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Bumthang Cultural Trekking

Bumthang Cultural Trek is practically easy three days trek that will lead you through abundant ancient temples and small hamlets. The route to Phephe La pass (3,600 m) is only the fragment of the trek that ascents 500 m, which could be challenging.

Spring or Autumn is the best time to embark on this trek.

Day 1Distance12Kms.

Toktu Zampa to Ngang Lhakhang

  • Time : 4-5 hrs.
  • Ascent : 170 m.
  • Altitude : 2620m to 2800m

The route along the Chamkhar Chhu leads to a small village called Thangbi. After lunch, walk through the trail that leads to Ngang Yul (Land of Swan). Nagang Lhakhang (Swan Temple) is the main appeal of the region. The locals assumed that the region was occupied with Swans once upon a time, since then the place was called Ngang Yul.

Day 2Distance16Kms.

Ngang Lhakhang to Tahung

  • Time : 6 hrs.
  • Ascent : 750 m.
  • Desecent : 670 m.
  • Alititude : 2800m to 2920m

The trek crosses beautiful forest and magnificent view of the valley below and Phephe La (3,600 m), the highest point of the trek. After the pass, the trail leads you to the valley with promising campsites but the best site is behind the village after a little mount.

Day 3Distance16Kms.

Tahung – Mesithang

  • Time : 4-5 hrs.
  • Descent : 230m.
  • Altitude : 2920m to 2600m

The trail follows the Tang Chhu bypassing Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) and continuing form the Lake leads to Tang valley. Ogyenchholing palace stands overlooking the valley and it is only museum owned by private in Bhutan contains Traditional artifacts. From here, you will head back to Bumthang by car through dirt road.