Bumthang Festival Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes
Bhutan, Discovery, 12 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €2,635 (land only) - from $3,620 (land only)
- The complete Bhutan holiday experience
- Excellent and easy-paced 3-day trek in the Bumthang Valley
- The spectacular festival at Ngang Lakhang
- View the rare Black-Necked Cranes in the tranquil Phobjikha Valley
- A journey to the heart of the Bhutanese Kingdom
This excellent adventure holiday includes the chance to see many of Bhutan's most important towns and monasteries, as we journey to the beautiful region of Bumthang at the heart of the kingdom. From the lovely Paro Valley, with its spectacularly located Taktsang Monastery, we drive by way of Thimpu and the historic winter capital at Punakha to the district of Bumthang in the heart of this Buddhist Kingdom. Here we stay at the town of Jakar before setting off on the sparkling 3-day 'Owl Trek' which takes us through pretty farmland and forested valleys to a high ridge in the foothills of the Himalaya, from where we have sensational views of snow-capped mountains. After our trek we visit the Nalakhar Tsechu to witness the amazingly colourful dances and religious pageantry of the Bhutan festival. This is also a rare opportunity to take part in a rural festival. Unlike the Thimpu or Paro Tsechus it is possible that we may be the only foreign visitors in the crowd. After the festival, we next visit the tranquil Phobjikha Valley where we stay in the charming village of Gantey. Gantay has been singled out by a flock of the rare and beautiful black-necked cranes who every year make a perilous journey across the Himalaya from their summer home in Tibet to overwinter in the Phobjikha Valley. This holiday offers a real insight into the cultural highlights and spectacular scenery of this magical kingdom.
We also have a departure in late November (the peak season for viewing the Cranes) without the Fesival visit - see trip code BNC
Is this holiday for you?
This is principaly a touring and cultural holiday with an element of easy trekking. The 3-day trek traces a route between villages and monasteries to the north of the town of Jakar. Following paths used by local villagers, the conditions are nowhere difficult and the altitude attained on the trip is not extreme. This route presents a great variety of landscape type; ranging from terraced farmland, through some of the finest mixed forest in the world, to open, alpine pastureland and scenic mountain passes. As a predominantly cultural holiday with a short trek at relatively modest altitude this holiday is suitable for anyone with hiking experience. However, it is not suitable for those with no back-country or hill-walking experience at all.