Exploring Tiger's Nest
Tucked away on a steep Cliffside in the majestic Upper Paro Valley of Bhutan, Paro Taktsang (also known as Tiger’s Nest) is an absolute must for any adventurers preparing to embark on a trek through Bhutan’s Himalaya Mountains. This Himalayan Buddhist sacred site was constructed in 1692 around a cave (also called a “tiger’s lair”) where, legend holds, Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th Century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country.
The Tiger’s Nest is a roughly 6.2 mile one way hike from the Paro Valley bottom through gorgeous forest with about 3,000 feet of elevation gain. A moderately difficult day hike, many trekkers spend their first day in Bhutan hiking the out and back to the Tiger’s Nest in order to acclimate to the high altitude.