Hike through Gangtey Valley
Don your hiking boots for our easy Nature Trail Walk or the slightly longer Tongpushing Hike, or even combine both routes if you'd like to do a complete loop of the valley. Alternatively, drive 30 minutes towards Trongsa to conquer the stunning Longtey Hike. From the trail head, the path takes you through the rhododendron forest – a mass of colourful blooms from March to May each year. On reaching the top of the ridge, drink in breathtaking views of Gangtey Valley below.
See endangered, black-necked cranes
Rare black-necked cranes are revered in the Himalayan region, seen as avatars of ancestors and loved ones sent from the heavens. Every autumn, they migrate from Tibet to Bhutan, and the return of this beloved bird is celebrated with an exuberant festival of song and dance at Gangtey Goemba. Whether you’re able to join the festival or simply have the chance to witness these birds at The Crane Centre, managed by Bhutan’s Royal Society for Protection of Nature, this is a wildlife encounter not to be missed.
Buddhist purification ritual
In Bhutan, every place has its local protective deity or spirit, appeased and appreciated through daily smoking ceremonies. Take part in this early morning spiritual cleansing ritual which involves the burning of specific herbs in Amankora Gangtey’s hilltop fumigation stupa in the presence of a local monk. This Buddhist tradition is believed to cast away bad spirits, allowing you to begin the day free of negativity.