Welcome to Dungkhar
An unpaved but good-quality road runs from Lhuentse for 40km to the small village of Dungkhar, named because the ridge upon which it sits is shaped like a conch (dungkhar). Pema Lingpa's son Kuenga Wangpo settled here, and it is through him that Bhutan's royal family, the Wangchucks, trace their ancestry to the Kurtoe region. Jigme Namgyal, father of the first king, was born here in 1825 and left home when he was 15 to eventually become Trongsa penlop and the 51st desi.
The road from Lhuentse climbs high above the river to Zhamling before dropping down again to Dungkhar. A return trip here from Lhuentse will eat up at least five hours.