Samtengang Winter Trek - 10 Days

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Samtengang Winter Trek
Trip Duration: 10 Days
Max. Altitude: 2,350m/7,710ft (Thimphu)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above 
Transportation: Private vehicle

Trip Overview:

Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and easy trek combining the cultural essence of the local tradition and exploring the natural world. As the name suggest the trek is best enjoyed during the winter season when the skies are clear and un-obscured Himalayan views can be witnessed. The additional features of the program are visits to monasteries, temples and dzongs. The program starts after scenic flight over the Himalayas to the lush green valley of Paro followed by culturally rich Paro and Thimphu sightseeing. After visiting Punakha Dzong passing through beautiful rhododendron forest reaches the trek start-in-point. The hike starts the next day crossing green forests enjoying the nature, communicating with the locals, heading towards Samtengang and to eventually arrive at Wangdue across paddy fields, farm houses and local villages. Samtengang trek requires average level of fitness and for those enthusiasts who are up for trekking, jungle walks and exploring new culture and tradition in the land where Himalayas meet the skies.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m)
Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town. Today is rest at Paro for better acclimatizing (rest at the hotel) or Paro town can also be explored during the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Paro - Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong. Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. It was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards visit Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Paro – Thimphu (2,350m) Sightseeing 
After breakfast, drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) which is about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendents of famous Tibetan bridge – builder Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound: One the way to the Viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose. The Bhutanese have their own story to narrate about how the Takin was created by the Master Drukpa Kuenley (the divine madman).

In Thimphu visit Tashi Choe Dzong: The fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. (Both open Mon-Fri). Brush shoulders with the everyday Bhutanese grocery shopping for local produce at the Centenary Farmers Market (Open Fri – Sun). Also see the new authentic craft bazaar (Close on Tue) of 80 stalls showcasing works by artisans from rural areas will showcase. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha (1,310m) 
After breakfast, drive for about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as "the Divine Madman". The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields. Afterwards, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Khuruthang – Limukha (1,980m) 
Drive to Punakha Dzong (1250m) and the trek starts from here. It is a gradual climb through chir pine forest and paddy fields, this route is also used to go to the village of Shegana. Overnight at Camp. (Walking Duration: 4 hrs)

Day 06: Trek to Chungsakha (1,550m) 
Today the trail goes through Rhododendron and oak forested area. En-route pass via famous Drukpa Kuenley’s temple. Overnight camp. (Walking time 5 hrs)

Day 07: Trek to Samtengang (650m)
This day the trail goes through the villages of Sha, under Wagdue District. Overnight camp. (walking time 5 hrs)

Day 08: Trek to Chuzomsa / Wangdue (1,310m)
The trail is downhill 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 at Hotel. (Walking time 5 hrs)

Day 09: Wangdue – Paro (2,250m)
After breakfast, visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the center of attraction of Wangdue. The Dzong is an ancient fort atop hill built in 1638 but serving as monastery nowadays. This fort is at the confluence of two rivers and originally meant to protect the southern invasion. Afterwards, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Paro depart 
After breakfast, drive to the Paro airport in time to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

Cost Details:

The tour cost depends upon the category of hotels used and as per the group-size. Normally we use government approved 3 star and above hotels. Please contact us for the trip pricing. 

Our entire Bhutan tours are private journeys and tailor made programs suited for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates. Should you wish, the tour can be easily customized as per your interest and activities you wish to get involve in or spend more time in your places of interest. Contact us to customize this tour as per your requirements. This tour can be undertaken round the year.

 

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