Samtengang Trek is one of the easier lower altitude treks in Bhutan. Samtengang trek is a short trek passing through villages in Punakha. This trek is most suited during winter when the climate is warm and moderate in Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It explores some of the beautiful forests, many remote historical and religious sites and isolated villages in and above the Punakha & Wangdi Valley. Weather permitting, it also offers stunning views of mountainous peaks including Jumolhari (7315m), Kang Bum Peak located above Gaza (6300m) and Tiger Mountain (Gangcheta 6840m) north of Laya. Some of the climbs may be steep and challenging. This trek is especially recommended in winter as there is the possibility of leeches on the trail during the remainder of the year.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport.
You will be received by our guide at the Paro International Airport and escorted to your hotel for refreshment. After the lunch visit National Museum and Paro Dzong. Evening stroll around Paro.Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Paro.
Hike one hour to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.Evening visit at a farmhouse for dinner with local wine.Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to 1 hour to Thimphu and check-in at hotel. Hike to Wangdueshe, visit wildlife preserve to see the Takin. Visit Drupthop Lhakhang Nunnery and Folk Heritage Museum. Visit Painting School, National Library and evening visit to the Handicrafts Emporium for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha.
Drive to Punakha over Dochu-la Pass (10,000 ft). Visit Drukwangyel Chorten and take a short hike to Chimney Lhakhang – the temple of fertility. After lunch visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong then and drive to a scenic viewpoint of Khamsumyule Namgyel chorten. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Punakha – Limbukha (start of trek).
We will start our trek opposite the Punakha Dzong. The route will pass by villages and paddy fields and through forests of pine and rhododendron. Overnight camp.
Day 6: Limbukha – Chungsakha.
We will pass through a rhododendron and oak forest. We will make camp in front of Lama Drukpa Kuenley‘s Lhakhang in the middle of Chungsakha village. We we get a close look at Bhutanese life and we can also visit the farmhouse. Overnight at camp.Altitude 7,000 ft; Distance 8.7 miles.
Day 7: Chungsakha – Samtengang.
On today’s trail we can see paddy fields, Bhutanese farmhouses, and the village of Sha Wangdue. Overnight at camp.Altitude 6300 ft; Distance 5.6 miles.
Day 8: Samtengang – Wangdue.
After breakfast we walk for 1 hour. Our vehicle will wait for us at the end of the trek route and drive to hotel. Evening visit of Wangdue Dzong.Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Wangdue – Paro.
Drive to Paro over Dochu-la Pass. En route stop at Thimphu for lunch and then continue the journey to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Transfer to the Paro airport for final departure.
Early morning drive to Paro international airport after breakfast for your onward flight.