Punakha Cultural Trek


Close Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in Bhutan producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice.

Punakha Cultural Trek

Punakha Trek is an easy hike that follows the old foot trail from Thimphu to Punakha. The trail is known for its passage through interesting villages, rice fields, forests and incredible views of Phajoding Monastery. The trail climbs almost a thousand metres, to cross over the Sinchula Pass, offering vistas of the snow-capped mountains. We camp near the famous Chorten Ningpo, an ancient chorten linked to Bhutan’s favourite patron saint, The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley.

Arrive Paro, the wide-open valley of Bhutan and drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's charming capital. Take a comprehensive tour of Thimphu, with your private guide, then drive to Dochhu La pass (3,100m), where the trek begins. The trail, connecting remote villages, provides an insight into the local culture and time to appreciate natural beauty. During the 3-night trek, stay in farmhouses and enjoy unbridled warm hospitality of a local family. Alternatively, a deluxe camp with a private cook can be arranged. 

And, experience village life in the Punakha and Thimphu valleys.

We Love
  • This 10-day tour can be customised for any travellers or adrenaline junkies
  • If the weather permits, you will have spectacular views of some of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range
  • Three-night private trekking experience with a choice to stay either with local families, farmhouses or deluxe tents
  • In addition, the tour includes six-night accommodation in deluxe hotels on full board
  • Basic facilities include sleeping tent, foam mats, sleeping bag (used but clean), food & beverages
Need to Know
  • Your international flights are not included. Booking your flights with us will cover your holiday under our ATOL bond
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances that mandate the change
  • Depending on the weather, there may sand flies and leeches but it is a beautiful trek

Punakha Cultural Trek This is a remote and little-known trek in western Bhutan.
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Punakha Cultural Trek, Paro
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive Paro, Bhutan
Thimphu The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will fly over a wall of green hills known as ‘dwars’, or doors to the Himalaya. You will see Mt Everest, Mt Kangchenjunga, Mt Makalu and some of the most beautiful Himalayan peaks - a never-to-be-forgotten vista of a lifetime.

On arrival, you will be received by our representative, who will escort you to your hotel in Thimphu. The transfer to Thimphu takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
Druk Hotel (Local Restaurant – D)

Day 2 – Explore
Thimphu The best way to explore Thimphu is by foot and experience the local culture. The Thimphu adventure walk begins near the Dechenchoeling Palace, official residence of the Queen Mother. The route weaves through villages before ending below the Chari Gompa. In the evening, walk up and down the main street will always be enlightening. From the farmers that come to trade supplies in the city, to Bhutanese businessmen, to the monk body there will always be a colourful gathering passing by.
Druk Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 3 – Trek
Toeb Village The trek start from the beautiful Dochhula pass (3,100m) about an hour drive from Thimphu. On a clear day, the panoramic view from here of the high mountains in the North would be breathtaking.  We follow the old cattle trail and trek the nearby Royal Botanical Garden and through the forests before making camp at a farmhouse in the Toeb village.
Trek: 14km/ 5-6hrs
Camp or Farmhouse (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Trek
Laptsakha The trek to Laptsakha village starts through some farm houses is rough but interesting and offers great vistas of the surrounding villages and farms where we will have our picnic lunch.
Trek: 12km/ 5-6 hrs
Camp or Farmhouse (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Trek
Talo Village Today’s trek is generally uphill though not strenuous. Passing through a pine forest and traversing mountains offering great views of villages and lower Punakha valley. We camp on the outskirts of Talo village, which is one of the prettiest hamlets in Bhutan.
Trek: 10km/ 5-6 hrs
Farmhouse stay (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Trek
Punakha The last day trek is primarily downhill, passing through several villages until we reach the roadhead passing through a private orchard to enjoy Himalayan grapes, passion fruits and pears in the months of May to June. The camp provides a ravishing view of the Punakha valley.
Trek: 9km/ 4-5 hrs
Kunzang Zhing Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 7 – Explore
Thimphu After our visit to the Punakha Dzong built on the confluence of Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River) and Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery, we head back to Thimphu.
Druk Hotel – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 8 & 9 – Explore
Paro After lunch travel back to Paro. Stop en-route to visit an auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating back to the 7th century.

Next day we take a hike to Taktsang Gompa monastery (‘Tiger’s Nest’), a breathtaking monastery clings to a sheer cliff face 900m above the Paro Valley. It is said that Guru Rimpoche, a great Buddhist sage, flew on a tigress in the 8th century and meditated in the cave there before he introduced Buddhism here. A round-trip hike takes about 3-4 hours.
Naksel Resort – B, (Local Restaurant – L, D)

Day 10 – Airport Transfer
Depart Paro In the morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onwards.
Meals: B

Punakha Cultural Trek Bhutan

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There International flight to Bangkok or New Delhi are available from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights to Bhutan are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates. Transfers within Bhutan will be arranged by AwimAway. On your arrival, our representative will meet and greet with your private car and driver, that will be available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience.

When to go Winter in Bhutan is from mid-November till mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. During the spring months of March, April and May, Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan.

By the middle of June, clouds begin to build up for the monsoon that arrives in July. By mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can get cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking in the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.