Bumthang Owl Trek
The Bumthang Owl Trek offers an amazing insight into the central region of Bhutan, especially the Bumthang district. Bumthang district is revered as the religious hub of the country as the whole district is dotted with sacred monasteries and sites. This particular trek offers the best of the both world as it gives the trekkers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the country side as well as the deep rooted cultural values.
About Bumthang Owl Trek
The trek kicks off from manchugang, taking you through lush green forest of varieties of woods like birch, maple, juniper and many more. You will also be treated with incomparable views of the Mount Gangkhar Puensum also known as the highest unclimbed peak in the world. You will be able to experience and see an assortment of rare wild flowers and animals such as the Himalayan Tragopan.
The first day of trek will trek you through the village of Dhur at an elevation of 2900m. You can stroll around the village and explore the way of life of the villagers. Resuming the trek, you will ascend uphill moving swiftly through verdant pine forest till you reach Schonath at 3,450m. You will camp here for the night. The nights are silent except for the hooting sounds of the night owls therefore the trek is named “Bumthang Owl Trek”.
The next day you will trek mostly through the forest. The lush forests are draped in hemlock, spruce, fir and many more.
Trekking for hours will take you to Drangela Pass at 3600m from where you will ascend up to Kitiphu ridge where you will camp for the night at an elevation of 3870m. From the campsite you can enjoy a refreshing view of the magnificent peak all dressed in white snow and the vast valley below. On some dyas when the weather is on your side you can also see the gigantic Mount Gangkhar Puensum which is revered as probably the highest unclimbed peak in the world.
On the third day you will descend downwards toward a number of monasteries such as Tharpaling, Chuedak and Zambhalha monastery. You can visit all the monasteries on the way if you wish to.
Resuming on the trail you will trek towards Kikila pass and taking a traditional route which falls between the two districts of Bumthang and Trongsa. Continuing on the trail you will reach a spot where you can eventually see the auspicious Jakar Dzong finally bringing you to the end of your trek.
Best Time to trek
Though Bhutan is deemed as all season tourist destinations, it is not advisable to trek during the monsoon season which is also the summer season (June, July, and August).
The best time to trek is spring and autumn. In the spring season, the mountains are adorned with beautiful flowers and fresh green grasses which is a treat to experience. Whereas autumn is favorable with a fresh breeze blowing in from the mountains, also you will have better chances of being able to view the mountain peaks.
- 3 Star Accommodation
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport for Local Transfers
- Camping Equipment and Porter Services for Treks
- Taxes and Charges
- USD 65 as Sustainable Development Fees
- Entry Fees for all Tourist Sites
- Personal guide
- The approval of tourists VISA is subject on the full payment of the tour
- Flight ticket payment is subject to the Ticketing Time Limit issued by the airlines
Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy
- 45 days before the trip begins – No charges. 100% refund.
- 40 days before the trip begins – 10% of the trip cost
- 30 days before the trip begins – 15% of the trip cost
- 20 days before the trip begins – 30% of the trip cost
- 15 days or cancellation without notice – 50% of the trip cost
- After arriving in Bhutan – 100% of the trip cost. No refunds
Flight Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy
- Subject to the cancellation terms of the Airline
Rescheduling Tour Dates:
- There are no charges for rescheduling your trip. However, the minimum daily tariff, hotel rates, airline charges are subject to change depending on your new traveling dates.