People of Sephu Celebrate Coronation Day With HM
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.