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Punakha- Limbukha (9Km, 4 hour, 940m Ascent)
Limbukha- Chungsakha (10 Km, 5 hours, 375m Asent, 745m descent)
Chungsakha- Samteygang (4 Km, 3 hours, 550m ascent, 350m descent)
Samteygang- Tika zam (Wangdue) (2 km,3 hours, 495m descent )
The trail starts upstream from Punakha Dzong, across the Pho Chhu over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (180m). we will be gently climbing along the Pho Chhu through beautiful fields of Mustard and winter wheat.
After hiking uphill for about two and half hours through pine forest, fern, oak and rhododendron, we will be stopping for lunch with a beautiful view over the valley.
We will be camping at Limbukha (2220m).
We will be leaving the camp ascending steeply (150m) till we reach a small ridge (2370m) through a cold dense forest. After crossing the ridge, we will be descending into a small side valley. We will be following an unclear trail covered with slippery leaves.
After a climb of 2 hours to Dochen La (82645m), where we can get a good view towards Dochula La, Jumolhari, Kang Bum, Tiger Mountain, Talo Lhakhang, Norbugang Lhakhang down in the valley. Here on we will be descending along the forest trail. The forest opens up after reaching Dagegon with a beautiful big old farmhouse with a beautiful view. At an altitude of 1850m, we will reach Chungsakha. This village has one simple Lhakhang with atmospheric chapel on the first floor. We camp in front of the monastery.
From the camp, we will be descending for 45 minutes to the road with a suspension bridge crossing the Bae Chhu (1500m). The trail from here is clear and moderately steep passing through several villages. The trail goes through small deeply eroded gorges, which will be slippery during the rainy seasons.
We complete the climb once we pass Samteygang High School (established in 1952). We cross across with the view of holy lake, Lutshokha (Tsho Shokha). The campsite is located on the other side of the lake and other 20 minutes beyond it.
We will have plenty of time after lunch to go visit the Gonjo Lhakhang at Samteygang village or stay at the campsite and relax.
Samteygang- Tika Zam
Todays trail will be steep and challenging starting near camp. We will be passing through endless agriculture fields into the valley of Dang Chhu. We will reach the road next to the bridge at Tika zam (5100ft/1555m). Overnight at the hotel (Wangdue)