Bumdra Trek is arguably, one of the most visually breathtaking treks in Bhutan. The treks takes you to an amazing campsite at hill top, locally called as Bumdra. It is just a one night camping trek. You can include this amazing trek in your Bhutan tour itinerary
Bumdra is a sublime paradise high above the clouds at an elevation of 3,800 meters above sea level. It is a perfect place for one-night camping in the untamed wilderness. There is a charm of another world to sleep under the blanket of stars with comfortable bedding facilities . It is one of the top things to do in Bhutan.
Trekking Distance & Bumdra Trek Difficulty
The 5-6 hours trek starts from Sangchen Choekor Buddhist University, about 12 km away from Paro town. After visiting the chapel at Sangchen Choekor; venture through the forest of bare naked trees. As trek progresses , a significant altitude will be gained with the trail going above the tree line until you reach a small canopy to rest.
Following a brief gentle walk, continue hiking up the ridge through cool tree shades to the lunch point at Choechotse Lhakhang. The Lhakhang is situated at 3,640 meters above sea level.
It takes about 3 hours to get here from Sangchen Choekor- the starting point of the trek. After a good hot packed lunch, visit the Choechotse Lhakhang and continue another 1.5 to 2 hours till Bumdra Camp.
Bumdra camp is set in a yak pasture just below the Bumdra Monastery. It derives its name from the word ‘Bum’ which means ‘One Hundred Thousand’ and ‘Dra’ which means ‘rock’. In association to the myths and legends connected to this sacred pilgrim place, it is translated as “Rock or a cave where One Hundred Thousand Dakinis left their footprints and aspirations’’.
Apart from being sacred, the place is truly magical and picturesque. When you are at Bumdra be sure to take time to sit down and breathe in the calming silence of the mountains and appreciate its stillness. You will need to experience it to understand it, and you will be glad you did.
The epic view of the valley below, glorious Himalayan ranges at the backdrop, the blanket of clouds floating below your feet, exotic sunset, and starlit sky at night, and serene morning sunrise enhances the wonder of this place.
Early morning we can visit Bumdra Monastery. From here , we can head towards the Sky Burial which is about 40 minutes uphill walk from the Monastery.
Watch Sky Burial Video here
After the return from Sky Burial, we will descend to Tiger’s Nest Monastery . Along the way we can visit many secluded temples in remarkable locations.
Visit Taktsang Monastery (3,210 meters), the signature spot of Bhutan before continuing to the base of the valley at Ramthangka, Paro valley (2,220 meters) before you drive back to your accommodation in Paro.
Trip Highlights For Bumdra Trek
- Discover Bhutan, the kingdom of wonders
- Uncover the stunning landscapes from Bumdra
- Camp under the blanket of stars
- Spend an evening in the calming silence of the mountains
- Wake up to the early morning sunrise and the carpet of clouds below your feet
- One of the Best Bhutan Day Hikes in Bhutan
Please bring the following essential trekking gears:
- Tracksuit/ fleece pants for evenings.
- Fleece Jacket/ Down jacket/ Waterproof jacket
- Warm Hat/ Warm Skull Cap/neck warmer and sun Hat
- Gloves and Mitts – waterproof and warm.
- Trekking Boots / Trekking Poles
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sunscreen and Lip Balm
- Light weight towel
Best Month To Venture Bumdra Trek
March, April, May , September, October and December.