Punakha –Trongsa - Bhumthang (220 kms / 9 Hrs)
Early this morning embark on your eastward drive through Bhutan towards Bhumthang valley. En-route this day long drive, we will make brief stops to visit interesting destinations.
Drive through Pele-la pass (3300m), marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.
Driving through Bhutanese villages, we take a photo stop at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa. This was built in the 19th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was believed to be killed here.
Continue drive to the town of Trongsa. Here we stop for lunch and also visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Built in the 17th century this was once the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat.
Continue drive to Bhumthang. The last stretch of your drive across the Yutong-la pass (3,400m – the highest pass on your journey) finally brings you to wide open cultivated Bhumthang valley. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
[Bhumthang Valley altitude: 2600 – 4000 M]