The Samtengang Trek from Punakha to Wangdue Phodrang is short and fascinating. Since the elevation only varies from 1100 to 1900 m and the temperature remains pleasant throughout, it is a reasonably simple trek up. You will pass through rhododendron and oak forests, the villages of Sha and Chungsakha, and the longest footbridge in Bhutan on your route to these sites. While the walk may be done in the winter, early spring or late autumn are the optimum times to go.
Places Covered: Paro, Thimphu, Dochu la Pass, Punakha, Phobjikha & Tiger Nest (Hiking).
Day 01: Arrival – Thimphu (54km, 01 hour)
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (71km, 2 hours)
Day 04: Punakha – Limbuka (9km, 4 hours), Trek start
Day 05: Limbukha – Chungsakha (10km, 4 hours)
Day 06: Chungsakha – Samtengang (4km, 3 hours)
Day 07: Samtengang – Chhuzomsa – Paro, Trek Ends
Day 08: Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Day 09: Departure
Season: March -April & September – November