The beautiful glacial Phobjikha Valley lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. It is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country due to it being the winter home of the rare black-necked cranes who come here in search of a milder climate. They tend to arrive in late October and depart late February/early March and for those in Gangtey in November the Black-Necked Crane Festival on 12 November is a real highlight.
- Explore the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Goempa monastery
- See the endangered black-necked cranes in their winter home
- Hike the stunning alpine scenery of the Gangtey Nature Trail
- Go mountain biking along the stunning Phobjikha Valley floor
- Spend time with a local family in their traditional farmhouse
This region is often referred to as Gangtey on account of the great monastery of Gangtey, located on the ridge above the valley. Established in the 17th Century, this beautiful and striking goemba includes a school, meditation facilities and quarters for monks and is home to the reincarnation of Pema Lingpa.
This bowl-shaped valley is also ideal for some easy trekking and there are a number of lovely day treks that take you through little villages, surrounding hills and forests, fields of beautifully tended crops and past various chortens, so it is well worth staying a few days here.