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This Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900 meters 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 foot bridge 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. Trip length: 10 Days Level: Easy Maximum altitude: 3000 m Suitable month: Jan to May & August to December.

Day 1: Paro

Arrive at Paro International Airport. Our guide and driver will transport you to your hotel. If you wish, you may come out of your room in the evening and ramble through the ever-quiet Paro town.

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

Visit Ta-Dzong (Watch Tower), now the national museum of the country. Then visit Rinpung Dzong, located on a hilltop just below the museum. In the afternoon, drive to Drukgyal Dzong, and also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country built in the 7th century.

Accommodation: Bhutan Mandala Resort

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast, depart for Thimphu. In the afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, National Memorial Chorten, National Handicraft Emporium, and Changlingmithang ground to watch the archery game. Evening, you can take a leisurely walk in the town.

Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling

Day 4: Thimphu – Khuruthang

Drive to Khuruthang, Punakha. Lunch will be served at Khuruthang. After that, visit Punakha Dzong, the former capital of Bhutan, located at the confluence of Phochhu and Mochhu.

Accommodation: Zhingkham Resort

Day 5: Khuruthang – Limukha

Drive until Punakha. The trek starts with a gradual climb through chirpine forests. On the way, visit Dompala, a beautiful village alongside the trail.

Overnight: In a camp

Day 6: Limukha – Chungsakha

Covering about 14km in 5 to 6 hours, today’s trail takes you through rhododendron and oak forests. En route, you will pass by Chime Lhakhang, the fertility temple.

Overnight: In a camp

Day 7: Chungsakha – Samtengang

The trek of about 5 hours covering 13 km will take you through the village of Sha, under Wangdue Phodrang District.

Overnight: At campsite, Samtengang

Day 8: Samtengang – Wangdue-Thimphu

The trail will lead you up to road head. Drive to Wangdue Phodrang and have lunch at the Guest House. After lunch drive to Thimphu. En route, visit Druk Wangyel monastery at Dochula Pass.

Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling.

Day 09: Thimphu Sightseeing

Visit Simtokha Dzong. Then make a trip to Wood Craft and Painting School where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive.

Accommodation: Hotel Tara Phendeyling

Day 10: Paro (Departure)

After early breakfast, a representative of the marvellous Bhutan Travel team will drive you to Paro Airport to see you off from Bhutan.