Samtengang Winter Trekking Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Group
Moderate 9 Days Guest House SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Samtengang Winter Trekking Venture into a world that will touch your heart and soul – a land of myths, legends and traditions which are as vital and alive today as when they originated.

Thickly forested valleys, snow-capped mountains, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, maroon robed monks and architecture from another age. This is Bhutan, a kingdom that has long maintained its independence and isolation from the outside world and so preserved a fascinating Himalayan culture and tradition. This Samtengang Winter Trekking is a best way to explore Bhutan & its local culture.

Short Itinerary

Day Activity Destination Altitude Time
1 Fly Paro 2200m
Drive Thimphu 2300m 2 hrs
2 Sightseeing Thimphu
3 Drive Punakha 1350m 3 hrs
4 Drive Limukha 2220m 5hrs
5 Drive Chungsakha 1850m 5 hrs
6 Drive Samtegang 2050m 4 hrs
7 Trek Samtegang
Drive Gangtey Valley) 3000m 6 hrs
Drive Paro 2200m
8 Hike Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) 3120m 5 hrs
Sightseeing Paro 2200m
9 Fly Bankok

Trip Information

Accommodation – Twin share

Transport as per itinerary

All meals in Bhutan (during trek and tour)

All airport transfers

Sightseeing as per itinerary

English speaking interpreter/guide

All camping and cooking equipment during the trekking

Visa

Flight ticket BKK-Paro-BKK

The Cost Does Not Include:

Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

Travel insurance

Emergency evacuation

Tips and gratuities

Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Royal Mt. Trekking (eg. Landslides)

 

Packing for your Trip

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Socks
  • Fleece jacket or equivalent. Evenings can be cool even in summer
  • Comfortable, informal clothing (shorts & singlet tops are not appropriate)
  • Hat – a good idea as sun is very strong
  • Gloves – wool or fleece (winter only)
  • Scarf (winter only)
  • Thermal Underwear (winter only)
  • Sarong – a multitude of use
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sewing kit
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries (including lip slave and moisturizer)
  • Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small umbrella (June-August particularly)

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN PARO (2200m) – THIMPU (2300m, 2HRS)

The Himalayan range including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan or over the foothills to Paro is the most spectacular mountain flights of all. Each mesmerizing flight offers exiting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival, our representative will receive you and transfer to Thimpu – the morden capital of Bhutan.
If we have time we can also visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Dzong.
In the evening you can drive to the capital town of Thimphu. Overnight at hotel
Day 2

THIMPU SIGHTSEING

Thimpu is a quiet and peaceful capital which lies in a wooden valley sprawling up a hillside at the west bank of the Thipmu River. The capital is relatively small with wide streets and lined trees having approximately the population of 45000.

The sights at Thimpu certainly includes Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks and many more.

Day 3

THIMPU – PUNAKAHA (1250m, 4 HRS)

After a breakfast we drive to Punaka via Dochula Pass (3150 m) offering a marvelous view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. After lunch head towards Puhakha, the formar capital of Bhutan for overnight stay.

Punakha Dzong is next in our list. It was strategically built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 at the junction of Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). It played an important role in Bhutan’s history and serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Punakha Dzong is also the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot and the Central Monastic Body.

Day 4

PUNAKHA – LIMUKHA (2220m, 12KMS, 5HRS)

Trek day 01: The trekking gradually rises on the left side of Pho Chu River (1280m) passing terraced fields of mustards and winter crops. Further after, 2 -3 hours of trek the route clears itself offering nice views of valley and some snow-capped peaks in the distance. En route we come across pine forests, fern and oaks.

Finally, after a short climb up the ridge with chorten some prayer flags appear as the mark of today’s destination. At this point we can see the village with several big houses and a camp site of Limukha. Visit the village and move behind for overnight stay in the tent.

Day 5

LIMUKHA – CHUNGSAKHA (1850m, 14KMS, 5 hrs)

Trek Day 02: The trail climbs steeply for about 150m leading to the ridge via dense forest. The Chomolhari, Kang Bum and other mountains can be seen as we climb down and again up to Dochen La pass (2645m). The forested trail further descends and opens after reaching Dagegoan with a farm house. We visit Dargyal Gompa dedicated to Drukpa Kinley, the Devine Madman along with meditation cells on the hillsides. The camp site probably is in front of the village temple near Chungsakha village. Stay in tents.
Day 6

CHUNGSAKHA – SAMTEGANG (2050m,13KMS, 4HRS)

Trek day 03: Today, we are in the Sha region and trek to Samtengang, relatively an old village. According to the Bhutanese literature it was a first night stop to east form Wangdiphodrang where we stay overnight in tents. The trekking route descends to the road crossing the suspension bridge over Bae Chu River. The route then climbs via several villages and reach Samtegang School. We can see a holy lake of Litshokha as we walk through a narrow gorge to the other side. We will have plenty of time to visit Samtegang Village after lunch.
Day 7

(TREK) SAMTEGANG (2050m,3KMS, 3HRS) AND (DRIVE) GANGTEY VALLEY(3000m, 6 HRS) – PARO(2200m)

The valley is wide open attracting Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet during early November to mid March. Gangtey Gompa is institution for monks following the Nyingmapa sect in the country. We retrace our steps and descend about an hour to Phobjikha Valley where Gangtey Gompa is ideally located on the hill overlooking the valley.
In the evening we return to Paro for overnight stay.
Day 8

(HIKE) TAKSANG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST) (3120m, 5 hrs) & SIGHTSEEING IN PARO

Today, we drive north to Paro valley to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dozng and an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. It is a popular fort used by Bhutanese to repel several invasions of Tibetan Armies. It also provides an opportunity to visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House and have good insight into the lifestyle of local people.

Taktsang is the most famous Bhutanese Monastery. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of the tigress and meditated at this monastery. Therefore, it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. The round trip excursion of monastery takes almost 5 hours and we return back to Paro town. En route visit the Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the Kingdom.

Day 9

PARO – BANGKOK

After an early breakfast we drive to the airport to connect with onward destination to Bankok.

Trekking part:

Basic lodge accommodation on trek

2 nights 3 star hotel accommodation in Pokhara – on twin sharing with breakfast

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) as per above program during the trekking

All domestic transport as listed in itinerary by tourist bus and taxi

Annapurna conservation entrance fees

Trekking permit (TIMS)

Porter to carry personal gear

15kg luggage allowance while on trek

English speaking trekking guide

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

Airfare

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars. Do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

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