Bumthang Mountain Resort
At a Glance
Family owned hotel with excellent personal service
Recently built new wing with good quality rooms
Lovely home-cooked food
Located in the Bumthang Valley - the least visited part of Bhutan so many opportunities to explore Bhutan off the beaten track
New flights from Paro to Bumthang mean far better access than was previously possible
Best time to Visit
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Bumthang) you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
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The Bumthang Mountain Resort is a simple yet charming hotel located in Bumthang in Eastern Bhutan and overlooks the Wangdichholing Palace and Bumthang Chhu River. With 27 renovated rooms, it offers a comfortable base from which to explore Bumthang.
Bumthang Mountain Resort (which used to be called Bumthang Mountain Lodge, or Karma Tobden Lodge) is one of the oldest family-run hotels in Bumthang and historically offered simple accommodation with great personal service; an acceptable place to stay without any real frills.
In 2014, they built a new wing, offering far more comfortable pine-clad spacious rooms, super comfy beds and top-notch bathrooms, making the Bumthang Mountain Resort a great choice for those wanting a true Bhutanese experience, without the price-tag of the Aman.
The hotel is located about 1.5kms from the centre of Bumthang (or Jakar) town on the way to the Kurjey Temple. Being family run, the service is warm and charming and the food and cuisine delightfully home-cooked and tasty. The rooms are in the new block, which will also house the new restaurant in due course. They offer excellent views, and come with lots of handy plug sockets for recharging your camera and wood-burning stoves to make the rooms lovely and snug after a day exploring the Bumthang Valley.
There are 27 rooms all with attached bathroom and IDD telephones.
Bumthang Mountain Lodge has a main restaurant and bar serving a Bhutanese set menu for lunch and dinner, laundry service, bar and money exchange.
Sara Wells (Staff)
Bumthang Mountain Lodge is a great value base to explore the local area, as it's just a few minutes walk from town. The local family run business has a personal touch, with its decorative Dragon carvings and furniture having been locally crafted. The pine clad rooms are spacious and all have valley views.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Mountain Resort is a comfortable hotel; well run and well located. The hotel has expanded recently and now includes a spa and hot stone bath facilities. The service is brilliant and the whole place is family run so feels very friendly. The rooms are fairly basis so it is a good option is you are planning to be out and about all day.
This day tour will bring you to visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest in the country, hike through, Kurjey Lhakhang's beautiful landscape to Tamshing Monastery, experience first-hand the unique local cottage, brewery and cheese industries.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Jakar Dzong (Bumthang Dzong)
Bumthang Dzong is perched above the town is also known as the Fortress of the White Bird, or Jakar Dzong. Constructed in the 16th century, it has superb views.
Kurje Lhakhang & Bumthang Village Walk
The Kurje Lhakhang Monastery is worth visiting as it was where Guru Rinpoche meditated before his tiger flew him to Tigers Nest Monastery. Continue through villages and then along the river back to Bumthang.
Matsutake Mushroom Picking
From around mid-July to the second week of August, we can arrange a matsutake mushroom-picking activities in the forest of Ura village near to Bumthang.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Red Panda Brewery and Cheese Factory
The Red Panda brewery and Swiss Cheese Shop was established by a Swiss immigrant, Fritz Maurer, in the 60s. It is a perfect way to end a day in Bumthang.
The Tang Valley and Burning Lake
Explore the remote Tang Valley with a stop at the Burning Lake en route. The valley is accessed through a bumpy off road track passing remote villages. You might want to stop at the Pema Tekchock Choeling Shedra, a large nunnery.
Trongsa Dzong & Yathra Weaving
The scenic journey between Gangtey and Bumthang breaks at Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family, as well as the the Yathra Weaving Center at Chumey Valley.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
Location & directions
Bumthang Mountain Resort is located just outside the town centre and overlooks the Bumthang Chu River and valley beyond.
How to get there
Bumthang has its own airport with direct flights from Paro, or Bumthang can be accessed from Trongsa (3-hours), Gangtey (6-hours) or Punakha (8-9 hours).
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