Samtegang Winter Trek
10 Days/9 Nights
The Samtegang trek is suitable for beginners or those enthusiasts who want to experience some trekking in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The trek is at low altitude, has short walking hours and covers short distances. The Samtegangtrail begins atPunakha, and passes through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron. During the trek, you will see Jhomolhari (23,995ft/7,315m) in the west and Kang Bum Peak (20, 665ft/6,300m) to the east. In addition to the sights along the trek, you will visit the fantastic Dzongs of Thimpu and Paro and experience, first-hand, the rich culture and traditions of Bhutan.
We recommend that you do not attempt this trek during the summer because of extreme high temperatures. Instead we recommend doing the trek in winter, when temperatures at night are around freezing and days are comfortably warm. Spring and fall are also fine to do this trek.
Day 01. Arrival at Paro.
We meet our guide at the airport and transfer to our hotel. After lunch, we stroll around the town’s market. Overnight hotel.
Day 02. Paro
Today is a full day of sightseeing in the Paro Valley which includes the ruins of the DrugyelDzong, the National Museum, the large and impressive RipongDzong and the local market. Overnight hotel.
Day 03: Paro to Thimphu (2.5 hrs)
Today we drive on the winding road along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. We then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. In the afternoon, we visit the King JigmeDoreje Memorial Chorten. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha (3 hrs)
Today we drive to Punakha and visit the local Dzong. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Punakha to Limukha ( 8 miles, 4 hrs)
Today we start the trek. We cross the bridge over the Pho Chu from PunakhaDzong and walk to Shengana. Our trek begins with a gradual climb through Chir Pine forests. On the way, we visit a village called, Dompala.
Day 06: Limukha to Chungsakha ( 9 miles, 5 hrs).
The trail today takes us through rhododendron and oak forested areas. En route we pass the famous DrukpaKuenlayLhakhang, the resting place for the remains of the first three kings of Bhutan. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Chungsakha to Samtengang ( 9 miles, 5 hrs).
The trail now takes us through the village of ShaWangdue.We camp lakeside.at Samtengang.
Day 08: Samtengang to Wangdue/Thimphu.
The trail now drops down to the motor road. From here we drive toWangdiphodrang and lunch at the Guest House. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel.
Day 09: Thimphu to Paro.
We visit the SimtokhaDzong-one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, built in 1629 A.D. We also visit the Wood Craft and Painting Schools, and the Handicrafts Emporium. In the evening, we drive to Paro.
Day 10: Departure.
Bid farewell to your crews and Bhutan and board your flight to your next destination.
- Trip Duration: 10 Days
- Difficulty Level: Bhutan Treks
- Accomodation: Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking
- Activities: Cultural Touring, Trekking, Birding
- Trip Starts In: Paro
- Trip Finishes In: Paro
- Best Time for Travel: Winter, Spring and Fall
All camping gears that includes-2 person sleeping tents with floors and fly sheet, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dinning tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
English speaking Guide.
Cook and kitchen aides.
All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
Pack animals and animal drivers during trekking.
All necessary supplies.
3 meals a day.
Bhutan visa fee.
Sightseeing admission fees.
Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation.
Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.
Punakha and Wangduephodrang Dzongs
Jhomolhari (23,995ft/7,315m) in the west and Kang Bum Peak (20, 665ft/6,300m).
Drukpa Kuenlay Lhakhang.
Thimpu-Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicrafts Emporium, Painting, Simtokha Dzong, Tashicho Dzong, Pangri Zampa Monastery
Thimpu week-end market
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