Tigers Nest Monastery
Taktsang (Tigers Nest) Monastery
Perched 3,000 feet above Bhutan on the side of a sheer rock cliff, Tiger’s Nest is one of the most popular pilmagrages in Bhutan.
Padmasambhava, popularly known as Guru Rinpoche visited and sanctified Bhutan in the 8th century. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on a tigress’ back to subdue a local demon.
Our eminently able &Beyond guide, Tashi Grugg, had us start the climb early in the morning. He has done the climb over 100 times. Sheesh!
That TINY white dot in the background is our goal.
We started in a cool lovely pine forest, gentle slope that changed to straight up quickly.
Native flowers along the way. I was stoping to take pics to catch a breath!! Puff puff!
View down from the trail
Our able &Beyond guide, Tashi
Our driver, Yeshi, who literally held an umbrella over our heads on the trek up to keep us cool. I felt like a Maharani.
Our 5th group member, Marisa Costa from NY.
We actually made it!! 18,600 steps, 8miles It took us 5 hours up and down.