Glamping to Bumdra Camp
This trip is likely to satisfy any big city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature. As the name itself says—the place blessed by 100,000 dakinis—you will be able to find bliss within. Bumdra trek is quite a popular trek among Bhutanese pilgrims. In recent times, even the tourists are seeking to hike to the sacred Bumdra Nye (holy site). In this programme, we will take you not only to Bumdra Nye, but we will also make you visit other spiritual sites and monuments.
Arrive at the Paro International Airport (2200 meters above sea level).
Travel to Thimphu. En route, visit Tachog Lhakhang.
After lunch, explore Thimphu (2300m) with visit to National Memorial Chorten, Golden Buddha Dordenma Staute, Takin Conservation Park, and Tashichhodzong.
Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
Day 2: Thimphu Excursion:
Hike to Chagri Monastery (2850m).
After lunch, have orientation walk along the busy street of Thimphu.
Visit handmade paper factory, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts and watch archery, the national game of Bhutan.
Overnight stay at Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha:
Travel to Thimphu.
Visit the Victory Stupas, known as Druk Wangyel Chortens, at Dochula Pass (3150m) on the way. Also visit Chimi Lhankang, the temple of fertility, en route.
After lunch at Punakha (1200m), visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, walk on the longest suspension bridge situated next to the dzong and also visit Galem’s ruined house at Chang Yul.
Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort (or similar)
Day 4: Punakha–Paro
Travel back to Paro.
En route, visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress built in 17th century by the great Zhandrung Rinppche.
After lunch at Paro, visit Paro Dzong and enjoy an orientation tour in the beautiful Paro Valley.
Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
Day 5:Paro-Bumdra Trek
Drive to Sanga Choekor Monastery, one of the Buddhist Colleges in Bhutan.
Begin trekking towards the holy Bumdra Site, the place blessed by 100,000 dakinis.
Overnight stay at Bumdra camp (3800m)
Day 6: Bumdra-Tiger’s Nest Paro
Hike down towards Paro via Taktsang Monastery (2900).
Visit the most sacred temple of Taksang, the tiger’s nest, blessed by Guru Rinpoche.
Also visit Kyichu Lhangkhang, one of the three oldest temples in Bhutan.
Visit a homestay in the evening and have a hot-stone bath.
Day 7: Departure:
Leave Paro for your respective countries.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and driver.
From there, you will be transferred to Thimphu. You will be travelling through spectacular countryside and en-route you will be surprisingly presented with traditional Bhutanese architecture designs and paints all captured on the houses and buildings of the kingdom, the land of thunder dragon.
On arrival in Thimphu, you will be checked-in to your hotel and proceed for lunch. After lunch, we will explore Thimphu. First, there is that largest Golden Buddha Dhordenma Statue for us to visit. We also will have to visit the National Memorial Chorten and Takin Conservation Park. The majestic Tashichoedzong is the must visit monument because it is the place where His Majesty the King works.You may have a walk along the busy street of Thimphu in the evening.
Overnight stay will be at Hotel Tara Phendeyling
Day 2: Thimphu
After breakfast, we will hike to Chagri Monastery. It will take about an hour on foot to reach the monastery from road-end point. Chagri was built high on the slope in 1619 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as his first monastery in Bhutan. Then, we will drive back for lunch in the town. We will spend the second half of the day by going to watch archery, the national game of Bhutan, and other tourist sites.
Day 3: Thimphu–Punakha
Check out from hotel and drive towards Punakha.
On the way, we will stop at Dochula Pass to see the stunning sights of Druk Wangyel Chortens which was built at the command of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. There is 108 chortens there.
Then we will resume our journey. Our next stop will be at Chhimi Lhakhang, the sacred and famous pilgrimage site for childless couples. From there, we will continue traveling towards Punakha. We will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong which is situated strategically at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. We will also visit the 160 meters Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge.
Overnight stay at Zhingkham Resort
Day 4: Punakha–Paro
After breakfast, we will leave Punakha and drive towards Paro. This afternoon you can look forward to enjoying an orientation tour of the major monuments in Paro including Paro Dzong and the National Museum. Paro Dzong, meaning ‘the fortress on the heap of jewels’, serves as the district headquarters. A small temple was built in 15th century on the site which later, in 17th century, replaced by the present structure.
Similarly, the National Museum was believed to be built around the same time when the present structure was constructed in 17th century by Zhabdrung Rinpoche as the watch tower.
In Paro, it is highly recommended to take a leisure stroll along the main street which offers not only excellent scenery but also good shopping for jewelries and handicrafts. Alternatively, your guide can arrange a hike in the valley to suit your fitness.
5: Paro-Bumdra Trek
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Sang Choekor Monastery and will start our hike to Bumdra which is believed to be blessed by 100,000 dakinis from there. Before starting the hike, you can visit Sangnga Chhoekhor Lhakhang which is a Buddhist College.
In a couple of hours, we will gradually ascent through a shady, forested ridge. We will be offered a beautiful scenic view of Paro along this stretch of the trek. We will take a brief recess at the ChhoeTse Lhakhang (temple) nestled on the mountainside. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple, which offers commanding views of the south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas.
After a final 20 to 30-minutes climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred chortens and prayer flags.
Our camp for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Hundred Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded view of the Himalayan range. After lunch we can visit the monastery and meditate there for whole afternoon.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bumdra camp (3800m).
Day 6: Bumdra-Tiger’s Nest
After breakfast, we will start our hike down to Paro via Taktsang Monastery. After one to two hours of descent, we can catch glimpses of the golden roofs of Taktsang temples. An hour later, we will reach Taktsang Monastery. Taktsang is the most sacred temple built in 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava. Then we will walk downhill for an hour till the Taktsang base camp where our vehicles will be waiting to pick us up.
If time permits, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples, followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress called the Drugyel Dzong. This dzong has a special significance. It is believed that there were a lot of Tibetan invasions during 17th century but none succeeded. After the last invasion was fended off, the dzong was built to mark the victory.
If we are lucky and weather favours, then we might have a view of 7,314 meters snow domed peak of sacred Mt.Jhomolhari.
Overnight stay at Bhutan Mandala Resort
Day 7: Departure
Today, we will see you off from the Paro International Airport.
GROUP SIZE: Any group Size
TRIP SEASONS: Throughout year
- Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
- Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
- All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
- All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
- Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.
- Flights in and out of Bhutan.
- Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry