The Gangtey Horse Ride, one of the company’s exciting projects, aims to create a remarkable experience for avid horse riders, allowing them to forge a deep connection with these majestic creatures. Horseback riding not only brings you closer to nature but also reveals the profound bond between rider and horse. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring rides that traverse breathtaking landscapes, taking you through local villages, over mountain passes, and amidst untouched forests. Along the way, you may have the delightful opportunity to interact with local school children, monks, nuns, and if fortune favors you, catch a glimpse of the magnificent black-necked cranes during their seasonal visits.
- Explore the region's natural beauty as you ride along winding paths, lush forests, and open meadows.
- Ride with rare bird species, including the endangered black-necked cranes that migrate to the region (Oct-March).
- Engage with friendly locals, and explore ancient temples, gaining a deeper understanding of Bhutanese heritage.
- Experience traditional meals prepared by local chefs, giving you a taste of the country's culinary delights during stay in local farmhouse.
- Capture memorable photographs as the sky transforms into a palette of vibrant colors when you top of hills
When flying to Bhutan, you fly over the great Himalayas, enjoying the magnificent scenery of the world’s highest glacial mountains. Once you land, a representative from Druk Experience will meet you and take you to Thimphu, the capital city, which is about an hour’s drive. You will have an opportunity to rest and have lunch before visiting the Memorial stupa and Trashi Chodzong. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel.
After breakfast sightseeing in Thimphu may include a visit to the Bhutan living museum, the Traditional Art School, popularly known as painting school Giant Buddha statue overlooking Thimphu valley before we begin our journey to the Gangtey Valley, approximately a 4-hour drive. On the way we will stop at the Dochula Pass for tea and incredible views. Time permitting, we will make a few more stops along the way for sightseeing and to enjoy the incredible views. Overnight in Gangtey in Hotel.
After breakfast, we will go to the horse ranch which is located in the Dramche village. Here you will meet your horse and, if needed, have a short riding lesson. We will then begin our journey through the Semchubara village, beautiful pine forests and into the open valley where we will stop to enjoy a great view of the black-necked crane resting grounds. We will continue riding past a chorten and Khewa Lhakhang, where we have the opportunity for a short gallop, for advanced riders. We will continue riding, following Phobjikha Gewog road, passing several villages until we reach Ngenlung Drechaling, a nunnery temple, where we will dismount to visit the temple and talk with the nuns. After the tour and a picnic lunch, we will continue riding through the village of Taphu, home to local sheep herders. You will have the option of a deluxe camping experience or a local homestay for overnight accommodations. Included is a complimentary hot stone bath, perfect for those sore muscles!
After breakfast we will ride through the village of Taphu to Lawok. The Lawok settlement is one of the largest remaining villages totally dependent on livestock and harvesting potatoes. We can visit the Ramchen Primary School on our way to the Chabji village. Here we will stop and visit AWP alcohol distillery plant before riding to the Zizi village where we will have a picnic lunch. We will continue riding through the valley where we will stop at the black-necked crane information center, which has a wealth of information on the cranes and the local history of the area. When we continue, we will ride along the logging road below the Gangtey temple hill to the Semchubara village through beautiful pine forest, back to the ranch. Overnight in hotel.
Today we will ride towards the Gangtey Monastery where we will make a brief stop for touring. Then we will continue riding pine forests to the 5-star Amankora resort, where we can stop for tea (Chargeable). We will continue riding, ascending through the Gala village to the Lawala pass. Today’s ride will be through dwarf Rhododendron, spectacular during flowering season. During the spring months, the woodlands on either side of the valley look particularly stunning, with an array of colored rhododendrons. In the winter months, the views from the top offer up the snow-capped Himalayas to the north.
Once again, we start our ride from the ranch following route below Gangtey monastery hill to Crane information center. Upon reaching forest range office climb to the Tsele La (3430m) pass by following an ancient trail through pine forests. You will have great views of the Phobjikha valley as we climb. Once we see the prayer flags at the pass, we will be at 3430m above sea level. After the pass, it is a nice descent through beautiful meadow and juniper trees to the Chubja village. After a 45-minute ride we will reach the Gogona temple. The Gogona village is spread out over several meadows and most families living her make a living through farming. Here we will camp on one of the beautiful meadows or stay in farmhouse. Overnight in Camp/Farmhouse.
In the morning we will explore the village and interact with villagers as we learn about their way of life. Here we will also visit the Gogona community milk processing unit, where Emmen haler, Gouda, Mutschler and other local cheeses and butter are made. When we leave the village, we will begin our ascent the Shobe La pass (3475m) following an ancient trail. From the mountain pass there is a long and beautiful descent through a magical rhododendron forest that turns into a pine forest with fern undergrowth. Eventually we will arrive at Khothokha Village. Just outside the village there is a newly built monastic school. Over 100 monks study here, and it is definitely worth making a visit. Overnight in Camp/Monastery Guest house.
Today we will begin our journey back to Punakha. A short scenic drive through ever-changing vegetation brings us to Punakha and Wangdue valley. Here we will tour the architectural wonders of the 17th century Punakha Dzong, straddling at the confluence of Pho and Mo rivers (male & female). From the Punakha Dzong we will walk across the suspension bridge, and gradually climb up the hill for about 2-3hr to Limukha village. Meet your vehicle near Limukha and drive to the hotel. Overnight hotel in Punakha valley.
After breakfast we will take a short walk to visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455 - 1529), popularly known as ‘the divine madman’, a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless stories of fact and fiction, stories and legends have been spun. Then we will begin our drive to Paro, approximately 3 ½ hours. Time permitting, we will visit Tamchogang temple and walk across the hand forged iron bridge (1433). Upon arrival in Paro, you have the option of a short hike to the Zori Dzong or to shop in town for souvenirs.
After breakfast and a short drive, we will begin the 2-3-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. It is a sacred monastery for the Bhutanese people who believe that it must be visited at least once in their lifetime. In the afternoon, we will drive to Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. The Dzong, now in ruins, is a place of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese once repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). If time permits, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the country built in the 7th century AD
Your Druk Experience guide and driver will ensure that you are at the airport and checked in for your journey home.
- Bhutan sustainable development fees
- Accommodations in a hotel& Camp or Local Farm during the trek
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- English-speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Horse Charges
- Camping Equipment during Trek
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical
- Insurance Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
You will be riding 6 days for complete tour program. This includes ride start to end.
We recommend considering either the Spring season, specifically March and April, which is known for its vibrant flower season. During this time, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to ride through enchanting rhododendron flowers and other wildflowers. Alternatively, you can opt for the late Autumn season in November and December when the majestic black-necked crane makes its arrival, creating a truly captivating experience.
During starting days it’s a bit easy and at the end of the tour, the process becomes more moderate, allowing for a smooth conclusion to your remarkable experience.
Yes, horses are trained and it’s suitable for all levels of riders.
For the first few days you will be in a normal tourist lodge and for the last 2 days we will be either in Farmhouse or in the tent.
We suggest an age group from 15-60 years old.
Due to the limited trained horse we owned, We will be taking only 6 people at the time.
Kindly bring your own riding gear excluding a helmet.
Yes, this trip can be taken as a solo traveler on any date of your choice. The cost for this trip is calculated for a solo traveler. If others join the tour, the cost could possibly be lower slightly. Check with your travel specialist.
We provide English saddles for the trekking tour. We suggest you wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Helmets can be provided upon request