RKPO

Gangtey, Bhutan

At a Glance

  • Prime location in the Gangtey Valley
  • Views of Black Necked Cranes
  • Charming local staff
  • Very authentic feel
  • Ask the staff to regale you with tales of regal visits - you may even be in the same room chosen by the king!

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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.

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Call us on 09 887 3617 to start planning your holiday to RKPO or take a look at our itineraries to Gangtey

Description

A rustic-styled property with gorgeous views across the Gangtey Valley, RKPO is good value for no-frill guests. A good point from which to hike and take in local sights, this humble hotel has served as the King’s accommodations whilst visiting the valley.

RKPO is a charming rustic property situated at the southern end of the renowned Gangtey Valley. It is a prime location from which explore Phobjikha, a glacial valley and protected nature area, home to endangered black necked cranes, foxes and tigers. The cranes visit from the Tibetan Plateau during the winter months and often arrive in early October and remain in the valley until the end of March. RKPO is simple, but therein lies its charm. The rooms maintain a strong sense of local Bhutanese character, with wall paintings and local wood stoves called bukharis. The views here are lovely and the access to local hiking trails makes it a great location.  There is a small gift shop and a nice dining area. Massages and traditional hot stone baths can even be booked in the small spa on site.
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Accommodation

The RKPO Gangtey boasts 7 deluxe rooms and 2 suites, with another 14 rooms coming in new buildings.  They feature traditional décor with handpainted flourishes on the walls and local furniture, giving this lodge a very strong sense of place.

Experiences

  • Apple Plucking

    Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.

  • 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.

  • Bumthang Discovery

    This day tour will bring you to visit Jakar Dzong, one of the largest in the country, hike through, Kurjey Lhakhang's beautiful landscape to Tamshing Monastery, experience first-hand the unique local cottage, brewery and cheese industries.

  • Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa

    Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.

  • 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.

  • Fly Fishing

    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.

  • Jakar Dzong (Bumthang Dzong)

    Bumthang Dzong is perched above the town is also known as the Fortress of the White Bird, or Jakar Dzong. Constructed in the 16th century, it has superb views.

  • Matsutake Mushroom Picking

    From around mid-July to the second week of August, we can arrange a matsutake mushroom-picking activities in the forest of Ura village near to Bumthang.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trongsa Dzong & Yathra Weaving

    The scenic journey between Gangtey and Bumthang breaks at Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family, as well as the the Yathra Weaving Center at Chumey Valley.

Location & directions

Gangtey, Bhutan

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