BHUTAN

Gangtey Lodge in the King­dom of Bhutan

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Trav­el­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence the unique ad­ven­tures of Gangtey Val­ley with the Gangtey Lodge thrill-seek­ing 72 hour itin­er­ary, aimed at the in­trepid traveler. Whether it’s moun­tain bik­ing or hik­ing, spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ences or com­plete re­lax­ation, Gangtey Lodge has it cov­ered. Itineraries can be tai­lored to the guests’ per­sonal pref­er­ence.

DAY 1

On ar­rival, en­joy a late af­ter­noon moun­tain bike ride as the sun is set­ting over Gangtey Val­ley. The ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cer, Nam­gay, will lead the ride. Upon re­turn, dine on the out­door pa­tio en­joy­ing cui­sine cre­ated by the new chef Adrian Broad­head.

DAY 2

Af­ter break­fast, guests will drive to Pele La Pass and be­gin the 3-4 hour “Longtey Hike” to Gangtey. The hike takes you through a wild rhodo­den­drons for­est and of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views over Gangtey Val­ley. For lunch, en­joy a care­fully cu­rated pic­nic at a re­mote med­i­ta­tion hut fol­lowed by a tra­di­tional game of archery against some of the lodge staff. At the end of the day of ad­ven­ture and dis­cov­ery, guests are in­vited to ex­pe­ri­ence a Bhutanese hot stone bath, a tra­di­tional Bhutanese Dot­sho, at Gangtey Lodge Bhutan’s new Hot Stone Bath House and a sixty minute mas­sage.

First, the treat­ment starts with a foot scrub for a gen­tle exfoliation, fol­lowed by a lux­u­ri­ous de­stress mas­sage, us­ing warm aro­matic oils. Your mus­cles are con­tin­u­ously mas­saged along with gen­tle stretch­ing, which en­cour­ages you to re­lax and as­sists in toxin re­moval from the body. Reliev­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal stress trans­mit­ted in daily life, this ther­apy of­fers re­newed en­ergy and en­cour­ages re­pair and re­newal to all sys­tems of the body.

The mas­sage will be fol­lowed by a Tra­di­tional Bhutanese hot stone bath which is metic­u­lously pre­pared by heat­ing river rocks over an open fire and then sprin­kled with lo­cal medic­i­nal plants and herbs from the val­ley. It is be­lieved that the heat from the wa­ter, the min­er­als re­leased from the rock and the lo­cal herbs all com­bine to pro­duce medic­i­nal ben­e­fits for joint pains, stom­ach dis­or­ders, arthri­tis, hyper­ten­sion and many other mi­nor dis­eases. Re­quest a glass of cham­pagne to en­joy with your views of the Gangtey Val­ley be­low.

DAY 3

Be­fore sun­rise, cy­cle down to the val­ley floor and watch the Black-necked Cranes wake up from roost­ing. The Black-necked Cranes of Bhutan are the most mysterious and the last of the 15 species in the world to be dis­cov­ered. They are en­demic to the Ti­betan Plateau and mi­grate to lower al­ti­tudes, in au­tumn and win­ter (usu­ally from end of Oc­to­ber – Fe­bru­ary / March). Phob­jikha Val­ley is one of the best places for bird-lovers to spot this amaz­ing species with over 10% of the world’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion gath­er­ing there. The Black-necked Crane is revered in Bhutan as a sym­bol of longevity and the an­nual mi­gra­tion is a cause for great cel­e­bra­tion, as res­i­dents mark the pass­ing of an­other year against the ar­rival of these fa­mously long-liv­ing birds.

Fol­low­ing break­fast, take a morn­ing Gangtey Trail hike down to Khewa Lhakhang. Visit the black-necked crane cen­ter and monastery on the drive back up. The Black-necked Crane cen­ter per­forms in­valu­able work in en­sur­ing the pro­tec­tion of their roost­ing ar­eas, ed­u­cat­ing the lo­cals & tourists of the im­por­tance of the cranes to the val­ley and in pro­vid­ing care & shel­ter for an in­jured Black­necked Crane, Karma. In the af­ter­noon, cy­cle up to Lawela Pass and en­joy the sun set­ting over the snow-capped Hi­malayas.

Gangtey Lodge Bhutan de­liv­ers a gen­uine and au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence in one of the world's most undis­cov­ered des­ti­na­tions. Dis­cretely nes­tled near a clus­ter of farm houses, the re­mote lo­ca­tion of Gangtey Val­ley and the Lodge pro­vide a per­fect spring­board to Hi­malayan ad­ven­tures –with world class lux­ury to re­turn to at the day’s end. The lodge’s stun­ning de­sign in the heart of Bhutan al­lows one to take a step back in time, away from the stresses and ma­te­ri­al­ism of mod­ern day life.

The 12 beau­ti­fully ap­pointed guest rooms, each with their own cozy fire­place and spa­cious pri­vate bath­room, re­flect the rich cul­tural her­itage with warm fab­rics and earthen tones.

Ad­di­tion­ally, all guest rooms com­mand sweep­ing views of the val­ley be­low and of the Gangtey Goenpa, or monastery, just a 5-minute walk away. Heated hand cut stone floors and deep bath­tubs next to wood burn­ing stoves com­plete the sense of lux­ury and co­zi­ness. The stun­ning main lodge sub­tly cap­tures the vi­brancy of Bhutanese art­work and monas­tic de­sign, com­pli­mented by the mu­rals and carv­ings cre­ated lo­cal artists and ma­sons re­flect­ing images and land­scapes from the val­ley.

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