Duration: 12 Days
Price: USD 3,850
Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang trek is exploring the main cities of Bhutan and a short trek to the lovely Bumthang valley as suggested in the title.
the trails to Bhumthang valley is extensive long but somewhat demanding; nonetheless – you’ re rewarded trekking through the pristine nature, isolated trails sideways, views of the snowcapped Himalayas, emerald green valleys, and crystal lakes. Your paths lead you through hilly fields of rhododendron forests plus you even get to observe various types of flora and faunas. Here we trek three days to relatively low altitude maximum of 3,400 meters and 11,156 feet. Overall, this cultural trekking takes you all the way to the mysterious Himalayan kingdom through the isolated villages and unique ancient heritage sites.
This 12 days package begins with sightseeing Paro valley. For three days, we will be trekking to Bhumthang valley and also be hiking to the Tiger Nest Monastery. (Taktsang monastery), visit other several monasteries and Dzongs, explore arts, painting schools, visit museums, zoo etc.
As for trekking, we begin from Thangbi Gomba which is close to the Thangbi village. We head through Choehkhor and Tang valley and as crossing the trails, we will be visiting several isolated Bumthang village, prehistoric holy places and even make a visit to Ugencholing village. As crossing these several villages, you get close on-hand experience with culture and lifestyle of the Bhutanese. Though the trek is relatively easy and is completed within a short period as of a day, the trails are a bit challenging for we will be ascending longer hours and gently descend from altitude ranging approximately 500 meters to 3,400 meters (Phephe La).
This 12 days in Bhutan gives you such some best memorable experience to explore the valley and get experience trekking to the stunning Bumthang valley. As for the seasons, it is perfect during the spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) with no climate issues. For further information or if you have any other questions, please free to contact or email us.
Here we list our itinerary for the Bhutan Bumthang Cultural Tour:
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Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2250 m & 7382 feet)
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 05: Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours
Day 06: Trek to NgangLhakhang (2,895m/9,500ft):10Km, 2 - 3 hours, Trek begins
Day 07: Trek to UgyenCholing (2,895m/9,500ft):18Km, 6 - 7 hours
Day 08: Trek to Jakar/Bumthang(2,745m/9,000ft): 2Km, 1.5 hrs : Trek ends
Day 09: Sightseeing in Jakar/Bumthang
Day 10: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 6 hours
Day 11: Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 3 - 4 hours
Day 12: Final Departure
Includes and Excludes
- Bhutanese visa fee
- Pickup and drop from hotels and airport
- Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
- All meals, tea, and snacks
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
- English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
- Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
Not Included in the Cost
- Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
- Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
- Travel insurance
Accommodation in Bhutan
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.
Meals and Drinks in Bhutan
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Time to Travel
Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.
Luggage or Backpack for tour
You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Airline tickets
- Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural or City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 visor/sun hat
- Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan Bumthang Cultural Tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 12 days for Bhutan Bumthang Cultural Tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan Bumthang Cultural Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan Bumthang Cultural Tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.