The Lungchutse Hike

We were heralded by the waft of the moist wind of Lungchutse. On late May, few days after the Ampha cyclone has just hit the West Bengal ; we venture to walk through the Hemlock set mountain of Lungchutse despite the premonition of inhospitable weather.

Giant Hemlock Trees

We started early in the morning with packed lunch from Thimphu town; & took 15 Km drive to a small village of Hongtsho. And off the highway, 10 Kms through off road, takes you to a beautiful monastery set at an altitude of 3300 meter, popularly called as Tashigang Goemba.  There I parked my car , took a cab from there to Dochula and started for the hike. This was a bad choice of route and the whole damn arrangement was absurd. . . . This happens when we lack in research before exploring the place.

Morning view

At 12 noon, I was there on the starting point of basement at Dochula. Well the board there reads Lungchutse hike

Lunch Shade

Elevation

Time Taken

The given fact is correct if you just walk through the trails. But if you play through the trails , it can get longer .

This hike has lot to offer to you: tall trees, the sight of rare birds, wild mushrooms, Ferns and Hemlock, meadows, 360 degree views of the mountains and the serene monk at the hilltops. Everything around is picturesque. Photos do not justify the beauty of the place as seen through the lens of the living eyes.

Mini Stu-pa

As we started our hike, we were welcomed by carpeted rhododendrons, giving us the sense of aesthetic and soul enriching awareness.  I feel we require this specially in times of Corona Virus, a quiet world out of the world; crispy air, the open sky. It was to witness the subtle play of nature and all its connectedness.

Lungchutse Lhakhang

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