Punakha Winter Trek (8 Nights/ 9 Days)

Outline of the Tour

Day 01: Paro (arrival) then drive to Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 03: Dechenchholing (Thimphu) to Chamina (trek starts)

Day 04: Chamina to Dopshing Pang

Day 05: Dopshing Pang to Chorten Ningpo

Day 06: Chorten Ningpo to Zomlithang (Punakha) (trek ends)

Day 07: Punakha to Paro

Day 08: Paro (sightseeing)

Day 09: Paro (departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 4 Days

Max. Elevation: 3,400m

Seasons: Sept. to May

Start: Dechencholing (Thimphu)

Finish: Zomlithang (Punakha)

 

Detailed Itineraries of 4 days Punakha Winter Trek:

This 4 day trek is rated EASY, so is suitable for beginners although still require a reasonable level of fitness. It commences from the capital Thimphu and terminates in the neighbouring Punakha Valley. It is recommended between March-early June and late September-November however is one of the few Bhutan treks that can be undertaken even in the winter months December-February due its lower altitude. The maximum altitude is 3,400 metres.

1st Day: Dechencholing to Chamina (distance 7km, time 4 to 5 hours, ascent 860m, camp      altitude 3,360m).

Drive north, up the valley towards Dechencholing Palace, following the Thimphu Chhu (river). Your vehicle transport will take you up to Pangrizam, the last road point. From here the trek starts towards Shong Pang, and leads you through some beautiful villages. The camp will be just above Chamina village.

Overnight: Tented Campsite.

2nd Day: Chamina to Dopshing Pang (distance 10km, time 7 to 8 hours)

The trek trail ascends gradually until you reach the pass called Sinchula (3,400m). From this point, if the weather is clear, one can see Phajoding monastery just above Thimphu city. After another 2 km you can view Thinleygang village, Talo Monastery and the road towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. The trek from the pass is more or less downhill until you reach the campsite at Dopshing Pang.

Overnight: Tented Campsite.

3rd Day: Dopshing Pang to Chorten Ningpo (distance 8km, time 8 hours)

The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and will take you through thick forests, villages and rice fields. Chorten Ningpo is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the “divine madman” and your guide will tell you of many colourful legends connected to this man. The campsite is right in front of the temple.

Overnight: Tented Campsite.

4th Day: Chorten Ningpo to Zomlithang (distance 3km, time 2 hours)

This morning the trek trail will lead you downhill through several villages until you reach a motor road. From here you will be met by your driver & vehicle and transported down the Punakha Valley to your overnight hotel accommodation.

NOTE: FOLLOWING ITINERARIES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN 4 DAYS PUNAKHA       WINTER TREK. IN TOTAL YOU HAVE TO HOLD 8 NIGHTS FOR THIS TREK.  

NOTE: Summarized  Itineries included in Punakha Winter Trek.

Day 01: Paro (arrival) then drive to Thimphu

On the way visit Tachogang Lhakhang founded by the Tibetan saint, Thangtong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) probably around the year 1420. In this place you can also see one of his famous iron bridge (later carried away by floods in 1969.  After a mile you will reach to a junction where the roads from Haa, Paro, Thimphu and Phuentsholing meet. Here you can see three different Stupas (Nepalese, Tibetan & Bhutanese).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu (sightseeing)

(Trashichho Dzong, Semtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Largest Buddha Statue, National Library, Changangkha Lhakhang, Painting School, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage, Tango & Chari Lhakhang, Vegetable Market, Botanical Garden).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 03: Dechenchholing (Thimphu) to Chamina (trek starts)

Campsite in Chamina.

Day 04: Chamina to Dopshing Pang

Campsite in Dopshing Pang.

Day 05: Dopshing Pang to Chorten Ningpo

Campsite in Chorten Ningpo.

Day 06: Chorten Ningpo to Zomlithang (Punakha)  (trek ends)

Overnight in Punakha Hotel.

Day 07: Punakha to Paro

After reaching the Paro Valley visit  Ta – Dzong, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang.

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

Day 08: Paro (sightseeing)

Today will be your last day to stay in Bhutan and also the foremost sightseeing in Bhutan. Hike to the Tiger Nest, where you could find amazing the Monastery built in the hill of the rock. This Monastery is the 10th holiest place in the world.

You will have Supper with the President/Representative of SNG Tours & Treks and bidding farewell to the Guest(s).  Hold night at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 09: Paro (departure)

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