2. SAMTENGANG WINTER TREK (10 days/9 nights)
As the name suggests, this short trek is possible throughout the whole winter and offer an opportunity to see the rural Bhutan as the trail passes through some villages of the Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang valleys. The best time to trek is from January to May and September to December. Furthermore, this trip also includes all the famous sights in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang Districts.
Duration of Trek: 4 Days
Grade of Trek: Easy
Best Season: January to May and September to December
Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Paro for two nights. Spend rest of the day at leisure to allow for acclimatisation – so why not stroll in the Paro town?
Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro
Today we begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the Paro valley. Visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later we visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong (fortress), built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders, then visit the Kichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest 7th century temples in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
We depart Paro this morning and drive a distance of 65-km for about one hour journey to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view overlooking the Thimphu valley. In the faternoon, visit the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households and the Painting School to discover a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Continue to the Tashichhodzong, which houses some ministries, the office and throne room of His Majesty the King and the central monk body, then head to the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu – Khuruthang
After breakfast, we travel to Khuruthang in Punakha for a distance of 77-km for about 3 hours and stop off at Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3,050m. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow capped eastern Himalaya ranges and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300 m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955. Afterwards, visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong), built in 1637 which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5: Khuruthang – Limukha [Start of Trek]
The trek begins with a gradual climb through Chir Pine forests, and en route visit a village called Dompala.
Day 6: Limukha – Chungsakha
Today’s trail is 14-km for about 5-6 hours passing through rhododendron and oak forests leading to a small Chungsakha village and past a famous temple (Chimi Lhakhang), which is dedicated to the legendary Lama Drukpa Kinley (known as the Divine Madman).
Day 7: Chungsakha – Samtengang
Today’s trek distance is 13-km for about 5 hours descending to the village of Sha. Your campsite is by the lake near Samtengang School.
Day 8: Samtengang – Wangdue Phodrang – Thimphu [End of Trek]
The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa. We drive to Wangdue Phodrang for Lunch, then travel a distance of 70-km for about 3 hours journey to Thimphu. The rest of the day is yours to relax or go for shopping to buy souvenir items for your loved ones back home. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 9: Thimphu – Paro
We’ll start the day travelling out of town to explore the Simtokha Dzong, which is the oldest fortress in Bhutan, built in 1629. Next is the National Library, which houses ancient manuscripts, visit Mini Zoo for Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan and if lucky, perhaps the archery matches, which is the national game of Bhutan! In the evening, drive to Paro for your last overnight in Bhutan.
Day 10: End of Tour
Early morning transfer to Paro Airport for your return scheduled flight. Your guide from Bhutan Green Travel will accompany you to bid farewell for your onward departure. Goodbye and Good luck!
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Twin-sharing accommodation in 3-star hotels
- Upgrades to 5-star luxury accommodation available on request
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- Licensed Bhutanese English-speaking guided tours
- All entrance fees to museums and other attractions
- Comfortable transport within Bhutan
- All applicable internal taxes and service fees (including royalty)
- Mineral water
- Visa fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Travel insurance
- Discretionary gratuities to guides and driver (we provide suggested guidelines)
- Single room supplement
- Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
Prices and Dates
Prices are quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our websites, brochures and marketing materials are set as low as possible. The guide prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, changes in exchange rates, increase in transportation costs or fuel prices before we have accepted your booking, however, we guarantee our prices who have already signed up for your tour.
January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November
[It’s always advisable to contact us 3 or 4 months in advance. You decide dates depending on your plan of travel, however, plan your trekking tour during the best months indicated above]