Architecture of Bhutanse House

Trekkers crossing the paddy field on Samtengang Trek

This trail takes you to the community of Sha under Wangdi district. We will camp at Samtengang by lakeside. Because of its low elevation, it is achievable to do this walk all through all time of year.

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights 

Level: Easy and low altitude winter trek 

Start Point: Limukha,Punakha, 

Endpoint: Samtengang,Chhuzomsa

Season: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air.

On arrival to Paro International airport, our representative will receive and welcome you. Further they will escort you to your hotel for check-in and after refreshment; we will introduce our guide and driver. Later in the evening, we will visit the town. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

Right after morning breakfast, we will visit National Museum (one of the best museum of Asia) then Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the "heap of jewels"), later we will visit Kichu Lhakhan (one of the oldest temple of Bhutan built in 659 AD by a Tibetan King). Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16 Kms. away from Paro Town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. On a clear day you can get a view of the Mt. Jhomolhari (Alt 7329m). On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house and take a leisurely stroll around the compound. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

The drive toThimphu (capitel of Bhutan) takes 2 hours. After lunch, Thimphu sightseeing; Visit Tashichho Dzong (Office of the King and Throne room, main secretariat building of the government ministries, living quarters of the monk body). Visit handicraft emporium, painting and woodcraft school. Visit Memorial Chorten(a huge stupa) built in memory of the late third King of Bhutan. Visit National Library and Simtokha Dzong (oldest Dzong of Bhutan). Simtokha Dzong has the largest monastic schools in the country.

Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha 

Punakha is 77km from Thimphu and takes about 3 hours. Drive early to Dochula Pass (3150m) for breakfast. On a clear day this pass offers spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Lunch will be served at the hotel. In evening, visit Punakha Dzong (one of the most beautiful Dzongs of Bhutan) located at the confluence of two rivers, the Phochu & Mochu.

Day 5: Punakha – Limukha

After passing the spectacular Punakha Dzong you cross the footbridge over the Pho Chhu and walk up to Shengana. The bridge to cross is the longest bridge in Bhutan. Climbing gradually through the forest you reach Limukha. Make sure you are carrying enough water as you won’t find any on the way to Limukha.

Day 6: Limukha – Chhungsakha

(Distance 14km, five hours, 430m descent, camp altitude 1,550m)

The path leads through rhododendron and oak forests to Chhungsakha. Chungsakha is a small village with about 10 houses. A holy stone and an impressive Cyprus tree are reminders of Drukpa Kuenley, the “divine madman”.

Day 7: Chhungsakha – Samtengang

(Distance 13km, five hours, 650m ascent, 270m descent, camp altitude 1,830m)You walk downhill till you cross Pe Chhu. Climbing again you will pass the village of Sha on your way to Samtengang. Near the school in Samtengang you will see a small lake and your campsite is right next to it.

Day 8: Samtengang – Chhuzomsa

(Distance 15km, five to six hours, 730m descent). The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa.

Day 9: Thimphu Sightseeing

Early rise and drive to Thimphu. Visit the National Library where ancient texts and manuscripts are preserved; The Indigenious Hospital where traditional medicines are still practiced; Woodcraft and Painting school where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive; Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles are displayed and can be purchased; Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, the office of the King and Throne room and also the house of the State Monastic Body. Take a leisurely stroll and do some shopping from the local stores. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Departure

Drive to Paro early morning. Your guide will bid you farewell at the Airport.

Detail costing for this tour

Land cost: USD $ 1400.00 (USD $ 280.00 per night) 

Visa Fee: USD $   40.00

Tourism Development Fund: USD $   10.00

Net package cost per person: USD $ 1450.00 + Airfares 

What’s included:

a)    Expert leadership

b)    All accommodations

c)    All meals

d)    All transportation during the tour

e)    All activities as noted in the itinerary

f)       Bottled water while on drive and hiking

* All rates based on three or more traveling together on twin room sharing basis.

SURCHARGE

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to the following surcharges:

a)    Single Individual: US$ 40/ per night halt

b)    Group of 2: US$ 30/ per person per night halt

c)    The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.

d)  The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

Contact details

Ar-ring Tours and Treks

Olakha Thimphu,   

Bhutan 

Contact # : 00975 17612201

tdorjiinsb@gmail.com