Phobjikha is a U-shaped glacial valley situated at the mean altitude of 3,000 m in Wangdue Phoorang district in Bhutan.
Phobjikha is a U-shaped glacial valley situated at the mean altitude of 3,000 m in Wangdue Phoorang district in Bhutan. The coordinates range from 90°05’5″ to 90°17’30″N and from 27°22’16” to 27°31’27″E. Nakay Chhu (black river) and Chhu Karp (white river) meet at Chakze and drain the valley. The Phobjikha valley occupies an area of about 162 sq.km – the entire area of Gangtey and Phobjikha and parts of Bjene and Athang geogs. It lies about 146 miles northwest of Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, and is connected by a road that traverses Lowala Pass. From Thimpu to the valley, it is about a 4–5 hour drive.
Some characteristic features:
The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) is the organization responsible for undertaking all management and conservation activities in the valley. RSPN has been engaged there for the past 23 years. RSPN has also established a Black-Necked Crane Information Centre in Phobjikha to monitor the crane in the valley.
According to the RSPN studies, Phobjikha has 498 households scattered in 49 settlements. Potato cultivation, timber, fuelwood, tourism, and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are some of the major livelihood activities in the valley.