Wangdue Eco Lodge
Wangdue Eco Lodge is pioneering eco-tourism in Bhutan. Established in March 2015 at an altitude of 1459M in Dhamina village, it overlooks the beautiful Ngashigaykha village, a confluence and the majestic Wangduephodrang Dzong. On a clear morning, one can see the perennially snowcapped Gangchen Tag (6784M) behind the Dzong.
An ancestral home is preserved in its pristine form, refurbished to accommodate a lounge and bar on the ground floor. The family continues to live upstairs. Another building with a Dining, Kitchen and conference rooms, and the four cottages has been built in close semblance to traditional styles. The fusion of green architectural ideas into traditional structures makes it a unique experience for anyone!
Each Cottage comprises two suites a short walk along the ridge. Each suite is self-contained for a couple or family, with an option for twin or king-sized beds. Along with its large dressing and bathroom space, the bedroom leads onto a large wrap-around balcony with a view of its organic farm and the surrounding villages.
The Eco Lodge is at a travel-strategic location easing exploration of Western and Central Bhutan. Plenty of cultural and historical excursion destinations lie within a short travel distance.
Wangdue Eco Lodge will not only strive to satisfy guests; the local communities will also benefit from employment opportunities created by the Lodge’s commitment to creating a Green Community that ensures a low carbon footprint.
Wangdue Eco Lodge has 11 permanent staff members; six are family members while five, including the Chef, are hired help. The promoter Ugyen Wangchuk manages the Lodge. Staff members are encouraged to serve more as hosts than as paid workers. As a mainly family-run enterprise, this comes with minimal effort.
Activities, Knowledge and Experience
- Immerse into the local culture and experience seasonal agriculture activities such as cultivating and plantation with the locals
- Learn to cook authentic Bhutanese cuisines from the experts.
- Learn to produce local cheese and distilled traditional wine (ara).
- Play archery and other traditional games.
- Photographing the local activities such as art, craft and farming with experts.
- Abundance of cultural hikes to iconic Nyenzergang monastery, Japhu, Rubesa, Rinchengang and Matalunchu. Adventure hike to Sha-phangyuel, Gaselo, Khotokha and Nahi following the trails leading through scenic forested landscapes.