This morning we will drive back to Thimphu, crossing over Dochula pass at 3150m. En route witness thousands of prayer flags on the pass. Hundreds of these flags can be seen flying atop and around homes; mountain passes hills, bridges, monasteries and temples.
Hike from Dochula and finishing at Hongtsho village with Lungchutse gomba and Trashigang gomba visit. You will start your hike from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha at 3140 meters (10300 feet) above sea level. From here the trail slowly climbs a ridge, through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth.
A small trail leads you the last 50 meters, past a row of fluttering prayer flags, up to Lungchutse temple. A trail to the left just 150 meters below Lungchutse, leads to Trashigang village and temple. It slowly descends through spruce, rhododendron, hemlock and juniper forest. The trail leading down from the front of the temple zigzags quite steeply down the side of the mountain, until reaching a farm road which takes you up to the main road. Optional visit to Hongtsho village temple on the hill side. This involves a 30 – 60 minute short hike up through the little village and back down again the same way.
Trashigang Goemba was built in 1786 by the 12th Je Khenpo. It is an important mediation centre, and houses statues of several Je Khenpos, who meditated here. Hongtsho Goemba was built in 1525 by the older brother of Drukpa Kuenlay, the Divine Mad Man. It is a two story traditional Bhutanese building where the main alter room has an enormous statue of Guru Tshoki Dorji in a standing posture together with a statue of Guru Dorji Drool, Lama Ngawang Chhoegyal and Lama Drukpa Kuenley.
Check into the hotel for lunch, followed by a tour of the The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century and the Choki Traditional Art School. Evening walk in the town and enjoy tea or coffee in local café.
Hike from Dochula to Hongtsho village with Lungchutse gomba and Trashigang gomba visits.
Hotel in Thimphu
- Bhutanese style 3-Star Hotel, with private bathroom.