SAMTENGANG WINTER TREK
This four-day trek is a short and pleasant journey from Punakha to Wangduephodrang. It is a fairly easy trek as the altitude only ranges between 1100-1900m and the climate is warm throughout the hike.
The path takes you through forests of rhododendron and oak, through the villages of Sha and Chungsakha and across the longest foot bridge in Bhutan. While this trek is available throughout the winter, the best times to embark on it are between March-April and September – October. The trail is approximately 54km.
Day 1: Punakha – Limukha
Distance 12 km, 4 hours, 880 m ascent, camp altitude 1,980 m.
After crossing the majestic Punakha Dzong, you cross a footbridge over the Pho Chhu and walk up to Shengana. This is the longest bridge in Bhutan. You then climb gradually through the forest until you reach Limukha.
Day 2: Limukha – Chhungsakha
Distance 14 km, 5 hours, 430 m descent, camp altitude 1,550 m.
The path leads through rhododendron shrubs and oaks to Chungsakha. Chungsakha is a small village of about 10 houses. You’ll find a holy stone and an impressive Cyprus tree here that are reminders of Drukpa Kuenley, the divine madman.
Day 3: Chhungsakha – Samtengang
Distance 13 km, 5 hours, 650 m ascent, 270 m descent, camp altitude 1,830 m.
You walk downhill until you cross Pe Chhu before climbing again through the village of Sha, on your way to Samtengang. Near the school, you will see a small lake with your campsite right next to it.
Day 4: Samtengang – Chhuzomsa
Distance 15 km, 5-6 hours, 730 m descent.
The trail is a steep downhill on a treeless slope in order to get to the road head at Chuzomsa.