Ascending Bhutan’s Sacred Tiger’s Nest

Taktsang monastery on the side of a mountain overlooking Paro Valley in Bhutan. Photograph by David Braun.

PARO, Bhutan–It’s a steep climb to Taktsang, a monastery hugging the side of a rocky cliff 2,000 feet above the Paro valley in Bhutan. But the going is fairly easy if taken slowly, for the path is well constructed and maintained and the mountain air is fresh and cool. It requires ascending a few thousand steps, with plenty of opportunities to admire the view and to catch one’s breath. For those of us who live at sea level it can be difficult to breathe comfortably while exercising vigorously at 10,000 feet, so a relaxed pace with plenty of rest was excellent advice from our expedition leader.

Taktsang monastery on the side of a mountain overlooking Paro Valley in Bhutan. Photograph by David Braun.
The National Geographic Committee for Research and Explorations at the start of the walk up to Taktsang monastery. Photograph by David Braun.
The National Geographic Committee for Research and Explorations at the start of the walk up to Taktsang monastery. Photograph by David Braun.

The pilgrimage to Taktsang, also known as Tiger’s Nest or Tiger’s Lair, is (literally and figuratively) the high point of any visitor’s sojourn in Bhutan. For the National Geographic —> Read More Here

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