Trek Type

The Best Winter Trek in Bhutan is Samtengang Trek. It is one of the easier lower altitude treks in Bhutan. It explores some of the beautiful forests, many remote historical and religious sites and isolated villages in and above the Punakha &Wangdi Valley.

Tour Program Destination Tour Activity Hotels/Camps
Day 01 Paro to thimphu Cultural Sightseeing Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing Culture and Hike Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha Cultural Sightseeing Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 04 Punakha to Limbukha Trekking begins Camping at Jangchulakha
Day 05 Limbukha to Chusukha Trekking Camping jimilangtsho
Day 06 Chusakha to Samtengang Trekking Camping at Simkota
Day 07 Samtengang to CHozomsa Trekking Camping at Phajoding
Day 08 Chuzomsa to Paro Trek Hotel Phuntshopelri
Day 09 Paro Tiger Nest Hike Trek Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
Day 10 Paro to Airport and See OFF Cultural Sightseeing Hotel Lobesa

SAMTENGANG WINTER TREK IN BHUTAN. (9 Nights, 10D days.)

10 Days Samtengang Winter Trek in Bhutan offers stunning views of mountainous peaks including Jumolhari (7315m), Kang Bum Peak located above Gaza (6300m) and the Tiger Mountain (Gangcheta 6840m) north of Laya. Some of the climbs may be steep and challenging.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW.

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU.
DAY 02: THIMPHU.
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA.
DAY 04: PUNAKHA – LIMBUKHA. (9km, 4 hours. 940m ascent) (Start of Trek)
DAY 05: LIMBUKHA – CHUNGSAKHA. (10km, 4 hours. 375m ascent, 745m decent)
DAY 06: CHUNGSAKHA – SAMTENGANG. (4km, 2.5-3 hours. 550m ascent, 350m decent)
DAY 07: SAMTENGANG – CHHUZOMSA. (1.5-2km, 3 hours. 495m decent) (End of Trek)
DAY 08: WANGDUE – PARO.
DAY 09: PARO.
DAY 10: DEPART PARO.

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU.

As you land in the Paro international Airport you will enjoy the freshest air of the only carbon-negative country in the world. Our representative from Excursion to Himalayas will welcome you and escort you there after with all the custom formalities.

Paro: a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong– This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts featuring Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past.

Rimpong Dzong- Houses painting of the great saint Milarepa, known as the master of meditation and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. (Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts.)

Afterwards, transfer for Thimphu for overnight (1.5 hours).                            

DAY 02: THIMPHU Sightseeing.

Your Thimphu Tour begins with visit to the National Memorial Chorten displaying the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues.Changangkha Temple,Drubthob monastery: houses the Zilukha nunnery, the School of Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art.The National Library : collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum.The Buddha Dordenma Statue.

If time permits you may also visit. This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.Tashichho Dzong( The fortress of the glorious religion): Tashichho Dzong houses the government ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA.

Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters)– which on a clear day offers an incredible view of the Himalayan peaks before descending to Punakha valley (about 3 hrs. total driving time).

Punakha Dzong – was the ancient capital of Bhutan. It is the winter headquarters for His Holiness the Je Khenpoand hundreds of monks who move in masse from Thimphu to this warmer location.

ChimiLhakhang – temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples come to his temple for blessing.

DAY 04: PUNAKHA – LIMBUKHA. (9km, 4 hours. 940m ascent) (START OF WINTER TREK IN BHUTAN)

Dochula Pass – to the west the road to DochuLa can be partly traced, and on a clear weather some snowy peaks maybe visible, such as Jumolhari, kang Bum and Mount Tiger.

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal – This chorten (stupa) was built in 2004 by HM the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, in Nyizergang — about a thirty minute walk uphill from the footbridge in Yepaisa Village. It was built with the intention of bringing peace in the world in general, and to clear obstacles for the country of Bhutan in particular.From the campsite you can see Wangdi and Limbukhavally. (1.5hrs) Limbukha has several large old houses.

DAY 05: LIMBUKHA – CHUNGSAKHA. (10km, 4 hours. 375m ascent, 745m decent)

Leaving the camp, the climb is steep (150m) up to a small ridge (2370m) through a cold dense forest.Dochen La (82645m) – littered with prayer flags and possibly a good view towards Dochu La, Jumolhari, Kang Bum and Mount Tiger, as well as Talo Lhakhang and Nobgang Lhakhang down in the valley.Dagegon – in the distance a ridge with Samtengang village and Chhuni Gompa can be seen. Dargyel Gompa- an old monastery of Drukpa Kinley, the` Divine Mad Madman’, whose teaching methods often shocked monks and lay people. On the hillside above the monastery are several small meditations cells.

Chungsakha (Chhungsekha) – The village has one lhakhang with a simple but atmospheric chapel on the first floor. The monastery has a festival every three years with masked dances and singing. The campsite will be pitched in front of the temple.

DAY 06: CHUNGSAKHA – SAMTENGANG. (4km, 2.5-3 hours. 550m ascent, 350m decent)

Descend to the road in 45min and find a suspension bridge crossing the BaeChhu 1500m. The trail from here is clear, and moderately steep passing through several villages. The trail goes through small deeply eroded gorges, which will be very slippery during rainfall.Lutshokha (TshoShokha holy lake). The climb is finished for the day when you pass Samtengang High School (established 1952). Walk through a narrow gorge to the other side at 2000m.Samtengang – Samtengang is mentioned again and again in the old literature regarding travelling/exploring/plant hunting in Bhutan. It was an old stopping spot on the first day out from Wangdi for people travelling east to west (and vice versa).GonjoLhakhang – a visit to a local temple above the village.

DAY 07: SAMTENGANG – BRIDGE AT TIKA ZAM/CHHUZOMSA. (1.5-2km, 3 hours. 495m decent) (END OF TREK)

Starting from the camp, the trail is steep and challenging. It passes through endless agricultural fields, heading towards the valley of the Dang Chhu River. The road leads next to the bridge at TikaZamat (5100ft/1555m). Overnight at the hotel in Wangdue.

DAY 08: WANGDUE – PARO.

View the Wangdi Dzong Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of the two rivers. Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit the handicrafts and souvenir stores.Paro – On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel.Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 09: PARO Tiger Nest Hike.

One of the iconic place in Bhutan is the Secret Tiger Nest Temple in Paro.The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a flying tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century.
Visit the Under construction Drugyel Dzong and also watch the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. KyichuLhakhang – one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king SongtsenGampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 10: Paro – Farewell.

Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight and farewell.
Tashi Delek!Best wishes!

BHUTAN WINTER TREK DATES.

Only Winter trek in Bhutan where you can trek along the way without any hindrance. You can choose any dates beside Summer. Summer in Bhutan is not comfortable for treks as heavy rain destroys the trek routes.

The Cost of Winter Trek in Bhutan

You are in good advantage of taking this winter Trek in Bhutan because its considered lean season. The daily tariff you pay us less than the peak season.The per person cost will be USD 240 per day for Solo trekker,USD 230 per person for groups of 2 people and USD 200per person per day for groups above 3 pax. Mandatory Visa fees of USD 40 per person is applicable.For all travel and Trekking in Bhutan daily tariff mandated by government should be paid in advance.For further details you can also check Government website at TCB

What to wear for Samtengang Winter trek?

Comfortable pants,Long sleeve shirts to visit monasteries and Dzongs and warm jackets for the evening will do the work. For details please check “what to wear in Bhutan for Winter Trek”?

Visa for Winter Trek in Bhutan

Applying Bhutan Visa in advance through tour operator like us is important.The Bhutanese Tourist Visa Fee is US $ 40 per person. Local Travel Agency based in Bhutan will obtain your Bhutanese tourist visa once your Winter Trek is confirmed by making full Bhutan tour payment and Bhutan Visa fee to the Tourism Council of Bhutan through us. Check “How can i apply Bhutan Visa”?

Best Time to Trek Samtengang

The trek can be done all year round except in Summer(June,July and August). Summer rain destroys the trek route and landslides in few places can be dangerous. Rest of the months are very favorable for this Trek of Bhutan.

Meals during the Trek in Bhutan

Foods are usually provided in buffet system during cultural tour but during trekking the meals will be served by our professional cook.We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese trained cook where you can have very spicy food or of your choice.

Trekking Guide for Bhutan

Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

Trekking Guide for Winter Trek in Bhutan:

Mr.Lal Bdr Rai have done this trekking 15 times and have very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place with basic health training for mountain sickness.

Trekking Cook for Winter Trek in Bhutan:

Our Cook Kaka is licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational list in English but he is well trained in cooking of all kinds of meals starting from continental to Authentic Bhutan dishes.

Trekking Equipment:

We use high quality of tents and equipment imported from US for comfort stay.