Our 10-day trip in Bhutan was filled with highlights after another from festival after festival to scenic and cultural hikes, etc.  And we have concluded the trip with the highlight of all highlights – the hike to the legendary Takshang Lakhang, better known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan, making it the most sacred monastery in the country. Precariously perched high up on a sheer cliff a dizzying 10,000 feet/3,048 meter above sea level,  it certainly also has the most stunning and fascinating location.

Why is it called the Tiger’s Nest?  Legend has it that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava and one of the holiest figure in Mahayana Buddhism, flew to this exact spot from Tibet on a back of a tigress (who was a manifestation of his divine consort). He came to subdue a demon and then took residence in a cave where he meditated for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. He then started the conversion of Bhutanese into Buddhism.

The monastery was built in 1692 around the cave where Guru meditated. Today, it is a cultural icon of Bhutan. A trip to Bhutan is not complete without a visit to this sacred site.

But how to get there? For those of us with no tantric powers to turn our partners into flying tigers, there are two ways to reach the monastery. The challenging option is to hike all the way up and the easier (but not safer) option is to ride a horse up to allowed points and then hike from there.  We chose the challenging (and humbling) option.

Trailhead,  Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanWe started the hike on the valley floor 7,000 ft/2,100 meter above sea level.  The monastery looks like a tiny white speck from here (see the cliff on the right side).  With elevation gain of aboutt 3,000 ft/900 meter, it took us around 2 hours and half to reach the monastery, including lunch stop at the half-way point  (one hour to the cafeteria and 45 minutes from there to the monastery).

Chorten on the Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanFrom the valley, the trail slowly and gently climb into a  pine forest where we passed by several structures containing water-powered prayer wheels surrounded by prayer flags. We would like to believe that they were placed on that spot to bestow blessings of stamina to hikers passing by –  because from there the trail went into a steep, arduous, steady climb up to the ridge.

Horse ride to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanSome people in our group took a horse ride up to the cafeteria, the rest stop that marks as  the half way point.   Horses can be taken further up to the second viewpoint.  We were advised to stay on the side of the mountain when we see the horses on the path. They tend to veer on the edge.  It looked scary for us.  Just one misstep can cause them to fall over.  We heard there were some accidents in the past. That said, we don’t recommend the horse ride.  It’s better to work on being fit before the trip and walk the trail.

Signage on the Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanA signage along the trail reminds visitors that this is no ordinary hiking trail – it is a sacred site, a place of pilgrimage.  Bhutanese come to this place to pay honor to as well as seek blessings from Guru Rinpoche.

The HIke to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanWe read and heard that the hike was not going to be easy. We thought, hey, we had done a lot of challenging and longer treks so it should not be too strenuous for us  –  but it was.  We were humbled.  To catch our breaths, we stopped to look up at the monastery everytime it came into view.  Sometimes it appeared closer and  then it would appear farther away again.

Halfway to the cafeteria, we saw a group of monks turning to a narrow path that veered off from  the main path. They told us that it was a short cut route.  A short cut was a good idea at this point, and we thought it would be interesting to hang out with the monks on the trail and so we followed  them. (They were climbing with big boxes and bags of food supply to take to fellow monks at a monastery that was even higher than the Tiger’s Nest!)

Well, the short cut route turned out to be way much steeper, making our pace much slower. It probably took us longer to climb the shortcut route than it would have taken us if we have climbed the regular route.  Advice: it’s not always a good idea to follow monks.  But we had fun talking to them. They were friendly, funny and seemed to enjoy practicing their English with us.

Prayer Wheels on the Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanAfter an hour of seemingly eternal climb, we reached the ridge marked by a chorten, prayer flags, series of prayer wheels and a breathtaking view of the monastery. The cafeteria  was a short walk from here.

Cafeteria on Tiger's Nest Monastery Hike, Paro, BhutanFinally, we reached the cafeteria, the halfway point and the first viewpoint. A hearty buffet lunch was well-deserved.  From here the view of the monastery and the cliff was even more dramatic. We learned  that many people ended their hike at this point.   In fact, only five out of ten people in our group chose to continue the hike up to the monastery from here.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

 

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanTiger’s Nest Monastery is the one hanging on the cliff on the right side. The even higher structure sitting on the top of the left cliff is the monastery where the monks we met on the trail were delivering food suply for their fellow monks on meditation retreat. We bet it would earn them higher spiritual merits.

View of Paro Valley from the Hiking Trail to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanAfter lunch, we continued on to the second half of our hike. Our guide told us that this part was easier than the first half.  We thought that he lied because the trail was still steep, but the view of the Paro Valley along the way was breathtaking.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanMore steep climb and we stopped for this magnificent view of the monastery. It looked liked it was getting closer!

Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanAnd finally the trail flattened!  It is true after all that the second part is easier (for now). We savoured the joy of walking horizontally and the feeling of mystery that shrouded this part of the trail.

 A cave shrine on  Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanWe passed by this shrine which houses a cave where a high lama was born. We climbed the stairs to take a peek inside and saw a photo of the holy lama and money thrown in by the faithful. We also  passed by other small structures between here and the monastery, some of which were amazingly wedged between the cracks of the cliff. They are retreat houses for lamas who are on extended period of retreat – just like what Guru Riponche did –  for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.

Viewpoint on a Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanFinally, we reached the second viewpoint. The vista of the monastery and  Paro Valley from here was beyond spectacular. It was absolutely worth the climb.

Viewpoint on a Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanIt looked like we could touch the monastery from the viewpoint. But it was a wishful thinking, it was still on the far end of the deep valley.  From here, the trail turned into steep descending steps before it climb up again, over 700 steps in all.

Monks of Stairs on the  Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanMonks going up the steps as we were descending.

Prayer  Flags on Hiking Trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanMore prayer flags were flapping like celestial laundry lines as we got deeper on the stair trail and the view of Paro Valley was even more spectacular.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

The monastery looked farther up again as we followed the descending step trail.

A waterfall on hiking trail to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, BhutanThe stair trail plunged into a  bridge across a lovely waterfall that was cascading into a sacred pool. From here, the stair started to climb up to the monastery. After 100 steep steps we were finally at the monastery entrance.

It was exhilarating to finally reach Tiger’s Nest Monastery.  Alas, photography is not allowed inside.  We had to check our backpacks, cameras and phones at the entrance.  Our guide, who we only saw few times on the trail (he was running back and forth on the trail checking on everyone in our group), asked us to remove our shoes and then showed us the inner sanctum of the monastery.

We learned that there were several temples within the monastery.  We visited three where statues of Guru Rinpoche in his various manifestations were on display behind glass walls.  There were also statues of other Buddhist deities as well as beautiful religious paintings. Other than the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated, the monastery also houses several medication caves of other holy people in Buddhist history, including Guru’s consort.  The meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche is sealed off behind a gilded shutter in a small temple. It is only opened once a year.

Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

The atmosphere throughout the monastery was mystical.  We were enveloped with a deep sense of calmness and peace.  We received a blessing from a monk at one of the temples. We felt like we were true pilgrims.

Having experienced the way of a pilgrim, we were filled with the sense that our journey in Bhutan was complete.  We descended with a feeling of lightness. And yes, the hike downward was much easier.

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 Travel Notes:

  • Wear sturdy sport shoes, preferably hiking shoes.  Also wear thick socks. You will have to remove your shoes before entering the monastery and the floor is cold!
  • Bring your hiking poles. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a wooden walking stick at the parking lot for US$1. (Our friend Nadine took hers home as a precious souvenir.)
  • Bring a rain gear. Weather can be unpredictable. (It rained without a hint of dark clouds during our hike, but fortunately we were already in the monastery when it poured.)
  • Do the hike at the end of your trip to give you more time to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Manage your pace. Walk slow but steady. Avoid walking fast and stopping too much. It will be taxing to your lungs and you will expend too much energy.
  • Make sure not to arrive at the monastery close to 12:00 noon. You will be rushed to get out of there as the monastery closes for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. (We met people who were very disappointed that they didn’t have enough time at the monastery.)
  • Most people start the hike very early in the morning to avoid mid-day heat. We didn’t start ours until mid-day as our flight didn’t arrive Paro from Bumthang until that morning. As we were hiking up, most people were descending. We found out that starting late was a good thing because when we reached the monastery we had it all to ourselves. And since most part of the trail is shaded by foliage, we hardly felt the mid-day heat.

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98 responses to “Bhutan: The Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

  1. Mike

    I’ve heard about and seen pictures on the Internet of the Tigers Nest Monestary but you’re the first blogger friends I’ve ever known who actually went there, Marisol! I laughed at the part you mentioned about it not always being a good idea to follow monks. But, I would have loved talking to them too! Wow, if a person was going to be at 3 year retreat this would be the place to do it, huh? I soooo enjoyed this and thank you :)
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    • Hi Mike, we’re so glad you enjoyed the post and gave you a good laugh about not following the monk:) Its definitely a place conducive to do an extended retreat. Any plans?

    • HI Alex, thanks! You have to visit Tiget’s Nest! You and your camera will love this hike.

  2. I am amazed at the devotion of those who built those structures. We’ve seen similar (not as spectacular by any means) in Greece and have pondered the logistics it took as well as the lives. . .great post, felt like I was there with you two! Photos are spectacular! (And I will always think twice now before following a monk!)
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    • Hi Jackie, glad we were able to take you with us. We too are amazed with the deep devotion that made it possible for this monastery to be built.

  3. What a gorgeous day…the photos are all stunning. Love the one through the flags…genius! Bhutan is on our maybe for December list. Do you think that’s a good time to visit or too cold?
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    • Hi Corinne, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. We went in September and we had beautiful clear days. This is what Lonely Planet says about traveling in Bhutan in December. Hope it helps.
      “From December to February, there is often snow in the higher regions and occasional snow in Thimphu. The road from Thimphu to Bumthang and the east may be closed because of snow for several days at a time. It would be best not to plan to visit these regions at this time.”
      Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bhutan/weather#ixzz2vPcEaTws
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  4. Love your new theme, Marisol, although the one-column layout of the posts does take getting used to. For some reason, the font is also too light. Re Tiger’s Nest, I’ve seen pictures of it before and I’d always thought that it’s not easy to get there. Apparently, you can, huh? I would love to include this in my itinerary when I do get the time to go to Bhutan!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Aleah, thanks for the feedback. The posts actually have two column, unless you’re viewing it from a tablet or an old browser.
      You definitely have to include Tiger’s Nest to your itinerary when visiting Bhutan. It’s worth the climb.

    • Marisol

      Hi Noel, we’re so pleased that you enjoyed it.

    • Marisol

      HI Alison, we have series of post about Bhutan here you can visit them and see if they can provide any info that you need. Otherwise, feel free to shoot us an email if you have an questions about Bhutan travel.

    • Marisol

      Hi Agness, we’re avid hikers but don’t consider ourselves professionals. I hope you get the opportunity to hike soon and also hope that you can visit Bhutan one of these days.

  5. Marisol, it was such a pleasure to work with you and we are so happy that you guys love your new look. It was such an honor (and so much fun) to build you a theme that helps display your beautiful stories and photos at their very best! :)

    As for Bhutan—wowza! You know I am not really one for hiking, but looking at your photos here, it’s clear that this is one of those places you’ve just got to go to and is well worth the physical exertion. I second your recommendation for walking sticks, however—we certainly got our money’s worth when we purchased them for our trek in Nepal and were grateful every single day that we had them!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Steph, the more I look at it the happier I am with the theme:)
      The hike to Tiger’s Nest is really one for the book even for non-hikers. I really recommend anyone traveling to Bhutan to prepare for it as it is an experience of a lifetime. I hope that you and Tony make it there sometime soon
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    • Marisol

      Thank you, Jan. So glad you like the new look:)

    • Marisol

      HI Dick, thanks. Ah, your Steep Ravine hike makes a good training for the hike to Tiger’s Nest.

  6. Leigh

    First thing I noticed was your new look. It’s wonderful.

    And oh my I would so love to do this hike. Stunning photos and I can feel you drinking in the view at the top – while catching your breath. What a treat to have the monastery to yourself.

    • Marisol

      Thanks Leigh! I’m pretty sure you will joy this hike. It may be a piece of cake for a hardcore like you:)

  7. I’m exhausted..that was some climb! I really am going to have to get super fit before I head to Bhutan! Your photos and description of the climb were fabulous as usual. I really did feel as though I was there with you. What an amazing place!
    Love the new look your too!
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    • Thanks Jenny. I’m glad we gave you an idea on how the hike is. It’s really worth preparing for the trip. I’m sure you will find it an incredible experience.

  8. Silvia

    Love this! Looks like quite an amazing experience. I was supposed to study abroad in Bhutan, but my program got changed to India and Nepal, and I’ve never really gotten over the disappointment. Someday!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Silvia, really? Well, we hope you get a chance to visit Bhutan one way or the other. We hope you had a wonderful time in India and Nepal.

  9. Beth

    What a breathtaking journey! I’d love to take on that hike someday, and Bhutan is a dream destination.

    • Marisol

      Hi Beth, I hope with all my heart that you get to take on this hike someday. You will love Bhutan.

  10. I like you new look! When I saw the photo at the top, I immediately recognized it from every single article I’ve read about what a happy place Bhutan is. I never realized that it is such a challenge to get up there. If I had managed to make it halfway, I think I’d be able to push on and make it all the way to the monastery. The details of the hike and the photos are fantastic. I almost feel like I was there, too, minus any physical exertion on my part.
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  11. Marcia

    Congrats on the new look, Marisol & Keith! I’ve been researching designers but hadn’t heard of them. Will have to check them out…
    I’d probably have to get in better shape to take this hike on but gosh, from your amazingly stunning photos and story, it’s totally worth it!
    FYI, I’m back in NYC if you’re around and want to get together. Would be great to finally meet.
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    • Marisol

      Hey Marcia, thanks! Definitely reach out to Steph and Tony. They’re really great to work with,
      Yes, it’s totally worth preparing for the hike to the monastery. It’s truly is stunning.
      Will e-mail you about the meet–up!

  12. Linda

    Loved reading of your adventure which sounds like one I’d very much enjoy.

    • Marisol

      Thanks Linda, glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Love the new look and advance happy blogoversary. I’ve always been fascinated with pictures of how they built Tiger’s Nest and just the sheer beauty of it. Absolutely gorgeous photos and I thoroughly enjoyed “virtual hiking” with you. I never realized just how hard it is to get up there. I’d brave the hike before trusting my life on any horse. I can’t even begin to imagine the relief to reach the destination and just seeing this mystical and amazing place. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Now, if I can just get to Bhutan soon :)
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    • Marisol

      Hi Mary, thank you! Glad you enjoyed the virtual hike. Definitely hike it than taking the horse ride. It’s definitely worth every step. Getting up there is magical. I hope you get to go there sometime soon.

    • Marisol

      Ha! Ha! Nancie, I hope you got a good work out. Thanks Nancie, glad you enjoyed the photos and the new look.

    • Marisol

      HI Betsy, thank you! Glad you found your way here and tht you enjoy the tour.

  14. wow, my goodness! you do the most incredible things. thanks for sharing these. i wonder if there’s a helicopter ride to reach the monastery?

    how long was the hike from the beginning till you reached the very top?
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    • Marisol

      Hi Maria,, our pleasure. Ha! Ha! No helicopter ride to the monastery. It’s cheating! You won’t be granted spiritual merit:)
      It took us 2.5 hours including lunch stop to get to the top.

  15. Hey! Just found your site through 20YearsHence. Beautiful pictures! All of the traveling you’ve done, while still holding down busy jobs, is really inspiring! Looking forward to glancing through more of your posts when I’ve got a little time. Site looks great!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Rochelle, glad you found us and enjoyed the blog. Thanks for visiting.

  16. I love the scenery, but I have to get in shape for the hike :) … love the new look …

    • Marisol

      Thanks Rachel, glad you enjoyed it.

  17. Hi Marisol ,
    Great photographs and nice narration. We visited Taktshang Monastery this winter. I could re-live the trail while going through your post. Cheers, Prabhjot

    • Mariol

      Hi Prahjot, thank you. Oh how wonderful. I’m sure you had a very special time as well. Thanks flor visiting.

  18. Hi Marisol,
    We’re planning to do this hike in late September. Can I ask what it would be like for someone who is not good with heights? The path, in your photos, looks quite enclosed. Are there any places on it where there is no fence and just sheer steep drops?

    • Hi Margaret, Most of the edges were hedged by trees or bushes. There are steep drops by the stair trail but railings have been installed. I think you will be fine. Just stay on the mountain side far away from the edges. I wish you a very wonderful trip. I’m sure you will enjoy Bhutan.

  19. Flora

    Hi there!

    How are you doing today?!!

    I am Flora and like you writing is my passion. It soothes me, somehow! Your blog “travelingsolemates.com” is probably one of the most interesting ones I’ve seen recently. Like minds I guess! I was also wondering if I could do a guest post for your blog.
    The best part is I won’t be charging you a penny, but in return all I need is just one link within the article or to my author bio.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Flora.

    • Hi Sahil, I hope you had a great trip and found more people to join you.

  20. Hi! We just returned from Bhutan – but only viewing the Tiger’s Nest – from distance . Was looking forward to a detailed report on the hike to the place – and lo – here it was ( excellent work , praise worthy effort , lovely pics ! ) . Did you hear about / see the what is called the TIGERs NEST 2 ( its a eerily similar looking Monastery ) seen when one visits the CHELE LA Pass ( enroute to HAA valley )

    • Marisol

      Hi Vivek, I hope you had a wonderful time in Bhutan like we did. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this post. We have seen several structures in our travels in Bhutan that resembled the Tiger’s Nest, not sure if the one in Chele La Pass was one of them. All of them were quite a sight to behold. Thanks for visiting the blog.

  21. Brandi

    Great blog. I’m looking to take this journey sometime next year. I thought that the temple was off limits to tourists. No true?
    Also, how did you prep for this type of hiking journey?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Marisol

      Hi Brandi, thanks! I’m glad you’re planning to journey to Bhutan. I’m sure you will love it. Tiger’s Nest and all temples are open to tourists. Some of them are closed during certain festivals.
      Working out is part of our regular routine. and we hike every chance we get., so that pretty much helped us to prep for this trip. Good luck with your travel planning and I wish you a wonderful journey.
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  22. Kishore

    very nice wordings. Was loving to go to this place. will surely go after seeing your article.

  23. Carolyn

    I am deathly afraid of trails with a steep drop-off. Heights bother me a lot. How scary is this trail? Does it have good railings? I will panic if I look down over a steep cliff. Tell me if you think I’m a candidate for this hike. I would love to see Taktshang (Tiger’sNest). Also I am 70 years old but in good health.

    • Marisol

      Hi Carolyn, so sorry for the late reply,. As far as height, it’s not scary at all. Most of the edges were hedged by trees or bushes. There are steep drops by the stair trail but railings have been installed. I think you will be fine. Just stay on the mountain side far away from the edges. If you’re in good health, you should be just fine. It is can be steep but remember that key is to take it slow.

  24. MD NASIRUDDIN BADAL

    Hi I m coming Bhutan 30th December with my 11 years old son,1st day my programe paro tigernest monastery or drukgl djong & others spot tell me which is best for us?.2nd day thimpu,3rd & 4th day punakha, pubjika but which is better for us?Day 5th back paro,6th day tay in paro & visit some places.Please tell me how do I enjoy my journey.Finally 5th january we leave your country.

    • Marisol

      Mr. Badal, we don’t live in Bhutan; we were only visiting. Our itinerary for the most part were pretty active and involved a lot of travel and may not be suited for 11-year old. I suggest that you contact one of the local tour agencies to recommend best places to travel with an 11 year-old.

  25. shradha

    Can I go there with my 3 year old?

    • Marisol

      Traveling into Bhutan and within Bhutan may be exhaustive for a 3 -year old. But I suggest you speak with local travel companies in Bhutan for advice.
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  26. Wayne

    Will be at Tigers Nest trailhead on Feb 25, 2015, on my 76th birthday, one-week into February trip.
    Am living in Florida now. I did much COLORADO hiking in past years but am concerned bout ye old knees! Whatcha think in Feb? What temp can be anticipated; how much snow? Will it be wise for me to stop at cafeteria; or push onward?
    Consider myself fortunate to have come across your blog. Thank you.

    • Marisol

      Hi Wayne, what a fantastic way to spend your birthday. We went to Bhutan in September so we have no first experience of traveling there in February, but I made some research for you and here’s what I gathered. “The winter season (December to mid March) brings snow to the higher regions however the southern regions and main valleys where visitors generally travel are considerably warmer. Paro and Thimphu normally experience only light dustings of snow so still well worth a visit….”
      I recommend that you stop for a break at the cafeteria to recover some energy for the second half. The trail goes steep right away on the first half. The key is take it slow and your knees will thank you. We hiked with a man about your age and he made it to the monastery just fine. Good luck and have a wonderful journey in Bhutan.

      • Wandering Wayne

        What a wonderfully complete response! You even did research on a winter visit. THANK YOU.
        My tour company won’t be taking me to high elevations with much snow. I’m more concerned about how warmly I
        need to prepare myself for the end of February. I then go to Nepal for my two-week main trip.
        Again, I love your blog, your assistance, your photos and just everything. Wandering Wayne

        • Marisol

          Hi Wayne, you’re very welcome. If you’re concerned is how to properly dress, the best thing to do is to layer. That way you can always add and subtract as the temperature changes when you hike. Two weeks in Nepal! Wow, you’re really in for a great trip. Advanced Happy Birthday and may you have the best journey ever.

          • Wandering Wayne

            Again, Thank you Marisol. You’re just too efficient! It’s appreciated.

            Much of my concern is that I’m told to have (heavy) hiking boots, other shoes, shoes to handle snow and shoes to wear when cold water rafting. Plus a heavy coat, hat, gloves, warm sleepwear for two nights in a tent, much warm clothing for layering, walking stick(s), binoculars, camera, an extra bag, etc, etc, etc and keep it all to 44-pounds. Plus an 11-pound carry-on limit in Bhutan.

            I have trouble keeping to 44-pounds in summer for Europe.

            Wonder what I can eliminate! Guess I chose the wrong month!

            Your new admirer,
            Wandering Wayne

  27. Wandering Wayne

    Again, Thank you Marisol. You’re just too efficient! It’s appreciated.

    Much of my concern is that I’m told to have hiking boots (heavy), other shoes, shoes to handle snow and shoes to wear when cold water rafting. Plus a heavy coat, hat, gloves, warm sleepwear for two nights in a tent, much warm clothing for layering, walking stick(s), binoculars, camera, an extra bag, etc, etc, etc and keep it all to 44-pounds. Plus an 11-pound carry-on limit in Bhutan.

    I have trouble keeping to 44-pounds in summer for Europe.
    Wonder what I can eliminate! Guess I chose the wrong month!

    Your new admirer, Wandering Wayne in warm weather Florida

  28. Again, Thank you Marisol. You’re just too efficient! It’s appreciated.

    Much of my concern is that I’m told to have (heavy) hiking boots, other shoes, shoes to handle snow and shoes to wear when cold water rafting. Plus a heavy coat, hat, gloves, warm sleepwear for two nights in a tent, much warm clothing for layering, walking stick(s), binoculars, camera, an extra bag, etc, etc, etc and keep it all to 44-pounds. Plus an 11-pound carry-on limit in Bhutan.
    I have trouble keeping to 44-pounds in summer for Europe.

    Wonder what I can eliminate! Possibly I chose the wrong month!
    Your new admirer,
    Wandering Wayne Clearwater, FL, USA
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  29. After seeing the nest in the movies, I am just absolutely obsessed with seeing it in person. I am not usually a big trekker, but this looks the payoff that could get me out there. Just stunning pictures and I can’t imagine a more mix of spiritual and mysterious destination anywhere on earth.

    • Wanderingwayne

      Thank you.
      Seeing Tiger Nest Monastery was awesome.

      • Hi Wayne, I’m so pleased to hear that you had an awesome time seeing Tiger’s Nest. I hope the rest of your trip was wonderful.

    • HI Victoria, The trek up to Tiger’s Nest will be worth your every step. I hope you get to visit Bhutan soon and experience its mystery, beauty and spirituality.

  30. Don Schofield

    I’m booked for 25 days in Bhutan starting in Mid September 2016 and its a 35 year dream trip. Finding your blog was a gift. I’m 68 and in good shape and have been working on an elevated treadmill to be in good shape for Tiger’s Nest.

    I see you have hiking poles; should I have one or two? Gracias for this and all your Bhutan blogs.

    • Marisol

      Hi Don, yes we highly recommend a hiking pole. If you don’t have one, you can buy a walking stick on the trailhead for $1. They’re good ones. Our friend who bought and used it took it home as a souvenir. Have wonderful time in Bhutan and good luck and enjoy the hike,

  31. Karen Gee

    What an incredibly inspiring and heartwarming website to discover – such a treat! It feels really friendly and personal, with the richest travel content I’ve seen in ages. Just wonderful.
    I leave for a trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan in just a few days time and now have a much clearer (alarmingly clear actually) understanding of whats involved in getting to Tigers Nest. Thank you for sharing your journey and your photos.

  32. Karen Gee

    What an incredibly inspiring and heartwarming website to discover – such a treat! It’s so friendly and personal, with the richest travel content I’ve seen in ages. Just wonderful.
    I leave for a trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan in just a few days time and now have a much clearer (alarmingly clear actually) understanding of whats involved in getting to Tigers Nest. Thank you for sharing your journey and your photos.

  33. Quite Amazing photography, and adventure.
    Seeing the photographs makes me feel like I am there though I have not gone there. But hope to soon.
    You got the difficult route after following the monks. HAHHAA
    Loved the post!!!

  34. Kerry

    What a fabulous trip and such beautiful photos. I’m planning a trip to Bhutan for this Oct/November, reading about your trip has made me even more excited. I too will think twice about following the monks…. but then again, how interesting their conversation would be. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories and photos.

  35. Thukten

    Wonderful!

    • Wayne Misler

      Are you Thukten THINLEY, my OAT tourguide in February 2015? We arrived just in time for the Kings birthday celebration. I’m 76-years old. We were only three tourists. You assigned a terrific young helper to assist me. I had to come down the last portion of the trail with my arm around your shoulder for support. I lost enough weight that you had to punch an extra hole into my belt. Now, do you remember me?
      You and your assistants are terrific. Thank you.

  36. Animesh Kundaji

    Hi,

    My name is Animesh Kundaji and I work as a content writer. This post is probably one of the best reads I have come across in a long time. Also, the pics are absolutely transcending. I have been to Tabo and Kee in India, and I know the contrast between simplicity and the rest is humbling.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  37. Filiz Bali

    I greatly enjoyed reading your journey. Excellent travel notes for those looking forward to hiking up to the Tiger’s Nest, like myself. Many thanks.

  38. Naarah

    I took this hike around the same time you were there, but i am so mesmerized by this place that i like to read people’s views and pictures about it. I love Bhutan and this was one of the best hikes i have been on. I enjoyed reading your post and the pictures gave me a nostalgic feeling that makes me want to board a plane and head there!

  39. Dennis Dickinson

    I will be doing the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery in 2 weeks time ! Hopefully the weather will be as good as the weather you enjoyed.
    I’m excited about my trip (going to be travelling from eastern Bhutan (Samdrup Jongkhar across to western Bhutan (Paro).
    Your great posting has heightened my excitement.

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