Samtengang Cultural trek

SAMTEGANG CULTURAL TREK

TREK ITINERARY

 

Day 01 Arrive at Paro Airport

Day 02 Paro – Sightseeing

Day 03 Paro – Thimphu

Day 04 Thimphu – Khuruthang

Day 05 Khuruthang – Limukha

Day 06 Limukha – Chungsakha

Day 07 Chungsakha – Samtengang

Day 08 Samtengang – Wangdi/Thimphu

Day 09 Thimphu – Sightseeing

Day 10 Thimphu – Paro International Airport

 

 

TREK DETAIL

 

Day 01 Arrive at Paro Airport

 

The flight to Paro, you can experience the breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, the sacred Mount Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, your guide will be awaiting to welcome you to Bhutan.

 

Day 02 Paro- Paro

 

Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of Paro Rinpung Dzong until it was converted into the National Museum in 1968.

 

Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a hill top overlooking the Pachu (Paro River), Paro valley. You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden cantilever bridge built in typical Bhutanese architect. The Dzong houses the District Administration Office and the District Monk Body. It was built in 1645 A.D. Lunch at Hotel.

 

Visit the Drukgyal Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the 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. From here, the peak of Jhomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,314m/24,029ft.).

 

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means Monastery). Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It is considered one of the holiest places in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country.

 

Day 03 Paro – Thimphu

 

Drive along the winding road along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) down stream to the confluence with the Wang Chu then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the Capital. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 04 Thimphu – Khuruthang

 

Drive to Khuruthang with pack lunch provided from the hotel. Stop at Dochula pass for a grand view of the Himalayan mountain ranges (if the weather is clear). Lunch at the camp site. After lunch, drive down to Punakha and visit the Dzong.

 

Day 05 Khuruthang – Limukha

 

Drive till Punakha. The trek begins with the gradual climb through Chir Pine forests. On the way, visit a village called, Dompala.

 

Day 06 Limukha – Chungsakha

 

The trail today takes you through rhododendron and oak forested area. Enroute pass a famous Drukpa Kuenlay Lhakhang. Overnight in camp. Distance 14 Km. about 5/6 hours walk.

 

Day 07 Chungsakha – Samtengang

 

The trail now takes you through the village of Sha Wangdi District. Camp at Samtengang at lake side. Distance 13 Km about 5 hours.

 

Day 08 Samtengang – Wangdue/Thimphu

 

The trail now drops down till the motor road. Drive till Wangduephodrang and lunch at the Guest House. Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 09 Thimphu – Thimphu

 

Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country.

 

Visit the Wood Craft and Painting School where traditional art and crafts are still kept alive.

 

Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch and afternoon siesta

 

10 Paro – Paro Airport. Departue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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