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Thowadrak Hike
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Far and deep into Tang Valley sits Thowadrak – the fourth holy cliff – which overlooks the entire Tang valley. This hike is a beautiful, yet challenging hike to a mysterious and exceptionally holy temple with many fascinating prints and marks to admire in addition to the temple itself.

Fact of Trip

Difficult Level: Strenuous
Departure: Daily (Early Morning)
Duration: 5 hours
Starts from: Tang valley
Ends at: Tang valley
Attractions: Mysterious and exceptionally holy temple with many fascinating prints and marks to admire in addition to the temple itself.
Transportation:  Private Car
Tang to Thowadrak : 1 ½ hour drive to/from Tang Valley, 2-3 hour hike up, 2 hour hike down.

Trip Itinerary

Far and deep into Tang Valley sits Thowadrak – the fourth holy cliff – which overlooks the entire Tang valley. This hike is a beautiful, yet challenging hike to a mysterious and exceptionally holy temple with many fascinating prints and marks to admire in addition to the temple itself.

The hike starts from the north end of Tang valley. The trail starts on dirt road along the riverside until it crosses the river on a wooden bridge. The trail slowly starts climbing up before a short descent. Upon reaching a chorten, the trail again proceeds uphill through beautiful forest and past several monuments in the mountainside. For the last 40 minutes or so, the trail is very steep but with Thowadrak hanging above you on the cliff, motivation to climb the last stone steps to the top should not be hard to find.

Thowadrak, the last of the holy cliffs, is said to have been founded by the Indian consort of Guru Rinpoche, and it is believed that Guru Rinpoche also spent time meditating there. There are many gorgeous small meditation retreats scattered in the steep mountainside around the temple with dramatic views of the valley. If you have read Ashi Kunzang Choden’s book about Dawa, the stray dog in Bhutan, you might recognize Thowadrak as the temple with the cave where Dawa goes to meditate to get rid of his mange. This cave is one of many shrines you will find around the temple. Ask a monk or your guide to show you Guru Rinpoche’s meditation seat, his “walking stick”, foot prints imprinted in stone, meditation caves, and the holy water sources where water appears inexplicably. It is possible to walk up to the roof side of the temple where you may take pleasure in a well deserved lunch or just sit and enjoy the fabulous view of Tang Valley.

Cost Information:

Cost Includes:

  • Private transportation by car
  • Lunch and refreshment
  • Tour guide
  • Entry permit for monastery

Cost Not Includes:

  • Cost for Horse Ride
  • Hotel Accomodation
  • Travel Insurance


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