Zangmo

Zangmo Farmstay in Phobjikha valley is run by friendly mother-of-six Zangmo, who with her husband raised her children all in this charming traditional white-washed farmhouse set on the edge of tiny Nyimphey village. A dirt road connects their part of northeastern Phobjikha valley to Gangtey, and the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre is a 20-minute drive away.

Zangmo can accommodate 8 guests at a time in 4 rooms. Just outside the farmhouse is a common guest toilet with Western-style facilities. Five of their children are away at school most of the time, but their married 27-year-old eldest daughter and her three daughters — aged 10, 8, and 6 — live in the farmhouse. All family members help out with the household chores, and the family's cows, sheep, and chickens provide most of the milk, wool, and eggs they need. You can help out in making butter and cheese, too, if you like.

As an honored guest, you may especially enjoy talking with Zangmo's granddaughters. They are endlessly curious about what lies beyond their part of the world, and you'll be invited join the entire family in their neat open kitchen for simple meals of rice, meat, eggs, and vegetables in season.