into the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.
Passport/ Visa Land entry: AwimAway.com representatives will meet you at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal to escort you to the land border at Phuentsholing and handle entry formalities for you.
Air entry: If you are coming by air, we will forward your flight tickets and visa clearance details to the Druk Air station at which the flight originates. Please have ready at hand any documentation we have sent you concerning this, or your tour. Kindly be at the check-in counter two hours before the expected departure time for your flight.
Passport & visa arrangements: Your passport should be valid for at least a month after your planned date of departure from Bhutan. Passports are stamped when you arrive, and the visa is valid for two weeks, but can easily be extended in Thimphu if your stay in our country is longer.