Gangte trek is classified as an easy trek and recommended from March to May and September to November. This trek is more pleasing in April to see the Rhododendrons in bloom. The trek is named after the Gangte Goemba that sits on a ridge above the valley.
The trek starts at Phobjikha and ends at Tikka Zampa. At the start of the trek only, there is the warden’s office of the Black Mountain National Park. The trail ascents and descents till its end. The trek is very interesting as it passes now and then through forests of blue pine, cypress, juniper, rhododendron and daphne. And when it passes the Gogona Lhakhang village, statues of Chenresig, Atisha and painting of Lama Drukpa and several other appearances are the centre of attraction.
Karte Thang village, Gangri Chi village are some of the villages and Rinchenling monastery and Dolay Goemba are some of the Goembas that come across this trek. The Kokotkha valley to the south-west is considered as a site for a domestic airport to serve Wangdure Phodrang and Punakha. A 6 km cable fo Tashila ropeway is also available. Primarily used to carry goods up to the village and to bring logs back down the hill, but it makes two special trips daily to carry people. Passengers are advised to travel the Tashila ropeway at their own risk. Birds watchers will be overjoyed to have the Gangte trek to see birds like laughing thrushes, shrikes, magpies and woodpeckers.
Suggested Itinerary of Gangte Trek
Day 1 : Phobjikha to Zasa
Day 2 : Zasa to Chorten Karpo
Day 3 : Chorten Karpo to Tikke Zampa
Best time for this trekking will be the months of March - May and September - Novembe