Bumthang Culture Trek

Duration: Three days, Max. Elevation: 3,360 m

Highest Camp: 2,800 m

Standard: Easy to medium
Best Seasons: March to May & September to November
Start: Toktu Zampa (Bumthang)
Finish: Mesithang (Bumthang)

A 3-day trek. Bumthang Cultural Trek is through Choekhor and Tang valley, passing and visiting Bumthang's remote villages, ancient temples and even a manor of Ugencholing. This trek is so named because, the opportunities to visit villages and temples are greater than on most other treks in Bhutan. Though it is relatively easy and a short trek, there is one day of a long climb and descend (about 500 m) to Phephe La (3360). However, there is no significant altitude gain as with other treks and your night halts are all below 3100 m (10,100 ft)

Day 1: Toktu Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang (Distance 12 km, four to five hours, 170 m ascent, camp altitude 2,800 m). The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout. Stop for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). In by-gone days, the valley was populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul.

Day 2: Ngang Lhakhang – Tahung (Distance 16 km, six hours, 750 m ascent, 670 m descent, camp altitude 2,720 m). The day starts out across meadows and with the view of the valley below. Then you climb gradually to Phephe La (3,360 m), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. The path leads you downhill into a broad valley. Amongst several possible camping places the most likely one is uphill behind the village of Tahung.

Day 3: Tahung – Mesithang (Distance 16 km, four to five hours, 230 m descent). The trail follows the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. The trek will pass the Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake) and lead you to Tang Ugyen Choling. Ugyen Choling Palace houses one of the most interesting museums of Bhutan. From here you will soon reach the road head.

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