Chelela Nature Trek
Day 1 Bangkok - Paro
Day 2 Paro Tiger’s Nest hike
Day 3 Paro – Punakha (3 ½ hrs drive)
Day 4 Punakha – Thimphu (2 ½ hrs drive)
Day 5 Thimphu sightseeing - Haa Valley (9,400')
Day 6 Begin trek, Haa – below Saga La (11,800')
Day 7 Saga la - Ningula (12,300')
Day 8 Mingula - Kung Karpo (13,500') - Paro
Day 9 Paro - Bangkok
Day 01: Bangkok - Paro
The Druk Air flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by our representative from Bhutan Travel Adventures, and will escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon visit is Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If you are lucky, you may catch a match in action. Hotel: Tashi Namgay Resort.
Day 02: Paro Tiger’s Nest hike
The hike will take about 5 hours for a round trip with lunch stop. It’s an uphill hike.Taktsang monastery is perched on the face of a cliff 800 Mts, above the Paro valley. It is a memorable spiritual journey. It was here that the great Tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to propagate his teachings in Bhutan. Lunch at the cafeteria or you will be served catering lunch from a restaurant. Walk back down hill to your hotel. Take rest or drive to the town for your last minute shopping. Overnight at the same hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro – Punakha (3 ½ hrs drive)
Drive to Punakha via amazing Dochula Pass (3100 meters). If the weather is clear, you could have a superb view of the Bhutan’s Himalayas from the pass. Upon arrival in Punakha, check in at the hotel first. Have lunch in Punakha town and visit beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) two famous rivers of Bhutan. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan, and winter capital for the central monk body at present. In the evening walk around your hotel and have rest. Hotel: Zangto Pelri hotel
Day 04: Punakha – Thimphu (2 ½ hrs drive)
After your breakfast drive to Thimphu and check in at your hotel. After lunch, visit the mini zoo to see the Takins which is our national animal. Drive to the Buddha Point to see one of the largest Buddha statues in the world with the panoramic view of the whole Thimphu city. Later visit the Handicraft Emporium for your souvenir shopping, and free evening walk around the city. Night halt in Thimphu. Hotel: Galingkha hotel.
Day 05: Thimphu sightseeing - Haa Valley (9,400')
After your breakfast visit the Folk Heritage museum which is a replica of a medieval farm-house, and we still have this kind of house in some of our rural parts. Afterwards visit the school of Arts and Crafts which was established to preserve and promote our 13 age old arts and crafts.
After having bit early lunch, drive to the Haa Valley for 3 ½ hrs along the western border of Bhutan. After checking-in into your hotel start preparing for your tomorrow’s trek. Overnight stay in Haa valley. Hotel: Rigsum hotel.
Day 06: Begin trek, Haa – below Saga La (11,800')
Your trek begins through a village takes maximum 3-4 hours only, and then camp near Saga La pass. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 07: Saga la - Ningula (12,300')
Continue trek, trek up to Saga La to catch the views of Mt. Jumolhari and other peaks. You will make several ups and downs over ridges and small passes before descending to camp at Ningula taking about 5 ½ hrs trek.
Day 08: Mingula - Kung Karpo (13,500') - Paro
After your breakfast walk on the flat trail for few minutes and descend to meadows of yak herder’s camp. And then ascent through rich forests of pine, dwarf rhododendron, and primulas to a ridge with High Mountain views of sacred Jumolhari and other Himalayan peaks until Kung Karpo. And then descend towards Paro valley. Your trek today takes around 5-6 hrs. End your trek at Chelela pass (3890 meters) one of the highest motor-able passes and then drive to your hotel in Paro. Hotel: Tashi Namgay Resort.
Day 09: Paro - Bangkok
Our guide and driver will drop you to the airport and bid you good bye for your flight departure to Bangkok.
Tashi Delek and have a pleasant flight towards home