Amazing Bumdra Trek
Day 1. Arrive Paro and sightseeing
Visit Rinpung Dzong-‘Fortress of a heap of jewels’ built in 1646. The trail then leads across Paro Chhu(river)via a traditional covered bridge(Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. A few kilo meters north of Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the two oldest temples in Bhutan with its Magic orange tree which bears fruit all year round. It was built in 659 By Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
Over night at a hotel
Day 2. Hike to Chumbu Monastery (3 hours hike)
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful farmhouses and rice fields about 45 minutes. After reaching car park, start hiking through the pine and oak forests along the riverside. A gradual hike will take you through the pristine environment and mountain fresh air. The last uphill climb to the magical temple dated back in 8th century will about another 45minuts, be prepared with a water bottles and sweets to energize on your own. Get blessed by making a butter lamp offerings and meditation prayers to the flying image which amazingly stand on the air. We won’t see this kind of image anywhere in the world. The monks will serve you a hot tea with snacks.
Hike back to the beautiful picnic spot. Enjoy your lunch and continue your hike to the car park.
Return to hotel. You may want to enjoy the foot massage.
Overnight at a hotel
Day 3. Paro to Bumdra (5-6 hours).
After breakfast, we’ll take a short drive to Sangchen Chokhor, the most important Buddhist College in the Kingdom, where we begin our trek. The trail climbs steadily up the mountainside through thick forests of Himalayan blue pine, oak and rhododendron to Chochong-Tse, a small 17th century temple and meditation cave.
From here, a short steep climb brings us to a spectacular viewpoint. Walking along a ridge line trail, high above the valley floors, we are awed by the solitude and awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surrounding lush valleys and towering peaks. Winding through beautiful forests and meadows of wildflower we approach tree-line and our campsite, Bumdra. Enjoy this idyllic views of the surrounding Himalayas.
Overnight at tented camp (Altitude 4000m)
Day 4. Explore around Bumdra ridge trail and take view of snow peak mountains
Today, after breakfast at sunrise, we take ridge hike above our campsite. The tall surrounded peaks raise the sky making the valley more beautiful and majestic. One could fully enjoy the hike with endless summit which keeps appearing one behind another. As you reach up higher, the panoramic view of lower valley changes providing a panoramic view of the area.
Overnight at camp.
Day 5. Trek descent to Paro valley (5-6 hours)
We begin our descent and the landscape changes from the high country of dwarf rhododendron and beautiful vistas, giving way to the low lands of pine and oak. En route visit the magical monastery known as, Tiger’s Nest” one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the entire Himalayan World. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic.
It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory.
Check into our hotel this afternoon and enjoy a relaxing hot shower and celebrate the magnificent adventure over an exquisite meal.
Day 6. Depart Paro
After early breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward journey. It is end of your tour.