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Bumthang Owl Trek
Bumthang Owl Trek

The Bumthang Owl Trek offers an invigorating experience of the culture and environment of the country. It is a moderate 3-day hiking route which starts from Menchugang and ends in Jakar Dzong. 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 would 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. This trek also combines with Bhutan cultural tour to western – center covering Paro, Thimphu, Punkaha, Wangduephodrang, Trongsa and Bumthang.

On this trek you have the opportunity to see:
Village life in a very big village like Dhur.
The virgin temperate forest of blue pine, hemlock, fir, spruce, juniper with undergrowth of bamboo spices, rhododendrons, birch, maple, chestnut and many others. 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.
Birds of different spices, among them the big monal pheasants can be sighted around the second camp and Tharpaling area during mornings and evenings.
The Monastry life in Tharpaling, Choedak and Zhambala are yet very interesting.
 

Itinerary
DAY 1: ARRIVR PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
DAY 2: PARO ACLIMAZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST “Taktshang”
DAY 3: THIMPHU (2320m)
DAY 4: Thimphu – Punakha(1300m) : 77KM/APPROX 3HR
DAY 5: Punakha - Trongsa (2316m): 142KM/APPROX 5HR
DAY 6: Bumthang (2600m-4000m)
DAY 7: CHAMKHAR – DHUR VILLAGE
DAY 8: DHUR VILLAGE - KITIPHU
DAY 9: KITIPHU - JAKAR
DAY 10: Bumthang – Phobjikha valley/Gangtey(2982m):155KM/APPROX 5 ½ HR
DAY 11: Phobjikha valley/Gangtey – Thimphu: 130KM/APPROX 4 ½ HR
DAY 12: Paro departure

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