Punakha Winter Trek

Trip length: 12 Days
Level: Easy
Season: Jan to May & September to December

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport

On the flight to Paro International Airport, the guests will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan mountain ranges, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Mr. Sonam Peljore, CEO or the representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel together with the Guide and driver who will take you directly to the hotel for a short rest and some refresments.  Depending on the time, the guests can take a stroll around the town and visit some interesting local handicraft shops.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro 

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the guest will be escorted to visit the Drugyal Dzong (Victory Dzong), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invasion in 1600s. From this Fortress, on a clear day the guests can see the most captivating view of Mount Jumolhari.  The guests will then be driven to Satsam Chorten where the guests will hike to Taktsang Monastery  (Tiger's Nest), which is one of the most sacred monastery in Bhutan.  It is perched precariously on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the Paro valley and Pachhu (river).  For the hike to the Taktsang Monastery and back it takes about 4 hours including the vegetarian lunch at the Cafeteria overlooking the majestic view of the monastery.  In the evening visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to interact with farmers and learn their way of life style in a rural setting.  Traditional Bhutanese cuisine will be served together with a local brew called "Ara" made from rice or wheat, which is similar to that of 'schnubs" in Europe.    Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro - Thimphu

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. 

Day 4: Sightseeing 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.

Day 5: Thimphu - Shong Pang (Trek starts)

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.  

Day 6: Shong Pang - Dopshing Pang

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.

Day 7: Dopshing Pang - Chorten Ningpo

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.

Day 8: Chorten Ningpo - Zomlingthang

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.