BUMDRA CLOSE TO HEAVEN TREK- 5 DAYS
This is the shortest trek in Bhutan. The trek starts and ends in Paro itself so this trek requires the shortest duration for the entire trip. The trek starts from the north of the valley and ends in north west of the valley ending with Tiger’s nest, one of the holiest place in Bhutan. The first day requires lot of climbing offering great view of the valley and the mountain peaks. The second day will be much easier with mostly descending.
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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN PARO
Your flight to Paro will offer you a beautiful mountain views. On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom.
Overnight at Paro, Altitude: 2200m
DAY 02: PARO SIGHTSEEING
Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey.
Overnight at Paro
DA Y03: SANG CHOEKOR – BUMDRA ( Trek Starts )
DAY 04: BUMDRA – TAKTSANG TO PARO
Distance 15km, Walking Time 6hrs. After a hearty breakfast in the jaw dropping landscape, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zig zagging trail. After 1-2 hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below and soon come upon the first of many on our way back from the wilds. The path snakes across the mountainside between the monasteries and temples before reaching the gardens of Zangdopelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can bravely peer over edge and straight down onto the ornate roofs Taktsang in the cliff far below. An hour later and we are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge a steep descent to a waterfall then ascent on steps and you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself. Retracing our steps we begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to reach our vehicle and drive back to Hotel, not forgetting to stop on the other side of the valley and look back at what you have achieved.
Overnight at Paro
DAY 05: DEPART FROM PARO