Gangtey Nature Trail
The Gangtey Valley, also known as the Phobjikha Valley, is a glacial valley in mystical Bhutan. Walk along the Gangtey Nature Trail, quite popular amongst the visitors to the valley. Crossing streams and rhododendron gardens you cross Sumchubara village, afterwards you enter the Pine covered forest, which opens at a canopy that affords fabulous views of the valley. Further down, the trail passes the village of Khewang and later you will cross the Nake Chu where you will be picked up by your car.
Head along a sloping pathway that takes you through towering bushes of jade-hued bamboo. At the end of the bamboo enclave lies a small group of village houses, built in the distinct Bhutanese style featuring elevated platforms, carved timber windowpanes and wood-lined arched roofs.During the spring months, the woodlands on either side of the Valley look particularly stunning, cloaked in crimson, violet and candy-floss coloured rhododendrons. In the winter months, the Valley is blanketed in pearly white snow, on which caramel-horned yaks graze. As you move upwards, you will pass ancient rhododendron forests and soaring trees whispering the ancient secrets of this mystical region. Stop for a Bhutanese-inspired lunch with magnificent views of the Valley and the sacred monasteries below. Head down to the tranquil village of Kumbu, where you can choose to end your walk, or carry on to the deep valley floor and the Shedra, a renowned and mystical place of teaching.
You may even be lucky enough to spot some Himalayan Black bear, Red Panda or Tibetan fox, as many of our guests have experienced.