This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike.
In addition to the numerous lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pephe La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn.
Day 1: Toktu Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang
Distance 12 km, 4-5 hours, 170 m ascent, camp altitude 2,800 m The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout and stops for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). The vall…
Day 2: Ngang Lhakhang – Tahung
Distance 16 km, 6 hours, 750 m ascent, 670 m descent, camp altitude 2,720 m You’ll begin the day by crossing verdant meadows and with a beautiful view of the valley below. Then you climb gradually to Phephe La (3,360m), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful f…
Day 3: Tahung – Mesithang
Distance 16 km, 4-5 hours, 230 m descent The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) and lead you to Tang Ogyencholing. Ogyencholing Palace houses the only privately owned.
GROUP SIZEAny group Size
TRIP ACCOMMODATIONTourist Standard Hotel generally 3 to 4 star category.
Paro - Punakha
Bumthang Culture Trek
Drive to Bumthang to Thimphu
Thimphu to Paro
TRIP TYPETrekking - Moderate
TRIP SEASONSSpring(March - May) & (Sept - Nov) are best seasons.
BEST MONTHSMarch, April, May, June, October, November
LEAN MONTHSJanuary, December
Please Note : Although we pride ourselves in constantly maintaining our programme the above mentioned programme is subject to change without prior notice.
- Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
- Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
- All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
- All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Experienced Trekking Tour Guide.
- Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp servces.
- During the trek:
Fully-serviced camping trek
Provided during the trek: tents (sleeping, dining Kitchen and toilet tents), trekking mattresses, small air pillow, Hot-water bag, Pressured Altitude Bag for altitude emergencies, Pony to carry luggages, Basic Medical Kit.Cook and assistants accompany the group. All meals, beverages and snacks are provided.
- Flights in and out of Bhutan.
- Personal trekking gears such as sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.
- Sleeping bags are available for small cleaning fee.