This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. The altitude of the trail covers almost a thousand meters in range but the slopes are mostly gradual and should not present hikers with much difficulty.
This hike follows the old foot trail from Thimphu to Punakha passes through several villages, forests and rice fields. It offers incredible views of Phajoding Monastery and crosses through Sinchula Pass. Hikers will also camp near Chorten Ningpo, an ancient chorten linked to Bhutan’s favourite patron saint, The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley.
Due to the low altitude and warm climate of the area, this hike is available all winter but the best times to go are between March-May and September-November.
DAY 1: CHAMINA – DOPSHING PANG: 7-8 hours, ascend 3,400m
DAY 2: DOPSHING PANG – CHORTEN NINGPO: 8 hours, camp altitude 2,700 m
DAY 3: PUNAKHA WINTER TREK – FINISH AT CHORTEN NINGPO