Punakha winter trek – 7 days
Summary: We will be trekking along the ancient walking route from Thimphu to Punakha. You will be taken through scenic landscape, forest and several villages. It is an opportunity to see rural Bhutan.
Day 1: Dechencholing – Chamina (Four to five hours, ascent 860m, camp altitude 3,360m)
After a short drive from Thimphu to Pangrizampa, along the banks of the Wangchu river, you will start the trek. It is a leisurely hike traversing through some traditional and beautiful villages. You will reach Shong Pang and then Chamina village, your camp for the night.
Day 2: Chamina – Dopshing Pang (Seven to eight hours)
A fairly harder trek, today you will need to make a gradual ascend until Sinchula (Pass, 3,400m). On a clear day, you can see Phajoding monastery, located just above Thimphu from here. After about another two kilometers walk, you reach another pass, from where Thinleygang village, Talo Monastery and the motor highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha, is visible. Once you cross the pass, the trek is a gradual descend, until the campsite at Dopshing Pang.
Day 3: Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo (eight hours, camp altitude 2,700m)
It is an easy trek that will take you through thick forests, villages and rice fields. Chorten Ningpo is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the “divine madman”. You will be camping right infront of the temple.
Day 4: Chorten Ningpo – Zomlingthang (two to three hours)
Today too, you will be trekking through several villages until you reach a motor road. It takes about two to three hours. From the road, you walk till Punakha following it.
Halt at hotel in Punakha
Day 5: Punakha – Thimphu
You will visit places of historical importance in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital and in the evening travel to Paro.
Day 6: Paro halt
This day will be completely dedicated to visiting Paro’s gems along with a trek to Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair).
Day 7: Departure from Paro
Our representative will escort you to the airport for your exit out of Bhutan.