Bumthang Owl Trek 4 days

Jan 14, 2014 | Posted by in Itineraries | 0 comments


Day 1: Ngalakhang to Jakar
After breakfast drive along the bumpy farm road till Ngalakhang for about 1 ½ hrs. Visit the local village. Meet the horses and ride back to Jakar using the horse trail on the other side of the river. Your first day ride in Ngalakhang valley, is mostly following Chamkhar Chu river downstream. You can feel and experience small villages and interesting temple located on hill tops. Advance riders can trot and canter along this trail. Around 4 hrs ride. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Begin Trek; Jakar- Menchugang-Dhur-Schonath
Transfer by vehicle till the road head and start the ride at Manchugang. Today we will continue our ride visiting Dur Village, the biggest rural village in Bumthang, at an elevation of 2900 meters above sea level. The village consists of about 75 households with a recorded population of around 800 people. In this single village, there are three types of inhabitant called the Kheps (tax payers, with cattle and farmland), the Brokpas, (nomadic yak herders) and the third group having either. This village also use two different dialects; the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialects). After lunch the trail passes mostly through blue pine forest and gradually ascending to a beautiful camp site at Schonath. From the campsite you can still see Dur village. The trail is fairly easy and you can ride till the camp site. Total 4-5 hrs ride. Overnight in tent camps.

Day 3 Trek (B/L/D)
Trekking through the virgin forest of huge temperate trees like spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron makes you breathe the real wilderness of Bhutan. Bamboos are the main undergrowth of this wild forest. During the months of April and May the rhododendrons are in full bloom. In about two hours, you will arrive at the Drangela Pass (3600m). Ascending the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of 3870m for the night camp. If weather favors you, have a wonderful view of the valley and the panoramic snowcapped Himalayan peaks. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkar Punsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the peak of Kitiphu (4000m). Overnight in tent camp. Around 4 -5 hrs ride.

Day 4 Trek ends – Chumey(B/L/D)]
Climb down to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling monastery, which brings us to the historical Buddhist learning center, where renowned masters like Longchen Rabjampa in early 14th CE spent many years in exile from Tibet. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads). Along this trail you may have to walk about half an hour, as the descent in some places are steep.

From here we descend through broad path, or farm road with good views into Chumey valley, trotting along the way. Total rode will be 4-5 hours. Overnight in Chumey Nature Resort.


  • Accommodation in listed hotel.
  • Accommodations in tents during the camp.
  • All meals
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Bhutan visa, tourists fees and taxes.
  • All land transportation by good quality private vehicle.
  • Local English speaking Guide through-out the trip.
  • During the trek: All camping equipment, meals on trek, pack animals, riding horses. Accompanied by Horse Guide, cook and assistants.
  • Flight costs extra as listed separately

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Travel Medical insurance
  • Personal gears, clothing, shoes.
  • Bar-beverages, personal gifts/gratuities, telephone call, laundry and other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

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