Gangtey Valley, also known as the Phobjika Valley, is an expansive U-shaped glacial valley in central Bhutan. Surrounded by the Black Mountains this pretty, but little-visited, region has been designated as a conservation area by the government of Bhutan and plays host to the black-necked crane in winter, when they migrate here from neighbouring Tibet. These cranes are so popular in the area that the locals throw a festival to mark their arrival every year on the 12th of November.Read More
Apart from the birds, the Gangtey area is famous for its resident monastery, the Gangteng Monastery. Built in 1613 and most recently renovated in 2008 it is arguably one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world in the last remaining wholly Buddhist country in the world. This impressive building sits at the head of Phobjika Valley, proudly looking over the valley and is inhabited by visiting monks in the summer months only. Every year the monastery becomes the venue for Tsechu, a religious Bhutanese festival, which is held all over the country and sees numerous musical and dance performances.
Visitors often take leisurely walks through the village as well as further afield on the numerous nature walks and treks. The valley’s varied and often undulating terrain means that a walk can be found for all levels of fitness. The rugged landscape, peppered with charming, authentic residences, makes Gangtey well worth being a stop on anyone's itinerary. The vistas never fail to disappoint and are sure to leave travellers with some unforgettable memories.
If you are planning a Gangtey holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Amankora Gangtey Gangtey
Looking out across the lush green surroundings, the tall wooden facade of the Amankora Gantey is one of Bhutan’s finest luxury properties. It comprises eight suites, all perfectly proportioned in an open plan style. Wood panelling and chocolate brown walls surround the terrazzo-clad bath and traditional Bukhari (wood burner) and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view of the valley. Taking one of the local nature walks is a great way to see the stunning valley. The hotel is located in the little-visited Phobjikha Valley on a forested knoll amongst one of Bhutan’s most important wildlife reserves.
Hotel Dewachen Gangtey
Set above a beautiful valley, the Dewachen Hotel is a classic example of Bhutanese architecture with ornate carvings covering the property. Rooms are spacious and warm, all coming with an iron stove and burner so guests will remain toasty throughout the night. Traditional food is served and there is a cocktail lounge on site too. A traditional hot stone bath is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is encircled by pine forests in the Phobjikha Valley and commands some truly stunning views. The rare Black Necked Cranes are often seen here.
Gangtey Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Gangtey.