– Samtengang Winter Trek –
Trek Duration: 4 days
Altitude: 1100 – 1900 mts
Best Season: March to April and September to October
This four day trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.
The path takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. While this trek is available throughout the winter the best times to embark on it are between March-April and September and October. The trail is approximately 54km in length.
The 4 Day Samtengang Winter Trek:
Day 1: Punakha – Limukha
Distance 12 km, 4 hours, 880 m ascent, camp altitude 1,980 m.
After passing majestic Punakha Dzong you cross a footbridge over the Pho Chhu and walk up to Shengana. This is the longest bridge in Bhutan. You then climb gradually through the forest until you reach Limukha. Make sure you are carrying enough water as you won’t find any on the way to Limukha.
Day 2: Limukha – Chhungsakha
Distance 14 km, 5 hours, 430 m descent, camp altitude 1,550 m.
The path leads through rhododendron and oak forests to Chhungsakha. Chungsakha is a small village of about 10 houses. You’ll find a holy stone and an impressive Cyprus tree here that are reminders of Drukpa Kuenley, the “divine madman”.
Day 3: Chhungsakha – Samtengang
Distance 13 km, 5 hours, 650 m ascent, 270 m descent, camp altitude 1,830 m.
You walk downhill until you cross Pe Chhu before climbing again through the village of Sha on your way to Samtengang. Near the school in Samtengang you will see a small lake and your campsite is right next to it.
Day 4: Samtengang – Chhuzomsa
Distance 15 km, 5-6 hours, 730 m descent.
The trail leads steeply downhill on a treeless slope to the road head at Chhuzomsa.
– Check with us for cost and discount offers; the bigger the size of the group, cheaper the package. We also tailor make a tour, free of cost! –
What to pack?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Hot water rubber bags
- Table and chairs
- Sleeping bag liners
- Duffle bags
- Gamow bag or PAC