Sinchula Expedition – 4 days
Summary: You will see the Sinchula Pass, have spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, including those of Phajoding monastery, Thinleygang and other villages. The trek will take you through beautiful paddy fields.
Day 1: Thimphu – Sinchula (4-5 hrs)
Beginning from Kabjesha in Thimphu, the first day of the trek involves a 4-5 hours climb to Sinchula pass, along a trail carpeted by blue pine, oak and rhododendron trees. The night halt will be in a camp at Sinchula, at an altitude of 3380m.
Day 2: Sinchula – Dupsingpang (5-6 hrs)
With a poor trail, the initial part of the trek is rather slow. On a clear day, one can have a stunning view of Phajoding Monastery and some of the Himalayan peaks. Once you walk for an hour, you will see Thinleygang, Talo Monastery and the highway to Thimphu. The camp at Dupsingpang is at an elevation of 2440m.
Day 3: Dupshipang – Chorten Nebu (7-8 hrs)
This part of the trek will have you descending through dense forests for about four hours. A small stream has to be crossed twice after which you will be walking through villages and rice fields for another 3-4 hours, before you reach Chorten Nebu village where there is an old temple. The halt will be there at an altitude of 1810m.
Day 4: Chorten Ningpo – Punakha
The trek involves traversing through several villages until the road point. You will then be driven to Punakha, which is the ancient capital of Bhutan. A visit will be made to Sangchen Dorji Lhendrupchling Nunnery, which is located above Khuruthang town. Night halt will be at Punakha.