On the western slopes of the Black Mountains, Phobjikha Valley is a curved glacial valley best known for playing host to 300 rare black-necked cranes migrating from arid Tibet between October and February each winter.
The Path to Phobjikha is one of our favourite journey’s, which can be done comfortably between 7-9 Days, covering the valley’s of Punakha, Gangtey and Paro.
In our opinion, Gangtey is one of the best highlights in Bhutan, and it’s certainly not to be missed. With incredible day hikes, to meditating with the monks and understanding the local culture, while in this stunning setting, Gangtey makes for such a special place.
This journey is good year round, however our favourite time to visit is in Autumn/Winter, when the Blacked Necked Cranes come to nest!
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, the property offers excellent meals and sweeping views of Punakha Valley and the Mo Chhu river as it winds its way through rice fields and orchards.
Designed by Mary Lou Thomson, Gangtey Lodge offers spacious rooms that command sweeping views of the valley below and of the Gangtey Goemba, just 5 minutes away. Heated stone floors and deep bathtubs next to Bhutanese fireplaces, or "bukharis", complete the sense of luxury and cosiness.
Surrounded by pine forests, this 24-Suite retreat combines rustic charms with contemporary design. Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, a banquette window seat, a reading chair and a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.