Punakha winter trek goes from Thimphu to Punakha through sup tropical forests, bamboo thickets, pine forests, villages, and rice fields and provides a great experience of a Bhutanese rural life. Punakha trek is very easy and Because of low altitude, it is possible to do this trek throughout winter season.
If anyone looking for easy and winter trekking in Bhutan, this trek is ideal.
The flight into Bhutan takes you to the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world's nighest glacial peaks. On arrival, received by the representative of Yak Holidays transfer to the hotel where arrangements have been made for the night. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Morning visit castle shaped Ta Dzong. Once a watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong now houses the nation's heritage, Bhutan's National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Afternoon drive to ruins of Drugyel Dzong, 18km from Paro town. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. Also visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Thimphu which takes about 2 hours for a distance of 65Km. The guests will be taken directly to the hotel to Check in. After some rest, visit the following places: Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King, the Textile Museum, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and Folk Heritage Museum. At 5 p.m. visit the Tashichho Dzong which houses the office of His Majesty the King including the Golden Throne room and other Ministries of the Royal Government as well as the offices of the Central Monk Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and Five Senior Monks. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
After the breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be driven to visit Simtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan built in 1629 A.D by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Visit the Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 Arts and Crafts) where students graduate with technical skills in embroidery, carving, painting, clay moulding etc. Visit also the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other artefacts are displayed and sold. After lunch drive 14 km to north of Thimphu to visit Tango and Cheri Monastery. On return to the hotel by late afternoon, the guests are free to be on their own. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast the guests will be driven towards Pangrizampa where the guests will start with their trek. The trek is not so ardous so it is fairly an easy trek uphill. Walking distance about 4-5 hours. The camp site will be below the Sinchula pass.
After breakfast, slowly start the trek trail that ascends gradually up hill untill you reach the pass called Sinchula which is about 3,490m. On a clear day, from the top of this pass the guests can see the Phajoding Monastery, which is just above Thimphu valley. This pass is at the same level as Dochula Pass which the guests will cross on the return journey. After nearly about 1 hour walk, the guests will see the Thinlaygang village on the other site of the valley as well as the snake like motor road that leads to the east and west of Bhutan. After leaving the Sinchula Pass, the trek is downhill until you reach the campsite in Dopshing Pang. Walking distance about 4-5 hours. Camp site at an altitude of 2900 m.
After the breakfast, slowly start the trek to Chorten Ningpo which is rather gradual and easy. The guests will be walking through thick forests, scattered villages and rice fields all along the trek. Walking distance of about 3-4 hours. The campsite is at an altitude of of 2700 m.
After the breakfast, slowly start the trek which takes about 2-3 hours before the guests reach the motor road. The trek trail leads through several villages and rice fields which provides fantastic landscapes of Bhutan. The guests will be taken to the hotel in Punakha where the guests can enjoy hot shower and cleanse themselves after the trek.
Follow the motor road till Punakha Dzong and then cross the Pochu River (Male River), the river that drains the remote Lunana region. You will have a steady half-day climb into a forest of scattered long needle Chir Pines. Make sure to fill your water bottle before leaving Punakha, as there is no water on the way for a couple of hours. You will have a wonderful view of Punakha valley and the Dzong. If the weather is clear, you can see some snow peaked mountains to the north. The campsite is near Limukha village, alt. 2,250m.
The trek trail ascends gradually up through the thick forest of oak species and rhododendrons till you reach a small. Then descend through the thick forest leading to a small monastery dedicated to a Saint called Drukpa Kuenlay (popularly known as the Divine Madman). From Chungsakha you can look across the valley to Samtengang on the ridge to the south. Walk down hill till you reach the motor road and then drive for about half an hour to Wangduephodrang. Overnight at a hotel in Wangdue.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha Dzong viewpoint at the north end of the Punakha Valley. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu, which means ‘Male River and Female River’. The Dzong houses the District Administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Drive up to Dochula pass and stop for a hot cup of tea and some snacks. Continue to drive down to Thimphu and check into the hotel. The guests can either rest in the hotel or stroll in Thimphu town.
Depending on the flight timing, the guests will be seen off by one of our representatives at the Paro International Airport.
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