After a strenuous hike, if the weather permits, one is rewarded with a fascinating view of Bhutan’s most northern Himalayan mountain range with its snow-covered peaks that rise above 7000m. Such beautiful views are not uncommon, if you don’t mind the hike to the many mountain monasteries in Bhutan.
We are currently in Phadjoding, a monastery complex above Thimphu, which lies on a green mountain face at an altitude of 3600 – 3800 meters. A group of monks in their traditional maroon gowns and orange shirts stand in front of one of the houses and prepare powder for incense sticks. A younger novice runs around uninhibited. A wonderful and lively image. After a few minutes of quietness, I look around and notice that one of the buildings has some deep cracks and dearly needs some renovation. Some other has just been renovated.