7 Day Magical Bhutan with Bum-Dra Trek

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  • Takstang Monastery

    Takstang Monastery
    Often called the Tiger’s Nest, perched on the cliffs, has awestruck many a visitor.

  • Paro Valley

    Paro Valley
    Pachhu, the river that runs through Paro Valley

  • Bum-Dra Trek

    Bum-Dra Trek
    Camping during Bumdra Trek. Photo courtesy of Ron.

Day 1

     Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese crusine and some light sight-seeing in Thimphu if possible.

Viewpoints around Thimphu
Takin enclosure - See the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin.
National Memorial Chorten - which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
Centenary Farmers’ Market - Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.
 

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Day 2

     Thimphu

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Thimphu

Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.
Textile Museum - witnesses the art of traditional weaving.
Thimphu Dzong - the largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
National Memorial Chorten - which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Paper making factory - witnesses the art of paper making.
Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.
 

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Day 3

     Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Punakha

Dochula Pass - the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost.

Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.
 

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Day 4

     Punakha to Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.

Paro Dzong - also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.

Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
 

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Day 5

     Bumdra Trek Day 1

Elevation 3,800 m     Weather in Paro

Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College (2,800m) to Yak Pasture below Bumdra Monastery (3,800m). The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet our ponies and while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the College. The initial 1–2 hour ascent of a ridge can be steep at times but in cool shade. We will reach a clearing with prayer flags and enjoy a spectacular view of both Paro and Do Chhu valleys.

About 1-2 hours walk away is the Chhoe Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple); which nestles at the side of the mountain. The trail continues and when we reach the last steep elevation we will see a temple overlooking the views of Paro airport and the snow-capped Himalaya. After another 20 minutes of climbing through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we hike into the ancient forest for about 40 minutes before we reach a wide meadow with sacred chortens and prayer flags. We will spend a night at Bumdra Monastery (the cave of a thousand prayers).

It has an awesome view of the Himalayan. After lunch we can visit the monastery (if it is unoccupied) and climb towards the north of the peak (about 4000m) for a better view of the Himalayan before returning for dinner.

Duration: 3-4 hours to camp 2-3 hours optional return trek to peak
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard - Guided with mineral water

Day 6

     Bumdra Trek Day 2

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

After a hearty breakfast in the jaw dropping landscape, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zig zagging trail. After 1-2 hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below and soon come upon the first of many on our way back from the wilds.

The path snakes across the mountainside between the monasteries and temples before reaching the gardens of Sangtopelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can bravely peer over edge and straight down onto the ornate roofs Taktsang in the cliff far below. An hour later and we are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge a steep descent to a waterfall then ascent on steps and you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself.

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Day 7

     Day 7 : Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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  • March to June and September to October.
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  • USD 1,489 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 1,429 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,249 per person for group with 3 or more


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  • USD 1,729 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,549 per person for group of 3 and above
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Vanessa Routley
Australia, May 2015

Good Morning Sonam,

Thank you very much for organising our trip to Bhutan.

We had a wonderful time, the scenery was just breath-taking and we loved being in the mountains. Bull was an excellent guide.

On the plane on the way home we sat behind the Queen as she was coming to Singapore on a private trip. We spoke to her on how wonderful our trip to Bhutan was.

Kind Regards,

Routley Vanessa

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Chew Yong
Singapore, Apr 2015

Dear Sangay,

Thank you for your email. Trip was good overall with good weather and better than expected food/accommodation. Transport vehicle was clean and quite comfortable considering road conditions especially between Thimphu and Punakha.

Guide was a little inexperienced and perhaps unprepared. But she tried quite hard to make things work.so overall, still good experience.

Trek was easier than expected and camping experience more luxurious too. Thumbs up!

Regards,
Chew Yong

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Stephen Tsao
Singapore, Apr 2015

Dear Eve,

Kuzuzangpo La!

First of all just want to thank you for organizing our trip to Bhutan. We had a great time. The place is serene and beautiful, our Driver Tshering is good, and our guide Ugyen was great. We felt the itinerary was just right - we get to see the important / significant buildings, and have little hikes to see great views. Unfortunately i feel sick night before the Bumdra trek (food poisoning) so I slept the whole day. Fortunately I recovered enough to climb up to Taktsang - which really was the high light of the tour. Definitely will go back for a proper trek next time.

We were both very pleased with Ugyen as our guide - first of all his knowledge of the history and culture was excellent, and able to explain to us in great details about the places we have visited.

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