Bumdra Trek – 7 days trip gives you with exclusive cultural, outdoor & adventure and trekking experiences in Bhutan. Bumdra, under Paro district, has long been a pilgrimage but today it is an ideal destination for travelers looking for a unique trekking experience in Bhutan. Bhutan is a tiny country that is nestled among the mightiest mountains in the world. This is the land of dramatic mountain scenery, Buddhism, prayer wheels, Dzongs (fortress), ancient traditions, chilies and cheese, rice terraces, and some of the most beautiful woodworking you will ever see. With one week in Bhutan, you can explore the cultural heart of this country, making memories that will last for a lifetime.
Welcome to Bhutan- Joenpa lekso! Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will meet your personal travel assistant. Then, you will be transported to your first destination in Bhutan, Thimphu, located at 1 hour 20-minute drive from the airport. On the way to Thimphu, you will stopover at Tachogang and walk over the 600years old Tachog bridge. After arriving to Thimphu, you will first visit the National Memorial Stupa which is built in 1974 and pay tribute to our late third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. After that visit the sacred and tallest Buddha Dordenma, where you will be able to see 169ft (51m) Bronze Buddha on the hilltop of kuenselphodrang. Towards evening, you will drive toward the northern part of Thimphu called motithang to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin in a small preservation center and after that you will have an introductory walk to acclimatize yourself with climate in Bhutan around Sangay gang to Wangdi Tse which will take around 1 hr 20 minutes.
After breakfast, you will drive beyond the turn-off to Tango Goemba, the road ends at Dodina(elevation 2600m) and then take a walk around 1 hour 30 minutes which leads to Cheri monastery. The trail starts by crossing a lovely bridge that spans the Wang Chhu, and then climbs steeply to the monastery. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of the Shabdrung’s father. Cheri monastery is located at altitude of 2850m.
Drive back to the town for the lunch and after lunch you will visit Folk heritage museum, were you get to learn the authentic rural Bhutanese way of living. From here, you will visit the National Textile Museum, to see the collection of master piece of our traditional dress and other textiles. Toward evening, we will visit Farmers Centenary market, where you get to stroll around in the local farmer’s vegetable market. The highlight of the day will be visiting the glorious Trashichoe Dzong, a capital fortress which houses the golden throne for our King.
After breakfast the road climbs for an hour till you reach Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150m dotted with colorful prayer flags and 108 Stupa. Weather permits, this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayans. You may enjoy a hot cup of tea/coffee at the Dochula tourist’s cafe. After that we will do a hike to Lungchutse hike which is approximately 3 hours hike at the altitude of around 3600m. After that you will go back and continue to descend en route to Punakha through the temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring, then a semi-tropical zone.
After lunch, you will take a walk to the temple standing on a round hill rock through a paddy field to Chimi Lhakhang or the temple of fertility. It is about 20 minutes walking through rice terraces and the village of Sopsokha. The temple is situated on the spur above the village. It is believed that barren couple will have children if they get blessing for this temple and Drive to Bhutan’s most spectacular Punakha Dzong and walk in the Dzong by crossing the cantilever bridge. The Punakha Dzong was built in the year 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and walk on the longest suspension bridge.
After breakfast, we will take you to north of Punakha, on a hill rock called Nyizergang, Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangden has three storied chorten called Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten consecrated in December 1999. Situated in idyllic rural countryside, 45minutes climb from the road is well worth to see the paintings, which are beautiful and present an incredibly complex iconography and the statues. After that drive to Paro, crossing over Dochula pass. At the pass, you will view 108 Stupas which commissioned by the former Queen as a memorial to those who has lost their lives during the low intensity confict in late 2002. After lunch in Thimphu you will drive back to Paro crossing Dochula and after reaching Paro you will visit the oldest temple called Kichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most revered temples, which was built by a Tibetan king in 7th century to subdue the demoness and followed by visit Paro Rimpong Dzong which was built in 17th Century and visit to Ta Dzong from where you can enjoy the view of the valley.
In the morning we will drive to Sang Choekor Buddhist College at 2890 meters. First 3-4 hours are spent by steep climb in the forest. Lunch will be served at small temple of Chechemhen in 3640m with nice views of Paro valley. After short final climb, the trail will get gentle, ascending slowly up. Finally to reach fixed luxurious camp below the Bumdrak temple. Temple is dubbed a Cave of Hundred thousand Dakinis, the Buddhist female angels, who allegedly built it in 17th century. If caretaker is present you can also visit the temples. If you still have spare energy and time, you can continue climb to 4130 meters high viewpoint for better panoramic views and spotting of holy Jomolhari peak (7326m) summit. Round trip to viewpoint takes about 1.5 hours. Camp in Bumdrak has offers large fixed tents with beds and warm blankets. Dining tent is equipped with gas heaters. Toilet tent and camping berths and chairs are here too, so no worry this night will be almost as comfortable as if you’re in hotel.
Today we will start directly down to the forest, constantly descending. After two hours we will reach to Oselgang monastery where the views to Paro valley starts to open. Continue down, reaching to Ogyen Tsemo temple, right above the Tiger Nest (not yet visible). Finally descend to narrow valley and short climb to Zangto Pelri lhakhang on the top of the cliff. From here you can glimpse the roofs of the Tiger’s Nest monastery to which you will soon start descending. Tiger’s Nest, is most holy place in Bhutan. It was built in 17th century on the place where Guru Padmasambhava, 8th century magician saint meditated. After visiting the temple, descend to the parking. Enjoy the last evening in Bhutan.
Our representatives will transfer you to Paro International Airport. Wish you safe journey and thanks for visiting Bhutan. Hope to see you again.
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