The Samtengang Trek is one of the easier winter treks as the altitude is low with a maximum at 1,900 m that is most suitable for the months of October – March.
Our Guide and Driver will receive you upon your arrival at the airport and take you to your hotel in Paro for overnight. Depending on the timing of your arrival, you can explore the small town of Paro after your short rest at the hotel.
After the breakfast, you will visit Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong and walk down to town over one of the oldest Wooden Cantilever bridge. Visit also the ruins of Drugyel Dzong (which is currently under construction) as well as Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery) one of the oldest in the country. Later part of the day, the guests are free to explore and mingle with the local (villagers) people in the small town of Paro.
After breakfast, you will drive to Thimphu that takes approximately an hour. On the way, stop to enjoy the beautiful site of Tachog Goenpa and Semtokha Dzong. Sightseeing’s in Thimphu includes Royal Textile Museum, Buddha Dordenma, National Memorial Chorten, Folk Heritage Museum and Tashichho Dzong. Stroll around the town in the later part of the afternoon.
After breakfast visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo, National Library and National Institute of 13 Arts and Crafts. After lunch, continue your journey to Punakha via Dochu-la Pass at 3300 m and visit Chimi Lhakhang. Later on visit Punakha Dzong.
After breakfast, you will walk on the longest suspension bridge of 230 meters in the country over Phochu river. From here the trek begins overlooking the Majestic Punakha Dzong and through the serene forests filled with rhododendrons and blue pine trees into the wilderness and the freshness that will captivate you. The journey to the first campsite usually takes about 6 hours and you will be provided all three meals, tents and basic amenities.
After breakfast you will move on towards the second campsite, which will take another 6 hours. The journey will take you through some scattered villages. It is also possible to sight some barking deer and different bird species during the trek.
After breakfast you will continue your trek through some villages and the rice terraces to the final campsite. You may come across some farmers busy ploughing the fields with two oxes which is the traditional system of farming in Bhutan. The trek will take approximately 5 hours.
After the breakfast, you will have a short trek and then drive to Wangduephodrang and then continue to Thimphu. Later part of the afternoon proceed to Paro for over night.
After an early breakfast, those guests who still have the energy can hike up to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) which takes about 2 and half hours up and about two hours down. The guests can enjoy the beautiful view of the monastery on the cliff while hiking up.
After breakfast, depending on your flight timing our Guide and Driver will drive you to Paro Airport for your onward journey.