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BUMTHANG OWL TREK

Itinerary

At your arrival at the airport, our local tour executive will be standing outside of the gate to welcome you. After a short introduction your first glimpses of daily life in Bhutan begins by road as you proceed to the capital – Thimphu. The capital city has many things to offer starting with a gentle valley walk to a visit to many temples and monasteries dotted throughout. Your day program begins with a visit to Semtokha Dzong which is the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. Turning back from Semtokha Dzong visit the newly built golden Buddha Statue and the spot offers impressive views of the valley below. The National Memorial Chorten is your next stop; this beautiful stupa in the centre of the town built in the year 1974 built in memory of the third King of Bhutan.

The fascinating drive takes you through interlocked valleys and mountain passes are the time beauty of your journey. We suggest you to make an early start since, on a clear day, the panoramic view of the scenic eastern Himalayan range from Dochu-La Pass are possible one of the best in the country. The pass is adorned with multiple colorful prayer flags, striking 108 stupa with beautifully located Druk Wangyel Lhakhang temple atop the parking lot. From this lofty pass it is downhill drive till you reached Wangdue lies at an altitude of (4400ft/1345m). From Lawala Pass (10800ft/3293m) you will then gradually descent into the lush green Phobjikha valley known for the migratory endangered Black-Necked Crane that makes it their winter home.

The valley enriched with scenic unspoiled natural beauty and the landscape changes to high altitude bamboo, barren mountainsides and bright yellow fields of mustard crops. It is one of the incredibly spectacular and dramatic drive and through alpine forest and rhododendron forest. In Trongsa (6800ft/2070m) visit the Trongsa Dzong, which is possibly the most impressive fortress in the country located on the hilltop ridge below the main town. Notably the structure is aesthetically designed and its clean lines boast a superb sense of proportion and space while finely carved woodwork and elegant paintings suitably embellish it. After completion, push off to Bumthang, the heavenly wide-open valley of Bumthaps.

This fascinating valley is the heartland of Bhutan and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temple and monasteries. The countryside offers unparallel historical and cultural diversity holding majority of national heritages since from time immemorial. Your sightseeing in Bumthang includes a morning visit to the Jakar Dzong, Mebar Tsho (mythical burning lake)one of the site founded by Terton Pema Lingpa in the fifteen century, Tamshing Lhakhang founded in 1501, Kurje Lhakhang notably the most holy and pilgrimage sites in Bhutan. Your last stop of the day is Jambay Lhakhang which supposedly constructed on the same date as Kychu Lhakhang in Paro, by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gyampo in the year seventh century.

This beautiful trek begins from Menchugang and takes you all the way to Dhur Village, which lies at an altitude of 2900m, and it is one of the biggest villages in Bumthang comprising around seventy-five households. This single village has a inhabitance of three different type of people group like – Nomadic Kheps (tax payers) with raising cattle and farmland, Brokpas (Nomade) having Yaks and the third party is the group that came out of the two. As your journey continues you will pass by the scenic landscape as you walk through the ridge and finally drop downhill to the river where a traditional water mill is seen. From here the trek takes you uphill through lush blue pine forest and finally reached your campsite in Dhur village of Schonath (3450m), surrounded by hemlock and juniper forest.

Today your trail takes you through the virgin nature of huge temperate forest like hemlock, fir, spruce, bamboo, birch and many species of rhododendron trees that will be in its full bloom in the month of April to May. This beautiful journey introduces you with a real wilderness of Bhutan. As your trail push further and after two hours of walking you will arrive at an altitude of 3600m – the Drange-La pass and ascending further to the ridge of Kitiphu, which lies at an altitude 3870m is your second day campsite with a refreshing panoramic view of the high Himalayan snowcapped peaks like – Mt. Gangkar Puensum towering at an altitude of 24735ft/7541m and other permanent peaks. The top also offers a scenic view of the valley below.

At your early rise with the magnificent sunrise the reveal of the majestic Mt. Gangkar Puensum and other Himalayan peaks rise bathing in the down light provide a new experience in Bhutan. After your breakfast the trail begins with a descent downhill through lush forest and then to the religious life with the first glimpse of the monastery. Peep into the monasteries to experience the religious life and pray for yourself and the wellbeing of the world. After a short stop for lunch the trail takes you through along the ridge of Keki-La Pass and finally drop down following the traditional route between Trongsa and Bumthang “the royal heritage trail” through scenic lush green forest and finally ends your three days trek here with many unforgettable memories.

At your early, check out in the hotel drive to Punakha which lies at an altitude of 4430ft/1351m. The descent takes your through virgin forest with magnolia tree blossoming in April. Reaching Lobesa a comparatively barren hill lies notably a pleasant forty-minute hike through the cultivated field to Chhemi Lhakha “no dogs temple” dated back to 1499 and was built by lama Drukpa Kuenley’s half brother Ngawang Chhogyel built in honor and memory of Lama Drukpa Kuenley. At your completion, drive to your hotel.

Today you will drive all the way back to Paro, stop for a lunch in one of the finest restaurant in Paro and then drive further eleven kilometer from the main town to the base of Tiger’s Nest where you will stop and embark on your adventurous hike to an important Buddhist Pilgrimage site in the Himalayas, with its stunning vistas and spectacular architecture against the backdrop of sheer granite cliff face. The trail is quite an uphill task and it takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. Dropping back from Taktsang Goempa, visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong, which means “victorious fort” which was built in seventeen century and built to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invasion. It’s worth visiting with its background view of Mt. Jomolhari.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination

01Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine 
02Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis] 
03Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation 
04Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours 
05Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries 
06Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights 
07Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees 
08Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10% 
09Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40 
10Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan 
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Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursion has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursion offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

GROUP SIZEYOUR BHUTAN TRIP COST
Single Individual USD 2,485/- 
Group of 02 Members USD 2,395/- 
Group of 03 Members and Above USD 2,125/- 

One Time Bank Transfer Charges

USD 45/-

01Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes 
02Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage 
03Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English 
04Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan 
05Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45 
06Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc. 
07Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management 
08Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc 
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