4 Days Winter Trek in Bhutan
The Best time for the 4 days winter trek in Bhutan might be March – April and October – November, but as the name suggests, it is possible throughout the whole winter.
Despite the fact that winter is very frosty in the mornings and at night time, yet with insanely radiant days with clear blue skies, the perspectives are vastly improved during this time. This trek is quite short and the enduring journey starts from Punakha to Wangduephodrang.
The 4 days winter trek in Bhutan comprises cultural visits to serene villages, fortresses, monasteries, museums and other historical sites.
Actual Trek Duration 4 days, Total Duration 10 days.
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Trek Duration: Four days
Total Duration: 8 nights/ 9 days
Max. Elevation: 2,000m,
Highest Camp: 1,980m.
Best Seasons: April and September to October.
Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters)
Day 02. Paro Sightseeing – Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m)
Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters)
Day 04: Punakha – Limukha (Start of Trek)
Day 05: Limukha – Chhungsakha
Day 06: Chhungsakha – Samtengang
Day 07: Samtengang – Teki Zampa – Thimphu
Day 08. Thimphu sightseeing
Day 09. Departure:
Detail Itinerary for 4 Days Winter Trek in Bhutan
Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters): You will be received by the Representative from Yak Holidays at the airport and drive to the Hotel.
After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02. Paro Sightseeing – Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m) After breakfast, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
In the evening, visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Then drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel
Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (83 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is popularly known as “The Devine Mad Man” in 15th century.
After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted that, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri (Paradise) and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Punakha – Limukha (Start of Trek): 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.
(Distance 12km, four hours, 880m ascent, camp altitude 1,980m)
Day 05: Limukha – Chhungsakha: 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”.
(Distance 14km, five hours, 430m descent, camp altitude 1,550m)
Day 06: Chhungsakha – Samtengang: 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.
(Distance 13km, five hours, 650m ascent, 270m descent, camp altitude 1,830m)
Day 07: Samtengang – Teki Zampa – Thimphu: The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa and drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
(Distance 3km, 1 ½ hr, 730 m descent).
Day 08. Thimphu sightseeing: After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. His Late Majesty King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Then visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum. Then visit Sangay gang view point, Takin Preserve centre, Changangkha Monastery and Nunnery.
After lunch, visit to the tallest statue of Buddha (In the world), weekend market and witness archery match. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 09. Thimphu – Paro: Departure: Early morning, drive to the Airport and Farewell.
- Hot stone bath.
- Cycling around Paro valley.
- Practice Archery.
- Bhutanese cooking class.
- Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
- Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
- Consulting an Astrologer.
- Practice Dart.
- Performing religious ceremony.
- Marriage ceremonies.
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- Village walk
- Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
- Hike to Kila Gompa.
- Excursion to Chelila Pass.