Bumthang is one of the notable districts in Bhutan and is one of the most visited tourist destination in the country. The district is located in the northern part of the country bordered to Lhuntse district in the east with Trongsa district in the west and Zhemgang to the south and with Tibet in the north. It has an land area approximately aobout 2708.45sp.kms with an altitude ranging from 2400m – 6000m above the sea level. The region got its name from “Bumpa” which means holy vessel and named Bumthang. The region comprises of four major valleys: Tang, Ura, Chumey and Chokhor. The Jakar town is the main administrative centre and is located in Chokhor valley. Bumthang region embraced Buddhism in the eight century when Guru Rinpoche visited the region and the districts holds many of the important historical temples and monasteries.
- Location: Central Bhutan, east of Trongsa
- Distance from Trongsa: 68km (2 ½ hours)
- Elevation: 2400m – 6000m (above sea level)
Bumthang consist of four major valley – Chumey, Chokhor, Tang and Ura with two major river draining through the valley. The Chamkhar Chhu and the Tang Chhu are the two main rivers of Bumthang, which drains the east of Black Mountain watershed. These rivers were originated from near Gangkhar Puensum (7564m) along with collection of several hill streams. The region though being traverse by many first flowing rivers, the only rivers that is used for rafts & kayaks is - Chamkhar Chhu (river) (both rafts & kayaks) which flows through the central valley of Chamkhar and the Tang Chhu (river) (Only Kayaks) which flows through the scenic valley of Tang and takes around 11/2 hours from the main Bumthang town. This river joints together below the Mebar Tsho Lake (the mythical burning lake) and finally joins the Trongsa or Mangdue Chhu (river) in the southern part of Bhutan forming into one of the largest river in Bhutan - Manas River. The river finally flow south through gorgeous and narrow valley, and eventually drains into Brahmaputra River in India.
- Thimphu: 274 km 09 hours
- Punakha: 210 Km 06 ½ hours
- Wangdue: 197 km 06 hours
- Trongsa: 68 km 2 ½ hours
Scenery: Bumthang is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. The valley offers the unmatched mixtures of landscape - rich environment, fertile land, sacred sites, clear water, lofty cliffs, wilderness area, unique festivals and traditional cultures make it an attractive destination for the local people and the tourists alike.
What to bring: We suggest you to bring bathing suits, shoes that best fit for rafts & kayaks, towel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, bug spray, string to hold your sunglasses, sandals to use after the rafts (can keep in the car), and flop flops.
Thrumshing La National Park (TNP): The Thrumshing La National Park is one of the second largest major temperate park in Bhutan having an area of 88,930 ha, covering two major districts of Bumthang and Mongar containing spectacular scenic views of the landscape. The area covers a range of alpine forest, sub-tropical broadleaves and some unique protected Chir-Pine forest. The poor soil does not support much agriculture activities and is unsuitable for other development. The park has a lot to offer to adventure travelers with good wildlife trail beginning from Ura Village down through Bumthang Valley.
Available Rafting & Kayaking
Chamkhar Chhu River Raft & Kayaks
- Location: Bumthang (central Bhutan)
- Rafting & Kayaking Location: Thangbi – Jakar
- Sport Length: 5 km (1 hour)
- Difficulty: Class II - III
- Flows: 1500 cfs
- Best Season: March – April, November - December
- Craft: Kayaks and Rafting
Tang Chhu River Only Kayaks
- Location: Bumthang (central Bhutan)
- Kayak Location: Tang (Misitang – Jakar)
- Sport Length: 10 km (2 hours)
- Difficulty: Class III – IV (includes one of the world’s only class IV cases of flat water)
- Flow: 300 – 500 cfs
- Best Season: March – April, November – December (Caution: high water runs not recommended for amateurs)
- Craft: Only Kayaks ( Trips: the rapid in the lower section are too narrow to allow a raft to pass)