Bhutan: 10d Samtegang Winter Trek

Recommended by 99% of travelers

Country

Bhutan

Duration

10 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Activity

Trekking

Best Season

October to March

Start / End Point

Paro / Paro

Nature Of Trek

Camping

Samtegang Winter Trek is a cultural trek passing through the villages of Punakha & Wangdi region in Beautiful Country Bhutan. As the name suggests, the best time to do the Samtegang Winter trek is from late autumn through winter. During this time, you can visit villages, farms, temples, and the beautiful nature of Bhutan. During this trek, you can go to the famous Drukpa Kuenley Lhakhang/temple. Drukpa Kuenley is known as the “Divine Mad Monk” because of the unusual ways he taught Buddhist philosophy.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:

Paro Arrival

Flight Kathmandu-Paro Arrival and Transfer to hotel

Day 02:

Sightseeing of Paro

You will visit the fortified tower of Ta Dzong, now a natural history Museum, ruins of Drugyal Dzong that once guarded the invading Tibetan forces, and Kyichu Temple of 7th century and local township.

Day 03:

Drive to Thimpu

In the morning, you will visit the famous Takstang Retreat (Tiger’s Nest) and in the afternoon drive to Thimpu- the capital of Bhutan

Day 04:

Drive to Punakha

Drive to Khuruthng with pack lunch provided from the hotel. Stop at Dochula pass at 10,000ft for a clear view of the snowcapped Himalayan peaks towards the north bordering Tibet. Descend to Punakha via the picturesque fortress that houses the winter migration of monks from Thimphu

Day 05:

Drive and trek to Limukha

Trek Duration

6hrs

Drive to Punakha Dzong; the trek begins with a gradual climb through Rhododendron and Oak forests; en route visit the village of Dompala can be organised on the group’s choice

Day 06:

Trek to Chungsakha

Trek Duration

5hrs

The trail today takes you through Rhododendron and Oak forests; en route visit the famous Drukpa Kuenley Lhakhang/temple, known as the Divine Mad Monk known for his amazing and surprising methods of teaching the Buddhist philosophy

Day 07:

Trek to Samtengang

Trek Duration

5hrs

The trek takes you through the village of Sha in Wangue District. The people of this area have their own dialect of Dzongkha, and were known in olden times for the famous bull fights in the fields that sometimes led to duels amongst the village men, where a village status was required to be defended against a neighboring village

Day 08:

Trek and drive to Thimphu

The trail now drops till the motor road and drive to Thimpu

Day 09:

Thimphu- Paro

Drive to Paro and free afternoon

Day 10:

Paro to Kathmandu

Transfer to international airport in paro and fly to Kathmandu.

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What is included?

  • Arrival and transfer from to the international airport in Kathmandu and Paro
  • Accommodations in standard hotels on full board (B.L.D)
  • Private transport, in city English -speaking guide, airfare Kathmandu- Bhutan – Kathmandu
  • All monument entrance fees, Royalty and visa fee of Bhutan
  • English speaking local guide, cook, porters or pack animals
  • During trek: accommodation in tent, 3 meals a day

What is excluded?

  • Personal expenses like soft and hard drink, laundry, telephone
  • Airport tax and tips for local staff
  • Personal insurance for helicopter rescue in case of emergency

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