CHELELA TREK

Chele La Nature Trek is best suited for individuals who want to experience the high Himalayas in just a short amount of time. It is a moderate-difficult trek spanning three days. Trekking begins from the Haa valley to Paro, the journey will be filled with picturesque sceneries, refreshing forests and views of spectacular snow-capped mountains. The pinnacle of the trek is Kung Karpo, at an altitude of 4,350m. Historically, it used to be a famous sky burial and is dotted with stone cairns.

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO

On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snow capped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you and transfer to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 2: ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST

Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is about 5 to 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can explore Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 3: HAA VALLEY – SANGALA (TREK BEGINS)

8 KM, 3 HOURS, 480M ASCENT , CAMP ALT 3150M

You can drive from your hotel to Chungdu Pang, the place used by local people to appease local deity Ap Chungdu by sacrificing their yaks. Your trekking staffs are eagerly waiting for you to accompany you in this trek, so you can meet them and start your trek by following the paved road for about 30 minutes. The trek trails through the left hand-side of the village where you will gradually ascend through the yak herders’ camp. You will be met with two separate trails and the trail on the right-hand-side will be the one to follow. (The left trail leading to the summer yak herding camp and to the border of China should be avoided.) After a final climb you will reach your camp at Sagala at 3,150m and call it a day.

DAY 4: SANGALA – NINGULA

12KM, 5 HOURS, 950 M ASCENTS, 250 M DESCENTS, CAMP ALT 3850M

Climbing for 30 minutes will get you to Sagala pass at 3550m. If the weather is good you will be greeted with a spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari (7,314m) and Jichu Drake (6,989m). Continuing on the trail on the right-hand-side you will be met with interspersed ascents and descents. The trail tracks through rhododendron bushes and serene meadows. At 4100m you will have reached the top of the ridge offering a beautiful view of Haa Valley. You will then make several ascents and descents through hemlock and juniper forests on the way to your camp (3,850m).

DAY 5: NINGULA VIA KUNGKARPO PASS – PARO (TREK ENDS)

13KM, 6-7 HOURS, 500 M ASCENTS, 360 M DESCENTS

After making gradual ascend for 30 minutes you will be following the ridge through the meadows and a yak herders’ camp. You will climb through the forest of tall rhododendrons towards the Kung Karpo Sky Burial at 4350m. Along the climb through the stone cairns to Kung Karpo, you will view the picturesque Haa Valley below. As you walk from the Sky Burial you will not be bored by the magnificent views of Paro Valley on your left and Haa valley on your right. You will also see the Kila Goenpa Nunnery below, and it is not a sight to be missed. As you descend further you will reach your destination. Chelela pass (3,990m) is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. At the end of the trek will be a vehicle waiting to escort you to Paro.

DAY 6: PARO- DEPART

After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.

  •  Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard
  • Best Season: March, April, May, June and Sept, Oct and Nov
  • Maximum Elevation: 4350m
  • Highest camp Elevation: 3850m
  • Highest Ascent of the trek: 950m
  • Average walking distance: 10 km | 6.21 miles
  • Average walking time: 5 hours
  • AttractionThe trek passes through high mountain pass to Paro with amazing views of snow-capped mountains and spectacular views of valleys beneath. ​
  • Small Day bag
  • Trekking boot
  • Camp shoes
  • At least 3 pairs of trekking socks
  • Rain gears
  • Trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat and Sun hat
  • A pair of shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • 2 non-cotton Trekking shirts
  • Warm down jacket
  • Thermal water bottle/ Water bag
  • Normal torch and Headlamp
  • Small towel
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Earplugs
  • Backup phone charger
  • Warm sleeping bag(negative 8-10 degree Celsius)
  • Medical Kits
    Diamox, Motion sickness tablets, aspirin, Small bandage, Cough drops, Anti-bacterial hand gel, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets(iodine or chlorine).
  • Energy Bars and snacks.
  • Medical Prescriptions.
    -Some books to read at campsites