The stunning Bumthang valley offers interesting and diverse trekking terrain, fascinating culture and scenic views. Discover exciting festivals, spiritual monasteries in unexplored regions, regal palaces and mountain panoramas. Visit Taktsang monastery (tiger's nest), Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.
Explore the rural life of Bhutan with this fascinating cultural trek through the scenic valley Bumthang. Bumthang is a deeply religious region, evident in its numerous monestieries, shrines, and stupas, surrounded by spectacular scenery and nature. This off the beaten path trail leads you through charming villages, breath taking mountainous panoramas, and mesmerizing cultural heritage.
In addition to trekking in Bumthang, you will have a chance to explore the highlights of Thimbu, Paro, and Punakha. This unforgettable trip to the spiritual land of Bhutan will make memories that will last a lifetime. High Himalayan Trekking and Expedition will design an itinerary and program for Bumthang Cultural Trek according to an individual clients’ interest throughout the year.
All our trips are tailor made trips with personalized services. Please let us know the number of participants in your group, your choice of hotels and amendments in our itinerary, if any, so that we can quote you the price.
Program Type: Guided tour
Duration: 14 Days
Price: $2650 USD
Destination: Kathmandu, Paro, Thimpu, Bumthang Valley
Min. Group Size: 2
Special Interest: Ethnic People, Culture, Spirituality, Lifestyle, wildlife, Environmental education, Family travel, Festivals, culture, history, Luxury Tourism, Nature cruises, Photography, Tradition, exploration, senior tours, single tour, research, villages
Average Hiking: 4-5 hrs/day
Ending Point: Kathmandu
Geography: Countryside, Mid hills, Rivers, Towns, mountains, unique culture, valleys, villages
Max. Altitude: 3,600m
Starting Point: kathmandu
Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. Check into hotel and rest
Day 02 :Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley UNESCO world heritage sites
Day o3 :Flight to Bhutan, arrival at Paro and overnight at Hotel
Day 04 :Sightseeing of Paro and Excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05 :Drive to Thimpu & Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel
Day 06 :Drive to Punakha and Wangdi Photang & Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel
Day 07 :Drive to Phubjikha (Gangtey) and sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel
Day 08 :Drive to Bumthang (Jakar) via Tongsa. Overnight at Hotel
Day 09 :Trek to Membertso (Bumthang). Overnight at Camp before 3 days trek
Day 10-11 :Trek in Bumthang area, experiencing village life and mountains
Day 12-13 :Drive from Bumthang to Paro, sightseeing along the way, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 :Flight to Kathmandu or your onward destination - Tour ends in Bhutan
If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed especially for you.
We can organize this activity anytime. However, going during Guided tour is disrecommended. You can also join another group for the following fixed departure dates:
|StartStart date||EndEnd date||Price||Status|
|28 January 201828.01.2018||10 February 201810.02.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|30 January 201830.01.2018||12 February 201812.02.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|08 February 201808.02.2018||21 February 201821.02.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|17 February 201817.02.2018||02 March 201802.03.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|19 February 201819.02.2018||04 March 201804.03.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|28 February 201828.02.2018||13 March 201813.03.2018||$2650 USD $2253 USD||Book|
|09 March 201809.03.2018||22 March 201822.03.2018||$2650 USD||Book|
|18 March 201818.03.2018||31 March 201831.03.2018||$2650 USD||Book|
What is not included
A typical trekking day
A typical day’s walk lasts from five to seven hours and involves a number of ascents and descents. It is rare to spend much time at the same level. On an organized camping trek, the day is run to a remarkably tight schedule: up at 6 am with a cup of tea, pack the gear before breakfast, start walking at 7 am, stop for lunch around 12 o’clock for about half an hour, start after lunch at noon and stop walking at about 3 pm. The dinner is served around 6.30 pm and followed by a briefing for the next trekking day and then it is time to go to sleep.
Please be aware that this time table may be adjusted according to weather conditions, availability of camp sites, water supply etc.
To ensure you will fully enjoy your trek and make the most of it, we also advise you about the following points which should seriously be taken into account:
Food and Water
Lodges and tea houses are carefully chosen by our staff all along the trek. We will make sure that excellent food will be provided to you and that water is boiled or adequately treated, as this is one of the basic rules for healthy trekking. On a camping trek, your only concern with food is sitting down to eat it! The porters carry all the food along with them and there will be a cook with assistants who can turn out meals of often stunning complexity, like baking a cake
Acclimatization is very important for trekking above 3500m. Our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to maximize your ability to acclimatize safely. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days.
However, it is still possible for mountain sickness and your guide will be watching for symptoms with an experienced eye throughout the trip. These symptoms are commonly headache, nausea, lethargy and sometimes breathlessness. If you or any of the group members display any of these symptoms, we will be able to provide informed advice and ensure a proper course of action.
Everything is included in the price of the trek, except for the purchase of water and soft / hard drinks so we advise you to always carry Nepalese rupees during your trek. The amount to be carried depends on the area and the duration of the trek.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all of our clients who are travelling to Nepal in the near future. Before you buy Travel Insurance for Nepal, you should make sure that the Insurance policy covers the cost of a rescue helicopter from mountainous or remote regions of the country and covers all extreme activities for your trip such as rafting, expedition, trekking, canyoning etc. If you fall ill or have an accident during your trip in Nepal, the cost can become exorbitant if you lack travel insurance.
Many insurance companies from all over the world are providing travel insurance services at a reasonable cost and if you are travlling in a group, you may be able to get further discounts.
Finally, please always have a printed copy of your insurance policy handy while travelling in Nepal and also, save an e-copy online. If you need more information about travel insurance, please feel free to contact us.
Tourist who intends to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport and visa.
You may get your tourist visa in your home country or on arrival. We recommend you to get your tourist visa on arrival as it is very easy. To get your visa on arrival, you must have a valid passport and one passport sized photo with a light background.
Tourist Visa fee for visitors who enter Nepal for the first time in a visa year, from January to December:
You may pay in Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Tourist visa extension facility:
No visa required for:
Dos and Donts:
Should you have any question regarding visas, please contact us.
Although every guide on your trip carries a comprehensive medical kit, it is advisable to bring a small supply of first aid items for your own personal use. Base your kit on the following list, plus any special medications you may require:
Entrance fees must be paid before touring heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath and Changu Narayan Temple. Entrance fees must be paid before touring Lumbini Gardens, the sanctuary of the Mayadevi Temple, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, in Lumbini, Rupandehi. Entrance fees must be paid before touring the Central Zoo in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and museums in Kathmandu Valley. Entrance fees must also be paid before touring local museums in different parts of Nepal.
|Narayanhiti Durbar Museum||Rs. 500||Rs. 250||Rs. 100|
|Kathmandu Durbar square||Rs. 750||Rs. 150||free|
|National Museum Chhauni||Rs. 200||Rs. 25||Rs. 20|
|Patan Durbar Square||Rs. 500||Rs. 100||free|
|Patan Museum||Rs. 250||Rs. 25||Rs. 10|
|Patan Golden Temple||Rs. 50||Rs. 20||free|
|Mahabouddha Temple||Rs. 50||Rs. 30||free|
|Bhaktapur Durbar Square||Rs. 1,500||Rs. 500||free|
|National Art Museum, Bhaktapur||Rs. 100||Rs. 50||Rs. 20|
|Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)||Rs. 200||Rs. 50||free|
|Bouddhanath Stupa||Rs. 250||Rs. 150||free|
|Pashupatinath Temple||Rs. 1,000||Rs. 1,000||free|
|Changu Narayan Temple||Rs. 100||Rs. 25||free|
|Ethnographic Museum, NTB||Rs. 200||Rs. 100||Rs. 30|
You should make an appointment to get a check-up with your family doctor and dentist before embarking on your trip. Below is a quick list of frequently needed immunizations. This is only a basic guide and we strongly recommend that you follow the advice given by your doctor.
Given enough notice, your doctor or local health clinic should be able to administer all the above. Two excellent sources of up to date medical advice are: The CIWEC CLINC in Kathmandu, Nepal and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
General Trekking Equipment
The equipment and clothing you require depends on where and when you trek. Of course, you will not need the same equipment for going up to the Everest Base Camp in the middle of winter and doing a short, low altitude trek.
Remember that all this equipment can also be bought or rented in Kathmandu