Bumthang Owl Trek
This is three days trekking in Bumthang (central) Bhutan which is one of the best in the region. The route takes us through the valleys of rhododendrons and some of the yak herder’s villages. If you wish to stay longer in Bhutan, this is the best recommended trekking in Bhutan beside Bumthang Cultural Trek.
- US$ 40 per person visa fees
- Visa arrangement for your stay in Bhutan
- Government royalty and all the taxes
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis, options available for cultural tour
- Trekking Gears provided (Sleeping tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, table, chair, toilet tent, sleeping mattress-thin water proof, duffel bags)
- Trekking facilities provided (Trekking chef, helper, trek guide, horses for luggage, horsemen)
- All meals (break, lunch & dinner), options available
- Full time English speaking Heavenly Bhutan guide Trekking cum Cultural
- Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary, we are flexible
- Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water throughout the journey
– Flight fares – available from Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata and Dhaka
– Personal expenses, phone calls, laundry, shopping, etc
- Sleeping bags (-30 degree needed for comfortable sleep evening during summer as you will be sleeping in very high elevation)
- Single room supplement
- Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
- Specialized guides available on supplement cost (Language, Photography etc)
- Travel Insurance must for any trekking groups and must provide the details to our offer before the trek
- Outdoor Activities (Mountain Biking, White river rafting, Tiger Nest Horse Ride etc)
- For single person traveling alone we charge USD 40/night extra
- For two persons traveling together we charge USD 30/person/night extra
- Cancellation policy, please refer terms and conditions and trekking conditions
Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.2 hrs).
Flight to Paro offers panoramic views of the highest mountains of the world and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichudrakey in Bhutan are simply awesome. On arrival in Paro you will be received by HBT representative and transfer to Thimphu by private car. Thimphu is capital city of Bhutan. On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of our late 3rd king and further drive to Buddha viewpoint to visit largest Buddha statue in the world. Evening relax at your hotel or explore the charming city. HBT office will assign someone to meet you for dinner. Overnight in Thimphu, altitude 2400m
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 hrs)
We will checkout from the hotel do some sightseeing before proceeding to Punakha. Drive passes through Dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After our packaged lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. One can also visit Souvenir making center and evening hike to Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Chorten, which will take about 45 mins to reach on the top, evening back to the nearby Amankora Lodge. Soak yourself with the mix cultural land of the tiny Himalayan kingdom. Overnight in Punakha. Altitude 1350m.
Day 03: Punakha – Trongsa (5 hrs)
Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Trongsa over Pelela pass at 3300m. Visit amazing Trongsa Dzong on arrival. Fortress which used to rule entire kingdom and ancient home of royals. Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll. Overnight in Trongsa, altitude 2200m.
Day 04: Trongsa – Jakar (3 hrs)
After our leisurely breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and visit watch town recently converted into Trongsa Museum. En-route we will stop at weaving center, which is famous in the region. Evening we will explore the tiny Jakar town. Overnight in Jakar. Altitude 2650m.
Day 05: Jakar sightseeing
Visit Jampay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually. Visit the Kurjey Temple, the site where Bhutan’s royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancakes and noodles. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 06: Jakar - Manchugang-Dhur (Trek start)
Start at Manchugang and visit the biggest village in Bumthang, called Dhur at an elevation of 2900 meters above sea level. The village consists of about 75 households with a recorded population of around 800 people. The single village has three types of inhabitants the Kheps (tax payers) having cattle and farmland, Brokpas (nomads) having Yaks and a third group having either. This village has two different dialects, the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialects).A walk above the village to get the overall view of the village is interesting. Climb down to the river where the traditional water-driven flour mill can be visited. This traditional water driven flour mill used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village. It has been abandoned after the intake channel was washed away by flashflood. The programme has been rehabilitated as it symbolizes an authentic Bhutanese tradition. 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.
Day 07: Dur – Kitiphu
Trekking through the virgin forest of huge temperate trees like spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron makes you breathe the real wilderness of Bhutan. Bamboos are the main undergrowth of this wild forest. 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 caped Himalayan Mountains. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkarpunsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the peak of Kitiphu (4000m).
Day 08: Kitiphu-Kikila-Jakar (Trek end)
The magnificent sun rise in the morning is a new experience in Bhutan. Climb down to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling which brings you to the religious life of monkhood, the historical Buddhist learning centre. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) that you will see nowhere else in the country. Afternoon, walk along the ridge of Kikila and finally follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail). The best view of Jakar Dzong will end your three day trek with many interesting and unforgettable memories.
Day 09: Jakar – Phobjikha (6 hrs).
Check out from the hotel and drive to Phobjikha, the valley of back necked cranes which migrates from Tibetan plateau in every winters. On arrival visit famous Nyingmapa monastery in black mountain region. Evening we will walk in the beautiful valley of Phobjikha meeting locals and students. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight in Phobjikha, altitude 2900m
Day 10: Phobjikha – Paro (6 hrs).
Check out from the hotel, we will take two hours natural trail hike and retrace our drive back to Paro via Wangdue, Dochula and Thimphu. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m.
Day 11: Paro – Haa – Paro (6 hrs).
After our delicious breakfast, we will visit the temples of Dzongdrakha on foot which studs the rock cliff. Continue driving to Haa over the Chelela Pass at 3988m. When the weather permits one can view the most scared mountain in the country Mt. Jomolhari (7314m) and visit the quiet, timeless Haa valley with a picnic lunch will wrap up the end of seven days tour in the dragon kingdom. Overnight in Paro.
Day 12: Paro sightseeing.
After our delicious breakfast, our team will receive you and transfer to north end of Paro valley and hike to Tiger Nest Temple. Tiger nest is renowned temple in the Buddhist world which ceilings on the vertical cliff 900m above the valley floor. The hike will take about two hours to reach to the top and will warm us for the trekking next day. En-route drive to visit historical Drukgyel ruin Dzong and Kichu temple praying to bless us for the rest of the journey. Overnight in Paro
Day 13: Departure.
The tour will end today morning after boarding your flight to back home, you will carry smile on your face, eyes full of tears and memories unlimited. Say goodbye to our staffs at the airport with the prayers of save journey and to see you again in future.