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Bumthang Owl Trek

Bumthang Owl Trek

Picture during Bumthang Owl Trek Bhutan

Overview

Trip Highlights: 
  • Sightseeing tour of fascinating sites - Kathmandu, Paro, Punakha and Thimpu.
  • Opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.
  • Magnificent view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum 7451m - highest peak of Bhutan.
  • Explore the rich flora and fauna in the central Bumthang region including its people, culture, tradition and religion.
Trip Introduction:
Bumthang Owl Trek is an excellent opportunity for exploring and experiencing the culture and nature of the central Bumthang region of Bhutan. The trekking route offers a lifetime experience as it allows us to explore village settlements as well as the sacred sites of monasteries while passing through the regions rich flora and fauna. Besides, we get the best views of breathtaking valleys and surrounding high peaks including the highest unclimbed peak in the world - Mt. Gangkhar Puensum.

Bumthang Owl Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing at Kathmandu valley, we take a flight to Paro, Bhutan. From Paro, we drive to Bumthang. We begin our trek from Manchugang gradually climbing uphill towards Dhur village - the biggest village in Bumthang. We continue to climb through the blue pine forest towards our campsite at Schonath, where hemlock and juniper trees are in abundance. Hooting of owls through the night is quite common in this region which is how the trek got its name as 'The Owl Trek'. We continue to follow the trail that leads through many species of rhododendron, spruce, fir and hemlock trees towards the crossing of Drange La Pass at 3600m. From here we ascend to the ridge of Kitiphu for overnight stay with wonderful view of the valley, Mt. Gangkhar Puensum 7451m and other surrounding high peaks. After witnessing the magnificent sunrise view at Kitiphu, we gradually descend downhill passing through the monasteries of Zambalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. We follow the classic and traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang to finally reach Jakar.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Day 04: Drive from Paro to Wangdue via Punakha [5-6 hrs Drive]
Day 05: Drive from Wangdue to Bumthang via Trongsa [4-5 hrs Drive]
Day 06: Trek from Manchugang to Dhur Village [2900m/9512ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Dhur village to Kitiphu [3870m/12693ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Kitiphu to Jakar [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Drive from Jakar to Punakha [6-7 hrs Drive]
Day 10: Drive from Punakha to Paro via Thimpu [5-6 hrs Drive]
Day 11: Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery [3180m/10430ft] [2-3 hrs Hike] & back to Paro.
Day 12: Fly from Paro back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Leisure day at Kathmandu
Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for departure.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have rest at the Hotel or visit NGT's office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu Valley. 
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Today you will be transferred to airport for taking a flight to Paro. After landing at Paro airport you will be met by our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon we can visit Ta Dzong Museum where several religious relics, Bhutan's art and handicrafts are well preserved. Then, visit Rimpong Dzong for seeing the painting of great saint Milarepa. We will spend our overnight in Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 04: Drive from Paro to Wangdue via Punakha [5-6 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we leave Paro and drive passing through Thimpu - ' Capital city of Bhutan '. From there our drive continues over Dochula Pass at 3,150 meters with stunning views of snow-capped mountains. From there our drive continues as we approach Punakha. We will pay a visit to Punakha Dzong which is situated in between two river - Pho Chu ' Male River ' and Mo Chu ' Female River '. Then we drive towards Wangdue for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Drive from Wangdue to Bumthang via Trongsa [4-5 hrs Drive]
Today we will depart from Wangdue and continue our drive across the tropical vegetation and scenic views of scattered settlements of rural Bhutan. Our drive continues over open valleys with meadows and several yak herders camp. Enroute we will see Chendeji Chorten which was built in Nepalese style in 15 th century. From there we drive passing through several villages including Trongsa, where we will make a short stop for visiting Trongsa Dzong. A short drive from there will lead us to Bumthang for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Manchugang to Dhur Village [2900m/9512ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
We start our trek from Manchugang and head towards the biggest village in Bumthang. Our trail is a mixture of several uphill and downhill trekking. After few hours of trekking we will arrive at Dhur village. With the total population of about 800 people, Dhur village consists of three types of inhabitants - Kheps (taxpayers) with cattle and farmlands, Brokpas (nomads) with Yaks and the third group having both. After arriving at Dhur village, we will take a short walk above the village for enjoying the view of whole village below us. Overnight camping at Dhur village.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Dhur village to Kitiphu [3870m/12693ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we will leave our campsite at Dhur village and follow a slightly rising trail that goes through forest filled with rhododendron, bamboo, fir and birch trees. In the spring season the forest is filled with rhododendron flowers making the area one of the most enchanting spot on the planet. We will ascend steeply to reach the top of Drange La Pass at 3,600 meters. From the top of the pass we will descend for a while before climbing again to reach our campsite near Kitiphu. From here we can get magnificent view of Mt Gangkhar Puensum 7451m - Bhutan's highest mountain.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Kitiphu to Jakar [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we will get our early for enjoying the sunrise view over the stunning mountains. After breakfast, we continue to trek on the trail that descends gently passing through the monasteries of Zambhala, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Our trek continues as we follow a narrow trail that goes along the ridge of Kikila before reaching an ancient trail junction between Trongsa and Bumthang. From there we continue our trek until we reach Jakar - the ending point of the trek, for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Drive from Jakar to Punakha [6-7 hrs Drive]
Today we will make a relaxed start and take a drive from Jakar and head towards Punakha. Along our drive we will pass along several roadside villages and yak herders camp. We will make stops at some interesting attraction points. After few hours' drive we will arrive at Punakha for spending our overnight. In the evening feel free to look around the streets of Punakha.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Drive from Punakha to Paro via Thimpu [5-6 hrs Drive]
Today we will take a drive from Punakha and drive along the same route passing through Thimpu to reach Paro. We will make several stops along our drive journey for visiting sites with religious and cultural significance.  After arriving at Paro - we will have a rest much needed for the hike to Taksang Monastery (Tiger Nest) the following day. Feel free to explore the streets of Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Morning hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery [3180m/10430ft] [2-3 hrs Hike] & back to Paro.
Today we will accomplish a hike to Taktsang Monastery also known as 'Tiger's Nest'. It is the most valued temple of Bhutan that literally hangs on a fascinating granite cliff overlooking the whole Paro valley below. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on a tigress' back on this site to subdue a demon. After that he stayed and meditated here for three months. We will be spending most of the day hiking and exploring around Tiger Nest Monastery. We descend back to arrive at our hotel at Paro. It is our last day at Paro before flying back to Kathmandu. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Fly from Paro back to Kathmandu.
After the wonderful experience of completing ' Bumthang Owl Trek ' you will take a flight from Paro back to Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up at the airport in Kathmandu. Then a drive to the hotel in Kathmandu City. You will be spending one more additional day for exploring Kathmandu Valley. Remaining sites of world heritage within Kathmandu those weren't possible on the second day can be visited on the leisure day at Kathmandu.     
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Leisure day at Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. In the evening walk around the souvenirs shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening after the completion of 'Bumthang Owl Trek' with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our airport representative will drop you at the airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
March 2, 2018 March 15, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !
April 10, 2018 April 23, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !
May 5, 2018 May 18, 2018 $ 3600 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

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Your Program Duration = 14 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu with experienced city tour guide, private vehicle and all entry fees 
  • all pickups and drops from/to Hotels and Airports 
  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Both way flight Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu 
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Tourist standard hotels in cities and tented camp during trek 
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • All essential grounded transportation by private vehicle 
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  • Tents and Kitchen equipments for trekking
  • All required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Service does not includes

  • Personal expenses 
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Tips for staffs
  • Travel Insurance

Useful Info

Reviews

' Wonderful Bumthang Owl Trek '

We have completed the Bumthang Owl Trek with the whole arrangement of our trek done by Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions. We are more than satisfied with the teams professional service. Our trek went through traditional villages, dense forest areas and to the monasteries having religious significance. 
We are thankful to Nepal Guide Treks team for making this trek memorable.
Cheers !!!
Christian & group - Denmark

Owl Trek !! Just loved It !! Thanks to Nepal Guide Treks

We are a couple who went to Annapurna Base Camp with Nepal Guide Treks two years ago. After gaining a wonderful experience at Annapurna we decided to book Bumthang Owl Trek in Bhutan with NGT. The trek was filled with Bhutan's abundant flora and fauna, best panoramic views of valleys and surrounding mountains. We are not surprised by the top level of service we got this time from the NGT team, just wanted to thank everyone who made this relatively short but interesting trek memorable. We recommend this company to anyone who want to go trekking in the Himalayas to gain life time experience.
Tashi Delek !!!
Marco + Vincent - Netherlands

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