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Getting there & away

From Trashigang it’s 281km to Bumthang, 349km to Trongsa and 551km to Thimphu.

The local jeep drivers that wait at the bus stand say that if you leave Trashigang at 3.30am, you can reach Thimphu at 8.30pm, a total of 17 hours’ gruelling driving.

There are daily local buses to Thimphu, Samdrup Jongkhar and Radhi, as well as less-frequent services to Mongar (Monday to Saturday), Trashi Yangtse (Wednesday and Saturday) and Phongme (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). On many of these services the ‘bus’ is actually a converted truck, which provides a very bumpy and dusty ride.