Shugdrak is one of the four holy cliffs which every human being should visit during the course of their lifetime. The hike up to the temple is easy and the view from the top is beautiful beyond words.
The drive to the starting point for the Shugdrak hike takes you along the river down Choekhor Valley. The trail starts shortly after passing Thangbi Goemba on your left (see previous description). Initially, you will walk upwards through flower meadows before catching a smaller trail which leads towards a handful of farmhouses. It continues past an old water mill and then straight up to Shugdrak, beautifully situated on a cliff overlooking the surrounding valleys. Steps imprinted in the mountain side lead up above the roof top of the temple where hermits reside in a charismatic farmhouse surrounded by prayer flags, and with spectacular views in several directions.
Shugdrak: The temple is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and it is said to have been blessed by the Saint in the 8th century. The temple is built on a rock face and resembles the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) in Paro. The stairs up to the temple entrance are enclosed in an enchanting cave, the temple has a small altar room with a view, and a little wooden plank veranda with views to the seat where Guru Rinpoche meditate
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Really appreciate YANA's professional organization of the entire trip. Could not imagine how a trekking trip could such be well organized - more or less like a 5-star hotel with the only difference of we were at more than 3,000 above sea level. Special thanks to Yeshey and the chef who had given tons of assistance when I was descending due to attitude sickness. - Simon Liu, Hong Kong