The Gangteng Valley, also known as the Phobjikhii Valley, is one of Bhutan‘s most beautiful spots. The glacial basin, uncommon in Bhutan, is unusually wide and flat and populated with alluring mixed forests of juniper,bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron.
The valley boasts two lovely meandering rivers and a section of the Jigme Singye Wingchuck National Park to which a flock of 300 endangered black-necked cranes arrive from Tibet each winter.
There are numerous nature walks and treks through the valley’s varied terrain to explore, and a visit to the impressive 17th century Gangteng Goempa – Bhutan‘s largest Nyingmapa monastery – and its surrounding quaint village is a must.
What to do
- Visit the Gangtey Monastery
- Black Necked Crane Information Centre
- Visit in winter for the Tsechu Mask Dance Festival of Bhutan and the Crane Festival