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Smtengang Winter Treks

Duration: 2 Night 3 Days Treks

These three days treks are ideal for average walkers and who are fear of height, as the altitudes does not go over 1700m. During the clear days, see the high Himalayas mountains like Gangkarpuensum(7500m).

Day 1 Paro

– Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.

  • – Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
  • – Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
  • Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
  • – Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
  • Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
  • – Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
  • – Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Paro

  • Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World

Day 3 Thimphu

  • – Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city. You will see many elderly men and women circling the chorten and chanting mantara.
  • – Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
  • – Visit the Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
  • – Over night hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4 Wangdi Phodrang

  • – Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive from Thimphu).
  • – Stop over on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges.
  • – Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.
  • – Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
  • – Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
  • – Over night hotel in Wangdi.

Day 5 Treks

  • Punakha to Limbukha
  • Morning car will drop to treks starting point in small village, opposite to Punakha Dzong. Treks start steep climb through the Chir Pine forest for about two hour and vegetation changes into mixed forest. Walk fro another one hour through oaks, chest nut and mixed forest reached at the top with Chorten, nice resting point. From here see far view of Limbukha, camp site. Follow the farm road for one hour reached to Limbukha village, surrounded by rice field, near by this village there is good camp site. Altitude gain 940m, Altitude loss 0, Distance 9 km.

Day 6 Treks

  • Limbukha to Chungsakha
  • Leaving camp into the cold broad leaves forest, climb to small ridge where can see Mt. Gangkarpuensum(7550m), trail drop down to small steam, after the crossing steam trail start climbing steeply through unclear forest for two hours and reached to Dangchu La Pass(1700m). After the pass down hill walk through the oak forest, it is hard to find the trail during the fall season, all the trail is covered by oak leaves. Steep decent to Chungsakha camp. Altitude gain 370 m, Altitude loss 745m, Distance 10 km.

Day 7 Treks

  • Chungsakha to Samtengang
  • One hour down hill walk to Baychu Bridge, after crossing the bridge steep climb through the rice field and village till to Samtengang camp. Altitude gain 500m, Altitude loss 350m, Distance 5 km.

Day 8

  • Samtengang to Chuzomsa
  • Two hours steep walk down to Chuzomsa, where there is small village with many shops, where our treks will end.
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 9

  • Depature