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William and Kate enjoy the view on trek to Tiger's Nest monastery

Video report by ITV News Correspondent Geraint Vincent

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun the sixth day of the royal tour with a hike up to Bhutan's famous Tiger's Nest monastery.

They posed for photographs before setting off hand in hand for the six-hour round trip through a pine forest on the slopes of the hill.

Dressed casually in trousers, shirts and walking boots, the pair stopped to chat to a small group of American tourists who were on their way back from the landmark sacred site.

Lauren McKennan, 29, from San Francisco, said the pair spoke to them for "three to five minutes" and described them as being "pretty altogether"

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, near Paro, Bhutan Credit: PA

They asked us how long we had been here and talked about how lovely the weather was. They said how rainy it had been when they were doing the archery and how glad they were doing the trek today.

We asked for a photograph. They just laughed and wouldn't do it. But they were absolutely charming, very cool, very nice. They kept on saying how beautiful it was.

– US tourist Alex Willmore

"There wasn't a single trail of sweat," McKennan said. "They were absolutely charming."

The Tiger's Nest Monastery is 10,000ft up in the Himalayas Credit: PA

However, a little later in the journey the Duke looked slightly more flushed than his wife and wiped the sweat from his brow.

He laughed and said "So far so good", and, looking around at the view, added: "This is absolutely stunning."

The pair had a six-hour round trip Credit: PA

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery, commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest, is 10,000ft above sea level and it is expected to take the couple three hours to climb there and back.

Speaking with speak with a monk near a prayer wheel Credit: PA

William and Kate, guided by the director of the national museum, Phuntesho Tashi, spun a series of Buddhist prayer wheels in the picturesque spot, which followers believe absolves sins.

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