Bhutan: Bumthang/Jakar Festival (10-12 November, 2024)

  • Trip Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days
  • Trip Type: Festival Tours
  • Date: 10th - 12th November, 2024
  • Elevation: 1200 m (3937 ft)-3450 m (11319 ft)


The Bumthang district is home to several cultural festivals that bring locals together once or twice a year. During these events, people from all over the district dress in their best traditional attire to celebrate occasions like the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, to promote prosperity in the community, or to receive blessings for fertility. Grand celebrations such as Jakar Tshechu/ festival last for three days, during which businesses and offices are closed so that everyone can participate in the celebration. Monks and locals alike engage in various mask dances that teach religious lessons. Bumthang has a unique culture where women wear a scarf over their heads and a piece of cloth is attached to the front of their traditional dress, a result of the district’s geographical isolation. Explore the exquisite Eastern culture and unique lifestyles of Bhutanese in different districts with the 10-days tour.

Embark on the journey to attend the annual Bumthang festival and learn more about real Bhutan by: 

  • Visiting the longest suspension bridge
  • Exploring the significance of the Bumthang Festival 
  • Spending quality time at Tang Ugyen Choling Palace
  • Taking a hike on Gangtey Nature Trail

Trip Costs

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 3535 (Single Traveler)
$ 3216 (Couple – per person)
$ 2969 (3 – 6 Travelers- per person)
$ 2757 (7- 9 Travelers-per person)
$ 2580 (10 Travelers & above – per person)

Price Includes

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars can be upgraded at an additional fee)
  • All meals / Tea & snacks
  • All internal transport (excluding Domestic flights)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • An experienced English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF (Sustainable Development Fees/Government Fees) & Visa Fees

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Additional personal expenses such as souvenirs, meals, snacks, alcohol, laundry, tips, and gratuities for the tour leader and staff.


Day 01: Arrival- Paro to Thimphu

Driving duration: 1.5hrs/65kms
Elevation: 2200 m/7218ft

Drive to Thimphu, Thimphu sightseeing, overnight in Thimphu

– Picturesque Paro Valley
– National Memorial chorten
– Explore Thimphu Town

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu - Sightseeing

Elevation: 2200m/7218 ft.

After breakfast you will be escorted for  sightseeing around Thimphu Valley

– Buddha Point (Siddhartha Gautama in seated position)
– The 13 traditional arts and crafts  (Zorig Chusum)
– Zilukha Nunnery
– Tashichhodzong
– Takin Preservation Center

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

Driving Duration:  2hrs/ 77km
Elevation: 2200m/7218ft

Drive on to Punakha, Punakha sightseeing

– Do Chula Pass
– Chimmi Lhakhang
– Punakha Suspension bridge
– Punakha Dzong

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha to Bumthang

Driving Duration: 6hrs/ 197 km
Elevation: 2800m / 9185ft

Drive on to Bumthang, Local sightseeing around Bumthang Valley

– Pele la Pass (3,300m)
– Chumey weaving Centre
– Chendebji Chorten
– Trongsa Dzong

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang

Day 05; Bumthang –Festival

Elevation:  2800m / 9185ft

Attend annual festival in Bumthang

– Jakar Dzong
– Witness the religious Bumthang festival
– Enjoy the vibrant mask dances, folksongs and dances

In the evening, stroll around the Bumthang town then have dinner at the hotel and spend overnight in Bumthang

Day 06: Bumthang – Day excursion to Tang Ugyen Choling Palace

Driving Duration:  1.5hrs/  46km
Elevation: 2800- 4500m/ 9186-14763ft

Breakfast at the hotel, drive on to Tang Ugyen Choling Palace. Spend a day excuring and discovering the religious significant of the palace.

– Tang Valley
– Membartsho Lake
– Pema Choling Nunnery Monastery
– Tag Rimochen Temple
– Ogyen Choling Palace and Museum

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang

Day 07: Bumthang - Gangtey/Phobjikha

Driving Duration: 4hrs/ 130 km
Elevation: 2900m / 9510ft

Drive on to Phobjikha for sightseeing

– Gangtey Monastery
– Gangtey Nature Trail
– Black Necked Crane Information Center
– Phobjikha Valley

In the evening, enjoy the rustic breeze by staying overnight at the lodge in Phobjikha

Day 08: Gangtey to Paro

Driving Duration: 4hrs/ 195km
Elevation:  2250m / 7382ft

Drive on to Paro and witness the beauty of nature along the road

– Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)
– Ta Dzong (National Museum)

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 09: Paro- Hike to the Tiger's Nest

Duration: 5-6hrs/ 6-7km
Elevation: 3000m/ 9842ft

A day hike to the Taktsang (5-6hrs/ 6-7km), Paro local sightseeing

– Paro Taktsang
– Explore Paro Town

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 10: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to the airport for departure. Leave Bhutan behind, but take with you the great experiences as you board your departing flight.

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