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Bumthang comprises four valleys: Chokhor, Tang, Chhume and Ura. Ura is perhaps the pick of these with a traditional village and almost medieval atmosphere.

On the far side of the Black Mountains you will enter a part of the country that until the 1970s was only accessible by mule and foot trails.

The four valleys

Besides natural beauty the four valleys are blessed with some of the oldest Buddhist temples in the kingdom. It was here that Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan and where the legendary saint Pema Lingpa was born, to whom the Bhutanese royalty trace their descent.

Chendebji Chorten, Bumthang valleyThe Mebartsho gorge, known as ‘the flaming lake’ is where Pema Lingpa is said to have found the treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche.

Further east in the Ura Valley you will find quaint farming villages with closely clustered houses, sheep pastures and potato fields.

We recommend a three-night stay to enjoy all the valleys have to offer. It is one of the best places to get out on foot, with walks to suit everyone.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Bumthang

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bumthang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Ideas for experiencing Bumthang

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bumthang, and which use the best local guides.

    • Ura Tsechu Excursion
      Masked dancer at the Paro Tsechu

      Ura Tsechu Excursion

      Ura Tsechu Excursion

      The Ura Tsechu is a five day festival which attracts local villagers. Held in the courtyard of the Ura Lhakhang, the festival involves the same masked dancers and songs as the Thimphu and Paro festivals as well as the Yak Dance.

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