Today, you have the choice of joining our Nature Trail walk, hiking to Tongpushing or combining both to complete a full loop of the valley. The Nature Trail winds through wildflower meadows to Semchubara Village, and then through beautiful forests to Tabeding Football ground via Khewa Lhakhang. If time and season permit, visit the Black Neck Crane Centre to spot these rare birds that migrate from Tibet in winter to breed. The Tongpushing Hike is is a leisurely 1½ - 2 hour walk, starting from the lodge and continuing through Tokha Village. The trail then ascends to a magnificent open meadow and ends near the Royal Society for Protection of Nature campsite (a 15-minute drive from the lodge).
On Day 8, undertake the five-hour drive to Bumthang – a journey along the country’s only east-west highway. Following a brief stop at Chendebji Chorten, you will carry on to Trongsa, the original home of the royal family. Explore the village and perhaps the Trongsa Dzong, then continue over the picturesque Yotong La Pass into the Chhume Valley, home to Bumthang and Bhutan’s famous Yathra weaving. At 2,580m (8,464ft), Bumthang Valley is a patchwork of buckwheat, millet and potato fields, with apple orchards climbing the slopes to meet deep pine forest. After getting settled at the lodge, explore our neighbouring palace, Wangdicholing, the birthplace of Bhutan’s first king renowned for its prayer wheels.