Bumdra Trek (8 days)

Bumdra Trek (8 days)

This is a two-day trek starting from Sangchoekhor Buddhist College in Paro and ending at the base of Taktshang Monastery in Paro.

Itinerary

  1. Arrive in Paro

Your escort from BCD-Bhutan will receive you at the airport and drive you to the hotel.

After lunch, visit:

  • Ta Dzong (National Museum).
  • Paro Rinpung Dzong
  • Typical Bhutanese farmhouse to see the daily life of the Bhutanese.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Paro – Excursion to Taktshang Monastery

After breakfast:

  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Kyichu Lhakhang

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Trek to Bumdra Monastery

Hike from Sangchoekhor Buddhist College (2,800 m) to a Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m).

After lunch, we can visit the monastery or climb a peak nearby at around 4,000 m. We return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Duration: 3–4 hours to camp, optional 2–3 hours return trek to the peak

Difficulty: Moderate

  1. Return hike from Bumdra Monastery, camp via Zangdo Palri Monastery

After breakfast, we return from Bumdra to Paro via Zangdo Palri Monastery. We descend and reach the base of the hill. We then drive to Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

Duration: 5-7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

  1. Thimphu sightseeing

Your day begins with a hike to Cheri Monastery – 1-hour walk uphill.

After lunch, visit:

  • National Memorial Choeten built in 1974
  • Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls)
  • Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the central government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula Pass to view Himalayan ranges.

In Punakha, we visit:

  • Chime Lhakhang, built by Lam Ngawang Choje on the spot where Lam Drukpa Kunley subdued the demoness of Dochula. The temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. It is an easy 20-30 minutes’ walk across paddy fields.

Lunch in Punakha. Then we visit:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is located between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River).
  • The longest suspension bridge in the country near the dzong.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Punakha to Thimphu

After breakfast, we drive to Thimphu.

After lunch, visit:

  • The Bhutanese paper factory
  • The tallest and largest statue of sitting Buddha
  • Sangaygang to get the bird’s eye view of Thimphu city
  • Takin Preserve on your return
  • Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery before you return to the hotel

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel

  1. Thimphu to Paro

Early in the morning, drive to the airport and bid farewell.