Norbugang day hike starts from Norbugang, a small village in Punakha. Norbugang is about 40 minutes drive from Punakha. The four queen mothers are from this village. Norbugang stands on a hill overlooking the valleys of Wangduephodrang and Punakha.
Norbugang day hike trail description
You will have to drive for about 40 minutes to reach the start point. The start point is from the monastery built by the grandfather of the present king of Bhutan.
Norbugang is a nice small village. People here grow mostly highland crops and little paddy.
The hike from Norbugang to Punakha town is about 2 to 3 hours depending on your pace. The trail is all downhill and easy for most. People with knee problem might find it little difficult as the gradient is quite steep and lot of pressure will be on the knees.
The trail passes through shrubs and little pine forests. Since the trail is without tree cover it will get really hot on sunny days. The trial gets little slippery during rains and it might be little slippery in the early mornings too because of dew. You have to be little cautious walking down as you might slip if the trail is wet.
This trail is not recommended during June, July and August as we have rain then and the trail gets slippery.
For those who want to do this trail from Punakha to Norbugang can do so. The trail from Punakha town is all uphill and will take about 3-4 hours.
If you want to experience village life in Norbugang then you have the option to stay in one of the houses in the village with a local family. Experience authentic village life.
History of Norbugang village
Norbugang village is believed to be the place where the arrow of Lam Drukpa Kinley landed when he shot an arrow from Tibet. The divine madman or Lam drukpa Kinley came to this village during his visit in Bhutan.