Chele La Trek
6days / 5nights
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 snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you. You will be driven 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 a 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)
5 KM , 3 HOURS , 480M ASCENT , CAMP ALT 3150M
The trek begins in Haa valley at a height of 2670m above the sea level. You will be following an unpaved road for not more than an hour. 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, 950M ASCENT, 250M DESCENT, 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, 500M ASCENT, 360M DESCENT
After a descent spanning a few 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.
- Government levy
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Tea and snacks
- Accommodations on 3-4 star hotels
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Guide services
- Air fares
- Tips and gratitude
- Insurance of all kinds
- Drinks and beverages
- Internet bills
- Other personal bills.
- Down parka
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- Rain gears
- 4 pair trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
- 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 bandana
- Warm gloves
- Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pair sunglasses
- Small daypack
- Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Trekking poles
- Mud guard
- Headlamp and a normal torch
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Small towel
- Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
- Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
- Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,cough drops, diamox,
bites/burn cream and small bandage.Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
- Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
- High calorie snacks and energy bars
- Prescription medications
- Some books to read at camp
Our tour packages do not include insurance of all kinds. Its recommended that you purchase insurance form your country. Insurance cover for loss of baggages, flight cancellation, accidents or rescue operation by helicopter in the event you get stranded on mountains due to weather or altitude sickness.
HOW DO WE CARRY OUT TREK?
All our treks are arranged as camping trips. You will be sleeping in a tent pitched at designated campsite. You will have group of staff comprising of your guide, assistants and horsemen. We do not use human porters. Your trekking supplies and equipment will be carried by horses. At higher altitudes, we use yaks for the transportation. Hot meals cooked by our veteran trek-chefs will be provided during treks. Your assistant will carry a hot-packed lunch during the day. Some trekkers augment that our trekking foods are sometimes better than city hotels.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY
At times change of itinerary may be necessary under unavoidable circumstances such as due to act of god or Force majeur such as heavy rains, blockage of trail due floods, land slides or destruction of bridges because of heavy rains. On such event Bhutan Travelers shall not be held responsible. If you wish to change your Itinerary due to some or your own reasons, we can try all means to accommodate change but it must be based on availability of hotels. During peak season hotels get sold out.
CHANGES DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION
For any last minute cancellation or cancellation made on services after arrival in Bhutan will be subject to fees and penalties. We depend on other parties such as hoteliers and airlines, which are governed by their own set of cancellation rules. The flight canceled less than 3 days from your departure date, you will be liable for fee of US $20 per ticket. For any hotels cancelled on arrival in Bhutan, you will also be liable fees as per the cancellation rules of respective hotels.
Altitude sickness can hit any trekkers irrespective of age, experience and time. For all our trek some level of experience is required but not mandatory. Some trekkers who were even without an experience have fared well in our treks. We had children doing ours treks and people as old as 72 years completing Snowman Trek. You must cooperate with your guide and be honest in confiding any symptoms you develop. Our guides are trained to handle any situations on the mountains. As a precautionary measures, you will have to walk slow on gradually ascending trail, eat well, drink lots of water and fluids on trail.
You must take care of your own personal belongings and equipment supplied by the company. To keep our horses light, we maintain weight limit on trek and do not carry any extra tents and equipment. If you tear your tent out of sheer carelessness or ignorance, you will have to do the trek with holes on your tent. Always ask your guide and assistants for help if you need to clean your tents or get rid of lump of snows on your tent.
Prior to confirmation of a trip, we specify whats included in the package and what is not. Sleeping bag is not included in our package cost. We do not supply sleeping bags. You must bring in your own sleeping bag. There is a rental house that rents out sleeping bag. Please check rental fee with us before you confirm your trip. The reason why we do not supply sleeping bag is because the quality of bags that are found in our market does not match those of yours. So we suggest you bring your own from your country. Most of our trek demands sleeping bag minimum of 8-10 degree celsius.