bumthang culture trek

The three-day trek around Bumthang offers fantastic views of a natural environment endowed with an array of flora and fauna as well as an opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.

The trail takes you through forests of blue pine, birch, maple, spruce, juniper, bamboo and a beautiful, rugged landscape draped in countless varieties of rhododendrons. 

As you walk along the tranquil ridges and mountains of Bumthang you will be treated to unparalleled views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest unclimbed peak in the world.

There is an abundance of avian wildlife in this area and pheasants such as the beautiful Himalayan Tragopan are a common sight around April-May.

One of the best times to undertake this trek is in late spring, between April and early June, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Day 1: Manchugang – Dhur Village

The trek starts from Manchugang and takes you to Dhur village (2900m). The inhabitants of the village are the nomadic Kheps and Brokpas. This village has two distinct dialects, the Bumthang Kha and the Brokke a language spoken by the nomads. (Incomplete)

Day 2: Dhur Village – Drangela Pass

The second day of this trek is mainly through lush forests of hemlock, fir, spruce and many species of rhododendrons, which are in full bloom during the months of April and May. The trail also takes you through the forests of bamboo (Incomplete)

 Day 3: Drangela Pass – Tharpaling monastry

On day three, you descend towards the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) where you may pray for yourself and all living beings.