Valleys Bumthang

The spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang, has the highest concentration of sacred sites and some of the country's oldest temples and monasteries. It covers a number of mountain passes including Pele La Pass, Yotong La Pass and is divided into four valleys: Choekhor, Chumey, Tang and Ura.

There is a domestic airport in this valley which Drukair operates domestic flights to certain valleys.

Bhutan’s only microbrewery—Red Panda Weiss Beer, and a Swiss Cheese factory is located in this valley.

What to see

Bumthang Valleys

The Bumthang region covers a number of mountain passes and valleys. Including Pele La Pass, Yotong La Pass, Chume Valley, Chokor Valley, Kiki La and Jakar.

Trongsa Dzong

Also called Chokor Raptentse Dzong, it is the largest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1644 and used to house the seat of the Wangchuck Dynasty.

Jakar Dzong

Located in the Chumey Valley, “The Castle of the White Bird”, is the main administrative centre for Bumthang and was an integral fortress.

Pele La Pass

3420m above sea level and on clear day, Jomolhari will be visible, if we are lucky! Pele La signals the start of central Bhutan. Further down the valley, we will see large expanses of fields of mustard, potatoes, barley and wheat.


Chendebji chorten (stupa) sits at the confluence of 2 rivers, about an hour's drive from Pele La pass. A lunch or tea break is often made here on the way to Trongsa or back towards Punakha and Gangtey

Membar Tsho

The burning Lake.

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