Punakha to Bumthang Trek

The Punakha to Bumthang Trek, also known as the “Snowman Trek Part II,” is a captivating journey through some of Bhutan’s most scenic and culturally rich landscapes. This trek offers a mix of stunning natural beauty, traditional Bhutanese villages, and significant historical sites.

Overview and Highlights:

Scenic Beauty:

  • The trek offers diverse landscapes, from lush valleys and dense forests to high mountain passes and serene rural settlements. Highlights include the panoramic views of the Himalayas from Dochula Pass and the scenic beauty of the Black Mountains.

Cultural Encounters:

  • The trek provides a deep cultural immersion with visits to historic dzongs, ancient monasteries, and rural villages. Interaction with local communities offers insights into traditional Bhutanese lifestyles, farming practices, and religious customs.

Trekking Challenges:

  • The trek involves moderate to strenuous hiking, with daily treks ranging from 5 to 8 hours. The highest point is around 2,760 meters at Rukubji, making acclimatization important.

Wildlife and Nature:

  • The trek passes through diverse ecosystems, home to various wildlife, including birds, deer, and possibly larger mammals. The forests of oak and rhododendron are particularly beautiful during the flowering season.


  • Accommodation is primarily camping, with trekkers staying in tents at designated campsites. Basic amenities are provided, ensuring a comfortable stay. In Bumthang, accommodation is in local guesthouses or hotels.

Logistics and Permits:

  • Special permits are required for trekking in Bhutan, arranged through a registered Bhutanese tour operator. Trekkers are accompanied by experienced guides, porters, and cooks, ensuring safety and a smooth trekking experience. All meals and camping equipment are typically provided by the tour operator.

Preparation Tips:

  1. Physical Fitness: Ensure you are in good physical condition. Regular cardio exercises, strength training, and practice hikes will help prepare for the trek.
  2. Gear: Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing, a rain jacket, a good quality sleeping bag, and trekking poles.
  3. Acclimatization: Take time to acclimatize to the altitude, especially during the initial days. Stay hydrated and pace yourself during the trek.
  4. Hydration and Nutrition: Drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet to keep your energy levels up. Carry some high-energy snacks for the trek.
  5. Permits and Insurance: Ensure all necessary permits are arranged through your tour operator. Have adequate travel insurance that covers trekking activities.

Key Highlights:

  • Punakha Dzong: A stunning fortress at the confluence of two rivers, showcasing traditional Bhutanese architecture.
  • Dochula Pass: Offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and 108 memorial chortens.
  • Rukubji Village: A remote village providing insights into traditional Bhutanese life.
  • Bumthang Valley: Known as the cultural heartland of Bhutan, home to several ancient monasteries and temples.


Day 1: Arrival in Paro

  • Activities:
    • Arrive at Paro International Airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel for rest.
    • Explore Paro town, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro to Punakha

  • Activities:
    • Drive from Paro to Punakha (approx. 4-5 hours).
    • En route, stop at Dochula Pass (3,100m) for panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas.
    • Visit the 108 memorial chortens at Dochula.
    • Visit Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha to Limbukha

  • Activities:
    • Begin the trek with a drive to the starting point in Punakha.
    • Trek to Limbukha (1,800m).
    • Pass through terraced fields, pine forests, and traditional villages.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Limbukha.

Day 4: Limbukha to Chungsakha

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Limbukha to Chungsakha.
    • Pass through dense forests with views of the surrounding valleys.
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Chungsakha.

Day 5: Chungsakha to Samtengang

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Chungsakha to Samtengang (1,830m).
    • Pass through forests, farmlands, and traditional Bhutanese houses.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Samtengang.

Day 6: Samtengang to Chhuzomsa

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Samtengang to Chhuzomsa (1,200m).
    • Descend through oak and rhododendron forests.
    • Visit local temples along the way.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Chhuzomsa.

Day 7: Chhuzomsa to Rukubji

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Chhuzomsa to Rukubji (2,760m).
    • Cross several small passes with views of the Black Mountains.
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Rukubji.

Day 8: Rukubji to Chokhor Valley (Bumthang)

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Rukubji to the Chokhor Valley in Bumthang.
    • Pass through remote villages and picturesque valleys.
  • Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Bumthang.

Day 9: Explore Bumthang

  • Activities:
    • Explore Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan.
    • Visit Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, and Tamshing Lhakhang.
  • Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang to Paro

  • Activities:
    • Transfer to the domestic airport in Bumthang for a flight back to Paro.
    • Upon arrival in Paro, transfer to your hotel.
    • Rest and explore Paro at leisure.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Departure from Paro

  • Activities:
    • Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure.
    • Bid farewell to Bhutan.

The Punakha to Bumthang Trek is a comprehensive journey that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and physical challenge, making it an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Bhutan.


  • All Transportation including pickups and Drops – Non A/C
  • All Accommodation
  • Meals CPAI (Only Breakfast)
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • All Immigration Formalities
  • Daily 1 Bottle Mineral water
  • 1 Tourist Sim-Card for a group
  • All Internal Taxes


  • Train/Airfares
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • 4 & 5 star accommodations and meals (On Request)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, drinks, laundry, etc
  • Guide Charges
  • Museums & Monuments fee
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, Flight cancel, flight delay, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Anything which is not include in the itinerary.

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