Bhutan

Chelela Nature trek

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Chelela nature trek
  • Level: Easy
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Location: Paro-Thimphu-Wangdi-Paro
  • Season: March to May & September to December.
  • Price: Starting from $ 2,790

Day 1: Arrive Paro

On your journey to Bhutan, you can see the great views of the Himalayas. Our representative will receive you at the airport with a traditional welcome and then transfer you to the hotel for overnight stay at Paro.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

Visit Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) in the morning. It was built in the 17th century to protect the Paro Rinpung dzong, located below, from inter valley wars. Ta Dzong has been housing the Bhutan's National Museum but is under renovation now. Walk from the museum to visit the Paro dzong.
Afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang built in 7th century to subdue a demon believed to be lying over the entire Himalayas. Next, visit Drugyel Dzong, built in 1644 to to commemorate victory of Bhutanese forces over the Tibetan invaders. Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century en route.. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Days 3:- Chonana (trek starts) (alt. 3500m. distance 14 km. time 4-5 hours)

Trek will start from Olathang, located 1.5 km from Paro town. Most of the days walk is a gradual climb through the pine forests. Along the trail, pass through some beautiful farmhouses built in typical Bhutanese architect. The view of the Paro valley from trail is incredible. Overnight in camp.

Day 4: chonana - jebkarpo (alt. 3500m. distance 16 km. time 5-6 hours)

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.

Day 5: jebkarpo - lower mingula (alt. 3850m. distance 15 km. time 5-6 hours)

Start the day early. You can see a spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari, Tserim Gang, and Jichu Drake from the campsite. The trail follows the ridge above the Ha valley. Overnight in camp.

Day 6: mingula - thong (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.

Day 7: thong - thimphu (trek ends)

After a short descend you will arrive in Paro valley. The trek ends at Drukgyal Dzong and from there you will drive to Paro. Have lunch at Paro town and further travel to Thimphu, which is a 65 km drive and takes an hour. Overnight stay at s hotel in Thimphu.

Day 8: thimphu sightseeing

Morning visit the Memorial Chorten, stupa built in memory of Bhutan's third king and for world peace. Next visit the Painting school where students undergo a six years course on Bhutan's 13 arts and crafts. Located near by is the National Library, where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Afternoon, travel to Kuensel Phodrang where the tallest Buddha, 151 ft is being built and nearing completion. Late afternoon, visit the Tashichhodzong the seat of the government and the central monastic body. It houses the throne room of the King of Bhutan and the office the Chief Abbot of Bhutan, Jekhenpo. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: thimphu - wangdiphodrang- punakha

A full day excursion to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan which is about 77 km from Thimphu and Wangdiphodrang (16 km from Punakha). Visit the Punakha Dzong and return to Thimphu. Evening: Stroll freely in the town. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: thimpu - paro

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Bhutan Post to see the beautiful stamps. If you are interested they can put your photo on stamps and make a souvernir for you for a nominal cost.. Thereafter, take a walk in and around Thimphu town.
After lunch, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress built in 1629. Then, travel to Paro. Evening visit a traditional farm house and mingle with local people and have dinner at the farm house to get a glimpse of their life style. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro..

Day 11: paro (hike to tiger's nest)

Morning drive to Ramthangkha located 10 km from Paro before hike to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) monastery. Climb to the monastery will take on average three hours and two hours to climb donw. Take a rest midway at the only cafeteria before walking further up to the monastery.
The monastery is located on a steep rocky cliff and plunges nearly 3000 ft below. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here riding upon a flaming tigress and meditated here for three months. Later on he was followed by various saints from Tibet and further blessed this historic site. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro.

Day 12: depart paro

Drive to the airport for onward flight.

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