3 Days Bumthang Owl Camping Trek in Bhutan

3 Days Bumthang Owl Camping Trek in Bhutan

Fancy an intimate contact with the adorable animals along your trek? Well, you can always consider to put the Bumthang Owl Trek on your alternative travel list. The silent nights are punctuated by the frequent hooting of owls which can be heard at campsites through the night. Some of the owls are blinking eyes on the twigs while others are playing enjoyably in the woods. If the weather is fine, they may probably pay a visit on your campsite. The Bumthang Owl Trek offers an invigorating experience of the culture and environment of the central Bumthang region. It is a moderate rated 3 day trekking route which starts from Menchugang and ends at Jakar Dzong. The trail has an abundance of flora and fauna with panoramic views of the valleys and the Himalayas offering an experience one will cherish for a lifetime.


Day 1: Menchugang (2,950 m) - Dhur Village (2,900 m)

Stop At: Bumthang, Bumthang, Bumthang District
Start at Menchugang and visit the biggest village in Bumthang, called Dhur, at an elevation of 2900 meters above sea level. The village consists of about 75 households with a recorded population of around 800 people. This single village has three types of inhabitants the Kheps (tax payers) having cattle and farmland, Brokpas (nomads) having Yaks and a third group a combination of the two. This village has two different dialects, the usual Bumthang Kha and the Brokke (nomadic dialect). A walk above the village to gain an aeriel view is interesting. Descend down to the river where the traditional water-driven flour mill can be visited. This traditional flour mill used to be a source of livelihood for the people of Dhur village however was abandoned after the intake channel was washed away by a flash flood. The mill process has since been rehabilitated as it symbolizes an authentic Bhutanese tradition. Continue to trek uphill through the blue pine forest and reach the camp at Schonath (3450m) in hemlock and juniper forest. The hooting of owls through the night is quite common, hence the name the Owl Trek.

Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping at Dhur Village

Day 2: Dhur Village (2,900 m) - Drangela Pass (3,600 m)

Stop At: Dhur, Bhutan
Trekking through the virgin forest of huge temperate trees like spruce, hemlock, fir, birch and many species of rhododendron introduces you to the real wilderness of Bhutan. Bamboo is the main undergrowth of this wild forest and during the months of April and May the rhododendrons are in full bloom. After 2 hours trekking you will arrive at the Drange La Pass (3600m). Ascending the Kitiphu ridge brings you to an altitude of 3870m for the night camp. In favourable weather you have a wonderful view of the valley and the panoramic snow capped Eastern Himalaya. The highest mountain of Bhutan Gangkarpunsum (7541m) stands right in front of you when you are on the top of Kitiphu ridge at 4000m.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping at the camp site near Kitephu ridge

Day 3: Drangela Pass (3,600 m) - Tharpaling Goemba (3,800 m)

Stop At: Tharpaling Monastery, Tharpaling ,Chummey,, Bhutan
The magnificent sun rise in the morning is a new experience in Bhutan. Climb down to the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chuedak and Tharpaling which brings you into the religious life of monkhood at these historical Buddhist learning centres. Chuedak monastery has 100 Avoloketeshvaras in the form of Chukchizhey (eleven heads) that you will see nowhere else in the country. This afternoon, trek along the ridge of Kiki La and finally follow the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) and culmonating in a superb view of Jakar Dzong that will end your three day trek with many unforgettable memories.

Trip concluded and our driver and guide will send you back to hotel in Thimphu.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers"

Hora de Inicio: 9:15 AM
Duración: 3 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Bumthang, the trekking starting point. Your guide will follow along and brief you about this trip.

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


  • 2x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Twin room in 3 star accommodation
  • All meals specified in the itinerary
  • Camping tent, Cooking utensils.
  • An English-speaking and licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • Experienced driver in private jeep
  • Entry fee and road permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes
  • Bottled mineral water throughout the journey
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Tharpaling Monastery

No Incluye

  • International flight to and out of Bhutan
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, and laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance in Bhutan
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events


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