Driving east from central Bhutan towards the town of Mongar takes you via spectacular scenery and over the somewhat hair-raising Thrumshing La pass. Located at 3,750 metres high, the pass is the main gateway to the eastern provinces and on clear days offers views of Gangkhar Puensum which some say is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Mongar town is located atop a ridge and is a popular overnight stop en-route east to Trashigang. The main street is lined with traditional Bhutanese buildings and a large prayer wheel in the centre is popular with locals as a meeting point.
North of the town is one of the most picturesque dzongs in the country, Lhuentse Dzong. As the east receives so few visitors you may have the site to yourself to explore and chat to the few monks in residence there. From the dzong it’s a one to two hour trek to Khoma, a traditional weaving village which is said to produce some of the best and most elaborate kushutara weavings from their household looms.