The central region of Bhutan was largely inaccessible until the 1970s unless you were travelling by foot or on horseback. Times have changed with the improvement of the main highway from west to eastern Bhutan. However not as remote as it once was, it is still only accessed by travellers looking for a true off the beaten track experience.
Bumthang is accessed by travelling over awe-inspiring mountains and valleys. The journey can be arduous, windy and slow in places, but it is well worth the effort. Pass through the district of Trongsa, of great political importance to the leaders of Bhutan due to its commanding location. The road from Trongsa leads to the magnificent four valleys of Bumthang, a very mysterious area which yields stories of treasure hunters and is architecturally rich with fascinating monasteries and relics left by passing gurus.
The region’s best activity is hiking, as the mountains offer brilliant trekking paths which meander elegantly around the valleys showcasing what the region has to offer in all its glory. The landscape is separated by lovely forested scenes, which are considered to be the cultural heartland of this wonderful country and look like beautiful watercolour paintings that have come alive.
A rich and varied biodiversity awaits travellers who venture into the central region of Bhutan.