Gangtey Trek is one of the most exciting treks in Bhutan. The Gangtey valley also called Probjikha valley is a remarkably attractive glacial valley in Bhutan. The valley is at an elevation of about 3,000m on the west side by the black mountain range.
The valley covers most of the Phobjikha and Gangtey Gewongs and contains Gangtey Monastery, which is the oldest School of Tibetian Buddhism. The monastery lies at the head of the valley offering exceptional views of the valley. Furthermore, The valley is home to a group of globally rare black-necked cranes ‘Grus ni Grxicollis’. On the other hand, this crane migrates to this valley in winter from the Tibetan plateau. The valley is even famous for draft bamboo and this bamboo is used by the crane during the roosting season. Gangtey Valley is famous for drawing a lot of attraction from tourists because of its diverse culture and monasteries.
Gangtey Trek is mostly favourable for average trekkers as it is one of the easiest treks with low altitude (3000m). Thus, trekking each day is cosy and pleasant. The trail takes you to the sumptuous U shaped glacial at an altitude of 3000m. The valley consists of marshy land and grassy pasture where cattle and horses graze. Likewise, remote villages, picturesque meadows, vast fields and grasslands and ancient monasteries are the prime attractions of the Gangtey valley trek. The trek is also known as the Ganthey Gagona trek as it leads you to the outlying valley of Gogona, Gangtey Gompa and Phobjikha. Similarly, the trials let you explore some cultural Dzongs and museums in Paro along with the capital of Bhutan Thimphu. One can even visit Taktsang monastery also known as tiger’s nest monastery, an ancient monastery in Bhutan.
The journey to Gangtey begins with the scenic flight to Paro. After Paro, the trial proceeds to Thimphu, Gogona, Khotokha, Tikke Zampha and Punakha. Ultimately the trek starts from Phobjikha valley and ends at Tiki Zampa passing through various mixed forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendron fields. The treks take you to the Gangtey monasteries established in the 17th century. Besides, there are several historical and religious sites to visit such as Punakha Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang. In addition, the suitable season for this trek is from March to May and September to November. The fair and clear climate during this season provides splendid views of the Himalayas and lush valleys. Consequently, the Gangtey Valley trek is one of the most life-changing experiences for most tourists seeking cultural exploration and having a keen interest in history and monasteries.
Hence, this trek covers the area of scenic grandeur and cultural specificity displaying the best of Bhutan. The splendour and cultural uniqueness that the valley offers amaze the visitors.
Trip Name: Gangtey Trek
Duration: 10 Days
Max Altitude: 3000m
Transportation: Flights and Comfortable rides
Best season: March-May and Sept-Nov