Bhutan Samtengang Trek

Trip Duration 11 nights/12 days
Trip Code NAP-BHU - 529
Trip Cost On Request
Trip Grade Sightseeing/Hiking/Driving.
Best Time Sept – Dec/ Feb - May

Overview

Bhutan Samtengang trek or one of the easier low altitude winter treks in Bhutan. It is an excellent trek for the beginners, and can be finished within 3-4 days. You will be passing the several villages, the forest of rhododendron and oak trees, paddy fields, monastery, lake, and many more. This trek also provides the glimpse of Bhutanese culture. If you are planning to do this trek, in the month of March, you can see the Rhododendron flowers in full bloom and sometimes the orchids also.

Highlights

⚝ Picturesque Paro valley
⚝ Monuments of the capital Thimphu
⚝ Easy to moderate trek
⚝  Pristine alpine nature and number of ice lakes
⚝ Buddhist monasteries and beautiful villages on the way
⚝ Conclude trek at the Tiger's Nest monastery
⚝ Magical landscape with hundreds of lakes

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Sightseeing/Hiking/Driving.
Trip Duration 11 nights/12 days
Trip code NAP-BHU - 529
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Paro/Paro-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude aktshang Monastery (3050m)
Trip Cost On Request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Schedule flight from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi and Kolkatta to Paro or land entry through Phuentsholing on the southwestern border with India.
The Route Fly to Paro airport from Kathmandu, after complete the tour return to Kathmandu or onward destination.
Season Sept – Dec/ Feb - May
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel/Lodge both part of Bhutan and Nepal,

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. Generally there will not any tour activities today unless requested. Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you may explore the touristy area “Thamel”. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

On arrival at Paro airport, welcomed by our Bhutan representative and after immigration formalities, you will escort to the hotel. A pre-trip discussion held in Hotel where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have. After lunch, the day will start with a guided tour of Paro historical and spiritual key attractions; visit the National Museum which has a very interesting assortment of costumes, treasures and world-renowned stamps, and will bring alive the history of Bhutan since the 6th century. Visit Paro Dzong, headquarter of Paro (2250m) District.

After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu, through winding roads following the Paro River down stream to its confluence with the Thimphu River. There are good views of the forests, Rocky Mountains & scattered village on our route. As we enter the Thimphu (2350m) valley we will pass through Semtokha Dzong built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (The man who unified Bhutan). Now Semtokha houses the language and cultural school where scholars of all the ages study Dzongkha.

After breakfast continue sightseeing to Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles, arts and other craft products. BhutanPosts: Bhutan is much known for its colorful stamps on varying themes, the display gallery offers a good opportunity to pick up postcards and stamps. Depending on the factor of time and interest visit the adjoining Bhutan National Bank to observe the banking system. Visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom).

After early breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, where you can see 108 Bhutanese Stupas. If the weather is clear you can see all Himalays Ranges with all snow covered. Further drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is situated between the two rivers and it is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan. We have to walk through the suspension bridge to reach the Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. In the evening short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, this was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”. Sterile women from far and wide come to this Temple to get blessed.

Our trekking adventure will start from here and walk to Changokha village-opposite to Punakha Dzong. En-route we will pass by villages, paddy fields and the forest of pine and Rhododendron.

We will be passing by the rhododendron and oak forest and orchids can be seen also. We will camp in front of Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s Lhakhang in the middle of Chungsakha village. We can see the life of Bhutanese and we can also visit the farmer’s house.

On this day’s trail we can see the paddy fields, Bhutanese people, farmhouses, village of Sha Wangdi, lake and many more.

At Tikizampa, where our trek ends- we will bid goodbye to our cooks, horse men and other trekking staff. Our car with driver will meet again and then we drive to Wangdi. In the late afternoon, we will visit Wangdue Dzong.

 After breakfast, drive to Wangdue and visit Wangdue Dzong was founded by Zhandrung in 1639.It is situated on a hill with a commanding view of the valley. It is believe that protective deity, yeshey Gonpo told Zhabdrug Rimpoche that if he builds a Dzong on the ridge he would be able to bring the whole country under his power. Wangdue means to bring under one’s power. En-route stop at Thimphu for lunch and then continue the journey to Paro.

The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger.

Morning drive to Paro International airport for your onward flight to Nepal/Bangkok/Delhi.

Cost Included

⚝ Fee: Bhutan entrance visa, permit & entrance tickets to all attractions
⚝  Activities: Driving, sightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per the itinerary.
⚝  Accommodation: 8 night hotel/Tented accommodation on twin sharing bedroom in city and mountain.
⚝  Equipments’:  Tents and other camping equipment
⚝  Food: Full board [Breakfast, lunch and dinner]
⚝  Staffs: A licensed English speaking local guide, cook, kitchen staffs, horses or Yak for carrying all the trekking materials during the entire trekking.
⚝  Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and all internal road transportation by private veichle with excellent driver
⚝  Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government fee, royalty, taxes and surcharges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

 

Cost Excluded

⚝  Travel insurance
⚝  Airfare from Delhi to Paro and return flight USD 570 Kathmandu to Paro and return flight USD 410 Delhi to Paro and Kathmandu flight USD.510 by Druk air
⚝  Personal travel and hiking equipments
⚝  Bar bills & Beverages
⚝  Tips/Gratuities for guide and driver
⚝  Optional activities
⚝  And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Note: Travellers shuold has to bring their own trekking gears like sleeping bags, rainproof, trekking boots and enough warm clothes.

Trip Notes

Package includes: Accommodation in 3* hotels on double sharing basis, transportation in comfortable private vehicle with experienced driver, licensed English speaking guide, all entrance fees, full board, visa and permit fee.

On trekking: Accommodation in tents on double sharing basis, baggage hauling on mules, dining tent, latrine tent, chairs and tables, cook, helper staff.

Not included: International flight tickets, drinks except tea and coffee, any insurance, tips, personal expenses and any extra expenses caused by climatic conditions, late flight arrivals, natural causes, health condition etc., bank account transfer fees, optional bike rent.

The list of trekking gear we recommend you to bring along:
* Mountain trekking shoes
* sports shoes
* Sandals or slippers (useful at camp site)
* Few pairs of socks
* Light warm jacket and/or fleece / down jacket
* Enough spares T-shirt and inner wear
* Rain and wind proof gear – pants/jackets/ponchos/gaiters
* Gloves, scarves, other clothing
* Water bottle
* Cap/hat to prevent sun exposure
* Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection, sun burn relief cream
* Insect repellent
* Tooth paste, tooth brush and other sanitary items
* Camera with extra charger (no facility to charge battery during trek)
* Small sewing kit and safety pins, pocket knife, scissors
* Flash light with spare batteries
* Your favorite sweets and/or snacks for energy
* Personal medicines and/or medical kit
* Water proof bags/pouches to protect your clothes, electronics and personal items
* Backpack and  waterproof backpack cover in case of rain
* Duffel bags or bags without wheels (easier for ponies to carry) to pack your belongings

Tour payment and cancellations: Full payment for tour has to be credited prior to arrival in order to arrange visas. Possible modes of payments are bank account transfer (SWIFT) or credit/debit card (Visa or Master). For cancellation conditions please inquire.

Payment and visa issuing process: Payment for the package tour has to be wired to travel agency bank account ideally 1 month before the trip, so all the formalities can be arranged safely. After we receive you payment, we will apply for visa on your behalf. After the visas are granted, we will send you Visa approval letter. You will need this visa confirmation while checking into the flight to Bhutan. Visa stamp into your passport will be only given at the immigration after arrival to Bhutan.

More information: We will be happy to provide all necessary information to make your trip to Bhutan reasonable and successful. Please do contact us at: nap@wlink.com.np

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