This three day trek around Bumthang offers both fantastic views of an unspoiled natural environment endowed with a diverse array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.
The trail takes you though forests of blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, bamboo and a beautiful, rugged landscape draped in countless varieties of rhododendrons. As you walk along the tranquil ridges and mountains of Bumthang you will be treated to unparalleled views ...
Day 1Trek begins from the Village of Nomadic Kheps and Brokpas
Manchugang - Dhur Village
Campsite Altitude: 3450m
After breakfast will trek from Manchugang passing __ Dhur village__. This village has two distinct dialects, the Bumthang Kha and the Brokke a language spoken by the nomads. The trek resumes with an uphill climb through blue pine forests towards the campsite at Schonath (3450m).
Day 2Trek is mainly through lush forests of hemlock, fir, spruce, etc...
Dhur Village - Drangela Pass
Campsite altitude: 3600m
The second day of this trek is mainly through lush forests of hemlock, fir, spruce and many species of rhododendrons which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. After few hours of walking you will arrive at the Drangela Pass(3600m). Climbing up the Kitiphu ridge brings you to the campsite for the night at an altitude of about 3870m. From this point you can have a fresh view of snow capped mountains and valleys underneath. This is also when you can view the mount Gangkarpunsum (7541m), the highest unclimbed peak in the world.
Day 3Visit Tharpaling Monastery
Drangela Pass - Tharpaling Monastery
Today we will descend towards the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling.
After lunch we will continue our trek along the ridge of Kikila and following the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) through scenic hills and forests. Finally we can have the best view of Jakar Dzong.
Tharpaling Monastery - Bumthang
Drive back to Bumthang.