Gangtey Valley, Bhutan

Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley

The village of Gangtey overlooks the Phobjikha Valley, a wide glacial vale in altitudinous central Bhutan. Free of trees and contrasting strongly with the narrow valleys that are synonymous with Bhutan, this idyllic expanse is one of the most beautiful parts of Bhutan.

Overlooked by the impressive Gangtey Gompa, the area is renowned for its black-necked cranes. These rare birds escape the cold Tibetan winters by sheltering in this lush valley.

Visit the Crane Information Centre, where you will receive detailed information regarding the Phobjika Valley and the black-necked cranes. The centre is also equipped with binoculars to watch the cranes. There will also be a chance to watch a 15 minute documentary about the endangered black-necked cranes.

It is worth spending a few days in this area as it offers some lovely day hikes, the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs after some long winding car journeys.


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Black-Necked Cranes, Gangtey, Bhutan

See Black-Necked Cranes

Spot the rare and beautiful Black-Necked Cranes of the Phobijkha Valley during their migration from Tibet, between November to mid-March.


Hike the Gangtey Nature Trail

The Gangtey Nature Trail is a gentle two-hour trek that lets you admire and absorb the remarkable Phobjikha Valley.

Gangtey Monastery, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

Walk Through Gangtey Village

Free of trees and contrasting strongly with the narrow valleys that are synonymous with Bhutan, view the idyllic expanse of the Probjikha Valley from Gangtey Village.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Aman Gangtey £££££

  • Bhutan

Aman Gangtey is located in a stunning position overlooking the unspoilt valley of Phobjikha. The eight suites are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, offering an open plan bedroom and bathing area. The aesthetics combine wood panelling and chocolate brown walls, the traditional bukhari, terrazzo-clad bath, shower and vanity and daybed offering views across the valley. Suites are individually heated during the cold winter months.

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Gangtey Lodge £££££

  • Bhutan

With its superb setting and sweeping views over the stunning Phobjikha Valley, this lodge offers an excellent base to explore this beautiful area. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional, rural Bhutanese architecture, the lodge was designed and decorated using interiors and furnishings to showcase the vibrant local culture. The focal point of the lodge is the informal lounge and dining space with comfortable sofas set around open fires, alongside floor-to-ceiling views of the lush valley below. The twelve beautifully appointed guest rooms also each have their own fireplace. Friendly, engaging staff ensure your stay is memorable.

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Six Senses Bhutan £££££

  • Bhutan
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Six Senses Bhutan are the finest collection of remote lodges in Asia and a welcome addition to the other luxury-level accommodation on offer. Designed to be experienced as a circuit, a stay at each lodge provides a seamless experience between the five lodges. Each lodge is different, yet all share the same farm-fresh dining and extensive spa facilities.

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