Tiger’s Nest : the Goal

Tigers Nest Monastery

 Taktsang (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.

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.

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!

Native flowers along the way. I was stoping to take pics to catch a breath!! Puff puff!

View down from the trail

View down from the trail

Our able &Beyond guide, Tashi

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 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.

We actually made it!! 18,600 steps, 8miles It took us 5 hours up and down.

Our First Hike in Bhutan -2 hours up the mountain

imageWild Rhododendron

image View along the way- puff puff.

imageHalf way point – beautiful Stupa with prayer Wheel.

image Changangkha Lhakhang Monastery

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Destination: Changangkha Lhakhang
Built in 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang is oldest temple in Thimphu. It is hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, Bhutan. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue.

Bhutan Images

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imageOur hiking destination for the day -Khamsum Yuley Temple: Built by Queen Mother of the 5th king of Bhutan to bring universal peace to the world.

imageKhamsum Yuley Temple

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Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
It is a destination for active travelers. Hiking trails and choices are unlimited, be it a day hike or a 28 day hike.