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Lungchutse via Dochula Pass - 1 Day

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Lungchutse via Dochula Pass

Lungchutse Near Dochula Pass

This is one of the most picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region. On clear days, one can enjoy 360° view of the breathtaking Himalayan mountain ranges from the top of Lungchutse goenpa to the extreme north.
Once you are at the Dochula Pass (3140m), walk to the south of the mani wall and Chorten. Head up the ridge through cattle trails until you find recognisable Homo sapiens trail. You will then follow up the ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow, where yak herders camp in winter. Next, you will enter into forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchutse temple surrounded by prayer flags on heavily logged slopes.

After a brief visit to the temple, you will descend through the trail to the left just 150 meters below Lungchutse, leading to 18th century Trashing goenpa an important mediation centre. The trail leading down from the front of the temple zigzags steeply down the side of the mountain until farm road which takes you up to the main road, where your car will drive you to Thimphu.

Cost Includes

  • Round-trip transport in a shared SUV or minivan
  • English speaking
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Packed lunch

Cost Excludes

  • Drinks and beverages
  • Other personal bills
Price From USD$340/person
Total $ 340 USD

Trip Facts

  • Medium
  • 3-4 Hours
  • 3600M
  • 550M