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3 Days Classic Bumthang Culture Trek

3 Days Classic Bumthang Culture Trek

(BTT003) Toktu Zampa - Ngang Lhakhang - Tahung - Mesithang

Overview

The trekking route embarks on Toktu in the northwest of Ngang Lhakhang and follows the trout-filled river Chamkhar Chu to explore deeper. The trail goes southeastwards to end this short but amazing trek in Ogyen Chholing after you have successfully accomplished the only challenge of ascending by 500m to Pephe La pass.

Bumthang is widely regarded as the “Cultural Heartland” of Bhutan. You can get an in-depth understanding of the primitive civilization of this country by visiting a great number of ancient temples and Lhakhangs.

The culture of Bhutan is not only bred from the rivers or in the ancient temples, but it also derives from the primitive Bhutanese life-styles. Bumthang Culture Trek also brings you to a large number of small local villages to experience the life which the locals have lived for centuries.

The entire year can be the best time to take this trek except for the monsoon season in Jul. and Aug.

Difficulty: Easy
Max Elevation: 3,360 m
Min Elevation: 1,200 m
Best season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Duration: 3 days

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Toktu Zampa (2,620 m) - Ngang Lhakhang (2,800 m)

Distance: 12 km
Time: 4-5 hours
Ascent: 170 m
Camp Altitude: 2,800 m

The route follows the Chhugor Chu, a river famous for trout and stops at Thangbi Lhakhang for lunch. Then the trail enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan). According to one of Bhutan legends, the valley once had been occupied by flocks of swans, so the name of Ngang Yul is still in use today.

The campsite is just near the Ngang Lhakhang, the Swan Temple in the center of this area.

Camping at Ngang Lhakhang

Day 2: Ngang Lhakhang (2,800 m) - Tahung (2,920 m)

Distance: 16 km
Time: 6 hours
Ascent: Ascent: 750 m, descent: 670 m
Camp Altitude: 2,720 m

The trek formally embarks on at Draphe Dzong, the ruin of strategic fort in the past years. Cease your moving steps and take a worthy exploration. The trail begins to ascend to a dense birch, sycamore and tall bamboo covered forest after crossing the verdant meadows and dwarf bamboos.

The route continues to go uphill till reaches a rock cairn and a small stone shrine not far from the only challenging ascent to Phephe La (3,360 m). Prayer flags fly up in the air to the highest site, accompanied by lush birch and fir trees on the forested ridge.

The downhill trail guides you to pass through a ploughed field into a broad valley after you have arrived at broad yak pastures. Amongst several possible camping sites, the most popular one locates uphill behind the village of Tahung.

Camping behind the village of Tahung

Day 3: Tahung (2,920 m) - Mesithang (2,600 m)

Distance: 16 km
Time: 4-5 hours
Ascent: descent 230 m

During the trek of this day, the trail makes a south swerve and follows the Tang Chhu another Trout-filled river to reach Tang Rimochen Lhakhang. It will soon lead you to Tang Ogyencholing after you have passed the Mebar Tsho (The Burning Lake).

Ogyencholing is an eminent palace that only collects the privately owned museum in Bhutan. Pacing in the palace, you can find a great number of traditional artifacts on display.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an premium payment);
  • All meals specified in the itinerary;
  • Airport transfer, private transport for sightseeing in Bhutan;
  • Experienced driver;
  • An English-speaking and licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay;
  • Entry fee and road permits;
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes;
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the journey.

Service Excluded:

  • Bhutan Visa Fee;
  • International flight to and out of Bhutan;
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, and laundry, etc.;
  • Travel insurance in Bhutan;
  • Emergency evacuation;
  • Tips and gratuities;
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events;
  • Extra activities like cultural show, kayaking, etc.

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