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The legend of Taktsang Tiger's lair dates back to AD when Guru Rinpoche Padma Sambhava , is believed to have arrived at this site on the back of a tiger and subdued the evil spirits in the region. The Guru then meditated in the holy cave that is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today. According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the dharma and one of them, Singye Samdrup, is recognized today as the guardian deity of Taktsang. Guru Rinpoche is also believed to have concealed among the rocks of Taktsang various forms of Dharma treasures known as Ters, which were destined to be discovered later by Tertons treasure discoverers for the propagation of Dharma.

In approximately one hour, we will reach the teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple. For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour each direction to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple.

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Anyone not interested in hiking further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view. One can continue further to visit the temple. The entire hike roundtrip is about 5 hours. This fortress, now a burned shell, was once strategic in Bhutan's defense against Tibetan invasion. Chomolhari 24, feet , the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong.

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The road ends and the trek begins, following the river gently uphill through a narrowing agricultural valley. Many farms line the valley. The trail proceeds up a wide valley beneath forest-covered mountains. Our hike today takes us to our first camp in a grove of pines at Shana, which is at the confluence of two valleys. For many this is the most challenging day, due to both the uneven terrain and the distance. The trail heads gradually up the river valley, passing farms and crossing and re-crossing the river many times. The trail goes up and down quite a bit and the footing is sometimes challenging with many river rocks on the path.

One last climb after tea, up about feet to a small pass, then the trail levels out above the river and gradually winds down again to cross a cantilever bridge.

After the bridge, the trail climbs again and then splits. Camp is in a meadow near a stone shelter that the government has built for trekkers. The trail climbs to a beautiful flat plateau with a small chorten, and then follows the river around a sharp bend. Another brief climb takes us to plateau where our staff will have a hearty lunch waiting for us. After a hot lunch of noodles and vegetables, we continue, now above tree line, through a spectacular valley lined with snow peaks and several huge waterfalls. We pass the small village of Jangothang, with their new health clinic, and within an hour, reach the camp at the base of the ruins of an ancient fortress and if it is clear Chomolhari looming at the end of the valley.

According to our trip leader Sha Phurba "Mount Chomolhari never dissappoint visitors to allow a glimpse of her summit even during the cloudy days". This is a great place to arrive early and take some optional evening hikes in the region. Starting elevation: 13,' at Jangothang Tsophu: 14,' and Ending Elevation ' Elevation loss: ' Approximate mileage: 12 miles Today's walk is a long one. The trail crosses the river and begins to climb up to the lakes. A steep climb for about 45 minutes with spectacular views of Jitchu Drake and Chomolhari which grow more and more impressive as you gain altitude.

Once you reach the top of the plateau, the trail will level out and after crossing a small hill, the first lake will come into view.

This is a spectacular walk with the three major peaks rising above the valley, a broad stream on your right and snow covered peaks in the distance. As we near the top of this first incline, we cross a small glacial stream. The trail winds up and into an upper valley, with snow capped peaks in the distance. We skirt several streams and a small lake as we make our way towards the final climb to the pass. Be on the lookout for Blue Sheep on the steep hillsides above the valley. In the fall, the sheep gather together in herds numbering up to individuals. In addition to the Blue Sheep, there are several Snow Leopard which live in this region.

As we climb, we will pace ourselves to allow our bodies to adjust to the elevation. At a slow pace, we should be at the pass by approximately a. After more scrambling up the few remaining feet, and finally, we are at the Bang Tue La! To the right is a massive cliff with waterfalls and a vast scree field below. In an approaching boat, they find a kidnapper, his accomplice and a ten year old, blindfolded girl. By a secret passage, the trio get to the valley.

Determined to save the child from captivity, the two boys find out the secret passage. By operating the hidden water-lift, one can easily enter or exit the valley.

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They enter the valley once again and rescue the prisoner. On their way home in a vallom , the kidnapper confronts the boys. In the encounter that follows, they defeat the criminal. The two boys return home with the rescued girl and receive a rousing reception at school. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Not Enabled. No customer reviews.

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