His Majesty trav­els to Lu­nana

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing/ Laya

20 Oc­to­ber, 2016: His Majesty The King be­gan a 6-day trek to Lu­nana from Laya, in Gasa Dzongkhag, fol­low­ing the route that is in­ter­na­tion­ally known as the Snow­man Trek.

In Laya, His Majesty graced the in­au­gu­ral edi- tion Royal High­land Fes­ti­val, which was held from 16-18 Oc­to­ber. The fes­ti­val saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all the high­land com­mu­ni­ties of Bhutan at the pic­turesque high­land vil­lage.

His Majesty also vis­ited the vil­lage lhakhang, school, and the homes scat­tered over the vil­lage to meet the peo­ple.

Lu­nana, at an av­er­age al­ti­tude of 4,200 me­tres above sea level, is a sparsely pop­u­lated area in Bhutan. It is reached af­ter an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult trek over the Gangla Karchung pass, which is at over 5,250 m. Snow in these treach­er­ous places makes Lu­nana com­pletely inac- ces­si­ble for around five months in a year.

While in Lu­nana, His Majesty will visit var­i­ous vil­lages across the gewog, as well as some of the glacial lakes, which are the source of our ma­jor rivers. The glacial lakes of Lu­nana are per­ceived to pose risk down­stream if they are breached– a con­se­quence of the chang­ing cli­mate, which has re­sulted in re­ced­ing glaciers. His Majesty will in­spect the var­i­ous warn­ing mech­a­nisms in place and meet with the per­son­nel work­ing at these places.

His Majesty The King last vis­ited Lu­nana in 2008, just be­fore the Corona­tion.

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