Phajoding Goenpa Hike
Moderate - Hard
Phajoding Goenpa is a large monastic complex with 10 lhakhangs and 15 monastic residences. It also comprises of a State Monastic school housing 40 monks. Its name ‘Phajoding’ comes after the saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who meditated there in the 13th century and thus is one of the most sacrosanct meditational sites in the Kingdom. The 9th Je Khenpo, Je Shakya Rinchen (the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body) established the entire complex in 1748.
Phajoding monastary was once one of the richest and decorated monasteries in the country and is the home of many Bhutanese artifacts. The hike to Phajoding is a 5km uphill climb from the youth centre in Motithang. The trail makes way through the fir, spruce and blue pine forest. Visit the ancient lhakhangs (monasteries) and enjoy a beautiful panorama of Thimphu Valley.