Longtey Rhododendron Hike is a beautiful scenic hike which starts from the charming village of Longtey to the spectacular glacial valley of Phobjikha/Gangtey. From Longtey you will set off on a four-hour moderate walk towards Gangtey Goenpa, an impressive Buddhist monastery that traces back to the 17th century. Head along a sloping pathway that takes you through towering bushes of jade-hued bamboo. At the end of the bamboo enclave lies a small group of village houses, built in the distinct Bhutanese style featuring elevated platforms, carved timber window panes and wood-lined arched roofs.
During the spring months the woodlands on either side of the Valley look particularly stunning, cloaked in crimson, violet and candy floss coloured rhododendrons. In the winter months, the Valley is blanketed in pearly white snow, on which mighty onyx and caramel-horned yaks graze. As you move upwards, you will pass ancient rhododendron forests and soaring trees whispering the ancient secrets of this mystical region. Stop for a Bhutanese-inspired lunch with magnificent views of the Valley and the sacred monasteries below. Head down to the tranquil village of Kumbu, where you can choose to end your walk or carry on to the deep valley floor and the Shedra, a renowned and mystical place of teaching.