Bumdra Trek

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BUMDRA TREK.

The picturesque Bumdra trek is for 2 days and is the most beautiful and highly recommended trek. You can do this trek from three points but the highly recommended is from Sangchoekhor monastery in Shari. The trail passes through pine forest and the view of Paro in the valley floor below is breathtaking. The trek is romantic in the sense that hikers can soak in the beautiful sunset over the hills of Haa. You can also get a Bird’s eye view of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and all the chapels above it. There are three sky burial sites in the area which is believed to have been blessed by Guru Rimpoche.

While in Bumdra, you have the option to hike to a sky burial site, practice archery or Khuru game (Dart) or spend the time in leisure. The photography opportunities are immense especially if you love nature and beautiful sceneries.

Bumdra Trek Facts:

  • Trek duration: 02 days.
  • Walking Distance: 12 Kilometers.
  • Camp Altitude: 3500 m, Highest point: 4000 m.
  • Difficulty level: moderately difficult.
  • Starting point: Sangchekhor monastery (2800 m).
  • Trek end point:  Base of the Tiger’s nest monastery.
  • Best time for Bumdra Trek: October – December & Mid February – Mid May.

Trip Highlights:

  • Picturesque Landscape.
  • Ancient Monasteries and temples.
  • Beautiful Dzongs (Forts).
  • Pristine villages and Farm house.
  • Meet local people.
  • Museums and Government Institution.

Bumdra Trek Itinerary (Sketch):

  • Day 1. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m).
  • Day 2. Trek to Bumdra Monastery (Altitude 3500 m, 7 Km, 4 hour).
  • Day 3. Bumdra – Tiger’s Nest – Thimphu (Alt. 2334 m, 58 km).
  • Day 4.Thimphu Sightseeing.
  • Day 5. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hours).
  • Day 6. Punakha –  Wangduephodrang – Thimphu (90 km, 3 hours).
  • Day 7. Thimphu – Paro (Departure).

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Bumdra Trek (Detailed Itinerary):

Day 1. Arrive Paro and sightseeing:

Your Guide from Yak Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the Hotel.

In the Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong (National Museum of Bhutan). Then visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, visit to a Bhutanese Farm house.

Over night in Hotel.

Day 2. Trek to Bumdra Monastery:

In the Morning, drive to Sangchoekor Buddhist College in the Paro valley (2,800 m). Walk up hill for 2 hours. We walk past Chhoe Tse Lhakhang and reach near the Bumdra Monastery (Cave of Thousand Prayers).

After lunch, visit the monastery or climb a peak nearby at around 4000 meter. We return to the camp.

Overnight in camp.

Hiking duration: 3 – 4 hours to camp, optional 2–3 hours return trek to peak, Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 3. Hike from Bumdra via Tiger’s Nest – Thimphu:

In the Morning, return from Bumdra via the gate of Tiger’s nest Monastery. Guru Rimpoche, the Tantric Mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan flew here on the back of a Tigress. We descend down and reach the base of the hill where our vehicles will pick us up (End of Bumdra Trek).

In the Afternoon, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Then visit Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo. This is also one of the oldest temples in the country.

Drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo.

Overnight in Hotel.

Hiking duration: 5 – 7 hours, Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 4. Thimphu Sightseeing:

In the Morning, visit National Memorial Chorten (1974) and the tallest statue of Sitting Buddha in the world (51.5 meters). Then visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point  and Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

Lunch at Simple Bhutan Museum restaurant.

Afternoon – Visit to Painting School, the school of 13 Arts and crafts.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Then free to stroll in the town.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 5. Thimphu – Punakha sightseeing:

In the Morning, drive to Punakha. On the way, visit Dochu La pass with its 108 stupas.

Then visit Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 to honor Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. This Temple is also called “the Temple of Fertility”.

Afternoon – visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is the winter residence of Je Khenpo.

In the evening, drive to Yabesa village and hike to the Imperial Khamsum Yuelley monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 6. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu:

In the Morning, walk across the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m). The Punakha Suspension Bridge is considered the longest of its kind in Bhutan.

Drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang. On the way, view the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Lunch at Dochula cafeteria and drive to Thimphu.

In the Afternoon, visit to Postal Museum where you can make personalized stamps.

Then witness the Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 7. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Bumdra Trek with Cultural Tour:

Peak Season: March, April, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.

  • 1 Pax: US $ 1630 per person.
  • 2 Pax: US $ 1570 per person.
  • 3 Pax and Above: US $ 1390 per person.

Lean Season: Dec, Jan, Feb, June, July & Aug.

  • 1 Pax: US $ 1480 per person.
  • 2 Pax: US $ 1420 per person.
  • 3 Pax and Above: US $ 1240 per person.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner and Evening Tea].
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • Visa Fee.
  • English speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Drukair fares.
  • 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.

Bumdra Trek Cost Includes:

Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000

  • One guide.
  • Cook.
  • Helpers.
  • Ponies and Yaks.
  • Tents (Sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and shower tent).
  • 3 meals.
  • Mattresses and all other trekking accessories.
  •   Note: For trekking a load of 25 kg is allowed.