Trip Name : Punakha Winter Trek
Duration : 3 Nights /4 Days, Max. Elevation: 3,400m
Highest Camp : 3,360m
Trip Route : Thimphu – Dechencholing – Chamina – Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo – Zomlingthang - Punakha
Standard : Easy
Best Season : September to May
Group Size : 1 – 15 Pax or above
Start from : Dechencholing (Thimphu)
Finish in : Zomlingthang (Punakha)
Trip Cost : The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, duration etc. Please contact us with your details to obtain a best price offer.
The best seasons for this trek are March to May and September to November. But due to the low altitudes, the trek is possible throughout the whole winter. The trek is the old walking route from Thimphu to Punakha.
Day-1; Dechencholing – Chamina (four to five hours, ascent 860m, camp altitude 3,360m). Drive north up the valley towards Dechencholing Palace, following the Thimphu Chhu. The transport will reach you up to Pangrizam, the last road point. From here the trek starts towards Shong Pang, and leads you through some beautiful villages. The camp will be just above Chamina village.
Day-2: Chamina – Dopshing Pang (seven to eight hours). The trek trail ascends gradually up till you reach the pass called Sinchula (3,400m). From this point, if the weather is clear, one can see Phajoding monastery, which is just above Thimphu. After 2km, you can view 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 till you reach the campsite.
Day-3; Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo (eight hours, camp altitude 2,700m). The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and will take trekkers through thick forests, villages and rice fields. Chorten Ningpo is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the “divine madman”. The campsite is right in front of the temple.
Day-4; Chorten Ningpo – Zomlingthang (two to three hours). For about two to three hours, the trek trail will lead you through several villages until you reach a motor road. From the motor road, you will follow the road towards Punakha.