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Samtengang Winter Trek (10 Days)

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, KanchenJunga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro our representative will receive you. The drive tohotel through Paro valley is enchanting. After lunch you will be taken toTa-dzong (museum). Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Paro sightseeing. Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa chu to Drugyaldzong, the ruined fort, which once defended this valley from theTibetan invasions. Mt. Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyondthe dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back you visit atypical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch walk up hill just above hotel tostretch your legs for the excursion to Taktshang viewpoint.

Day 3: Paro/Thimphu. This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu(chu means water) downstream to its confluence and then up the Wangchu toThimphu, the capital. Afternoon lunch at the hotel. After lunch visit the Memorial Chorten where the faithful circumambulate the shrine dedicated tothe late king. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Thimphu/Kuruthang. Drive to Khuruthang with the pack lunch providedat the hotel. Stop at Dochula pass if the weather is clear to get the viewsof the Himalayan Snowcapped Mountains. Lunch at the camp and then drive to Punakha dzong. Visit the dzong when the monks are in Thimphu.

Day 5: Khuruthang/Limukha. Drive till Punakha dzong. The trek begins withthe gradual climb through chirpine forest. A stop visit at the village of Dompala can be organized depending on group's choice. Distance 14 kms, about 5-6 hours. Overnight in tent.

Day 6: Limukha/Chungsakha. The trail today takes you through rhododendron and oak forested areas. En route pass a famous DrupkakuenlyLhakhang. Overnight in tent. Distance -14 kms., about 5 -6 hours.

Day 7: Chungsakha/Samtengang. The trail now takes you through the village of ShaWangdue district. Camp at Samtengang at the lake side. Distance -13 kms., about 5 hours.

Day 8: Samtengang/Wangdue/Thimphu. The trail now drops down till the motorroad. Drive till Wangduephodrang. Lunch at the tourist lodge, then continue drive to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Thimphu/sightseeing. A full day of sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in the town, visit the Handicrafts emporium. Visit the workshop where all the handicrafts are produced. Afternoon visit Tashichhodzong. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Thimphu/Paro airport. Drive Paro for onward flight.


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