Samtengang winter trek or one of the easier low altitude winter treks in Bhutan. It is an excellent trek for the beginners, and can be finished within 3-4 days. We will be passing the several villages, the forest of rhododendron and oak trees, paddy fields, monastery, lake, and many more. This trek also provides the glimpse of Bhutanese culture. If we do this trek, in the month of March, we can see the Rhododendron flowers in full bloom and sometimes the orchids also.
Start of Trek : Changokha Village (Opposite to Punakha Dzong)
End of Trek : Tiki Zampa (Wangduephodrang)
Duration of Trek : 3Nights / 4Days.
Duration in Bhutan: 9Nights / 10 Days
Season : January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
Day 01.Bangkok – Paro
Arrive Paro. Afternoon visit National Museum & Paro Dzong. Evening at stroll around the Paro twon. Welcome dinner and over night at hotel.
Day 02. Paro Halt
Hike to Taktshang Goenpa. Afternoon visit Drukgyel dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening visit farmhouse for dinner,Suja (Butter Tea) and Ara (Local Alchol). . Over night stay at hotel.
Day 03. Paro – Thimphu
Hike to Wangditshe. (1hr. 30minutes), then visit Mothithang mini zoo, to see the Takin, the National animal of Bhutan, Drupthop Lhakhang – the nunnery and Folk Heritage museum. Luch at hotel Thimphu. After lunch visit painting school, National Library and weaving center. Evening visit emporium and stroll around the Thimphu town. Over night stay at hotel Thimphu.
Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha.
Drive to Punakha over Dochula. Visit 108 Drukwangyel chorten and chhimi lhakhang-the temple of fertility. Lunch at Punakha. After lunch , visit Punakha dzong, the magnificent one! And the view point of Khamsumyule Namgyel chorten. Over night stay at hotel Punakha.
Day 05. Punakha – Limbukha (Start of trek)
We will start our trek from Changokha village-opposite to Punakha Dzong. En route we will pass by villages, paddy fields and the forest of pine and Rhododendron. Over night at camp at Limbukha.
Altitude: 2120 m, Distance: 11km, Time: 4-5hours.
Day 06. Limbukha – Chungsakha
We will be passing by the rhododendron and oak forest and orchids can be seen also. We will camp in front of Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s Lhakhang in the middle of Chungsakha village. We can see the life of Bhutanese and we can also visit the farmer’s house. Altitude: 1700m, Distance: 14km, Time: 5-6hrs.
Day 07. Chungsakha – Samtengang
On today’s trail we can see the paddy fields, Bhutanese people, farmhouses, village of Sha Wangdi, lake and many more. Overnight at camp at Samtengang. Altitude: 1920m, Distance: 9km, Time: 3-4hrs
Day 08. Samtengang – Tikizampa (Wangdi)
At Tikizampa, where our trek ends- we will bid goodbye to our cooks, horse men and other trekking staff. Our car with driver will meet again and then we drive to Wangdi. In the late afternoon, we will visit Wangdue Dzong. Over night stay at hotel Wangdue.
Day 09. Wangdi – Paro
Drive to Wangdue over dochula pass (3150m). The drive will take about 5hrs. En route stop at Thimphu for lunch and then continue the journey to Paro. Diner and over night stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 10. Paro – Bangkok
Morning drive to Paro International airport for your onward flight to Bangkok/Nepal/Delhi.