Things to do
Discover the unique lifestyle of a Buddhist monk at Kuenzang Chholing Shedra the local school for monks. Quietly observe and take it all in, or get involved by attending a meditation class. Then explore the enchanting temple created by legendary treasure-hunter Longchenpa. Here you can bask in the reverence of relics from the 14th century whilst learning of historic triumphs and brilliant stories of a bygone era.
Hiking through this glacial valley is an unforgettable experience. Treks range from an immersive three-day adventure to the famous 90-minute ‘Gangtey Nature Trail’. It’s a route which offers incredible vistas and sights of the elegant black-necked cranes that famously come to visit each winter. The beautiful neighbouring Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park provides a stunning home to more incredible fauna: rare black bears, leopards and wild boars.
Take in the history of the 400-year-old Gangtey Monastery, believed to be founded by the Grandson of famed treasure hunter Pema Lingpa. Visit the Mani stone wall inscribed with ancient Buddhist mantras and offerings. And the Wangmo carpet factory, where incredible intricate patterns are created by hand in the old style, has to be seen to believed.