Burning lake in Bumthang

Bumthang Burning Lake

The Burning Lake, Mebar Tsho is located along the way to the Tang village over the feeder road under Bumthang valley.

It is a sacred lake for the Bhutanese. In order to convince the skeptics and cynics, Terton Pema Lingpa, a treasure revealer, jumped into the lake with a burning butter lamp in his hand. When he came out of the pool , he did so with sacred religious treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche and a butter lamp still burning. Thus this freshwater lake which is located in Tang, Bumthang valley was therefore called Maebartsho or the burning lake.

The path to the lake is lined with prayer flags and ends up above the Gorge where the river forms a pool before it rushes on. Images of Pema Lingpa and his two sons are carved on a rock here. You may get tempted to peer in to see if you can get lucky enough to make a discovery yourself but please don’t fall in.

If magic is real, Bhutan is where it can be found.

Sightseeing Nearby the Place

  • Jakar Dzong
  • Bumthang Cheese Factory.
  • Kenchosum Lhakhang