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3 Days Bumthang Owl Trek

3 Days Bumthang Owl Trek

(BTT004) Menchugang - Dhur Village - Drangela Pass - Tharpaling Goemba

Overview

The Bunthang Owl Trek lies in the broad Bumthang Valley which is considered as the area of Choekhor Valley, one of the four stunning valleys in Bhuthang District (Others are Ura Valley, Chumey Valley, and Tang Valley). Choekhor Valley was carved out by the ancient glaciers in the last ice age and now becomes one of the most popular valleys favored by travelers around the world.

This fertile valley is not only abound in buckwheat, rice, and potatoes, but also regarded as the center of numerous temples and shrines regarding to Guru Rinpoche, the “Precious Master” and the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited this region in the 8th century.

Fancy an intimate contact with the adorable animals along your trek? Well, you can always consider to put the Bumthang Owl Trek on your alternative travel list. The silent nights are punctuated by the frequent hooting of owls which can be heard at campsites through the night. Some of the owls are blinking eyes on the twigs while others are playing enjoyably in the woods. If the weather is fine, they may probably pay a visit on your campsite.

The Bunthang Owl Trek embarks on Menchugang village and ends at Tharpaling Geomba with the best travelling months falling from Oct. to Dec. and Mar. to May.

Difficulty: Easy
Max Elevation: 3450 m
Min Elevation: 2,250 m
Best season: March, April, May, June, November, December
Duration: 3 days

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Menchugang (2,950 m) - Dhur Village (2,900 m)

Time: 5-6 hours
Camp Altitude: 2,900 m

The trek starts from Manchugang village and takes you one and a half hours to reach Dhur village (2900 m). Nomadic Kheps and Brokpas, the two ancient nomads, with their own distinct languages have been residing here for a long period of time. Near the river at Chutigang, there appears an old water-driven flour mill used for the livelihood of people in Dhur village.

Insider tips:
A number of itineraries visit Dhur village, and currently, here appears another farm road now stretches to Karo, from where it only takes three hours to reach Shona.

Camping at Dhur Village

Day 2: Dhur Village (2,900 m) - Drangela Pass (3,600 m)

Time: 3-4 hours
Camp Altitude: 3,800 m

The second day of this trek is mainly on an uphill trail through lush ancient forests of hemlock, fir, spruce and various species of rhododendrons which are in full bloom during the months of April and May.

The trail also guides you to the bamboo forests, for bamboo grows lushly in this region and spreads to large areas, which is stunning.

After few hours of walking, you will eventually arrive at the Drangela (Rang La) Pass (3,600 m) and then further ascend to Kitephu ridge (3,870 m) for a breathtaking distant views of the highest unclimbed peak in the world, the Mount Gangkhar Phuensum (7,541 m), the main Himalaya Range, and the gorgeous valleys underneath.

Camping at the camp site near Kitephu ridge

Day 3: Drangela Pass (3,600 m) - Tharpaling Goemba (3,800 m)

Time: 4-5 hours

The third day’s trek are mainly the decent trails to the impressive monasteries of Zambhalha, Choedrak and Tharpaling. The choedrak monastery, also known as Choedrak hermitage, has 100 Avoloketeshvaras (Avalokiteshvara) in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads), and this monastery is widely accepted as one of the most efficacious praying places in Bhutan, for it was said Guru Rinpoche had once meditated here for a long time.

The trail continues to guide you trekking along the Kikila Ridge and follow the Royal Heritage Trail through splendid scenic hills and forests, from where you can get a surprisingly fantastic view of Jakar Dzong.

You can choose to end your trek here or descend via Samtenling Lhakhang to Domkhar in the Chhume valley by trek. Or you can also make a northeast swerve and climb back over the ridge behind the Tharpaling Goemba to head for Jakar after a descent through the dense forests.

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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