Welcome to Shingkhar

There are several good hiking options in the valley. The easiest option is the two-hour return hike to the cliff-hanging Shamsul Lhakhang, which offers fine views down the valley. The trail starts from the dirt road 3km above Shingkhar. A longer hike leads up to the Singmi La, along the former trade route to Lhuentse, and multiday treks continue further through Phrumsingla National Park to Songme in the Lhuentse valley.

On the way back to Ura stop at the charming Somtrang Lhakhang, with its courtyard megaliths and a meditation retreat in the cliffs above the village. A footpath offers a pleasant walk from here directly down to Ura village. A three-day kangsoe festival brings the place to life at the end of the ninth month (November).

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Shingkhar in detail