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7 Days

Bumdra Trek in Bhutan

USD $ 1,780
per person

Activities in this trip includes

Trip Code

TMG-BB001

Trip Grade

Moderate

"Moderate" trips are tailored for travelers with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior experience. These adventures offer a balanced mix of activity, featuring longer hikes with moderate elevation gain, extended city tours with plenty of walking, or wildlife safaris that require some endurance. They are suitable for a wide range of participants seeking an enjoyable challenge.

Max. Elevation

4378mm

Group Size

12 max

Accommodation
& Meal Info

Comfort

Comfort (3-star): Mid-range accommodations with extra comforts. Ideal for trekkers at lodges/teahouses. Includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu. (AP= Accommodation with all three meals at trekking destination).

Highlights

  • Stunning Scenery: Enjoy breathtaking landscapes throughout the trek.
  • Cultural Treasures: Explore ancient monasteries, temples, and majestic dzongs (fortresses).
  • Village Life: Discover pristine villages and traditional farmhouses along the way.
  • Local Encounters: Meet friendly locals and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s warm hospitality.

Trip overview

Get ready for an incredible 2-day journey on the Bumdra Trek in Bhutan, a captivating experience that promises picturesque landscapes, cultural discoveries, and unforgettable memories. This adventure can be initiated from various starting points, but we highly recommend commencing your journey from the enchanting Sang Choekhor Monastery in Shari. As you set foot on the trail, you’ll find yourself surrounded by dense pine forests, the sound of rustling leaves and chirping birds creating a serene backdrop. The path winds its way through nature’s splendor, and it won’t be long before you’re treated to breathtaking vistas of Paro in the valley below. The views are nothing short of magical, setting the stage for a romantic trek that’s perfect for witnessing stunning sunsets over the rolling hills of Haa. One of the true highlights of this trek is the opportunity to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Taktsang. Nestled precariously on the edge of a cliff, it’s a sight to behold, and from your vantage point, you’ll also be able to admire the charming chapels that dot the surrounding landscape. It’s a visual spectacle that is sure to leave you in awe.

Adding a fascinating layer of culture to the trek, the Bumdra region is home to not one, not two, but three sacred sky burial sites. These sites are believed to have been blessed by Guru Rinpoche, a revered figure in Bhutanese Buddhism. As you explore these unique locations, you’ll get a glimpse into the spiritual and cultural traditions that have been cherished for generations.

While in Bumdra, your adventure continues with a range of activities to choose from. For those who want to delve deeper into the Bhutanese way of life, there’s the opportunity to try your hand at archery, the national sport, or engage in the Khuru game, also known as Dart. These activities provide an immersive cultural experience that connects you with the traditions of this enchanting land.

On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for relaxation and rejuvenation, you can choose to simply unwind and savor the serene ambiance that envelops the region. The tranquility and peacefulness of the surroundings make it the perfect place for quiet contemplation, meditation, or just unwinding with a good book.

And, if you’re a photography enthusiast, the Bumdra Trek offers an abundance of opportunities to capture the natural beauty and captivating landscapes that define Bhutan. Every step of the journey opens up a new canvas for your creative expressions, from the lush forests to the dramatic vistas, and the cultural treasures that await.

In conclusion, the Bumdra Trek in Bhutan is an adventure like no other, promising unforgettable moments in the heart of the Himalayas. Whether you’re drawn to the natural beauty, the cultural experiences, or the photographic opportunities, this trek is sure to leave an indelible mark on your travel memories. It’s a journey that connects you with the heart and soul of Bhutan, and one that you’ll carry with you long after you’ve left its enchanting landscapes.

Bumdra Trek in Bhutan – Trip Facts:

  • Trek duration: 02 days.
  • Bumdra trek distance: 14 kilometers.
  • Starting point: Sangchekhor monastery (2800 m).
  • Trek end point:  Base of the Tiger’s nest monastery.
  • Best time for Bumdra trek: Oct. – Dec. & Mid Feb. – May.
  • Bumdra trek altitude: 4000 m, Highest point on Bumdra (Sky burial site): 4378 m.
  • Bumdra trek difficulty level: moderately difficult.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro and begin sightseeing. Altitude: 2280m.
Day 2: Trek to Bumdra Monastery (Bumdra Trek in Bhutan). Distance: 7km. Duration: 4 hours. Altitude/Difficulty: 3500m.
Day 3: Bumdra – Tiger’s Nest – Thimphu (Bumdra Trek in Bhutan). Distance: 68km. Drive: 1 1/2 hours. Hike: 4 hours.
Day 4: Explore Thimphu. Altitude: 2334m.
Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha Sightseeing. Distance: 76km. Drive: 3 hours. Altitude: 2334m.
Day 6: Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang – Thimphu. Distance: 90km. Drive: 3 hours.
Day 7: Thimphu – Paro (Departure). Distance: 54km. Drive: 1 hour.

01

DAY

Arrival in Paro and Local Discovery | Altitude: 2280m

Upon your arrival at Paro airport, the Yak Holidays team will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, embark on a journey of exploration. Begin with a visit to the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum of Bhutan. Follow this with an exploration of the historic Rinpung Dzong, constructed in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. To round off the day, take an enchanting visit to a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. Your day concludes with a delightful dinner and a comfortable night’s stay at your hotel.

Destination:

Paro

Accommodation:

Hotel

Altitude:

2280m

02

DAY

Bumdra Trek Adventure Begins | Altitude: 2800m | Moderate Difficulty

The day starts with a drive to Sangchoekor Buddhist College in Paro Valley, marking the start of your Bumdra Trek. This exhilarating trek takes you uphill for 2 hours, passing by Chhoe Tse Lhakhang until you reach the vicinity of the Bumdra Monastery, also known as the Cave of Thousand Prayers. After a satisfying lunch, you can opt to visit the monastery or ascend a nearby peak at approximately 4000 meters for even more breathtaking views. Later, you’ll return to your camp for dinner and an overnight stay. The hike to the camp is approximately 3-4 hours, with an additional optional 2-3 hour return trek to the peak.

03

DAY

From Bumdra to Tiger's Nest and Thimphu | Easy Difficulty

In the morning, your trek takes you from Bumdra through the entrance to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This legendary site, where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have arrived on the back of a tigress, provides a thrilling experience. After descending, you’ll reach the base of the hill, where your vehicles await to take you back to Thimphu. In the afternoon, explore the remnants of the Drugyal Dzong, a fortress constructed in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Continue your journey with a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo. Your final destination for the day is Thimphu, but not before a visit to the Tamchog Monastery, constructed in the 15th century by Thang Tong Gyalpo. After a day filled with adventure, return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

04

DAY

Exploring Thimphu | Altitude: 2334m

Spend your morning exploring Thimphu’s cultural and historical gems. Begin with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974, and the world’s tallest sitting Buddha statue, standing at an impressive 51.5 meters. Continue your journey with visits to Changangkha Lhakhang, the Takin Preserve Center, Sangaygang View Point, and Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Lunch awaits you at the Simply Bhutan museum restaurant, providing cultural insights. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Bhutan’s artistic traditions with a visit to the painting school, the School of 13 Arts and Crafts. The evening is dedicated to exploring the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Following that, enjoy some free time to shop and capture photographic memories of the town. Conclude the day with dinner and a comfortable night’s stay at your hotel.

05

DAY

Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing | Distance: 76km | Drive: 3 hours | Altitude: 1242m

In the morning, set off on a picturesque drive to Punakha. Along the way, make a stop at the Dochu La pass, renowned for its 108 stupas. Your next destination is the Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the Temple of Fertility, built in 1499 to honor Lama Drukpa Kuenley, famously referred to as “The Divine Madman.” Your day’s adventure includes a visit to the historic Punakha Dzong, constructed in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which serves as the winter residence of Je Khenpo. In the evening, take a drive to Yabesa village and embark on a hike to the majestic Khamsum Yuelley Monastery. You’ll return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

06

DAY

Punakha to Thimphu | Distance: 90km | Drive: 3 hours

The day begins with a walk across the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, spanning an impressive 160 meters. This iconic bridge offers an unforgettable experience as you cross over the waters. You’ll then drive to Thimphu via Wangdue Phodrang, with a stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, constructed in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch at Dochula Cafeteria, you’ll continue your drive to Thimphu. In the afternoon, visit the Postal Museum, where you can even create personalized stamps. The day’s cultural journey will be complemented by witnessing an archery match at Changlimithang Stadium. Afterward, enjoy some free time for shopping and photography, concluding with dinner and an overnight stay at your hotel.

07

DAY

Thimphu to Paro (Departure) | Distance: 54km | Drive: 1 hour

After a fulfilling breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport for your departure, marking the end of your memorable Bumdra Trek in Bhutan with Yak Holidays.

Trip Includes

Includes

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and Evening Tea / Coffee].
  • Accommodation [twin / double sharing basis]. Single room supplement is extra.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Sustainable Development Fee & government taxes.
  • Bhutan visa fee.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
Trek Cost Includes:

Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000

  • One trekking guide.
  • Trekking cook.
  • Helpers.
  • Ponies and yaks.
  • Tents (Sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and shower tent etc).
  • 3 meals a days + evening tea.
  • Mattresses and all other trekking accessories.
  • Note: For trekking a load of 25 kg is allowed.

Excludes

  • Entrance fees for museums / monuments and festival visits.
  • Drukair / Bhutan Airlines fares.
  • Trip insurance premiums.
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, camera charges, Incidentals, portage, bellboy charges tips or any other services.

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