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The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas and South Asia comprised of mountains and forests. The country is called by its people “Druk Yul”, meaning “The Land of The Thunder Dragon”. Trekking in Bhutan is dissimilar from other regions in Asia. You are trekking in a country steeped in Buddhist traditions, culture and mountains. Bhutan Himalaya is covered with a forest shrub and plenty of rain. There are a lot more flora and fauna than anywhere else in this region. There are fewer villages in the high mountains. Trekking there does not require any special technical skills.

You will have opportunity to challenge yourself, relax your mind, immerse yourself in nature and local culture, also have a good night ‘s sleep under the stars. This is a wonderful experience in your life in The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Tour duration – 10days/9nights.

Trek duration – 4days

Tour destination – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

Tour overview The Samtengang trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike. The trail takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. The best times to embark on this trek from March to April and September to October.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest you will start to discover beautiful Paro valley at 2280 metres by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Paro Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then we head to the Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. Afterwards we visit the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory, nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu
  • Distance: 65km
  • Estimated time: 1hr

In the morning we drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan at 2320m, also the only capital in the world that does not use traffic lights.

We will begin our day‘s sightseeing of the following sites:

The Folk Heritage Museum, restored three-storey, rammed mud and timber house replicates a rural household and is furnished as it would have been in the mid-19th century to provide an interesting glimpse into rural Bhutanese life.

The National Textile Museum, is the place to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of thagzo (weaving). Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. It displays Royal ghos and Kiras and introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men.

The Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, a small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper from the bark of two tree species, the Daphne and Dhekap tree. You can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper. It is named Deh sho paper, was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.

Then we will visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Arts And Crafts School or the Painting School, operates four to six- year courses on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will be able to see students doing painting (thangkas- painted religious pictures, walls, and statues to the decorations on furniture and window-frames), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or clay arts (religious statues, pottery), wood carving (masks, statues).

In the late afternoon visit the Tashichho Dzong, fortress of The Glorious Religion. It has been the seat of the government since 1952, after the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorje Wangchuck made this dzong to be a symbol of the new capital of Bhutan. It houses secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha.
  • Altitude in Punakha: 1300m
  • Distance: 77km
  • Estimated time: 3hrs

In the early morning we drive to Gangtey. On the way we will stop at Dochula pass for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. Dochula pass is high on top of a mountain, overlooking the Himalayas with 108 chortens (stupas) known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, built in memory of Bhutanese sol-diers killed in the 2003 battle against Assamese insurgents from India. The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, commissioned the monument after the Fourth King, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was victorious in the struggle to dislodge the rebels who were using Bhutan as a base to raid India.

After lunch, we to the Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. It is an imposing structure and was built in 1637 at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It served as the capital and seat of government until the early 1950s. The dzong is still the winter residence of the monk body.

Then we take a hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. After crossing a suspension bridge, it is a pleasant hike through beautiful fields of rice and pine trees. It takes about an hour from the road point to hike up to the temple, and 30 minutes downhill.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha – Limukha
  • Distance: 12km
  • Estimated time: 4hrs
  • Camp altitude: 1980m

In the morning we drive to the Punakha Dzong and start this trek. We cross a footbridge over the Pho Chhu, this is the longest bridge in Bhutan Then we climb gradually through pine forest, oak, fern and some rhododendron until reach Limukha. In the far distance the huge Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten can be seen. Limbukha has several old big houses.

Day 05: Limukha – Chungsakha
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 1550m

The trail leads through rhododendron and oak forests to Chungsakha. Just before reaching Chungsakha you will see an old monastery of Drukpa Kinley, the Divine Mad Madman. Chungsakha is a small village of about 10 houses.

Day 06: Chungsakha – Samtengang
  • Distance: 13km
  • Estimated time: 5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 1830m

Today we walk downhill until cross Pae Chhu. The trail goes through several villages to reach Samtengang. Near the school in Samtengang you will see a small lake and your campsite is right next to it.

Day 07: Samtengang- Chhuzomsa (Wangduephodrang)
  • Distance: 3km
  • Estimated time: 3hrs

The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to the hotel in Wangduephodrang. After lunch, we will visit Wangduephodrang Dzong, was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Punak Tsang Chhu and the Dang Chhu.

Day 08: Wangduephodrang to Paro
  • Distance: 120 km
  • Estimated time: 4hrs

In the morning we drive to Paro. On the way we visit the Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The dzong houses statues and paintings of various Buddhas, deities and religious figures including The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of Wisdom, Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of Compassion and others.

In the late afternoon take an explorative stroll around main streets and market at Paro town.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 09: Paro sightseeing

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

On the way back the hotel, we visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Depart Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.

Peak Season
1 March, April, May, September, October and November
  • Single traveler: US$ 2,770 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 2,680 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 2,410 per person
Off Season
$15 January, February, June, July, August and December
  • Single traveler: US$ 2,320 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 2,230 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 1,960 per person.
  • If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
The cost includesThe cost excludes
Bhutan visa fee.Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing roomTravel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.Airfares.
All meals in day.Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip.Excess baggage charge.
Government Royalty.Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees.Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.
Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.

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