Samtengang Winter trek is one of the easier, scenically beautiful and lower altitudes trekking in Bhutan which starts in the Punakha valley and can be completed in 4 days. The trail is approximately 54 km in length and the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m. This trek is especially recommended in winter, when temperatures at night are around freezing. In the monsoon leeches may infest the trekkers and it is difficult to walk along the muddy trails; however this is also one of the appropriate seasons to enjoy watching farmers and their animals working in the fields. You can also choose Samtengang trek in between March-April (Spring) and September and October (Autumn).
There are several attractive villages, farms, temples & monasteries along the trails which are used as camps. From almost every campsite you can leave the trek and reach a road as early as you want. The only difficulty of this trek is that the few climbs are steep; on the last day there is a steep 2 hrs descent to the main road. While trekking, if weather permits, you can see Mt. Jhomolhari (7315 m) in the west and Kang Bum Peak, located above Gaza (6300 m). Gangcheta ( 6840 m) north of Laya might also be visible.
You will walk through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and cross the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. It was the old stopping place on the first day out from Wangdi for local people travelling east-west (vice versa).
Samtengang is repeatedly mentioned in old literature regarding travelling, plant exploring and hunting in Bhutan. Even the booklets ‘The Ballad of Pemi Tshewang Tashi’ and ‘A Wind Borne Feather’ by Karma Ura will tell you more about the historical background of the area.
- There are several attractive villages, farms, temples & monasteries along the trails which are used as camps.
- From almost every campsite you can leave the trek and reach a road as early as you want.
- The only difficulty of this trek is that the few climbs are steep; on the last day there is a steep 2 hrs descent to the main road.
- While trekking, if weather permits, you can see Mt. Jhomolhari (7315 m) in the west and Kang Bum Peak, located above Gaza (6300 m). Gangcheta (6840 m) north of Laya might also be visible
What is Included
- International arrival/departure transfers
- Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by City Guide
- 2 Nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
- 1 additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (if you return to Kathmandu again)
- Flight fare with tax: Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu (if the trip ends in Kathmandu)
- International arrival/departure transfers (Paro)
- Guided sightseeing tour in Paro and Thimphu escorted by local Bhutanese guide
- Private vehicle while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhutan
- Bhutan Monuments entrance fees
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels/resorts with breakfast in Bhutan
- All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) in Bhutan during trekking
- Porters and pack animals to carry trekking gear in Bhutan
- All necessary trekking permits
- Bhutan government royalty and local taxes
What is Excluded
- International airfare and airport tax
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- Bhutan visa fee
- Single supplement in hotel during entire trip
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
- Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, laundry, international phone call etc.
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Extra luggage charge on the flight
- Upgrade of airfare and type of accommodation
- Tips for guide and driver after sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan
- All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’