This is a short, comfortable 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 and 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.

Being in low altitude and considering the warm climate, this hike is available all winter but the best times are between March-May and September-November.

Day 1: Chamina – Dopshing Pang

7-8 hours, ascends 3,400m.

It begins with a drive north to the valley, towards Dechencholing Palace, following the Thimphu Chhu. After crossing the army colony and the monastery, you reach Chamina village from where the hike starts.

Day 2: Dopshing Pang – Chorten Ningpo

8 hours, camp altitude 2,700 m.

The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and will take trekkers through thick forests, villages and rice fields.

Punakha Winter Trek – Finish