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At a Glance
Gangtey is one of our faveourite locations in Bhutan and Amankora Gangtey is a perfect setting to explore.
Views for miles is the perfect sum up for this property. you can see straight through the valley, which are perfectly positioned on either side of the property.
Cannot not mention the spa in this property and we especially love the candlelit hot stone bath which takes in once again, those views.
Sharpen up on you knowledge of Buddhism in the peaceful library, here read about local folklore, textiles and the stories of the epic mountain range.
You cannot escape the Bhudist culture and one thing which is up there on our suggestions is to join the monks for either an evening or morning pray.
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your holiday to Amankora Gangtey
Amankora Gangtey is located in the Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan, a glacial valley that has been virtually untouched by modern civilisation. The region has some great day treks and is an ideal bridge point between Amankora Punakha and Amankora Bumthang.
The picturesque Phobjikha Valley is located on the Western slopes of the Black Mountains at an elevation of 2,900m. It is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys and is a designated conservation area as it is the winter home of the endangered black-necked crane. Around 350 of these beautiful birds migrate from the Tibetan Plateau to Gangtey every October and can be spotted usually until March, when they circle the Gangtey Goemba before flying back to their summer homes in Tibet. The 16th century Goemba that dominates the quaint village is also worth a visit and includes a school, meditation facilities and quarters for monks. The Gangtey Valley is also fantastic for nature walks and treks of varying difficulty.
Positioned on a forested knoll close to the valley floor is Amankora Gangtey. A winding track leads guests through the forest and descends to the lodge that enjoys sweeping views of the stunning valley landscape and fields of dwarf bamboo and potato crops.
The lodge accommodation and guest areas are encompassed in one rammed-earth building. The combined living and dining room is appointed with cosy chairs and sofas and communal dining tables, providing views through floor to ceiling windows of the valley and surrounding mountains. The eight suites are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, offering an open plan bedroom and bathing area. The aesthetics combine wood panelling and chocolate brown walls, the traditional bukhari, terrazzo-clad bath, shower and vanity, and day bed offering views across the valley. Suites are individually heated during the cold winter months. The Spa is made up of two massage treatment rooms and changing areas.
The eight suites are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, featuring an open-plan bedroom and bathing area. Each room contains a traditional bukhari, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanity, and daybed offering views across the valley.
Children are welcome at Amankora Gangtey. However, there are no specific facilities. They will love the varied flora, fauna and spectacular mountain terrain Bhutan has to offer. Some of the trekking however will only be suitable for older children.
Book seven nights in Amankora properties throughout Bhutan and receive a complimentary car, driver and guide and one spa wellness treatment per journey.
Facilities at Amankora Gangtey include a spa offering oil massages to dissolve tension around the joints, and a restaurant serving both Western and Bhutanese cuisines.
The Gangtey village is home to the ancient altars and ramparts of the massive Gangtey Goemba. The Phobjikha Valley is part of the Black Mountains National Park, one of Bhutan’s most important wildlife sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and black-necked cranes which arrive from Tibet. Nature walks and treks are offered throughout the valley. Other activities include archery, fishing, golf and white-water rafting.
Sara Wells (Staff)
Amankora Gangtey has just 8 contemporary rooms situated atop a hill looking Gangtey valley with excellent views. The communal space has floor to ceiling windows, and the bedrooms also have great views. The Amankora experiences are second to none.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The Amankora property is in a wonderful location looking down the valley and in view of the Monastery. The hotel organises fantastic experiences, I would recommend the picnic walk.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Amankora Gangtey is located between Punakha and Bumthang and is a superb location for local day walks and to see the wonderful black-neck crane. I think it has the best views of any of the Amankora lodges, and is also the smallest, so the main areas are exceptionally cosy. The rooms and public areas are all first rate, being almost identical to those seen in other Aman Hotels in Bhutan.
Black Necked Crane Festival
During the festival, the local communities organize various cultural programs in Phobjikha, including crane dance performance and stalls selling colourful local items and Bhutanese handicrafts.
Dochu La Pass
At an altitude of 3,100 metres, The Dochula Pass is a high mountain pass known for its 108 distinctive memorial stupas and breathtaking panoramic views over the Himalayas.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Gangtey 360° Hike
Today you will be driven to Lewa La Pass and have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
Gangtey Goenpa Monastery
The Gangtey Goenpa monastery, or Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Linpa tradition of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Dating from the 17th century, it has superb views and guests usually visit before taking the Gangtey Nature Trail.
Enjoy this stunning hike - through Rhododendron forests, thick woodland, steeper passes, taking in the views of the valley and ending in the idyllic Kumba Village.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Phobjika Nature Trail
Take a day walk around the Phobjikha valley, an ideal hike to see the black-neck cranes from November to late March, or simply to experience the villages and farms along the way. See the Crane Information centre at the end.
Potato Shed Candlelight Dinner
Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese dinner amidst flickering candles and bhukhari in the middle of shed on a local potato farm.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Spa Bath in Potato Shed
Visit a Bhutanese farmer in his traditional shed and enjoy a Bhutanese bath heated from fire-roasted stones, all while you indulge with a bowl of chips harvested from potatoes in the same field of Tokha village.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Gangtey 360°Hike
Today you will have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
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- Scenic helicopter ride overlooking rolling valleys, winding rivers and soaring Himalayan peaks
Location & directions
Amankora Gangtey is located in the Phobjikha Valley, a glacial valley that has been virtually untouched by modern civilisation.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight (one change) to Paro Airport, followed by a 8-hour drive. Amankora Gangtey is best visited as part of an itinerary.
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