The essence of hiking to the Dochula Pass
Winding through the snow-covered Himalaya is the Dochula Pass, the legendary Bhutanese mountain pass that towers at 3 140m (10 000ft) above sea level. A walk along the Dochula Pass presents exceptional views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountain range along its long road, linking the city of Thimphu and Punakha. Head to the Druk Wangyal Chortens, adjacent to the country’s first Royal Botanical Park, where 108 memorial stupas and chortens (Buddhist shrines) stand in honour of Bhutanese soldiers slain in the war against rebels from India. The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck sanctioned the shrine in 2003 after King Jigme Singye Wangchuck overcame the insurgents.
View the monastery, Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, built in reverence of the King and hike to Lungchutse Temple through thick woodlands of broad hemlock trees and open meadow. At the foot of the Temple lies a rich bamboo underbrush and dense juniper shrubs flourishing against a backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains, including Gangkhar Puensum, the most impressive unclimbed peak in Bhutan.