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Bumdra trek offers a truly unforgettable adventure, combining stunning natural landscapes, cultural immersion, and spiritual exploration in one of the world's most enchanting destinations.
Bumdra trek typically begins near the beautiful Paro Valley, where trekkers embark on a scenic journey towards the Bumdra Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery. Along the way, trekkers traverse through lush forests, meadows adorned with colorful prayer flags, and rugged mountain terrain.
Fly in Paro, Bhutan - Thimphu
Welcome to Bhutan. On a clear day, one will experience breathtaking views of major Himalayan peaks, Jomolhari and Jichu Darkey in Bhutan from your flight. Upon arrival Bhutan's first gift to you will be clean fresh mountain air. Obtain your Bhutan visa which will be pre-paid, and after clearing Immigration and Customs, you will be met outside at the exit point by Bhutan Sky Trails representatives and escort you around for the sightseeing, onward to your hotel.
Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum), which towers above the Paro Dzong and viewing its well-interpreted collection of historic artifacts that makes a great prologue to the journey yet to come.
Visit Paro Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guardhouses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower ("Utse") of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1646 A.D. After wards drive to Thimphu for the overnight and it’s comfortable around an hour drive from Paro.
Thimphu – Thimphu
Begin the day with the visit the Memorial Chorten built in 1974, in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the country from 1952-1972. Next visit the Buddha Dordema located at Kuenselphodrang, it is 51.5 meter bronze statue overlooking the Thimphu valley. After that stop by Changangkha temple built in 12 century; Visit the Painting School (ZorigChusum if in session) where traditional art and craft is still kept alive, Takin preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal. Visit Zilukha nunnery to grasp the role of woman in Bhutan’s spiritual realm. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed which can be purchased. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive fortress houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body, the office and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Thimphu – Punakha
Embark approximately 2 hours 30 minute drive to Punakha over Dochula Pass (3,150 m) to a beautiful glacier valley of Phobjikha. Stop at the Dochula pass for hot cup of tea/coffee, chance to stretch your legs and use proper toilet facilities. On a clear day one can view the Himalayan ranges with 108 stupas named as “Druk Wangyel Chorten” that have been erected here by the Queen Mother.
From Dochula pass take a gentle and beautiful hike through the forest of hemlock and rhododendrons to Lungchutse Temple, located at the elevation of 3,569 meters. This hike has lots to offer to you and most importantly 360 degree view of Himalayan ranges on a clear day. Photos do not justify the beauty of the place as seen through the lens of the living eyes. Then you will drive to Punakha and once you get to Punakha valley, from the village of Sobsokha take a short walk through the rice pounding village to take a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility shrine, built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “the Divine Madman”. The cheerful flying phallus that one sees painted on homes throughout Bhutan is a tribute to this saint, whose presence distracts and thus repels evil spirits.
Punakha - Punakha
This morning drive to the north of the valley around 30mins and take a hike, which is around 1 hour to Khamsum Yule Namgyel chorten, which took more than 9 years to complete it. The walk through rice fields, passing by farm houses is very scenic and beautiful.
Visit the Punakha Dzong, which house the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body and the Je Khenpo head monk of Bhutan. The dzong was damaged by fire in 1986, and recently renovated using traditional building techniques. It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country, located at the confluence of Pho chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). Walk across the longest suspension bridge to enjoy the scenic view of sheyngana village and Pho chu river.
Punakha - Paro
Drive approximately 4 hours’ drive to Paro stopping in Thimphu for any last minute shopping. Visit Bhutan Post to make your personalize stamp if you wish or visit the local market, this is a wonderful opportunity to witness daily life of people. If locals are practicing or playing archery (the national sport) you can stop and witness the sport. Visit traditional paper making unit and on the way to Paro stop by Tachogang to see the 15th century Iron chain bridge, and after reaching Paro Free evening to explore Paro town.
Paro – Bumdra (Trek 4-5hours, Distance 7km)
Drive till Sang Choekor Buddhist College (2,800m) the start point of the trek. Pay respect at chapel of Sang Choekor and begin your gradual uphill trek to Yak Pasture below Bumdra monastery (3,800m).
Today you will have a leisure day to explore the beauty of Bumdra area; embark on a beautiful ridge hike where you will have a commanding view of the Himalayan Mountain and surrounding valleys.
Visit Bumdra monastery “cave of a hundred thousand Dakinis”. Enjoy and relax the free evening soaking up the majestic view.
Bumdra –Ramthangkha – Paro (6-7hours, Distance 15km)
Today you will descend down through pine and rhododendron forest on the zig zagging trails.
You will reach several other monasteries like Yoezerling, Ugyen Tshemo and Zangtopelri. From Zangtopelri Lhaknag you will have a bird’s eye view of the magical Taktsang Monastery. Visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. The Icon monastery of Bhutan, this monastery clings to a cliff which was built in 17th century. The monastery was burnt in 1998 and was rebuilt. Your lunch will serve at Taktsang cafeteria.
Visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the most sacred temples in Bhutan, built in 659 AD by Tibetan Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo.
After breakfast, say good bye to this lovely country and you will then be transferred to the airport for you flight.
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