Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan

I finally got a chance to get out in the Bhutanese wilderness. Located at the top of mountain and built into a cliffside is the Tiger’s Nest Temple, perched under a waterfall and made of half wood, half mountainstone.

The 6k hike there and back, rising to 3000m above sea level, was exhilarating and punctuated by climbing donkeys, rock trail markers, and Buddhist flags. Over the lip of the mountaintop, a waterfall spills out over a view of the valley. The fresh mountain air was internittently mingled with the smoke of locals’ campfires and the scent of sandalwood incense. The mountain is covered in natural pines, and there was relatively little rubbish on the trail. Along the trail were a few temple visitors, donkey herders, and stray dogs.

I love hiking mountains.

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