Himalaya Bumthang Owl Trek
Himalaya Bumthang Owl Trek
: 11 Days
: Cultural and Trekking
: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Trongsa > Bumthang > Gangtey
: Trekking, Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc
The Himalaya Bumthang Owl trek can be booked through Asia trekking company. This trek helps tourism Asia in combining the nature and culture of alpine environment. It is a three day trek through the village of Dhur. A trekker enjoys the natural scenic beauty and stunning views of Gangkar Puensum (the highest unclimbed peak in the world). In autumn, trekkers are cautioned of the Himalayan Black bears. In April-May, trekkers sight beautiful pheasants. The trek ends at the Tharpaling monastery where monks in red robes offer opportunity to briefly experience the monastic life. The trail ends at the junction of the Royal Route (trail used in the medieval days) at Kikila pass.
Main features of the trek: village at Dhur, healthy forests of blue pine, hemlock, fir, spruce, juniper, bamboo spices, rhododendrons, birch, maple, chestnut. April onto early June is the season for rhododendrons to flower all along the route. The trail offers views of high mountains and great number of bird and other wildlife. The Tharpaling and Zhambala monasteries offer great respite. For greater satisfaction, we advise you to combine this trek with one of Bumthang’s festivals. We recommend this trek two times a year, March-May and September-November.
- Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
- Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
- Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
- Attend the local festivals and events.
- Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
- Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
- And much more…
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
- 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
- Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Walks and Hikes
What’s is Not Include
- Guide and Driver tip
- International Airfare
- Laundry Charges
- Internet, International calls
- Other Beverages
- Donation when photographing
- Travel Insurance
- Baggage Handlers tip
You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- DAY 1: Paro-Thimphu
- DAY 2: Thimphu-Punakha
- DAY 3: Punakha-Trongsa
- DAY 4: Trongsa-Bumthang
- DAY 5: Menchugang-Dur
- DAY 6: Dur-Kiyiphu
- DAY 7: Kitiphu-Chamkhar
- DAY 8: Bumthang-Gangtey
- DAY 9: Gangtey-Paro
- DAY 10: Paro-Paro
- DAY 11: Paro International Airport See off by your guide.
Paro-ThimphuTravel central Bhutan is designed to suit the clients flexibility and explore Bhutan with fond memories. In clear days, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Katmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breath-taking journey above forested hills into the hidden Shangrila.At the Paro airport, Bhutan Creative Tours representative will receive you. After completing the airport formalities, you will experience an interesting two-hour drive along the winding highway to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan.Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu-PunakhaDrive to Punakha, the road from Thimphu to Punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochu La Pass (3050m), the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha. From here when the sky is clear, one can enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks to the north that are above 7000m. The pass has 108 chortens (Stupa), honoring those who laid down their lives while flushing out insurgents from southern Bhutan in December 2003. Chortens are Buddhist reliquaries and memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes, stupas carry relics of the Buddha or revered monks. Whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings.We will eat lunch in one of the local restaurants. Before lunch, we will have a short hike to the 15th century temple of Divine Madman.It is about half an hour hike through the fields and farm houses. You will have good chance to take photographs especially the divine painting on the houses.After lunch we will visit the Dzong built by Zhabdrung in 1637. The dzong is on a strategic junction at the confluence of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The dzong has played a sacred role in the history of Bhutan. It served as the seat of Zhabdrung’s government, and it has received several foreign delegations in 18th and 19th century. The first King was coronated in 1907 and the third King convened the first National Assembly in the dzong. The central monastic body continues to reside here in winter. The embalmed bodies of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are on the top floor of the main tower. Following four catastrophic fires, an earthquake and flood, the fourth King restored the dzong after the latest flood in 1994.
The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breath-taking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang . We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele la Pass (3300 m/ 10989 ft). With an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo, the Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow-capped peaks especially the Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m/ 24355 ft). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo and quite often Yaks grazing we reach at Chendebji Chorten.The Chorten or Stupa was built in 18th century by a Lama known as Shida, in order to subdue a demon that terrorized the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge. We will have our packed lunch here. Continue your drive to Trongsa, as you enter Trongsa valley, the huge fortress of Trongsa makes you wonder if you will ever reach it.Backing on mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view from the Dzong extends for many miles and in former times nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen. Arrive Trongsa.
Overnight at Yangkhil Resort.
Trongsa-BumthangIn the morning, you will visit Trongsa Dzong built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung. It is the biggest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Thereafter, you will visit Ta Dzong on the hillside above the town. Ta Dzong is a watchtower to guard Trongsa.After lunch, you will proceed to Bumthang (2600-2900m), one of the most spectacular valleys and the holy heartland of Bhutan. The 68-kilometer journey takes about three hours. The road winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3400m/11155ft), and then runs down through dense coniferous forest to enter a wide, open, cultivated valley, known as Chumey valley. From here, the drive to Bumthang takes 45 minutes.Overnight at lodge in Bumthang
Menchugang-DurThe trek starts from Menchugang to Dhur village at an elevation of 2900 meters. The inhabitants of the village are the Kheps and Brokpas (nomads). Villagers speak two different dialects, the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialects). Near the river is a traditional water-driven flour mill used by the community of Dhur. Resuming the trek is the uphill climb through the blue pine forest towards the campsite at Schonath (3450m) in hemlock and juniper forest. The hauling of owls in the dead silent night is quite common, hence the name The Owl Trek.
Dur-KitiphuYou will trek through the fresh forest of hemlock, fir, spruce and many species of rhododendron which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. The trekking also takes you through the bamboo vegetation, which is the main undergrowth in this forest.After few hours, you will arrive at the Drangela Pass (3600m). Climbing up the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of about 3870m where you will camp for a night. From this point you can view snowcapped mountains and valleys. Gangkarpunsum (7541m), the highest unclimbed peak in the world can be viewed form the campsite.
Kitiphu-ChamkharYou will descend to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) where you may pray for the well-being of all sentient beings. You might even stop to quench your thirst with the Himalayan holy water around this place, which also cleanse your sins and purify your body and soul.In the afternoon the trek will take you along the ridge of Kikila that has traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) through scenic hills and forests. Finally you will get the best view of Jakar Dzong and the trek ends in Chamkhar.
Bumthang-GangteyAfter breakfast, we will proceed on to the Phobjikha Valley. After crossing the Pele La pass, we will make a left turn on another road that will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This valley also serves as the winter home for the rare black-necked crane that migrates from the plateau of Tibet. If your visit is from end of October then we will have ample opportunity to witness the rare black necked crane feeding in the marshy meadow.Overnight at the hotel.
Gangtey-ParoToday after breakfast we will drive to Paro, which takes about 6 hours. You can enjoy the drive by taking pictures of the mountains and animals especially the monkeys gray langur and Resses mucake.Overnight at hotel in Paro
Paro (Excursion to Tiger’s Lair)After breakfast, your car will take you to the starting point of the hike to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Depart ParoAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains.
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What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.
Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.
What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?
You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.