Peo­ple of Se­phu Cel­e­brate Corona­tion Day With HM

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1Novem­ber 2016: After over two weeks of trekking across the most dif­fi­cult places in Bhutan, His Majesty The King ar­rived at Se­phu, the first set­tle­ment since Thanza in Lu­nana, and spent Corona­tion Day with the thou­sands of peo­ple who had gath­ered at Bechu Goen­pai Thang to wel­come their King.

His Majesty The King be­gan the fi­nal part of the 245 kilo­me­ters trek across Lu­nana, from Thanza on Satur­day. His Majesty crossed the Rinchen Zoe la, one of Bhutan’s high­est pass at 5,290 me­tres, and spent last night camped be­side the Um Tsho, a sa­cred lake in which Pema Lingpa is said to have found nu­mer­ous trea­sures. His Majesty ar­rived at Se­phu, the east­ern­most vil­lage in Wang­duepho­drang dzongkhag, this af­ter­noon.

Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag, peo­ple’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, stu­dents and the peo­ple of nearby vil­lages came to Se­phu to wel­come His Majesty, and cel­e­brate Corona­tion Day. The peo­ple of­fered Zhabten to His Majesty, and pre­sented a cul­tural pro­gramme. His Majesty granted Tokha to the peo­ple.

“His Majesty has al­ways placed ser­vice to the peo­ple above per­sonal com­fort. To­day, after com­plet­ing a very long and dif­fi­cult trek, His Majesty chose to spend this very spe­cial day with the peo­ple. Every­one who is gath­ered here is deeply moved by His Majesty’s un­tir­ing de­vo­tion to the peo­ple. We feel very priv­i­leged in­deed,” said the Se­phu Gup, Rinchen Pen­jor.

Dur­ing the Royal Visit across Lu­nana, His Majesty trekked through the sparsely pop­u­lated gewog, to meet with the peo­ple who live scat­tered in this re­mote part of Bhutan, and visit the glaciers and Thorthomi, Rap­streng, and Lugge glacial lakes.

His Majesty crosses Rinchen Zoe la (5,920m), the high­est pass be­tween Thanza and Se­phu. This is the time that the peo­ple of Lu­nana make their fi­nal treks across to buy ra­tions for the long win­ter ahead, be­fore the pass is im­pass­able due to snow.

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