Winter Trek to Punakha

Winter Trek to Punakha: A Pocket Guide for a thrilling adventure

Want an adventure which gives you an adrenaline rush? If yes, the best time would be NOW!

Bhutan’s Former Capital!!

The ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha, sits at the junction of the two main rivers of the country which are Pho (male) Chhu and Mo (female) Chhu. Surrounded by hills all around, Punakha is a relatively warm place with an average temperature ranges is 20◦C. Perched at an elevation of 1200m, Punakha resembles the meadows of paradise for the nature lovers!

Enjoy The Thrill Of Trekking In Punakha!!

Are you bounded by time? Then this adventure trek is perfect for you!

Punakha Winter Trek is a short yet uniquely beautiful trekking route within the kingdom of Bhutan. It offers easy to moderate level of difficulty and is suitable for all kinds of trekkers either you are a beginner or an experienced one. Anyone with a good level of fitness can carry out this trek easily.

Trip Itinerary Highlights

Here is a handy guide of 4days lavishing winter trek to Punakha

Day-1: Start from Dechencholing and up to Chamina

Drive to the north from Thimphu towards Dechencholing Palace via Thimphu Chhu. From here, the trek starts towards Shong Pang, and leads you to a beautiful small village, Chamina village.

Time required- 4 to 5 hours

Altitude- 3,360m

Overnight stay- A night inside a Tent

Day 2: Trek from Chamina to Dopshing Pang

On this day, firstly you will trek up to a pass called Sinchula. From this point, if you are lucky enough, you can see Phajoding Monastery just above Thimphu city. Then, the trek from the pass is more downhill until you reach the campsite at Dopshing Pang.

Time required- 7 to 8 hours

Altitude- 3,400m

Overnight stay- A night inside a Tent

Day 3: Trek to Chorten Ningpo

The trek to Chorten Ningpo will take you through dense forests, villages and rice fields. Chorten Ningpo is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “divine madman”.  You will able to hear many colorful legends connected to this man from your guide.

Time required- 8 hours

Altitude- 2,700m

Overnight stay- A night inside a Tent

Day 4: the Final trek up to Zomlingthang

On the last morning, the trekking trail will lead you through several villages until you reach a motor road. From here you will be transported down to the Punakha Valley for exploring its beautiful glimpse.

Time required- 2 to 3 hours

Altitude- 2,250 m

Overnight stay- In a hotel

Essentials to Carry for the Trekking!!

  • A handy Water Bottle
  • Dry Fruits, Chocolates or Energy Bars
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Swiss Knife
  • Torchlight or Flashlight
  • Power Banks
  • Ear Plugs
  • Digital Camera
  • Woollen Garments
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Trek Pants
  • Sunscreen and Lip balms
  • Medical Kit or First-aid Kit

Make plans today and Execute!! There is still no Time Machine to give back the Precious time you’ve lost wandering!!

Popular FAQs

Q. What are the other things to do in Punakha?

A. You can also experience white water river rafting and bird watching activities in Punakha.

Q. Which is the best way to reach Punakha?

A. The best way is to take a flight from your nearest town to Paro International Airport. And then you can hire a car         to reach Punakha.

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