Bumthang Owl Trek 11 Days

This package starts with a cultural tour of Bhutan that takes you across part of the country from Paro to Bumthang and concludes with a three day trek before a flight back to Paro on the last day. It's an excellent package to see the most impressive forts and temples and get some excellent trekking in at the same time. The scenery on the trek is magnificent with view of Gangkar Puensum(the highest unclimbed peak in the world). In autumn trekkers will have the chance to see the Himalayan Black bears. The schedule leaves sometime before and after the trek to visit the most important historic and cultural sites around Thimphu, Paro & Punakha. As well as a day hike to the Tiger's Nest one of Bhutan's most picturesque monasteries.

    What's Included?

  • Airport Transfers
  • Bhutan Visa
  • Transportation by private vehicle in Bhutan
  • One Way Return Flight Bumthang to Paro
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees, Trekking permits, All local taxes
  • Services of Guide, Cook & Helper on the Trek
  • Mess Tent, Kitchen and Toilet Tent
  • Ponies to carry supplies
  • Sleeping Pads (Bring your own Sleeping Bag)

Day 1: Paro to Thimphu

Altitude: 2320 m, Drive Time: 1 hour (58 km)
Welcome to Bhutan! Our driver will be waiting for you when you arrive with a Yak Holidays signboard and will drive you to Thimphu (1 hour drive), Bhutan's Capital. After lunch we will take in the local sites which include the Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve Centre, Tashichho Dzong and the Sangay Gang view point. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu - Punakha

Altitude: 1310 m, 72 kms, 3 hours drive
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we will be treated to a spectacular view of the Himalayas. Enroute, we stop to view Chimi Lhakhang, alternatively called the Temple of Fertility which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, known popularly as The Divine Mad Man, in the 15th century. After lunch, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, a traditional fort built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha - Gangtey

Altitude: 1310 m, 90 kms, 5 hours drive
We start early today and will head to Gangtey which is famous for the Black Necked Cranes which migrate to the valley every winter and the historic Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. We will spend the afternoon exploring the Phobjikha valley, a beautiful glacial valley, and visiting the crane information centre. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Gangtey.

Day 4: Gangtey to Trongsa to Bumthang

Altitude: 3000m (Gangtey). Drive 200km (8 Hours)
We will start this morning with a drive to Trongsa which is a little over half way to Bumthang. After lunch we will visit the Trongsa Dzong perhaps the most impressive example of the type of architecture in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang Sightseeing

Altitude: 2800 m
Today we will enjoy sightseeing around Bumthang and will visit a number of impressive sites including: Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message) and after we head to Membartsho (Literally means "The Burning Lake"), a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 6: Jakar - Menchugang - Dhur - Schonath (Start Trek)

Altitude 3400 m (Schonath). Trekking Time: 4 to 5 hours
After breakfast we will drive to Manchugang where we will start the trek. The trek will take us to the village of Dhur at an elevation of 2900m. The village has an interesting social hierarchy and consists of three types of inhabitant called the Kheps (tax payers, with cattle and farmland), the Brokpas, (nomadic yak herders) and the third group having either. After lunch we will continue the trek uphill through the blue pine forest and reach the camp at Schonath (3450m) in hemlock and juniper forest. The hauling of owls through the night is quite common, hence the name the Owl Trek. Overnight in the tent camp.

Day 7: Schonath to Drangela Pass

Altitude 3870 m (Drangela Pass). Trekking Time: 4 to 5 hours
Today's trekking takes you through the virgin forest of Bhutan that features huge spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron. During the months of April and May the rhododendrons are in full bloom. In about two hours, you will arrive at the Drangela Pass (3600m). Ascending the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of 3870m for the night camp. If weather favors you, have a wonderful view of the valley and the panoramic snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkar Punsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the peak of Kitiphu. Overnight in tent camp.

Day 8: Drangela Pass to Jakar

Altitude 2580 m (Jakar). Trekking Time: 4 to 5 hours
We will hike down from the pass to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Chuedak monastery features over 100 Avoloketeshvaras statues in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) that you will see nowhere else in the country. We continue the trek along the ridge of Kikila and finally follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang before meeting our vehicle. Transfer to your hotel in Jakar (1hr).

Day 9: Bumthang - Paro (By Druk Air)

Flight Time: 35 mins
After breakfast, drive to the Airport and fly to Paro. You will be received at the Paro Airport and you can check into the hotel for lunch. After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which also functions as the museum of Bhutan. Next we will visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) one of the largest in all of Bhutan. Dzong architecture is a distinctive type of fortress architecture found mainly in Bhutan. In the evening, visit to the Handicraft emporium and free for exploring the city. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Paro - Tigers Nest

Altitude: 2320 m. Hiking Time: 4 to 6 hours - 4 miles/6.5 km
Today is a special day with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest). After an early breakfast we drive north of Paro a short distance to begin our hike to the Tigers Nest, probably Bhutan's most famous landmark. The hike up to the monastery goes through a beautiful pine forest and you can catch several glimpses of the Tigers Nest (almost 900m above you). It's a good hike but well worth the effort and we will stop for lunch half way.

The trail takes you directly to this incredible monastery which clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The Tiger's Nest was built in 1692 and still functions today despite the daily visits by numerous tourists. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Depart Paro

Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

    Exclusions

  • Insurance Premiums
  • Druk Air fares (International)
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
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