Valleys of Bhutan
Explore the valleys of western and central Bhutan on foot. We take you on some superb day walks that show you the unique culture of this fascinating Himalayan kingdom.
Kila Nunnery and the Chele La
Drive up Bhutan's highest road to the Chele La, a high pass located at 3,810 metres above sea level. From here walk to Kila nunnery, the oldest in Bhutan, dating to the 9th century.
The location of Trongsa Dzong makes for one of the most dramatic sites in Bhutan. Perched on a steep cliff overlooking the Mangde Chu river that courses along the bottom of the gorge, the dzong sprawls along the ridge with multi-level courtyards and temples.
Thimphu, one of the world's smallest capitals, is graced by the 51-metre high golden Buddha Dordenma overlooking the city. It is one of the tallest seated statues of a seated Buddha in the world.
The beautiful dzong at Punakha sits at the confluence of two great rivers and is reached by a wooden cantilevered bridge. This elegant building displays the very best of Bhutanese architecture, embellished with intricately carved, painted and gilded woodwork. The dzong is the site for the coronation of all of Bhutan's kings and it is the winter residence of the central monk body.
Phobjikha Valley Walk
The walk around the Phobjikha Valley begins at the Black Necked Crane Information Centre, the hub for all things to do with these endangered birds that fly here from Tibet every winter. From the centre we head down the road and then across the valley before the trail rises to a beautiful pine forest that leads to the village and finally Gantey Monastery.
National Memorial Chorten
Built in 1974 in memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, this Tibetan style chorten is always busy with locals who circumambulate the main building to accrue good luck.
The Tiger's Nest
Hike to one of the world's most beautiful Buddhist monasteries, built on a sheer cliff at the head of the Paro Valley. It's a strenuous yet gorgeous walk through pine and rhododendron forest. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of this incredible temple, located at 3,100 metres in altitude.
Ura Valley Walk
Take the gentle downhill walk to to the tiny cluster of houses that make up the little town of Ura. As you near the village you can't miss the Ura Lhakhang, the Buddhist temple that dominates the view and is an interesting place to visit.
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
This beautiful temple is reached by hiking one of Bhutan's most scenic trails. The path curves upward through the rice paddies, with the views becoming more spectacular as you gain height. Once you reach the top of the hill you can reward yourself with even better views from the temple's rooftop.