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Tango and Cheri Monastery: A Day Hike from Thimphu

Tango and Cheri Goemba come at the top of the list if you are looking for day hikes and trails around Thimphu. These are two beautiful monasteries set on two side hills with Thimphu Chu (River) flowing right in the middle.

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Located around 18 kms north of Thimphu, ride to the base point is itself quite charming as you pass through the interiors of Bhutan with a halt at Pangri Zampa Lhakhang mid way which is the national center of traditional astrology in Bhutan. Trail to Tango Goemba starts right next to Parking lot and takes around an hour while for Cheri Goemba, you have to walk a little by the side of river before you start your ascend, also being around an hour one way.

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Parking lot: Starting point for your excursion to Tango and Cheri Goemba

As we reached the starting point at around 2 PM and it was about to rain, so we decided to hike to Cheri Goemba only. It was some key festival on the day we visited the monasteries and place was full of Bhutanese who had come to offer their prayers and get blessings. We walked for 10 minutes on road along river Thimphu Chu before we crossed a cantilever bridge, vibrant with prayer flags and the sound of gushing water, to start our hike for Cheri Goemba, considered to be the first monastery of Bhutan.

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Beautiful Cantilever Bridge: Here starts your hike to Cheri Goemba

Hike to Cheri Goemba is along a steep trail that passes through the green forest. We met few people who were coming down to go to Tango monastery as priests had gone there in afternoon for the worship. Though steep, but trail is quite well defined and you can also catch your breath under the shadow of trees as you ascend up.

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Hike to Cheri Goemba: A trail through forest

You can also easily spot deer and jaru (mountain goats) along or on your path as you approach the monastery. a group of goats was sitting right at the entrance and we took a deviation in case they get agitated seeing us.

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Mountain goats right at the entrance of the monastery

It was all calm and peaceful and there was no one around except deer and mountain goats. Cheri is also an important meditation place for monks and thus we kept roaming around without making any noise. Views from the 
top are stunning as you see the river flowing down with Bhutanese sitting on the bank for their lunch.

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Capturing the beauty of Cheri Goemba

You can also walk further up to watch more of Goemba structures but we decided to walk down as it was getting dark with heavy clouds. It took us around 20 minutes to climb down and as we were planning to start our ascend to Tango Goemba, it started raining cats and dogs. Thanks a Bhutanese gentleman who gave us lift in his car otherwise there were no taxis over there and we would have all drenched in rain 🙂

Tango and Cheri Goemba Location

Both the monasteries are located close by on two side hills. You can decide to hike anyone first and then come down before you ascend the other one. Reserve at least 2 hours (both ways) for each hike. Click here for co-ordinates. 

How to reach the starting point from Thimphu

Shared cabs from Thimphu ply only up to Pangri Zampa Lhakhang (Nu 40 per person) which is mid way from Thimphu to Tango & Cheri Goemba. You can either book a full cab from there on or from Thimphu itself. We will suggest to have your own cab as Tango and Cheri Goemba are not frequently visited and you may not find a return cab. We faced issues in terms of getting a cab on our way back and felt that we should have booked our own cab for this trip.

Place to visit on the way

  • Rock painting of Guru Rinpoche at Begana: You can take a halt for a quick photo session here.

Happy Exploration !!

4 thoughts to “Tango and Cheri Monastery: A Day Hike from Thimphu”

    1. No special permit is required for Indian Citizens. So you can easily add it to your itinerary. Very peaceful places 🙂

    1. Hi Riya – Not sure around this piece. It has been long time for us 🙂 But it would not be cheap as it will be an almost day long trip.

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