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  • Bumthang Owl Trek

    Bumthang Owl Trek 3 days in Bhutan is one of the popular and easy trek. This three day Bumthang Owl Trek offers an invigorating experience of the culture and environment of the country. It is an easy to moderate 3-day hiking starting from Menchugang and ends at Tharpaling Monastery in Bumthang. The trail has an abundance of flora and fauna, and the panoramic views of the valleys beneath the hill tops and the Himalayas spread over a broad horizon will be an experience that one shall cherish for a lifetime. This trek could be a substitute for the Bumthang Cultural Trek that has been deteriorated to a great degree by the farm road constructions.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • See village life in Dhur.
    • In spring the rhododendrons flowers are in bloom that beautifies the whole trek route.
    • The valley views and the Himalayan snow capped mountains in the north are quite beautiful.
    • Birds of different spices, among them the big monal pheasants can be sighted around the second camp and Tharpaling area during mornings and evenings.
    • See relatively remote and large Monasteries and their life in Tharpaling, Choedak and Zhambala.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Transfer by vehicle till the road head and start the trek at Manchugang. Visit the biggest village in Bumthang, called Dhur at an elevation of 2900m. The village consists of about 75 households with a recorded population of around 800 people. In this single village, there are three types of inhabitant called the Kheps (tax payers, with cattle and farmland), the Brokpas, (nomadic yak herders) and the third group having either. This village also use two different dialects; the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialects). A walk above the village to get the overall view of the village is interesting.

    Climb down to the river where the traditional water-driven flour mill can be visited. This traditional water driven flour mill used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village. It has been abandoned after the intake channel was washed away by flash flood. The program has been rehabilitated as it symbolizes an authentic Bhutanese tradition.

    Continue the trek uphill through the blue pine forest and reach the camp at Schonath (3450m) in hemlock and juniper forest. The hauling of owls through the night is quite common, hence the name the Owl Trek.

     Trekking from Manchugang to Schonath campsite, meeting with local people along the trail.


    Day 2

    Trekking through the virgin forest of huge temperate trees like spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron makes you breathe the real wilderness of Bhutan. Bamboos are the main undergrowth of this wild forest. During the months of April and May the rhododendrons are in full bloom. In about two hours, you will arrive at the Drangela Pass (3600m). Ascending the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of 3870m for the night camp. If weather favors you, have a wonderful view of the valley and the panoramic snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkar Punsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the peak of Kitiphu. Overnight in tent camp.

     Trekking through the virgin forest, discover the trees and wild animals


    Day 3

    Climb down to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling which brings you to the religious life of monk hood, the historical Buddhist learning center. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) that you will see nowhere else in the country. Afternoon, walk along the ridge of Kikila and finally follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail). The best view of Jakar Dzong will end your three day trek with many interesting and unforgettable memories. Transfer to your hotel in Jakar (1hr) or Chumey (30min) or Trongsa (2hrs).

     Visiting Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling Monasteries


     Suggested Itinerary:
    Day 1: Arrive in Paro and transfer to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu as per available time. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 2: Drive to Punakha. Local sightseeing and walks in Punakha. Overnight hotel.
    Day 3: Tour Punakha & Wangdue. Overnight in hotel
    Day 4: Drive to Jakar, Bumthang (7-8hrs).Overnight hotel.
    Day 5: Full day for sightseeing and walking tour in and around Bumthang. Overnight hotel.
    Day 6 & 7: Trek and camp as per trekking details provided above.
    Day 8: Trek most of the day and drive to Trongsa or stay in Chumey valley. Overnight hotel.
    Day 9: Drive and visit Gangtey in Phobjikha valley. Overnight hotel.
    Day 10: Drive to Thimphu (6-7hrs) and overnight in hotel.
    Day 11: Thimphu tour and Paro valley tour. Overnight hotel.
    Day 12: Paro. Full day for hiking excursion to Taktsang. Return to Paro. Overnight hotel.
    Day 13: Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight.


     Alternate Itinerary using one way by flight:
    Day 1: Arrive in Paro and tour. Overnight in hotel
    Day 2: Fly to Jakar, Bumthang and tour (Flight operates only on certain days). Overnight in hotel
    Day 3: Tour and walk around Jakar
    Day 4 & 5: Trek as per itinerary and camp
    Day 6: Trek end and drive to Trongsa. Overnight in hotel
    Day 7: Drive to Punakha (Option to take a side trip to Gangtey). Overnight in Punakha
    Day 8: In Punakha & Wangdue touring. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 9 & 10: Drive to Thimphu (3-4hrs) and spend extra day in Thimphu
    Day 11: Drive to Paro and hike to Taktsang monastery. Overnight hotel in Paro
    Day 12: Departure.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

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    Chumey Nature Resort

    • In an idyllic spot of breathtaking beauty, surrounded by hills covered in thick evergreen forests, discover a unique resort in central Bhutan — the Chumey Nature Resort.
    • Located on a hillside in the pristine Bumthang valley, dotted with villages and ancient temples spread out against a stunning backdrop of mountains, our resort provides a haven of peace and quiet where one's soul may unwind. Enjoy pleasant walks among the lichen-hung trees, the undisturbed song of myriad birds at break of day, the silence of night but for the sighing of the wind through the pines, the serenity of a traditional hot stone bath.
    • This is Chumey Nature Resort, approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan, to cater to International Tourists.
    • Chumey Nature Resort has been rated a Three Star Hotel/Resort by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan.