Trongsa to Chumey Valley, Bhumtang District
At 8 A.M. we leave for a three- hour drive to a two-night stay in Domkhar Cluster Village. The route crosses YotongLa pass (10,800 ft.) which is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags--it marks the boundary between western and central Bhutan as well as the western border of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Beyond Pele La is Longte Valley where people raise sheep and yaks.
We arrive at Domkhar just in time for lunch time at our hotel, then afternoon archery competition between our guides, drivers and farmers followed by a Kuru (lawn darts) competition. Evening bonfire for awards ceremony, folk dancing and singing in a circle around the fire. Meanwhile down at the temple they will be setting up for the annual Domkhar Drup (festival) and you can wander there to see what’s going on, mingle with the locals as they set up a blue-tarp flea market adjacent to the temple.