Bhutan the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' - a small country sandwiched between Tibet in the north and India in the three sides offers a mesmerizing and unspoiled cultural and natural grandeur. Bhutanese landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south, through temperate zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7000 meters. Bhutan is predominantly a Buddhist country with Vajrayana Buddhism being Bhutan's state religion. Hinduism is Bhutan's second-largest religion mostly followed by the Nepali speaking Bhutanese in the south.
The 12-days Bhutan tour with Bumthang Cultural Trek offers cultural highlights of Bhutan in stunning 9-days cultural tour combined with 3-days Bumthang cultural trek. Our tour starts at the Paro Valley with a hike to famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. Visit Thimphu, the capital city and then drive on to the central Bhutan across picturesque high passes deeply forested valleys, interesting villages and small townships. Then the 3-day trek starts from the splendid Bumthang valley, passing through several villages on its meandering route through Bumthang countryside. This trek provides an exceptional opportunity to discover Bhutanese rural life.
Day 01: Arrive Paro - (2250m / 7382ft)
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we be greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Paro-Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft):
1 hr/54 km After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This evening we transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu
After breakfast we visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and observe the life style of the people. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu-Punakha (1250m/4100 ft):2-3 hrs/76 km
After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha-Bumthang (2850m/9350 ft): 7 hrs/214 km
After an early breakfast we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After lunch visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 06: Trek Bumthang-Ngang Lhakhang - (2895m/9500 ft): 5/6 hrs/20 km. Trek starts
The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul. Camp at an altitude of 9500 feet.
Day 07: Trek Ngang Lhakhang-Ugyen Choling - (2895m/9500 ft): 7/8 hrs walk/23 km
The trek starts with a gradual climb to Phephe La Pass at an altitude of 3353m/11,000 ft, the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Along the way, the Ugyen Choling Palace can be seen. Camp at an altitude of 9300 feet.
Day 08: Trek Ugyen Choling-Jakar - (2745m/9000 ft): 2/3 hrs walk/10 km. Trek ends
The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche's Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). From Pangshing, the group will be picked up by transport and driven to Jakar. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 09: Bumthang
Today's sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche, a great 8th century spiritual master left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Then visit Tamshing Monastery, which is founded by the great treasure discoverer. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 10: Bumthang-Wangdue - (1240m/4068 ft): 6 hrs/197 km
Begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangdue. Along the way visit the typical Bhutanese town of Wangdue with its dramatic Dzong perched on a ridge at the bend of a river. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.
Day 11: Wangdue-Paro: 3/4 hrs/124 km
This morning we return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama wooden phallus! We stop for lunch at Dochula pass. Here we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Paro. Evening free time to explore Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 12: Depart Paro
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.
Where is Nepal ?
Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.
What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,
By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;
Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.
What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.
How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.
Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.
What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?
"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.
This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.
No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.
What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?
Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.
Are there any tourist police in Nepal?
Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
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