Trip Snapshot

Name of Trip :

Samtengang Winter Trek

Trip Length : 9 Nights/ 10 Days
Difficulty Level :
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Highest Altitude : 2320m/7656ft.
Max Elevation : 2,000m
Highest Camp : 1,980m
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season : It is possible to do this low altitude trek throughout the winter season
Trip Start From : Punakha, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Chhuzomsa, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Route Map

Samtengang Winter Trek


Samtengang Winter Trek is a short and easy trek in Bhutan, and possible throughout the whole winter. The route passes through the villages on Punakha valley which makes up for some of the most fertile place in Bhutan.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Paro
  • Day 03: Paro – Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha
  • Day 05: Punakha – Limukha
  • Day 06: Limukha – Chungsakha
  • Day 07: Chungsakha – Samtengang
  • Day 08: Samtengang – Wangduephodrang – Thimphu
  • Day 09: Thimphu – Paro
  • Day 10: Depart Paro

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces, Hindu Temples and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Exciting jungle safari rides.
  • Explore the cave, gorge and hike the mountain viewpoints!
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Samtengang Winter Trek


Day 01

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Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Bhutan Majestic Travel representative, and transferred to the hotel in Paro. Afternoon free for sightseeing or leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02

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Paro

Full day of sightseeing in the Paro valley. After breakfast, we drive up to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646. Although largely destroyed by fire in 1951, the towering outer walls and ruins within are still an imposing sight. On a clear day, there is a fine view of Mt. Jhomolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century and one of the two oldest and most sacred shrines in the country. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower to protect Rinpung Dzong, and in 1968 inaugurated as the National Museum. Also visit Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels"), the centre of district administration and home of the local monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03

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Paro – Thimphu

After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the present day capital of Bhutan. Shortly before reaching Thimphu, you will have a good view of Semtokha Dzong standing sentinel on a hillock above the road. Erected in 1627, this dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal is the oldest in the country. In the afternoon we will visit Tashichhodzong, the impressive fortress/monastery built in 1641 by the first Zhabdrung and reconstructed in the 1960s during the reign of Bhutan's third king. Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty's secretariat, and the central monk body. We will also visit the National Memorial Chorten. Completed in 1974 after the untimely death of Bhutan's third king, it is both a memorial to the Late King and a monument to world peace. In the evening, we will browse in the Handicrafts Emporium, which displays a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous, and then perhaps take a stroll around the town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04

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Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast we drive to Bhutan former capital Punakha, stopping briefly en route at Dochu-la pass (3,088m) to enjoy a panoramic view (weather permitting) of snow-capped, eastern Himalayan peaks. Punakha Dzong, dramatically situated at the confluence of two rivers, is a superb example of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 and damaged over the centuries by fire, earthquake and floods, the dzong has in recent years been superbly restored. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 05

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Punakha – Limukha 14km, 5-6 hours

We cross the suspension bridge over the river by Punakha Dzong and walk up to Shengana. Our trek begins from there with a gradual climb up through chirpine forest to Limukha, visiting Dompala village en route. Camp overnight near Limukha village at about 1,800m.

Day 06

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Limukha – Chungsakha 14km, 5-6 hours

The trail takes us downhill through rhododendron and oak forested areas. En route we visit a famous temple used as a winter residence by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century. Camp overnight near Chungsakha village.

Day 07

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Chungsakha – Samtengang 13km, 5 hours

The trail leads us down and across the Pe Chu (river), then up the hillside to Sha village in the Sha region of Wangduephodrang district. We continue on upwards and camp overnight by the lakeside at Samtengang.

Day 08

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Samtengang – Wangduephodrang – Thimphu 15km, 5-6 hours

We follow the trail downhill to the motor road near Chuzomsa, where we are met by Bhutan Wilderness Travels transport and transferred to Wangdue. After lunch, we visit Wangdue Dzong and the local market before driving back to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 09

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Thimphu – Paro

After breakfast we visit the following as time permits: the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature including some manuscripts dating back several hundred years; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students are trained in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only) where Bhutan's famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medicine practitioners are trained; the Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Drive to Paro after lunch, visiting a village house en route to get an idea of the lifestyle of local people. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 10

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Depart Paro

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

Samtengang Winter Trek


Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.

Vehicle:

We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.

Booking:

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.

Cancellation:

  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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