After a hearty breakfast, drive 30 minutes towards Trongsa to begin the stunning Longtey Hike. From the trail head, the hike takes you through the rhododendron forest and on reaching the top of the ridge, you will have breathtaking views of the Gangtey Valley beneath. Back at the lodge, enjoy a Potato-Shed Dinner (chargeable activity). Set in a stone hut, enjoy a delicious Bhutanese meal surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles and warmed by a traditional bhukari wood-burning stove.
On Day 10, embark on the five-hour drive to Bumthang, a journey along the country’s only east-west highway. Following a brief stop at Chendebji Chorten, which according to legend was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to Trongsa, the original home of the royal family. Here, you can stroll the village and perhaps visit the large Trongsa Dzong. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Pass and down into the Chhume Valley, home of Bhutan’s famous Yathra weaving. Upon arrival at the lodge, you will have time to explore our neighbouring palace, Wangdichhoeling, previously home to the second King and renowned for its auspicious prayer wheels.