Mongar altitude: 1800m. We climb through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets till we reach Mongar town.
Drive to Ura village. The drive will take about 2 hours. You will first head towards Jakar and near Membartsho cross a bridge over the Tang Chhu. The road starts climbing from here past a few small villages and blue pine forests. As the road climbs, you can look back at excellent views up the Choskhor and Chumey Valleys.
Ura is quite a large village. The Geyden Lhakhang (temple) dominates the village and is reached by turning off the road to Mongar on a short unpaved road that leads off the main road east of the village. There are about 40 closely packed houses along cobblestone streets, giving the village a
The journey continues eastwards climbing to the highest point on the National Highway at Thrumsing-la pass (4,000m/13,125ft). From here, the road gradually descends to the alpine valley of Sengor, with wonderful viewsof cascading waterfalls and the hills of eastern Bhutan along the way.
Vegetation changes from alpine to subtropical with the loss of height, and bamboos and luxuriant ferns overhang the road as we drop down to the valleyfloor. The descent stops at 700m/2,300ft, where we cross the Kuri Chu (river). We ascend again through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets to reach Mongar town, high on a gentle slope above the valley.
Visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930s and one of Bhutan’s newest dzongs.