Punakha Cultural Trek

Bhutan, Himalaya

On Request

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

Punakha Cultural Trek

The fertile valley of Punakha in Bhutan is blessed with such a temperate climate that in 1615, the Abbot built the fortress at the junction of its two rivers to serve as religious and administrative centres for Bhutan. Later, it served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and even today, it is the winter abode of the religious body. But when the travellers arrive into this beautiful valley, they want to see more, so...


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

The Review

This little-known trek in western Bhutan, offers excellent scenery, wilderness and cultural encounters at low and middle altitudes. Starting in Thimphu, trek across low Himalayan passes to Punakha with farmhouse stays or luxury camping for three nights.

On your arrival at Paro, the wide-open valley of Bhutan, you will be received by our team who will drive you through the mountains to Thimphu, Bhutan's charming capital. Once known as the capital city without traffic lights, it is still the cultural capital of the Himalaya where you will explore its many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights.

After a comprehensive tour of Thimphu, we will drive to Dochhu La pass (3,100m) from where we will start our trek towards Punakha. Walking over trails that connect remote villages, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of Bhutan, see its culture first-hand and meet the locals in their natural environment.

You will enjoy a three-night private trekking experience with a choice to stay in farmhouses with local families or a deluxe camp in tents.  Although the farmhouses are very basic (unattached toilet/bathroom, bucket bath, sleeping & dining on the floor), you will be in good company, enjoying the warm hospitality of the family and experiencing the actual lives of a rural farming family.  In both situations, you will be accompanied by an exceptional guide, expert cook and adventurous companions.

Max your Awim
We recommend this trek from October till end of May. The more adventurous can still try it between June and September.  Ask us if you would like to incorporate activities like biking, archery, rafting, fly-fishing or golf, a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home, a meeting with local specialist, a Bhutanese astrologer, or arrange a private meditation session with the monks.

Getting There

Flights are available to Bangkok or New Delhi from major UK cities on a variety of carriers. From there flights are with Druk Air. We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance details and forward them to the Druk office at the airport from which the flight originates.

If you are travelling by road, our representatives will meet you at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, India to escort you to the land border at Phuentsholing and handle entry formalities for you.

Punakha Cultural Trek Bhutan, Himalaya