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Samtengang Winter Trek


This four-day trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.

The path takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha, and across the longest footbridge in Bhutan. While this trek is available throughout the winter the best times to embark on it are between March-April and September and October. The trail is approximately 54km in length.

 

 

Max Elevation 1,900 M
Min Elevation 1,100 M
Difficulty  Easy 
Seasons March, April, September, October

 

Please bring the following essential trekking gears

  • Lightweight trousers/ Trekking trousers/Tracksuit/Shorts/ fleece pants for evenings.

  • Fleece Jacket/ Down jacket/ Waterproof jacket

  • Warm Hat/ Warm Skull Cap/neck warmer and Sun Hat

  • Gloves and Mitts - waterproof and warm.

  • Trekking Boots / Trekking Poles

  • Camp Shoes

  • Several pairs of socks

  • Day Wear T-shirt

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm

  • Lightweight towel

  • Sleeping bag

Package Details :

Duration : 08 Nights/09 Days .

Destination Covered : Places covered: Thimphu- Punakha – Limukha - Chhungsakha – Samtengang– Chhuzomsa- Paro .

Day 1: Paro – Thimphu (55kms/1.5hours)

Evevation at Thimphu: 2334mts.

Fly to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the National airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and the weather cooperates, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalaya, including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga—five of the highest peaks in the world—as well as peaks in Bhutan such as Jhomolhari, JichuDrakye, and Tsering Kang. After visa formalities at the Paro airport, your guide will meet you and drive you into town for lunch. Afterward, drive to Thimphu.

  • On the way stop at Tachog Lhakhang, the place will give you the feel of medieval period.
  • Visit Kuensel Phodrang, called as Buddha Point, where you will be visiting the World's tallest sitting Buddha Statue atop a mountain from where you can see the Thimphu city.
  • Later in the evening visit the Thimphu Fort (TashichoeDzong) or translated as the fortress of the Glorious Religion, the beautiful medieval fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and absorb the beauty of this isolated kingdom. You can also walk through craft bazaar where you can buy authentic Bhutanese gifts.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha  (71kms/3hours)

Elevation at Punakha  : 1200 meters.

  • Following breakfast at the hotel, drive up to Dochula Pass(3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the Chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass ( left to right) : Masagang(7,158m), Tsendagang(6,960m),Terigang(7,060m),Jejegangphugang(7,158m),Kangphugang(7,170m),Zongphugang(7,060m),a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar Puensum,the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
  • Later proceed for sightseeing; it includes the hike to the famous “Chimi Lhakhang "called as “TEMPLE OF FERTILITY”. The hike is mild and it takes you through the valley of Sopsokha and its beautiful terraced paddy fields before reaching the spot.
  • Later on your way back have lunch at the cafeteria. Later visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to the longest suspension bridge.

Overnight at hotel in Punakha. 

Day 03: Punakha – Limukha (12kms/4hours trekking)

Elevation at Campsite: 1,980 meters

After passing majestic Punakha Dzong you cross a footbridge over the Pho Chhu and walk up to Shengana. This is the longest bridge in Bhutan. You then climb gradually through the forest until you reach Limukha. Make sure you are carrying enough water as you won’t find any on the way to Limukha.

Day 4: Limukha – Chhungsakha (145kms/5hours)

Elevation at Campsite: 1,550 meters

The path leads through rhododendron and oak forests to Chhungsakha. Chungsakha is a small village of about 10 houses. You’ll find a holy stone and an impressive Cyprus tree here that are reminders of DrukpaKuenley, the “divine madman”.

Day 5: Chhungsakha – Samtengang (13kms/5hours trekking)

Elevation at Campsite: 1,830 meters

You walk downhill until you cross Pe Chhu before climbing again through the village of Sha on your way to Samtengang. Near the school in Samtengang you will see a small lake and your campsite is right next to it.

Day 6: Samtengang – Chhuzomsa- Punakha (15kms/5-6hours trekking)

The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa. Your trek ends.

Drive towards Punakha and Relax the rest of the day.

Day 07: Punakha- Paro (130kms/5hours)

  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang: Walk along the path through the traditional houses of Sopsokha village amidst agricultural field of rice and mustard, leading to a hillock where the temple of the Divine Mad monk is located. Sopsokha village is a typical example of clustered settlement. You may witness unusual paintings of phallus on walls of the houses. The phallus paintings are traditionally believed to ward off evil influences and bad-mouth/gossips of others that bring bad luck.
  • Visit Punakha Dzong, it is just as striking inside as outside and it is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located magnificently between Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River) confluence, the intricate carving and amazing architecture of the Dzong is a great source of inspiration. This famous structure built in the 1637 has lot to tell about the historical background and various Tibetan invasion won from this strategically located Dzong. It also houses the kingdom’s most sacred relic the “Rangjung Karsa-pani”.

Drive to Paro

  • In the evening you can visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery where you can try different flavor of Bhutanese Beer.
  • Explore Paro town to shop for Bhutanese souvenirs.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 08: Hike to the Iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery (4-6 hours)

Today you will be hiking to one of the famous site called as the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) perched at 900m above the Paro valley.

It is a pilgrimage site which the Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime.  It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this site and meditated in a cave here for 3 months, hence its name, ‘Tiger’s Nest’ . The site, which has long been regarded as the sacred place, was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 7th century. The Lhakhang of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but with the help of the local people and the government it has been put back to all its glory.

The hike can be broken down into various stages.

The first stage is the trek to the cafeteria (where lunch will be served later today) which is situated on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery. This leg of the trek takes approximately 45 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on your level of fitness. At the Cafeteria we can stop for some tea or coffee and biscuits whilst pondering the journey ahead and looking at the monastery I the distance above us.

 

The 2nd stage of the walk is from the cafeteria to the lookout opposite of the monastery. This leg takes close to one hour. At this point some may be content to snap photos and return to cafeteria. The next stage is the trek/climb down the 475 steps in the cliff face to the bottom of the ravine which crosses over a stream and a waterfall before the path again ascends another 300 odd steps to the entrance of the monastery. Once here we should be able to enter into the monastery and view the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated. (Cameras are not allowed inside the monastery).

Later after a tiring day you can soak yourself in traditional hot stone bath over a game of archery

Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 09: Departure

Our team will drop you at the Airport and bid you farewell.

Read Customer Reviews

5.0 / 1 Reviews

Heidi
France

Me and my wife both love adventures. We wanted to try out some treks in the wilderness of Bhutan along with some cultural sight seeing. However our visit was on January and found out the high altitude trekking is not at all suitable in Jan in Bhutan. So had to choose something different. 

Contacted few of the agents in Bhutan;as far as the price was concerned it was one and the same with almost all the tour operators  as it seems the pricing is governed by the Government Tourism body ,so it was not the tour cost that made me choose them over others but it was that personal touch and that detailed attentiveness that they showed in arranging the tour.

At the beginning we were bit skeptical over this trek as it was not the one that we wanted to do.

But to our utter suprise this trek came out to be the trek of its own kind. I am thankful to the suggestion provided by them

The gentle trek leading to beautiful villages was an awesome feel. We met farmers at work, little children jumping and running around, the cows and horses , the mud thatched houses. . . . It was of another time. Occasionally we could also capture the view of himalayas.

Our tour experience was further enhanced with culture exploration. The Bhutan's art and culture has its authenticity and grandeur.

Beautiful Country , Beautiful People, Attentive Guide and wonderful Tour Operator.

Thank you