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Chumphu Ney || Chumophug or Chumphug in Dotey

Chumphu Ney, also known as Chumbu Ney or Chumophug, is situated in the higher reaches of the Dophshari valley in Doteng Gewog, Paro district. It holds significance for both pilgrimage purposes and its dramatic location, much like Taktsang.
It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places in the Himalayas, revered as a Second Pemako in reference to Padmasambhava's 'Hidden Land.' Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated here, and many important Buddhist masters are said to have followed suit.
After a 40-minute drive from Paro, a 3-hour walk along the Dopchu River takes you past numerous neydo or sacred natural rock carvings associated with Guru Rinpoche's activities. The path is mostly gradual, with a steeper section beginning approximately after 2 hours into the hike. Here, you'll ascend along the side valley, passing a waterfall, climbing ladders, traversing ledges, encountering meditation caves, and reaching natural stone pools before arriving at the temple at an elevation of 3100 meters. The main shrine is guarded by police and home to a self-arisen image of Vajravarahi (Dorje Phagmo). Additionally, there are several other sites with caves where Guru and his consorts meditated.
This is a fabulous full-day excursion from Paro, worth not just for the pilgrimage but also for the trails winding up to the complex that are the real attraction to most visitors.