Chele la Nature trekking is a perfect trek for the avid nature lovers. Starting from Paro, it goes around the high ridges of Paro and Haa and then ends in Drukgyal Dzong in the north of Paro. At the Chele La Pass of this trek, you can see blue poppies in the months of July and August. On high ridges, you will also be greeted by great views on Mount Jumolhari. Chela La trek is easy trekking in Bhutan and possible in 12 days.
Season: Chele la nature trek can be done from March to May and from September to December
The flight into Bhutan takes you to the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world's nighest glacial peaks. On arrival, received by the representative of Yak Holidays transfer to the hotel where arrangements have been made for the night. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Morning visit castle shaped Ta Dzong. Once a watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong now houses the nation's heritage, Bhutan's National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Afternoon drive to ruins of Drugyel Dzong, 18km from Paro town. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. Also visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
(Alt. 3500m. Distance 14 km. Time 4-5 hours)
Start the trek from Olathang 1.5 km from Paro town. Most of the days walk is a gradual climb through the pine forests. Along the trail, you pass through some beautiful farmhouses built in typical Bhutanese architect. The view of the Paro valley from the trail is also excellent. Overnight in camp.
(Alt. 3500m. Distance 16 km. Time 5-6 hours)
A superb trekking route. You trek uphill most of the day with plenty of rests on the way to the Chele La pass Alt. 3700m. The trail takes you through forest filled with primula, rhododendron and many other species of plants and trees. After crossing the pass, the trail goes along the ridge of Chele La with clear view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Overnight in camp.
(Alt. 3850m. Distance 15 km. Time 5-6 hours).
Today is a day to be up early. Early morning view from the campsite of Mount Jumolhari Tserim Gang and the famous mountain Jichu Drake are absolutely breathtaking. The trail follows the ridge above the Ha valley. Overnight in camp.
(Alt. 3950m. Distance 16 km. Time 5-6 hours)
Another day with excellent views of mountains and valleys. On this route, you will see lots of yaks. Overnight in camp.
A short descend and you are in Paro valley. The trek ends at Drukgyal Dzong and from there you drive to Paro. Lunch at Paro and drive on to Thimphu (Capital). Thimphu is 65 km and one hour drive from Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
A full day of sightseeing in Thimphu. You can visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building where the office of the government ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room, and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot are housed. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the Painting and Woodcraft school where the traditional art and painting is kept alive. Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge Stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
A full day excursion to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan which is about 77 km from Thimphu and Wangdiphodrang (16 km from Punakha). You can visit the Dzongs in both the places as well as other interesting sites. Lunch at Punakha or Wangdiphodrang and return to Thimphu. Evening: Stroll freely in the town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Morning: Take a leisurely walk in Thimphu town to do some shopping, visit the Post Office to do your philatelic purchases. After lunch, drive to Paro (65km) and takes about 1 hour to drive. Visit Simtokha Dzong en route. Evening visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to mingle with local and to get an idea on their lifestyle. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Drive up to Satsam Chorten, 10 km from Paro town and hike up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and river. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Drive to the airport for departure.
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