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Samtengang Winter Trek


The Samtengang Trek is one of the easier lower altitude treks in Bhutan. It explores some of the beautiful forests, many remote historical and religious sites and isolated villages in and above the Punakha & Wangdi Valley. Weather permitting, it also offers stunning views of mountainous peaks including Jumolhari (7315m), Kang Bum Peak located above Gaza (6300m) and Tiger Mountain (Gangcheta 6840m) north of Laya. Some of the climbs may be steep and challenging. This trek is especially recommended in winter as there is the possibility of leeches on the trail during the remainder of the year.

No. of nights: 9                                                    

Max Sleeping Altitude: 2400m

Tour Grade: Moderate

Best Season: December, January and February. Can be also done in November (autumn) and early March (spring).

  • Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
  • sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
  • Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
  • Full time English speaking  guide
  • entrance fees and permits
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
  • Flight tickets
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
  • Soft drinks and alcohol
  • Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
  • Travel insurance
  • Shopping and entertainment
  • Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
  • Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
  • Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
“Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”

Day 1: Arrival in Paro-Thimphu (1.2 hours)

Flight to Paro offers panoramic views of the highest mountains of the world and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichudrakey in Bhutan are simply awesome. On arrival in Paro you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. Thimphu is capital city of Bhutan. On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we will visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of our late 3rd king and further drive to Buddha viewpoint to visit largest Buddha statue in the world. Evening relax at your hotel or explore the charming city. Overnight in Thimphu. Altitude: 2400m.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

After our leisurely breakfast, we will explore city more, visit Changgangkha Lhakhang, Takin’s mini Zoo, Painting school, national library, folk heritage museum, textile museum and handmade paper factory are some of the sightseeing that you can see in Thimphu. In the evening we will visit Tashichho Dzong, fortress which houses the throne room of His Majesty the king and summer resident for central monk body. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (2.5 hrs)

We will checkout from the hotel and drive to Punakha over Dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After our packaged lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. One can also visit Souvenir making center and evening hike to Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Chorten, which will take about 45 mins to reach on the top, evening back to the nearby Amankora Lodge. Soak yourself with the mix cultural land of the tiny Himalayan kingdom. Overnight in Punakha. Altitude: 1350m.

Day 04: Punakha – Limukha (Trek start-9kms, 4hrs, 2220m)

Drive till Punakha Dzong. The trek starts upstream from the Dzong, over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (180m) across the Pho Chhu. Climb gently on the left side of the Pho Chhu through terraced fields of mustard and winter wheat. The Punakha valley is low enough to enable two harvests, so there are plenty of activities in the fields in the winter months. The valley also produces fruits like banana and oranges. A stop to visit the village of Dompala can be organized depending on group’s choice. Overnight: Camping.

Day 05: Limukha – Chungsakha (10kms, 4 hrs, 1850m)

Today your day start with leaving camp climb steeply (150m) up to a small ridge (2370m) through a cold dense forest from which day’s climb is visible. Cross this ridge and descend steeply into a small side valley where a small stream is crossed. The trail is surrounded by beautiful birdsong and oak and rhododendron forest follow an unclear trail covered by slippery leaches. Overnight: Camping.

Day 06: Chungskha – Samtengang (4kms, 3hrs, 2050m)

The trail now takes you through the village of Sha Wangdi. Sun reaches camp late. Descend to the road in 45min and find a suspension bridge crossing the Bae Chhu at 1500m. The road leads to the slate mines of Tsheshinang at the end of the valley. The trail goes through small deeply eroded gorges which will be very slippery in the rain. December the Daphne flower is already starting to flower. Camp at Samtengang at the lake side. Overnight:Camping.

Day 07: Samtengang – Tika Zam (Bridge) - Wangdue (Trek end-3kms, 1hr, 1350m).

The trail starting near camp descends steeply through endless agricultural fields heading into the valley of the Dang Chhu. The road will be reached next to the bridge at Tika Zam (1555m). Drive till Wangdiphodrang and lunch at Tourist lodge. Evening we will relax at our hotel. Overnight in Wangdue.

Day 08: Wangdue-Paro (4.5 hrs).

Retrace the drive back to Paro over the Dochula. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17th century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner Overnight in Paro. Altitude: 2200m.

Day 09: Paro sightseeing.

The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Overnight in Paro.

Day 10: Departure.

The tour will end today. After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Tour staffs will bid you farewell at the airport departure gate. See you again in future!

 

 


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