Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley

Gangtey Lodge


Luxury experience in undiscovered Bhutan

Award-winning, Gangtey Lodge, with its stunning design and mesmerising views, offers the weary traveller the perfect blend of luxury through adventure, spiritual enlightenment and deep connections with the culture and community of rural Bhutan, in the Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley.

Known to the Bhutanese as ‘druk yul’ or ‘land of the thunder dragon’, Bhutan is the last Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. Bhutan is a country where spirits and myths are an accepted part of daily life, where sacred mountains remain unclimbed, and fishing is banned from its pristine rivers. Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley is a wide glacial valley and one of the most stunning areas within The Kingdom of Bhutan. It is a protected nature reserve and winter roosting grounds of the endangered black neck cranes.

Designed in harmony with the local village and its 17th-century monastery, the lodge follows the look of a traditional farmhouse, showcasing ornate woodwork, Bhutanese-style pitched roofs and arched window frames. The Main Lodge subtly captures the vibrancy of Bhutanese artwork and monastic design. Local artists and masons worked on the murals and carvings reflecting images and landscapes from the valley. All 12 suites are identical and have a private bathroom and spacious living area, with interiors reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. Unwind by the cosy fireplace and soak in the deep roll top baths with sweeping views of the valley below.


At a glance

  • 12 Farm-house style suites

  • Eight complimentary mountain bikes for guest use

  • Restaurant

  • Spa

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  • Gangtey Lodge Bhutan Cooking class

    Cooking class

    At Gangtey Lodge, food has always been key to a greater understanding of the history, customs, and traditions. Explore and prepare a culinary journey of Bhutan. Collect ingredients such as homemade cheese and butter from a visit to a village house or join the chefs shopping at the local market. Finally, dine in the Woodshed, a personalised and exclusive dining experience, and enjoy your creations.

  • Gangtey Lodge Bhutan Spiritual Experience

    Spiritual cleansing (Thrusel)

    Join the monks at the Shedra for an early morning Thrusel ritual, for self-cleansing of all bad spirits surrounding us and for good luck. Buddhist fumigation is a ritual practiced by the Bhutanese every morning and during special pujas (religious ceremonies). Selected herbs are burnt, and holy water (thrue-chhu) is poured over one’s head for purification. It is a common belief that every place has its local protective deity or spirit, and the fumigation is to please the spirit and keep the spirit happy.

  • Gangtey Lodge Bhutan Mountain biking

    Gangtey Valley mountain bike rides

    Take one of Gangtey Lodge’s 8 complimentary mountain bikes to visit traditional villages and far-flung monasteries throughout the valley. There are numerous village roads and tracks for mountain bike riding, which range from easy to strenuous, including the lung-busting climb to the top of the Lawa Pass for the more adventurous.

Community & Culture

The hotel’s green team implement a variety of projects throughout the year from donating produce from their gardens to those in need to assisting elderly members of the community in maintaining their homes. By hiring locally and promoting from within, Gangtey Lodge aims to empower the local community by bringing opportunity and skills development to such a remote area, additionally, this helps to stem the rural-urban migration that threatens the existence of remote farming communities. To further assist the community, the lodge donates fees generated through the guest experiences, creating a sustainable source of income. All of Gangtey Lodge’s experiences have been created in partnership with the local community.


In collaboration with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Gangtey Lodge is committed to protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of Phobjikha Valley through projects driven by the Gangtey Lodge Green Team. For example, each year the Green Team plant over 100 trees in the local forest and take part in monthly anti-litter activities in the valley.


The Gangtey Lodge Family philosophy centres around physically, spiritually, and emotionally connecting with their natural surroundings. This can be seen in the Gangtey approach to sustainability. Gangtey Lodge’s menus focus on supporting local producers, minimizing imports and growing what they can on site. The wood the lodge burns in their energy efficient swiss wood stoves are sourced from sustainable, government-regulated forests. The drinking water is filtered, treated and bottled on site, while all Gangtey Lodge’s waste water is recycled for use in the gardens or donated to water the neighbours’ fields.

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