Sinchula Trek

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Sinchula trek in Bhutan. 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 from the trail. This pleasant short low altitude trek route follows the traditional trail used by people moving between Thimphu & Punakha when there were no motor roads.

Trek Facts

  • Trek Name: Sinchula Trek in Bhutan
  • Trek Duration: 8 Days
  • Trek Route: Paro-Thimphu-Dopshing Pang-Chorten Ninpo-Punakha
  • Trek Start and End: Paro to Paro
  • Guide: Licensed Tour Guide
  • Meals: Fullboard
  • Sinchula Trek Cost: US$ 1615 Per Person.

Trek High Light

  • Enjoy the wilderness of Bhutan.
  • Converse with the local yak herders.
  • Experience the breathtaking view of the Himalayas.
  • Explore the routes taken by our ancestral.

Day 01 Arrival Paro and Transfer to thimphu

Upon arrival drive to Thimphu. On the way visit Tamchog Lhakhang located right across Paro chu. The temple is 30 minutes drive from Paro Airport. Further drive spend sometime at Chudzom the meeting of 3 rivers from Haa, Paro and Thimphu. Upon reaching Thimphu check into hotel and relax.

Day 02 Thimphu tour for Acclamatisation

After breakfast, visit Folk Heritage Museum (an old farmhouse showing the rural life of Bhutanese) and National Painting School, to see how the amazing traditional sculptures and paintings are made. Next come to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD 4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). After lunch, drive back to Paro and then visit a farm house to touch the lives of local people.

Day 03 Thimphu to Chamina-Dopshing Pang

Drive north up the valley towards Dechencholing Palace, following the Thimphu Chhu, crossing the bridge after the army camp and before a beautiful monastery. Follow the unsealed road just above Chamina village. The hikes starts here.

From this point, if the weather is clear, you can see Phajoding monastery, which is located just above Thimphu. After 2 km, you can see Thinleygang village, Talo Monastery, and the motor highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. The trek from the pass is more or less downhill until you reach the campsite.

Day 04 Dopshingpang to Chorten Ningpo

From camp, it’s all the way down to the village through the mixed forest. Just before you reach the river,

Day 05 Chorten Ningpo to Punakha-5Km takes about 1 Hour

The trek trail takes us through villages for an hour until we reach the motor road, where our transport

Day 06 Punkha to Paro

After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built-in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 07 Paro Tiger Nest Hike

After breakfast, a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through a beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

Day 08 Paro to Airport and See Off

Our Guide and driver will be there to see you off from your hotel to Paro airport.

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