The actual trek is only for three days, but the entire trip which includes the journey from Paro to Bumthang and back may take 12 days. The tour duration can be shortened to 10 days or less for your convenience. This tour will take you from Paro in western Bhutan to Bumthang in central Bhutan and back.
Day 01 Arrive at Paro
You will be received by a representative of Kibou Bhutan Tours and Treks at the airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day, after a visit to the Rinpung Dzong that is a 17th century fortress/monastery, which also houses the district administrative centre, the rest of the day may be spent at leisure with a stroll through the town. End the day with a welcome dinner back at the hotel.
Day 02 Paro (Sightseeing)
Drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the morning to take in the view of the valley and other sights along the way such as the famous Tiger’s Den Monastery perched precariously upon a cliff and other temples and monasteries. In the afternoon visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and the National Museum which is housed in an ancient watch tower then stroll through a typical Bhutanese village and visit a farmhouse to experience the life of the local farmer with butter tea and local snacks. Return to the hotel for the night.
Day 03 Paro – Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu in the morning; check in at the hotel and after lunch visit Zilukha Nunnery, the National Library, the Memorial Chorten and the Textile Museum. In the evening take a leisurely stroll through the town and shop for souvenirs.
Day 04 Thimphu – Trongsa
This is a 6 to 7 hour drive with lots of stops along the way. After checking in at the hotel in Trongsa, we may visit the Dzong in the evening. This is a 17th century fortress that now serves as a monastery as well as the local administration office. This Dzong is of historical significance as it is the seat of the Wangchuck dynasty.
Day 05 Trongsa – Bumthang
The drive to Bumthang is about 3 hours. Once we arrive at Bumthang and have checked in, we may visit some of the ancient temples and monasteries in the valley. Spend the evening at leisure in preparation for tomorrows trek
Day 06 Bumthang – Nganglhakhang: Distance – 20 KMS about 5 hrs. (Alt. 2895m).
The trail takes us along the Chamkhar River. We stop for lunch stop at Thangbi Temple. After lunch we enter the “Land of the Swans” (Ngang Yul) with the “Swan temple” (Nganglhakhang) in the center. This valley was initially only inhabited by swans and therefore the name (Ngang). We camp for the night in the Valley of the swans.
Day 07 Nganglhakhang – Ugyenchholing: Distance – 23 KMS about 7/8 hrs. (Alt. 2834m).
A gradual climb through some of the most beautiful forests in Bhutan brings us to Phephela pass which lies at an altitude of 3353m/11000ft, and is the highest point on the trail. After a brief descent the pass, we arrive at our camp for the night at Ugyenchholing.
Day 08 Ugyenchholing – Bumthang: Distance – 10 KMS about 2/3 hours. (Alt. 2743m).
On the third day, the trial descends along the River Tang and we see the ancient Tag Rimoche Temple (The Temple of the tiger stripes, named after the stripes on the rocks and cliffs beside the temple), located on the river banks as we gradually descend down the valley. At the end of the trek we arrive at Pangshing from where we drive back to the hotel after a quick visit to Mebar Tsho (The burning Lake) on the way.
Day 09 Bumthang
Spend the day at leisure, visiting ancient temples and monasteries and strolling through town.
Day 10 Bumthang – Wangdi
We now begin our journey back to Paro and halt for the night at Wangdi.
Day 11 Wangdi – Paro
On the way we can visit the Wangdi Dzong and later stop for lunch in Thimphu then continue our drive to Paro where we halt for the night
Day 12 Paro – Departure
Leave for the international airport early in the morning for your onward journey home