After breakfast at the hotel, head to your vehicle for a transfer to Pelela, where you will rejoin the Trans Bhutan Trail.
At 3,407 metres (11,177 feet) above sea level, the Pelela Pass is one of Bhutan’s highest and is traditionally considered to mark the boundary between west and central Bhutan. Local craftspeople often sell fine yak-hair products at the pass. As you descend through the meadows below Pelela, keep an eye out for the yak herder camps which can be seen scattered around the valley.
Stop in a traditional farmhouse in the village of Rukubji to enjoy a hot lunch, before visiting Rukubji’s village Lhakhang (temple), also known as Kuenzang Choling. It is thought that this temple was built some 300 years ago by a Lama named Tshendhen Duelwa. Unlike most temples, it is not built on a ridge with a view out over a valley, but rather on an extended plateau and close to two rivers: the reason for this is that the Lama built the temple on top of the head of a snake-demoness which he subdued in the same location. Rukubji is also famous for its unique local language, and you will have the chance to learn about this during your time here.
Afterwards, rejoin the trail for a gentle climb out of the valley then through a forest, before dropping back down the village of Chendebji. At Chendebji, visit the Chorten (stupa), which is built on the point on which it is believed that the three ridges and the three edges of the sky meet. The Chorten was built by Lam Ngedup Tshering Wangchuk in order to subdue a local demoness, Nyala Dudm, and bring peace to the Chendebji Valley.
At Chendebji, you will rejoin your vehicle for a road transfer to the town of Trongsa.
On arrival, check in to your hotel where you will have time to rest. Your guide will arrange for dinner either at your hotel or a good local restaurant.
Trek Distance: 21.5 kilometres (13.5 miles)
Estimated Trek Duration: 8 hours
Elevation Gain: 500 metres (1,650 feet)
Starting Elevation: 3,402 metres (11,162 feet)
Ending Elevation: 2,276 metres (7,468 feet)
Maximum Elevation: 3,402 metres (11,162 feet)