Chelela Nature Trek

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Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights

Location: Paro, Haa, Thimphu, Punkaha

Bhutan is a flora and fauna lover’s paradise with its rich biological diversity and the intact forest cover for about 72% of the country’s total land area. So this trek is for nature lovers esp. during spring being the rhododendrons season. The trail takes you through forest filled with many species of Primula and shades of red and orange rhododendrons. From the Chele La Pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Paro & Haa valleys including beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhutan. Furthermore, this trip also includes all the famous sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Paro for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax – so why not stroll in the Paro town?

Day 2: Sightseeing in Paro

Today we begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the Paro valley. Visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower) which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Later, we visit the ruined Drugyal Dzong (fortress); built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders, then visit the Kichu Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest 7th century temples in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Chonana [Start of Trek]

We start the trek for a distance of 14-km for about 4-5 hours at an altitude of 3500m from Olathang in Paro town. Today’s trail is a gradual climb through the pine forests and passes through some beautiful farmhouses built in typical Bhutanese architect. Enjory a scenic view of the Paro valley from the trail! Overnight in camp.

Day 4: Chonana – Jebkarpo

Today we follow a superb trekking route for a distance of 16-km for about 5-6 hours at an altitude of 3500m. Take an uphill walk leading to Chele La Pass at an atltiude of 3700m and enjoy the trail through forest filled with primula, rhododendron and many other species of flora and fauna. After crossing the pass, takes you along the ridge of Chele La with clear view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Overnight in camp.

Day 5: Jebkarpo – Lower Mingula

Rise early to take in breathtaking views of Mt Jomolhari, Tserim Gang and the famous mountain Jichu Drake. Today’s trail, of 15-km for 5-6 hours at an altitude of 3850m, follows the ridge above the Ha valley. Overnight in camp.

Day 6: Mingula – Thong

Enjoy another round of panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. Today’s trek distance is 16-km for 5-6 hours at an altitude of 3950m, where you will see a lot of yaks along the route. Overnight in camp.

Day 7: Thong – Thimphu [End of Trek]

Descend into the Paro valley and your trek ends at the Drukgyal Dzong. From this road head, drive to Paro for lunch and contine your journey for a distance of 65-km for about one hour to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Explore a fascinating full day tour to see the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view overlooking the Thimphu valley and Mini Zoo for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, visit the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households and the Painting School to discover a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Continue to the Tashichhodzong, which houses some ministries, the office and throne room of His Majesty the King and the Central Monk Body and then head to the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu

Today enjoy a full day excursion to Punakha for a distance of 77-km for about 3 hours journey and stop off at Dochu La Pass at an altitude of 3,050 m. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow capped eastern Himalaya ranges and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955. Visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong) was built in 1637 and is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) rivers. Now the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha district and the central monastic body. Travel back to Thimphu this evening for overnight.

Day 10: Thimpu – Paro

This morning is yours to discover more about Thimphu town at your leisure allowing you to do some shopping, perhaps to the Bhutan Post Office for philatelic purchases. In the afternoon, we head to Paro for a distance of 65-km for 1 hour journey and en route stop off at the Simtokha Dzong, which is the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Afterwards, there may also be time to visit a traditional farm house which offers an opportunity for you to relax and mingle with the local. Overnight in Paro.

Day 11: Hike to Paro Taktshang

Travel to Satsam Chorten for a distance of 10-km from Paro town to take a short hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), a highlight to any visit in Bhutan. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. Later, return to Paro town and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.Your last overnight in Paro.

Day 12: End of Tour

Your tour ends today morning after breakfast in Paro. You will be transferred to Paro Airport accompanied by our guide to depart for home with countless fond memories to share with your family and friends. Goodbye and Good luck!

 

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