Sinchula Treks

Duration: 2 Night and 3 Days Treks

Sinchu La treks route give great opportunity experience the old trade route in between North of Thimphu and Punakha. The trail was heavily used 40 year before the motor road. Trail on Punakha side is very narrow and deep side wall, because trail has been heavily used by local people in olden days. Today trail is abundant, except few local people used.

Day 1 Paro

  • – Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
  • – Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
  • – Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
  • – Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
  • – Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
  • – Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
  • – Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
  • – Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Paro

  • Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 3 Thimphu

  • – Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city. You will see many elderly men and women circling the chorten and chanting mantara.
  • – Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
  • – Visit the Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
  • – Over night hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4 Treks

  • Thimphu to Galapang
  • Fifty minutes drive from hotel to Kabisa village, north east of Thimphu, where treks will begin. Trail follow farm road for some time and trail start steep climb through the Blue Pine forest. After one hour climb vegetation changes.
  • Altitude gain 400m, Altitude loss 0, Distance 6 km.

Day 5 Treks

  • Galapang to Dungshing Pang.
  • Climb from camp site till Sinchu La pass (3530m). The pass is marked with small Stupa with some prayer flags. Trail after the pass is very narrow and deep side wall, because trail has been heavily used by local people in olden days. Trail drop all the way to Galapang camp, the camp site open pasture land where farmer from Kabisa bring their cattle. Altitude gain 556m, Altitude loss 1530m. Distance 11km.

Day 6 Treks

  • Dubgshing Pang to Punakha Trail goes drop down to long suspension bridge to direction toward Chorten Ningpo Lhakhang. This is old temple founded in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley, there are 15 monks in the temple. After temple it takes an hour walk to main road, where driver and car waiting with fresh refreshment to well come back from treks. Altitude gain 0, Altitude loss 720m, Distance 9 km.

Day 7

  • – Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
  • – Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
  • – Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 8 Departure