Categories: Trekking Tours

Punakha Winter Trek

price from $2,500.00 /person

Experience the journey taken by people in the past, as they traversed from Thimphu to Punakha. See rural Bhutan and marvel at its glory, augmented by the scenic landscape, flora and fauna.

Max. Elevation: 3,400m
Highest Camp: 3,360m
Standard: Easy
Best Seasons: September to May
Start: Dechencholing (Thimphu)
Finish: Zomlingthang (Punakha)

Day 1: Dechencholing – Chamina (four to five hours, ascent 860m, camp altitude 3,360m).

Highlights: Thimphu chhu (river), Pangrizampa, rural life.

After a short drive from Thimphu to Pangrizampa, along the banks of the Wangchu river, you will start the trek. It is a leisurely hike traversing through some traditional and beautiful villages. You will reach Shong Pang and then Chamina village, your camp for the night.

Day 2: Chamina – Dopshing Pang (seven to eight hours).

Highlights: Sinchula Pass (3,400m), views of Phajoding monastery, Thinleygang village, Talo monastery, flora and fauna


A fairly harder trek, today you will need to make a gradual ascend until Sinchula (Pass, 3,400m). On a clear day, you can Phajoding monastery, located just above Thimphu from here. After about another two kilometers walk, you reach another pass, from where Thinleygang village, Talo Monastery and the motor highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha, is visible. Once you cross the pass, the trek is a gradual descend, until the campsite at Dopshing Pang.

Day 3: Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo (eight hours, camp altitude 2,700m).

Highlights: Flora, fauna and Chorten Ningpo

It is an easy trek that will take you through thick forests, villages and rice fields. Chorten Ningpo is linked to Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as the “divine madman”. You will be camping right in-front of the temple.

Day 4: Chorten Ningpo – Zomlingthang (two to three hours).

Highlights: Rural Bhutan, people, flora and fauna

Today too, you will be trekking through several villages until you reach a motor road. It takes about two to three hours. From the road, you walk till Punakha following it.