Day Hike In Thimphu



Phajoding Goenpa Hike

Phajoding Goenpa is a large monastic complex with 10 lhakhangs and 15 monastic residences. It also comprises of a State Monastic school housing 40 monks. Its name ‘Phajoding’ comes after the saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who meditated there in the 13th century and thus is one of the most sacrosanct meditational sites in the Kingdom. The 9th Je Khenpo, Je Shakya Rinchen (the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body) established the entire complex in 1748.

Phajoding monastary was once one of the richest and decorated monasteries in the country and is the home of many Bhutanese artifacts. The hike to Phajoding is a 5km uphill climb from the youth centre in Motithang. The trail makes way through the fir, spruce and blue pine forest. Visit the ancient lhakhangs (monasteries) and enjoy a beautiful panorama of Thimphu Valley.

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Hiking Info

Difficulty Level: Moderate
Best Season: March, April, May, June and Sept, Oct and Nov
Maximum Elevation: 3500m
Elevation Gain: 1000m
Walking distance: 7 km | 4.34 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Attraction: The 13th century old monastery complex of Phajodhing. Trail passes through forests of pine,
fir and hemlock. The view of the Thimphu valley is superb top of Phajodhing.

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