Punakha Winter Trek

punThis is one of the easiest treks in Bhutan that follows the old footpath between Punakha and Thimphu. Punakha was winter capital of Bhutan until recent past.
Although there is altitudinal difference of 1,000 metres between Thimphu and Punakha, the gradients are gentle so the route is not difficult.
The trek between ancient and modern capital of Bhutan offers a rural as well as cultural and spiritual landmarks. This trail passes through several villages, rice fields, and lush green forests. We camp near Choeten Nyingpo, an ancient choeten (stupa) associated with the Divine Madman, Lama Drukpa Kunley.
This trek is open all through the winter but the best time to hike along the trail is between March and May, and September and November.
Day 1
Chamina to Dopshing Pang

Time: 7-8 hrs
Trail: Ascends 3,400 m
This trek starts from a small village outskirt of Thimphu in Chamina. We drive towards Dechencholing Palace, following Thimchhu. We cross the river before the army camp and pass through the beautiful monastery dedicated to Buddhist astrology.
Day 2
Dopshing Pang to Choeten Nyingpo

Time: 8 hours
Campsite altitude: 2,700 m
The trail today gently passes through thick forests, villages, and rice fields.
Punakha Winter Trek Ends
The trek ends at Choeten Nyingpo.