Kensington Palace said today "promises to be a very special one" and noted "it is a magical place the Duke and Duchess are thrilled to be visiting. Their hike will allow them to get a real sense of the natural and spiritual beauty of the country".
Beautiful photo of the couple smiling as they taking in the surroundings.
The hike is certainly no mean feat, taking five to six hours depending on one's pace.
In an unusual move William and Kate said hello to media as they passed them during their trek. We very rarely see the royals interact with the press at all, it's safe to say relations are much improved and more relaxed on this trip.
The Duke and Duchess talk to their guide Phunto Tashi beside a Buddhist prayer wheel.
At the half-way point William said: "Let's do it, Let's go."
As the royals looked at the view ahead William said "Look at the roof of the temple. It's cool. What a great view". Kate replied "It's very special".
The couple pose at a beautiful point overlooking the monastery. Emily Andrews shared this lovely snap of the couple.
William said the Tiger's Nest hike had been tough today and Kate joked: 'It's a great way to burn off the curry.
It was nice to see William and Kate interacting. There were plenty of cute moments.
A lovely moment between the two.
Tiger's Nest is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan, dating back to 1862. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century at the site. He is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan.
There are many legends associated with Tiger's Nest. One of the most popular - Guru Rinpoche flew to the site as the fiery Dorje Drolo, one of his eight manifestations, on the back of a tigress.
The monastery buildings consist of four main temples and residential shelters ideally designed by adapting to the granite rock ledges, the caves and the rocky terrain. Out of the eight caves, four are relatively easy to access. The cave where Padmasmabhava first entered, riding the tiger, is known as 'Tholu Phuk', and the original cave where he resided and meditated is known as the 'Pel Phuk'. He directed the monks to build the monastery here. The monastery is so precariously perched that it is said "it clings to the side of the mountain like a gecko".
Prince Charles visited the monastery in 1998.
William and Kate's staff also made the trek. Below we see hair stylish Amanda Cook Tucker, assistant Sophie Agnew and PA Natasha Archer.
When they reached their destination, the couple spent their time inside the monastery privately. They lit butter lamps and received special blessings.
William and Kate bought trinkets.
Simon Perry shared a photo of the exact pair.
Afterwards, they spoke to the press for a few moment. The couple revealed they've been "massively" missing their children and are "looking forward to seeing them. They also said they have spoken to George and Charlotte "many times". Kate noted she saw a couple with a baby at the monastery and thought "it was very brave of them".
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'As the pair came back down the mountain, William greeted reporters by saying 'hello intrepid explorers'. He said: 'Are you sure you didn't just get off a donkey? I wish I had! 'It was amazing. Beautiful scenery as you saw. With the mountains like this and the temples at the top, it was just stunning to walk up there and see all the scenery and to listen to some of the history and religion of the country. It's really important when you come on a trip like this to see some of that.'
Asked about his comment that it was 'easy' at the half-way point, William admitted: 'I may have slightly spoken too soon. It was a little bit cheeky on the second part definitely.' Kate described it as an 'amazing experience', adding 'I feel very lucky and fortunate to see such beautiful scenery. As William said, we have learnt about the country.'
The King of Bhutan had sent some of his own horses to accompany the couple in case either struggled and needed to go on horseback, but neither of them had needed to. '
Watch the video below.
Full Video: William & Kate talk to the press about the experience & missing their kids after completing their hike https://t.co/CeySCHLWjr— British Royals (@britishroyals) April 15, 2016
The interview was organised last minute due to a row erupting between KP and the media over lack of access during much of the event.
Kensington Palace said afterwards "The Duke and Duchess have just returned to Thimphu after an amazing day at the Tiger's Nest. TRH hiked to the top of the mountain, and were taken by monks through the temples at the monastery. It was important for TRH to learn more about Bhutan's history & religion, whilst showcasing its natural scenery."
The Duchess' outdoors look consisted of several pieces.
Lena via Twitter believes Kate wore the Jaeger Classic Linen Blouse.
The £89 blouse is made from lightweight and breathable linen - a good choice for the nature of the day. The piece features a curved hem and handy button detail to keep the sleeves in place when you roll them up. The blouse is available at Jaeger, John Lewis and House of Fraser.
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The blouse comes in several colours including Ice Green and Orange.
It appears Kate wore her Really Wild Clothing Shooting Waistcoat. Kate first wore the soft leather piece for a day of outdoor activities at Widehorizons Adventure Centre in 2012. Kate's waistcoat is sold out, but the Nubuck Shoot Waistcoat is very similar for those seeking an alternative.
The Duchess wore skinny jeans, the exact pair has not been identified yet.
Kate wore her Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots. The $475 handmade boot is cut close to the ankle for a more feminine fit, has a scalloped detail at the zip panel, and a leather tassel on the zip pull. It is fully leather-lined and has a Goodyear Welted Commando rubber sole.
Kate had the boots for over a decade, they remain a trusty staple in her collection. I was surprised she didn't opt for hiking boots today; the Chilvers boots must be incredibly comfortable.
The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Citrine drops.
Kate wore her Ray Ban Wayfarers.
And her Flora Garments Indian Embroidered Stole.
There's a video from the trek available on YouTube.
William and Kate will attend a reception next!