Samtengang Trek (9 Nights/10 Days)

Samthengang trek pickThis is one of the few low altitude treks in Bhutan. It is quite a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude ranges between 1100 – 1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.

The path takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. While this trek is available throughout the winter the best times to embark on it are between March –April and September and October. The trail is approximately 54km in length.

Season:  Mid March – May, September – October
Duration:  4 days on Trek
Start:  Khuruthang-Limukha
End:  TikaZam(Bridge)
Difficulty rating:  Moderate
Maximum elevation:  2,370m

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport

Your flight to Paro will offer you a beautiful mountain views. On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and JichuDrakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek(BDTT) will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The ParoDzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom.
Overnight at Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 02: Paro sightseeing

Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old KyichuLhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu

Proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu , the capital city of Bhutan. Later visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit ChangangkhaLhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley. Also visit the enclosure where Bhutan’s national animal, Takins are kept. Thereafter, drive to visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley. After 5 pm, visit the fortress of Thimphu, TashichhoDzong which houses the throne of the king.
Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha (2.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, visit the School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them. Lunch in the town and thereafter, proceed to drive two and a half hour for Punakha crossing Dochula pass (3200 mts). If the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular snowcap view of the Eastern Himalayan as well as the the highest mountains of Bhutan that stretches almost 180 degrees.Walk around the 108 stupas and continue to sub tropical valley of Punakha.
Overnight in Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 05: Punakha/Khuruthang – Limukha

Distance: 9 kms, Walking time: 4hrs, Sleeping altitude: 2220m. Drive till PunakhaDzong. The trek starts upstream from the Dzong, over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (180m) across the Pho Chhu. Climb gently on the left side of the Pho Chhu through terraced fields of mustard and wheat in winter. The Punakha valley is low enough to enable two harvest, so there is plenty of activities in the fields in the winter months. The valley also produces fruits like banana and oranges. A stop to visit the village of Dompala can be organised depending on group’s choice.

Day 06: Limukha – Chungsakha

Distance: 10kms, Walking time: 4hrs, Sleeping altitude: 1850m. Today your day start with leaving camp climb steeply (150m) up to a small ridge (2370m) through a cold dense forest from which today’s climb is visible. Cross this ridge and decend steeply into a small side valley where a small stream is crossed. The trail is surrounded by beautiful bridsong and oak and rhododendron forest follow an unclear trail covered by slippery leaces.

Day 07:Chungskha – Samtengang

Distance: 4kms, Walking time: 3hrs, Sleeping altitude: 2050. The trail now takes you through the village of ShaWangdi. Desend to the road in 45min and find a suspension bridge crossing the BaeChhu at 1500m. The road leads to the slate mines of Tsheshinang at the end of the valley. The trail goes through small deeply eroded gorges which will be very slippery in the rain. In December, the Daphne plant is already starting to bloom.Camp at Samtengang at the lake side.

Day 08: Samtengang – Tika Zam(Bridge)

Distnace: 3kms, Time: 1hrs.The trail starting near camp decends steeply through endless agricultural fields heading into the valley of the Dang Chhu. The trail will lead right to the bridge at TikaZam (1555m). Bid farewell to your trekking staffs and drive for Wangdiphodrang and lunch in the new town. Then continue to drive to Punakha. Overnight: Punakha

Day 09: Punakha-Paro

Breakfast at hotel, after breakfast drive to Paro reaching Paro visit the SangchenChekor Monastery and vsitDumtse Temple near Paro town, enjoy the last day in Bhutan trip

Day 10: Departure from Paro any flight

Breakfast in hotel and then drive to airport for the flight to the next destination. See off by the guide and the driver from the Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek.