Duration: 3 days
Elevation:upto 4000 meters above sea level.
Difficulty: Light to Moderate
Best Time to undertake: November, December, March, April. May and June
Start and End Points: Start – Menchugang (Bumthang), End- Tharpaling Monastery ( Bumthang)
Trek Summary: This 3 day moderate difficulty trek is a combination of a cultural as well a wildlife trek that offers the trekkers an intimate experience of the cultural and natural heritage of Bhutan. The natural scenery of the trek is breathtaking and offers trekkers to catch glimpses of the GangkarPuensumMountain which is the highest unconquered peak in the world. You can enjoy sightings of beautiful Himalayan pheasants in the early summer months. The beautiful rhododendrons tress of are in full bloom in the month of April, May and June. It is a good idea to time this trek in conjunction with one of the many festivals that take place in the BumthangValey. The trail offer high mountain views and a chance to see a number of rare and unique birds and animals.
The trek begins at Manchugang and continue on to the Dhur village which is situated at an altitude of 2900 meters. The village is inhabited by the Kheps and the nomadic Brokpa tribes. The villagers speak 2 different dialects, the BumthangKha and Brokke, the language of the Brokpas. You can see a traditional water driven flour mill by the river, the mill is a source of livelihood for the people of DhurVillage . You will camp at Schonath located in the in the middle of a Hemlock and Juniper forest at an altitude of 3450 meters. The distinctive howling of Owls is common in the night and lends its name to this trek.
The second day involves trekking through the forests full of hemlock, fir, spruce, and rhododendrons which bloom in April and May. You will also trek though bamboo forests which form the majority of the forests undergrowth. After a few hours of walking you will reach the Drangela Pass which is located at altitude of 3600 meters. We will then continue up the Kitiphu ridge and setup up camp at an altitude of about 3870 meters. The campsite offers a breath taking view of the snowcapped Himalayas and the lush valley below. The point also offer you a spectacular view of the GangkarPuensum Mountain, the highest unconquered peak in the world.
We will start our decent on the third day and cross the monasteries of Zambhalha, Chendak, andTharpling. The Chuedak Monastery has a hundred Avolokteshvaras where you may take a moment out to offer your prayers. Trek will then join the traditional Royal Heritage trail that runs between Trongsaand Bumthang. The trail will finally wind down the ridge in to the base of the valley to towards its end point.