Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Samteygang Winter Trek

Duration: 11 days      (Based On review(s))

Samtengang Winter Trek is short and easy trekking in Bhutan. It combines the cultural aspects of the local tradition and exploring the natural world. This trek is best enjoyed during the winter season when skies are clear and un-obscured Himalayan views can be seen. Furthermore, visit ancient monasteries, temples, and dzongs fortresses. Travel to Bhutan starts after a scenic flight over the Himalayas to the lush green valley of Paro. Go for cultural sightseeing at Paro and Thimphu then head out to Punakha.

The trek starts from Punakha Dzong passing through beautiful rhododendron forest to reach the trek start-in-point. After a night overnight, the hike starts the next morning passing over green forests enjoying nature, interacting with the locals and steadily hiking towards Samtengang. The trek eventually reaches Wangdue across paddy fields, farmhouses, and local villages. Samtengang trek requires an average level of fitness and for any trek enthusiasts who enjoy the trek, jungle walk including discovering new culture and tradition. After the trek, go for a hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town. Samtengang Winter Trek is for anyone likes trekking in the high Himalayan trails.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.


Fly into Paro, if you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu, the flight over the Himalayas will be a spectacular experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
After breakfast drive through the valley straight north to see the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a victory fortress of the 17th century. On the way back stop at the Takshang (tiger’s nest) view point, visit a farm house. After lunch visit Ta-Dzong (National Museum) which is considered to be the one of the best natural and historical museum and walk down hill for a view of Paro Dzong with its traditional bridge over the Pa-chu (Paro River).Evening at leisure in the local market. Overnight hotel
After breakfast drive to Thimphu the capital, which is an hour and a half slow drive. After lunch visit National Memorial Chorten, which was built in the memory of the Late king. Here the many worshippers go around the shrine chanting prayers with their prayer beads as they walk. Overnight hotel.
After early breakfast, about 3 hours leisurely drive over the Dochula pass at 10,000 ft. to Punakha. Enroute you will see some of the highest peaks in Bhutan including Gangkhar Puensum(7541m), the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The descent through the temperate forest colored with Rhododendrons and Magnolias takes you to the semi-tropical zone of orange, bananas and cactus and to the valley of Punakha. Visit the town of Punakha and the Dzong. Overnight Punakha
Samteygang Winter Trek Day 1 : Drive to Punakha Dzong (1250m) ,the trek starts from here. Distance 12 km and walking time 4 hours.It is a gradual climb through chir pine forest and paddy fields, this route is also used to go to the village of Shegana. Camp at Limukha.
Samteygang Winter Trek Day 2 : Distance 14 km and walking time 5 hours. The trail takes you through Rhododendron and oak forested area. Enroute pass via famous Drukpa Kuenley’s temple. Overnight camp.
Samteygang Winter Trek Day 3 : Distance 13 km and walking time 5 hours. The trail takes you through the villages of Sha, under Wagdue District. Overnight camp.
Samteygang Winter Trek Day 4 End of Trek : Distance 15 km and walking time 5 hours.The trail is down hill and the trek ends at Chumzomsa.From here it is a 20 minute drive to Wangdue. Afternoon at leisure or explore Wangdue town or Rinchengang village.Overnight Wangdue.
Drive to Thimphu(3 hours) .Afternoon free to explore Thimphu town. If today is a Saturday or Sunday then a visit to the weekend market and archery ground is a must.
To Paro (2 hours) and sightseeing. Overnight Paro
Your Samteygang Winter Trek terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.


  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)


  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.



  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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