The highlight of Bhutan Festival trip is
to see the Jambay Lhakhang festival, a
unique Buddhist passage of rites, the
only one of its kind anywhere. Other
treats include treks, visits to
farmhouses, temples which are forbidden
to most visitors, museums and a day of
rafting in Punakha.
Festival tour in Bhutan
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival you will be received by tour
manager and escorted to your hotel in
kathmandu. Our tour manager will give
you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is
Day 02: Kathmandu city tour
After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath
Temple), Patan, Boudhanath sputa and
Pasupati temple. Over night at Hotel.
Day 03: Arrive Paro
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro,
offers fascinating views of the eastern
Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest.
On arrival you will be received by your
guide and drive to Capital of Thimpu.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04 : Thimphu - Trongsa
After an early breakfast, begin the
journey to central Bhutan which takes
about 7-8 hours passing through alpine
and coniferous forests across three
districts. While the drive can be
arduous, there are, however, splendid
views of mountain ranges, village
hamlets and two high passes. Pack lunch
will be served at Chendebji, an ancient
Newari stupa like those found in Nepal .
Halt at hotel in Trongsa.
Day 05: Trongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong,
one of the most impressive in Bhutan .
Built in the 17th century by Chogyal
Minjur Temap, this is a masterpiece in
architecture and includes countless
courtyards and corridors in addition to
the 23 temples.
After early lunch, depart for Jakar over
Yongtong La pass (Alt.3425m) that
separates Trongsa valley from Bumthang.
The Jambay festival corresponds to a
full moon and is an exhilarating
experience. Drive to the festival after
dinner and witness the fire dance which
goes late into the night. Night halt at
Day 06: Jambay Lhakhang Festival
Return for the next day’s festival after
an early breakfast. Watch mask dances
and mingle with locals in their finest
dresses. Also visit stalls set up all
around the festival ground. Night at
Day 07: Bumthang - Nanglhakhang
(Distance 19 kms and about 6 hours.)
Trek up Chamkhar river, teeming with
trouts, to the land of the swans. After
lunch you reach the “ Swan Land ”,
Nanglhakhang. In the evening, enjoy
local entertainment. Overnight at camp.
Day 08: Nanglhakhang - Ugencholing
Climb gradually to Phephela pass at
11000ft., which is the highest point on
this trek. This trail takes you through
beautiful forested areas with lots of
leisure stops. Overnight at camp.
Day 09: Ugencholing - Jakar
(Distance approx. 10 kms and about 2-3
This trail leads you to the Tang Chu,
another river with plenty of trout. On
the way to Jakar you will pass the
burning lake, “Mebar Tso,” where
transportation will be waiting. Drive
back to Jakar. Halt at hotel.
Day 10: Jarkar valley sightseeing
After breakfast, explore the boundless
Jakar valley. Unlike other valleys in
Bhutan which are narrow, Jakar is
spacious and open, ranging in altitude
from 8’500 ft to over 13’000 ft. It is a
haven for trekkers and hikers.
Morning sightseeing includes Tamshing
Lhakhang, established by the great
Bhutanese saint Pema Ling Pa in 1501;
Kenchosum Lhakhang, built during
Thresong Dengtseng’s time and considered
the oldest Lhakhang in Bhutan; and
Membartsho, where Terton Pema Ling pa
discovered treasures (ter) hidden by
After lunch, visit Jampay Lhakhang,
built in 659 by the Tibetan King,
Songsten Gampo and Kurjey Lhakhang,
bearing the body imprint of Guru
Rimpoche. It was here that Guru
Padmasambhava subdued Shelging Karpo and
recovered Sindhu Raja’s life force and
converted both rival kings to Buddhism.
The offering of TSHO, BUTTER LAMP and
PRAYERS can be arranged in this
monastery. Night at Hotel
Day 11: Bumthang-Punkha
After an early breakfast drive to
Punakha, about 197km and 6.5hrs drive.
Picnic lunch at Chendebji. Night at
Day 12: Rafting in Punakha
Rafting in upper and lower Pochu in
Day 13: Punakha Sightseeing - Thimphu
In the morning visit Punka Dzong, once
the capital of the nation. Presently the
dzong is the winter residence of the
head abbot and the monastic school. Walk
to Chimi lhakhang- the temple of Drukpa
Kuenley or the Divine Madman, renowned
for blessing barren women with
fertility. Drive back to the capital.
Day 14: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu
valley which includes a visit to the
Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the
late king; National Library, a treasure
trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts;
the Traditional Institute of Medicine,
where centuries old healing arts such as
acupuncture and herbal remedies are
still practiced; the Painting School,
where young monks learn the art of
Buddhist thangkha painting; the
workshops for mask making and fine metal
craft, weaving, ceramics and paper and;
the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a
fascinating testimony of Bhutanese
material culture and living traditions.
Night at Hotel.
Day 15: Thimphu – Paro sightseeing
After breakfast, drive to Paro.
Sightseeing to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort
of the victorious Drukpas. Although
gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned
as the stand from which several Tibetan
invasions were repulsed. To the north
can be seen in all its majesty, the dome
of sacred Mt. Chomolhari or the abode of
the "mountain of goddess.”
En route, see one of the oldest
landmarks in Bhutan. The 7th century
Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108
temples built in the Himalayas by
Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is
revered as one of the most holy shrines
in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of
After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong,
originally the Watch Tower for the
Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted
into the National Museum of the Kingdom
and boasts a wide range of antique
thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &
armour, household objects and natural
and historic artifacts.
Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or
the 'fortress of the heap of jewels'
which is the seat of the district
administration and the residence of the
monastic school. The dzong is famous for
its wall murals depicting Buddhist
parables, symbols and the lives of
prominent saints. Walk down to the
cantilever bridge below the dzong where
your car awaits. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: Taktshang Excursion
After an early breakfast, drive to the
foot of the Taktshang cliff before
walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this
monastery, giddily perched on a sheer
800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s
Nest’ as legend has it that Guru
Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the
back of a tigress in the eight century.
He meditated here making this temple a
sacred pilgrimage destination for
Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang
Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes
four hours for which riding ponies can
be arranged. Overnight Olathang Hotel.
Day 17: Departure
Representative of Mission Eco Trek will
bid you farewell for the onward flight
home. TASHI DELEK
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