Punakha Winter Trek

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– Punakha Winter Trek –

Trek Duration: 2 days
Altitude: 1100 – 3400 mts
Best Season: March to May and September to November

This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. The altitude of the trail covers almost a thousand meters in range but the slopes are mostly gradual and should not present hikers with much difficulty.

This hike follows the old foot trail from Thimphu to Punakha passes through several villages, forests and rice fields. It offers incredible views of Phajoding Monastery and crosses through Sinchula Pass. Hikers will also camp near Chorten Ningpo, an ancient chorten linked to Bhutan’s favourite patron saint, The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley.

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.

The 2 Day Punakha Winter Trek:

Day 1: Chamina – Dopshing Pang
7-8 hours, ascends 3,400m.

Drive north up the valley 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 hikes 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 – Chorten Ningpo
8 hours, camp altitude 2,700 m.

The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and will take trekkers through thick forests, villages and rice fields. The trek finishes at Chorten Ningpo which is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the “divine madman”.

– Check with us for cost and discount offers; the more the people in the group and the more time you spend in Bhutan, cheaper the package. We also tailor make a tour, free of cost! – 

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What to pack?

Technical clothing

  • Down parka
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Comfortable trekking boot
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Rain gears
  • 4 pair trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
  • 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 bandana
  • Warm gloves
  • Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pair sunglasses

Equipment

  • Small daypack
  • Waterproof duffel for gear
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Headlamp and a normal torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Earplugs
  • 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
  • Insulated drinking mug
  • Small towel
  • Rain gears
  • Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate

Others

  • Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
  • Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,
    cough drops, diamox, bites/burn cream and small bandage.
  • Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
  • Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • High calorie snacks and energy bars
  • Prescription medications
  • Some books to read at camp

The following equipment are provided:

  • Sleeping tent
  • Dinning tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Shower tent
  • Toilet seats
  • Rubber mats
  • Inflatable air mats
  • Carpets
  • Hot water rubber bags
  • Table and chairs
  • Sleeping bag liners
  • Pillows
  • Duffle bags
  • Gamow bag or PAC