Punakha to Thimphu Trek

The Punakha to Thimphu Trek is a less common but equally fascinating journey that connects the ancient capital of Punakha with the modern capital of Thimphu. This trek offers a mix of lush valleys, dense forests, high mountain passes, and encounters with Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions.

Overview and Highlights:

Scenic Beauty:

  • The trek offers diverse landscapes, from lush valleys and dense forests to high mountain passes. The Dochula Pass provides panoramic views of the Himalayas, while the trek itself features beautiful valleys and scenic forests.

Cultural Encounters:

  • The trek includes visits to significant cultural landmarks such as Punakha Dzong, local temples, and traditional villages. Interaction with local communities provides insights into traditional Bhutanese lifestyles and religious practices.

Trekking Challenges:

  • The trek involves moderate to strenuous hiking, with daily treks ranging from 5 to 7 hours. The highest point is around 3,100 meters at Dochula Pass, making acclimatization important.

Wildlife and Nature:

  • The trek passes through diverse ecosystems, home to various wildlife, including birds, deer, and possibly larger mammals. The forests of oak and rhododendron are particularly beautiful during the flowering season.


  • Accommodation is primarily camping, with trekkers staying in tents at designated campsites. Basic amenities are provided, ensuring a comfortable stay. In Thimphu and Paro, accommodation is in local hotels.

Logistics and Permits:

  • Special permits are required for trekking in Bhutan, arranged through

a registered Bhutanese tour operator. Trekkers are accompanied by experienced guides, porters, and cooks, ensuring safety and a smooth trekking experience. All meals and camping equipment are typically provided by the tour operator.

Preparation Tips:

  1. Physical Fitness: Ensure you are in good physical condition. Regular cardio exercises, strength training, and practice hikes will help prepare for the trek.
  2. Gear: Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing, a rain jacket, a good quality sleeping bag, and trekking poles.
  3. Acclimatization: Take time to acclimatize to the altitude, especially during the initial days. Stay hydrated and pace yourself during the trek.
  4. Hydration and Nutrition: Drink plenty of water and maintain a balanced diet to keep your energy levels up. Carry some high-energy snacks for the trek.
  5. Permits and Insurance: Ensure all necessary permits are arranged through your tour operator. Have adequate travel insurance that covers trekking activities.

Key Highlights:

  • Punakha Dzong: A stunning fortress at the confluence of two rivers, showcasing traditional Bhutanese architecture.
  • Dochula Pass: Offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and 108 memorial chortens.
  • Rural Villages: Experience the traditional lifestyle and hospitality of Bhutanese rural communities.
  • Thimphu: The modern capital, offering a blend of traditional and contemporary Bhutanese culture. Highlights include the Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma, and local markets.
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery: One of Bhutan’s most iconic sites, perched on a cliffside above Paro.


Day 1: Arrival in Paro

  • Activities:
    • Arrive at Paro International Airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel for rest.
    • Explore Paro town, visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro to Punakha

  • Activities:
    • Drive from Paro to Punakha (approx. 4-5 hours).
    • En route, stop at Dochula Pass (3,100m) for panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas.
    • Visit the 108 memorial chortens at Dochula.
    • Visit Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha to Limbukha

  • Activities:
    • Begin the trek with a drive to the starting point in Punakha.
    • Trek to Limbukha (1,800m).
    • Pass through terraced fields, pine forests, and traditional villages.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Limbukha.

Day 4: Limbukha to Chungsakha

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Limbukha to Chungsakha.
    • Pass through dense forests with views of the surrounding valleys.
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Chungsakha.

Day 5: Chungsakha to Samtengang

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Chungsakha to Samtengang (1,830m).
    • Pass through forests, farmlands, and traditional Bhutanese houses.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Samtengang.

Day 6: Samtengang to Chhuzomsa

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Samtengang to Chhuzomsa (1,200m).
    • Descend through oak and rhododendron forests.
    • Visit local temples along the way.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Camping in Chhuzomsa.

Day 7: Chhuzomsa to Dochula Pass

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Chhuzomsa to Dochula Pass (3,100m).
    • The trail ascends through forested paths, offering panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight: Camping near Dochula Pass.

Day 8: Dochula Pass to Thimphu

  • Activities:
    • Trek from Dochula Pass to Thimphu.
    • Descend through forests and small villages.
    • Arrive in Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan.
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: Explore Thimphu

  • Activities:
    • Explore Thimphu, visiting landmarks such as the Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Arts and Crafts School).
    • Visit the Buddha Dordenma statue for panoramic views of the city.
    • Stroll through the vibrant local markets.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimphu to Paro

  • Activities:
    • Drive back to Paro (approx. 1.5 hours).
    • En route, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan.
    • In Paro, hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery).
  • Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Departure from Paro

  • Activities:
    • Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure.
    • Bid farewell to Bhutan.

The Punakha to Thimphu Trek is a journey that combines the natural beauty of Bhutan’s landscapes with rich cultural experiences, making it a rewarding adventure for those seeking to explore the heart of this Himalayan kingdom.


  • All Transportation including pickups and Drops – Non A/C
  • All Accommodation
  • Meals CPAI (Only Breakfast)
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • All Immigration Formalities
  • Daily 1 Bottle Mineral water
  • 1 Tourist Sim-Card for a group
  • All Internal Taxes


  • Train/Airfares
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • 4 & 5 star accommodations and meals (On Request)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, drinks, laundry, etc
  • Guide Charges
  • Museums & Monuments fee
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, Flight cancel, flight delay, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Anything which is not include in the itinerary.

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