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Phobjikha Valley

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Introducing Phobjikha Valley

A contender for the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ destination, the Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan is remote and wrapped in spectacular landscapes. As well as soaring mountains and deep valleys, it opens up a lens into a unique Buddhist culture – in a country that didn’t open to the outside world until the 1960s. Rare wildlife and rich hiking trails complete the picture, making this the perfect location for animal lovers and adventurers. 

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. 


Top Tip from SLH

If you’re travelling to Bhutan in winter, the arrival festival of the black necked crane is not to be missed. To celebrate the beauty of the returning birds, local children perform traditional dances.