Trek to one of Bhutan's popular destination, Chele La pass and marvel at the stunning views of the mountains and valleys
Chele La Pass Trek is a short trek to experience the beautiful Bhutanese landscape. The 6-day trip begins in Paro with sightseeing activities followed by an acclimatization hike to the popular Taktsang Monastery the next day. Drive to Haa and begin trekking from there. During the trek enjoy wonderful views of mountains and valleys while soaking in the clean air. Religious flags, prayer wheels, places for worship, and a serene atmosphere welcome you at the top of the pass.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain, at 7,314 meters. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery: 4-5 hours
After breakfast we hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and return to Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 03: Drive from Paro to Haa, trek to Sagala (3150m/ 10,334ft), trek starts: 6 km, 3-4 hours
In the morning we drive to Haa valley across Chele La pass at 3810m. We meet our trekking staff and trek through an unpaved motor road for less than an hour. The trail on the right side of the village will take us to a yak herder’s camp. Then from the end of this camp, we traverse through two different trails. We take the trail on our right and climb towards our camp which is located just below Saga La pass at 31500 meters. Overnight camping at Sagala pass.
Day 04: Trek from Sagala pass to Ningula (3,850m/ 12,631ft):9 km, 6 hours
From the camp we start climbing for 30 minutes to reach the Sagala pass at 3550m. If the weather is clear we will get excellent views of Mt. Jumolhari and Jitchu Drake Peak. From the pass, we walk on the right side of the trail. After making several ascents and descents, walking through rhododendron trees and meadows, we will finally be on the top of the ridge which provides great views of Haa Valley. We make occasional ascents and descents through Hemlock and Juniper forests until we reach our camp. Overnight camping at Ningula.
Day 05: Ningula to Chele La pass (3,988m / 13,084 ft), drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft), trek ends: 11 km, 6 hours
We descend for a few minutes on a ridge through meadows which are also yak herders’ camps. We will then climb uphill through the forest of tall rhododendron trees, meadows adorned with stone cairns, to Kung Karpo Pass. The view of Haa valley is spectacular as you climb up through these cairns. After hiking on the ridges, we reach Kung Karpo. From here we will be walking up and down enjoying great views of the Paro and Haa valleys and Kila Gompa Nunnery. We walk down along the ridge with the company of dwarf rhododendron plants and colorful Buddhist prayer flags until we reach Chelela pass, which is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. Our car will be waiting for us here and we drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. In the evening, we can stroll freely in the streets of the city and absorb the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 06: Final departure
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we drive to the Paro airport. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Included in the Cost
- Bhutanese visa fee
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
- Government approved A category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
- All meals, tea and snacks
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
- English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
- Porter services for trekking
- Tents and kitchen utensils for trekking
- Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
Not Included in the Cost
- Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
- Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff/guide
- Travel Insurance
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. We will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and camping (tents) during the trek. We will be staying at Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro and Hotel Migmar in Thimphu. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 273.
A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season. For the actual trekking days, Himalayan Glacier will send a wide assortment of food. We will be provided with 3 meals a day breakfast, lunch and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best time for touring and trekking in Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.
Equipments & Packing List
This packing list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum possible weight. Please bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and the field staff.
Luggage Weight Restrictions
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8".
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Airline tickets
- Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural /City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
- Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or light weight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
Packing List for Trek
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 visor/sun hat
- Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as diarrhea, headache pills and also pills for cold and cough
- Anti bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack should be bought with you beforehand as they are two indispensable items for trekking. However, Himalayan Glacier does provide a few trekking equipments including tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils and first aid kit (which will be with your Trek Leader)
Suggested clothing list
- Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring lg. plastic bags)
- Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade)
- SM first aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin &/or ibu, cough drops, tape)
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, bring a nalgene, also)
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking)
- Sunscreen and lip screen
- Small towel
- Down parka
- Gore-Tex shell and pants
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfy trekking boots (we like lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- 4 pair of trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
- 2 capilene bottoms (mid and heavy weight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 bandana
- 1 pair of winter gloves (ie: ski)
- 1 pair of lightweight gloves (ie: fleece)
- Flip flops
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pairs of sunglasses
- Anti bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
- 10 or so energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!)
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold
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