Bumthang Cultural Trek ( 2 nights 3 days)
This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike.
In addition to the numerous lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pephe La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn.
|Max Elevation||3, 120 m|
|Min Elevation||1, 200 m|
|No. of Days||3 Days|
Day 1 :Toku Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang. 14km, 6 hours.
The trek begins today. The trek route follows the Chamkhar Chu (river), taking us through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. Camp overnight at village (2,900m).
Day 2 : Ngang Lhakhang-Tahung.17km hours
The trail ascends gradually through juniper forest towards Phephe-la pass (3,340m). From there, the path descends to Tang valley, finally arriving at Tahung village (2,850m). Camp overnight by the side of the river near the village.
Day 3 : Tahung –Mesithang, Bumthang. 11km, 4 hours.
In the morning, walk up to Ugyenchholing Palace, a beautiful private museum that also houses a small eco-museum, then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu until arriving at the main road. On the way visit the Mebar Tso Lake, where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred, and on auspicious days many Bhutanese people go there to offer butter lamps.
Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang
The Trek ends here.