Punakha Winter Trek

Trip Facts

Punakha Winter Trek
Length : 2 Days - 1 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

Punakha Winter Trek is perhaps the easiest of the treks in Bhutan. The two-day trek follows the old footpath between Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and Thimphu, the present capital. Although the trail climbs up almost 1,000 metres, the gradient is gentle and doesn’t pose much difficulty to hikers.

The trek is between two modern towns, but it offers pastoral scenery interspersed with spiritual and cultural landmarks. The trail passes through several villages, forests, and rice fields. The trail, which passes through Sinchula Pass, offers enchanting views of Phajoding Monastery.

Due to the low altitude and warm climate of the area, this hike is available all winter but the best times to go are between March-May and September-November. You could even time undertake the hike during Punakha Drubchen and Tshechu, combining both trekking and cultural tour.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Chamina to Dopshing Pang (Duration: 7-8 hrs Trail: Ascent 3,400 m)

  • Drive north up towards Dechencholing Palace, following the Thimphu Chhu, crossing the bridge after the army camp and before a beautiful monastery.  Follow the unsealed road just above Chamina village.  The hike starts here.
  • From this point, if the weather is clear, you can see Phajoding monastery, which is located just above Thimphu. After 2 km, you can see Thinleygang village, Talo Monastery and the motor highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. The trek from the pass is more or less downhill until you reach the campsite.

Day 2: Dopshing Pang to Chorten Ningpo (Duration: 8 hours, campsite altitude: 2,700m)

  • The trail today gently passes through thick forests, villages, and rice fields. Hikers’ camp near Choeten Ningpo, an ancient choeten (stupa) is linked to the Divine Madman, Lama Drukpa Kunley. The trek ends at Chorten Ningpo.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

Route map

Punakha Winter Trek
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