The essence of the Longtey Hike
The Gangtey Valley, also known as the Phobjikha Valley, is a glacial valley in mystical Bhutan. Enjoy a hike through this region starting with a scenic drive from the Phobjikha Valley to the charming village of Longtey. From here you will set off on a four-hour moderate walk back towards Gangtey Goenpa, an impressive Buddhist monastery that traces back to the 17th century. 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 mighty onyx and 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.