Welcome to Wangdue, Phobjikha Valley

Wangdue, Phobjikha is a bowl-shaped glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, bordering the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winters here, it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country. In addition to the cranes, there are also muntjacs (barking deer), wild boars, sambars, serows, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes in the surrounding hills. The Nakey Chhu drains the marshy valley, eventually flowing into the lower reaches of the Punak Tsang Chhu. Some people refer to this entire region as Gangte (or Gangtey), after the goemba that sits on a ridge above the valley.

Phobjikha Nature Trail

This enjoyable walk will give you a pleasant feel of Phobjikha valley. From the small hilltop overseeing Gangtey Goemba, you head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful jungles and into the open valley. The trail ends at the local community school and Black-necked crane roosting side after passing a chorten and Khewa Lhakhang. The Phubjikha Nature Trail can be combined with a visit to Gangtey Goemba and the local communities.

Start from: Gangtey Goemba –End: Tabading Primary School: 2 hours (5.5 km).

You can also do day trek to beautiful Gogona valley the first Swiss project start early 1950.

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