Fascinating Bumdra Trek 5 Days
Bumdra Trek with Paro tour is the combination of easy trek around Paro with guided Paro city tour. This is the shortest available trek in Bhutan starting and ending in Paro which starts from the north of the valley and ending at the north-west of the valley ending at the Taktsang Monastery often popularly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, one of the holiest places in Bhutan. Though requiring a great deal of climbing the first day during the trek, you will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains; the second day of the trek is relatively much easier with mostly descending. Initially, the tour starts with a bird’s eye-view of the world’s tallest mountain series onboard flight to the lush green valley of Paro. The day is spent in colorful Paro city tour with visits to Ta Dzong and Paro Rinpung Dzong. The trek begins the second day with excursion ridge hiking around Bumdra then to ultimately end at the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and drive back to Paro on the third. Bumdra Trek with Paro tour is a quick journey into the Dragon Kingdom visiting the popular landmarks of Bhutan and witnessing some great panoramic views of the Bhutanese landscape and the snow-capped mountains.
The Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas from Plane. After visa formalities you will meet our Team & Drive to hotel for quick Rest. Afternoon Visit Paro Dzong built in 1646, which houses the administrative center of the Paro district and religious institute for monks. The Paro Dzong may be familiar to people who watched Bertolucci’s film “The Little Buddha” walk down to the coach crossing over the traditional wooden covered bridge called “Nymezampa” which spans over the Paro river. Kyichu Lhakhang It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The legend tells that a giant demon was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region, preventing the spread of Buddhism, so to subdue it the king built 108 temples in one day all over the Himalayan region out of which 2 are in Bhutan & in the evening take walk along to acclimatize for tomorrow's Trek & Overnight at Zhiwaling Resort (National Geographic Lodges)/similar (5 star Hotel).
After your early breakfast drive for 20 minutes to Sang Choekor Buddhist University in the Paro valley (2,800 m) and hike to a beautiful Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m) Your short and easy adventure begins from Sang Choekor to meet our ponies; while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the college. The first one to two-hour ascent of a shady, forested ridge brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and stunning views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys. Above and ahead the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside a further one to two hour’s walk away. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple, which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas. After a final 20-minute 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. Your camp for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan ranges. After lunch we can visit the monastery and also climb the peak to the north (about 4000 m) for even better views, returning in time for a very good dinner at your camp & Overnight at Bumdra in Luxury Camping.
After breakfast, proceed with ridge hike at Bumdra where there are two options. One is easy hike to conquer a small summit at 4,200 meters from 3,800 meters base camp. This takes about 3-4 hours for an average walker to attend the summit. The other is a bit difficult since the summit to achieve will have longer distance in walking with higher elevation at 4,600 meters. This takes about 5-6 hours for an average walker. Whatsoever option you choose ultimately it’s the view you witness and in a clear day, the views will really be spectacular. Also make sure you put on some warm clothes for this hike, as it’ll be very cold and windy & overnight at Bumdra in Luxury Camping
Hike downhill from Bumdra Monastery camp via Zangto Pelri Monastery and Taktsang Monastery. After a hearty breakfast, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or spend a little extra time enjoying the view. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zigzagging trail. After one to two hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of Zangto Pelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can, if you are brave, peer over the edge, straight down onto the ornate rooftops of Taktsang Monastery perched against the cliff-face far below. An hour later and we are across the gorge from Taktsang Monastery. Follow a steep descent to a waterfall then go up for 10 minutes and you’ll reach the Tiger’s Nest. Retracing our steps we begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to Paro Valley floor to reach our vehicle from where you will be transferred by road to your Overnight at Zhiwaling Resort (National Geographic Lodges)/similar (5 star Hotel).
Our guide and driver will drop you at the airport and bid you good-bye for your flight departure out of Bhutan.
Tashi Delek and have a pleasant flight back home!
What is Included During the Trek?
- All Trekking Meal during the Trek
- One Trekking Expeditions Leader
- Trekking Staffs/Helper
- Group Medical Kit
- Good Quality accommodation throughout. The use of a world expedition trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, and insulated mat
- All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
- Pony to carry 20 Kgs personal equipment
What is not Included During the Trek?
- International Airfare
- Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
- Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
One of the most unique features of our tours is that all the itineraries are fully customizable. At Bhutan Tours & Luxury Exclusive we don’t do standard tours, you have the power to customize your trips from A to Z, for example, accommodation, transportations, trip length, activities, places of interest, the pace of travel and more.