Bumthang day hikes

There are a number of good hikes in and around Bumthang and we describe a selection of them here.

Take a day hike to Ngang Lhakhang.  Three hours’ walk up the Bumthang river from Thangbi Gompa is the small region of Ngang Yul (‘Swan Land’).  The temple is located about 100m above the valley.  Guru Rinpoche visited the site and Lama Namkha Samdrup contemporary of Pema Lingpa known as the ‘treasure hunter’ built the temple in the 15th century.

Hike to Petseling Monastery.  It is located about three hours’ hiking distance above the Swiss Guesthouse on a steep incline. It offers fine panoramic views of the central Bumthang valley. You can also hike beyond the monastery across the ridge and feel the spirit of the mountains and monastery.  From here return to town, ending your walk at Tamshing Lhakhang – founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Visit Tharpaling Gompa, which is located on the hillside above Bumthang.  The monastery was built by a great saint called Kuenkhen Longchen Runjam and about 100 monks live there.   It is about a 2-hour drive to the monastery on a rough road.  From there you can continue climbing on foot above the monastery to around 3500m to 4300m and from there you will get a wonderful view of Chamkhar valley (where Bumthang town is located).  From there you can walk another couple of hours down towards Lama Gomba.  The walk runs along the ridge of Kikila and finally follows the traditional trek route between Trongsa and Bumthang (the Royal Heritage Trail) finishing with a wonderful view of Jakar Dzong.  Here your car can meet you to take you back to the hotel.

Hike to Kunzangdrak Monastery – a tough one hour steep ascent up the hillside on the way to Tang valley leads you to one of the most important sites related to Pema Lingpa and many of his important sacred relics are located here.  Khandroma Lhakhang at the back of the site is spectacularly situated against a vertical rock face that seeps holy water.


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