Samtengang winter trek
Summery: Samtengang Winter Trek,
starts at Punakha and ends at Wangdue, 4 trek days with an extra 6 days
and reaches a maximum altitude of 1500 m, rated mild.
Extra days: the minimum number of days needed for sightseeings,
acclamatising and to drive to the starting place of the trek and pick up
at the end of the trek
Day 1 Arrival by Druk Air to Paro
Fly into Paro, if you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu, the
flight over the Himalayas will be a spectacular experience. You will fly
past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on
the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative.
After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the
hotel. Over night at hotel.
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see
the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On
the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger's nest) view point, visit a
farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is
considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and
walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over
the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening at leisure in the local market.
Day 3 Paro - Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu the capital, which is an hour
and a half slow drive. After lunch visit National Memorial Chorten,
which was built in the memory of the Late king. Here the many
worshippers go around the shrine chanting prayers with their prayer
beads as they walk. Overnight hotel.
Day 4 Thimphu - Punakha
After early breakfast, about 3 hours leisurely drive over the
Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. to Punakha. Enroute you will see some of the
highest peaks in Bhutan including Gangkhar Puensum(7541m), the highest
unclimbed mountain in the world. The descent through the temperate
forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the
semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of
Punakha. Visit the town of Punakha and the Dzong. Overnight Punakha.
Day 5 Khuruthang - Limukha
Trek Day 1 : Drive to Punakha Dzong (1250m) ,the trek starts from
here. Distance 12 km and walking time 4 hours.It is a gradual climb
through chir pine forest and paddy fields, this route is also used to go
to the village of Shegana. Camp at Limukha.
Day 6 Limukha - Chungsakha
Trek Day 2 : Distance 14 km and walking time 5 hours. The trail
takes you through Rhododendron and oak forested area. Enroute pass via
famous Drukpa Kuenley's temple. Overnight camp.
Day 7 Chungsakha - Samtengang
Trek Day 3 : Distance 13 km and walking time 5 hours. The trail
takes you through the villages of Sha, under Wagdue District. Overnight
Day 8 Samtengang - Chuzomsa / Wangdue
Trek Day 4. End of Trek : Distance 15 km and walking time 5
hours.The trail is down hill and the trek ends at Chumzomsa.From here it
is a 20 minute drive to Wangdue. Afternoon at leisure or explore Wangdue
town or Rinchengang village.Overnight Wangdue.
Day 9 Wangdue to Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu(3 hours) .Afternoon free
to explore Thimphu town. If today is a Saturday or Sunday then a visit
to the weekend market and archery ground is a must.
Day 10 Thimphu - Paro
To Paro (2 hours) and sightseeing. Overnight Paro.
Day 11 Departure