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Bumthang Owl Trek | Bhutan Trekking | Bhutanitis Travels

BUMTHANG OWL TREK

Bumthang Owl Trek

Total Duration: 10 Days - 9 Nights of Bhutan Trekking Tour.     Trek Days : 3 Days - 2 Nights.

The three days trek around Bumthang valley offers 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. While on the trek, one can also opt for bird watching in leisure.

The trail takes you through forests of blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, and bamboo. The beautiful, rugged landscape draped in countless varieties of rhododendrons is another attraction for tourist who embarks on this trek. As you walk along the tranquil ridges and mountains of Bumthang you will be treated to unparalleled views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world. There is an abundance of avian wildlife in this area and pheasants such as the beautiful Himalayan Tragopan are a common sight around April-May.

One of the best times to undertake this trek is in late spring, between April and early June when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. When trekking through this area in autumn there is a possibility of encountering Himalayan Black bears so caution should be exercised. If it is possible to schedule your trek during one of the local festivals you will be able to enjoy additional insight into the traditions and culture of this region.


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  • DETAILED ITINERARY
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HIGHLIGHTS

Difficulty: Moderate
Highest Altitude: 3870 Meters
Best Seasons: April and Early June
Day Activity Distance Time Altitude Accommodation
1 Arrival in Paro Airport 2200m Paro Hotel
2 Paro to Thimphu 54km 1 hr 2400m Thimphu Hotel
3 Thimphu sightseeing
4 Thimphu to Bumthang 268km 11 hrs 2800m Bumthang Hotel
5 Manchugang – Dhur  village     3450 m Camp site
6 Dhur Village - Drangela Pass     3870 m Campsite
7 Drangela Pass - Tharpaling monastery       Bumthang Hotel
8 Bumthang to Phobjikha 188km 6.5hrs 2900m Hotel in Phobjikha
9 Phobjikha – Paro 127km 3.5hrs 2200m Hotel in Paro
10 Departure from Paro

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Paro.

Our representative from Bhutanitis Travels will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.

  • Visit the nearby Ta Dzong (the national museum), and Rinpung Dzong.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro.  Food and accommodation will be arranged as per your reservations.


Day 2:  Paro (sightseeing) To Thimphu.

After breakfast,

  • Take a hike to the Paro Taktshang (tiger’s nest), the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.

After lunch,

  • Drive towards Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Thimphu.


Day 3:  Thimphu sightseeing.

After breakfast,

  • visit KuenselPhodrang, where the largest statue of sitting Buddha is located overlooking the capital city of Thimphu. It will give you a panoramic view of the entire stretch of the city.
  • Visit the Takin preservation center in Motithang, on the way to Motithang visit Changgangkha Lhakhang.

After lunch,

  • visit Thimphu memorial Chorten and Centenary Park.

Check into the hotel and rest for the day.


Day 4: Thimphu to Bumthang.

After breakfast,

  • Drive towards Bumthang, on the way to Bumthang visit Chendebji Chorten.
  • Halt in Pelela Pass for Photography.
  • Resume drive to Bumthang.

Check into hotel and take rest for the next day trekking.


Day 5 : Manchugang to Dhur  village - Trek Day 1.

After breakfast,

  • Drive to Manchugang. The trek starts from Manchugang and takes you to Dhur village, around 2900 meters above sea level. 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 campsite at Schonath (3450 meters) which is covered in hemlock and juniper trees. The otherwise silent nights are punctuated with the hooting of owls, hence the name ‘The Owl Trek’.

Dinner and overnight stay in campsite.


Day 6: Dhur Village to Drangela Pass - Trek Day 2.

After breakfast,
  • Start your trek 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 few hours of walk you will arrive at the Drangela Pass, 3600 meters above sea level. Climbing up the Kitiphu ridge brings you to the campsite for the night at an altitude of about 3870 meters. From this point you can have a fresh view of snow-capped mountains and valleys underneath. This is also when you can view the mount Gangkar- Punsum which stands at an altitude of 7541 meters, the highest unclimbed peak in the world.

Dinner and overnight stay in campsite.


 Day 7: Drangela Pass to Tharpaling monastery - Trek Day 3.

After breakfast,

  • Descend towards the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) where you may pray for yourself and all living beings.
  • Towards the afternoon the trek will take you along the ridge of Kikila and following the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) through scenic hills and forests.
  • Finally you will have the best view of Jakar Dzong and come to end of the trek at Bumthang.
  • Your transportation will be awaiting you to drop you off till the hotel.

Dinner and overnight halt in hotel in Bumthang.


Day 8: Bumthang to Phobjikha.

After an early breakfast, begin your journey towards Phobjikha. After the day long journey, arrive in Phobjikha and check into a hotel and retreat for the  day.


Day 9: Phobjikha to Paro.

  • After an early breakfast, explore the valley of the black necked cranes. Get ready to capture the most scenic photographs of this journey.
  • Visit Gangtey – another place guaranteed to amaze your mind, and the black necked crane information center.
  • After lunch, drive towards Paro.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Departures from Paro

After breakfast, drive to Airport for Departure.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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