Chorten Ningpo and Khabasa Village
3 - 4 hours walking (Easy to Moderate Grade)
After breakfast drive to Chorten Ningpo, which dates back to the 17th century. The chorten is a little-known spot with a magnificent statue of Maitreya (the future Buddha) and images of the great lamas of the Drukpa lineage. This magical spot was once a dense forest inhabited by evil spirits. The great oak tree outside the monastery is said to have grown out of the blazing log that the 'Divine Madman' threw (the tree’s bark is still black from where it was burnt). In 2005 the monastery began to house orphans from the nearby village. A small Buddhist educational institution was founded where children can study both traditional Buddhist scriptures and texts as well as Western subjects. The hike back to COMO Uma Punakha is around 45 minutes, going past Thodrup Lhakhang.
After lunch, there is the option to drive to Talo Nobgang village or try white water rafting (participants must be aged over seven). Alternatively, enjoy a COMO Shambhala wellness therapy.
Option 1: Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery and Talo Nobgang Village Walk
4 - 5 hours walking (Easy to Moderate Grade)
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery has one of the biggest bronze statues of Avalokiteshvara – a bodhisattva embodying infinite compassion – created entirely by local Bhutanese artisans. The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns, offering both religious training and life skills. Nobgang monastery, dating back to the 17th century, was built as the residence for Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan Buddhist lama. Start your hike down and you’ll see spectacular valleys, mountains and Punakha Dzong. The hike will go through chir pine trees, passing the school, farms and farmhouses. You will come across an amazing tree (local people believe the tree is the walking stick of the ‘Divine Madman’, planted upside down) before you reach the finishing point.
Option 2: White Water Rafting ‘Mo Chhu - The Temple Stretch'
2 - 4 hours on the water, depending on river state (up to 45 minutes shorter during monsoon season, July to August). Easy Grade. Additional charges apply.
The temple stretch is a great introduction to rafting, with the rapids running up to grade two as well as long calm sections. After the exhilaration of the rafting, relax with an hour’s hike up to the temple at Nyezengong and then float down the scenic Mo Chhu river and past the Punahka Dzong.
Please Note: Rafting is subject to availability. While our outfitter takes all possible precautions to ensure a safe journey, all white water trips entail an element of risk. It is recommended that all participants are able to swim and are in good health. All safety equipment - including life jackets, splash jackets and trousers, helmets, and dry bags for valuables - is supplied.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
COMO Uma Punakha