Chele La Nature Trek

Trip length: 12 Days
Level: Easy
Season: March to May & September to December

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport

On the flight to Paro International Airport, the guests will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan mountain ranges, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Mr. Sonam Peljore, CEO or the representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel together with the Guide and driver who will take you directly to the hotel for a short rest and some refreshments.  Depending on the time, the guests can take a stroll around the town and visit some interesting local handicraft shops.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be driven to visit the National Museum at Ta Dzong (Watch Tower).   The Ta Dzong was initially built to guard the Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars in the 17th century as well as possible invasion from Tibet. The Ta Dzong now houses the nation's heritage and culture, which are displayed in this museum.  The Museum is worth visiting as it treasures the life styles of many ethnic groups in Bhutan and their living standards as well as the products they produce.  After the museum, the guests will be escorted to visit the famous fortress in Paro the Rinpung Dzong.  After lunch, the guests will be driven to visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong (Victory Dzong) as this was the place of Victory against the Tibetan invasion in the 17th Century. On return the guests will be taken to visit the Kichu Lhakhang (monastery), which is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro - Chonana (Trek starts)

After breakfast at the hotel, slowly start the trek from Olathang 1.5 km from Paro town. The trekking route is not very tough as it is a gradual climb through thick pine forests. Along the trail, the guests will occassionally come across some beautiful farmhouses built in typical Bhutanese architecture. The guests can also enjoy the excellent panoramic view of the Paro valley from this  trail. The guests who love photography will enjoy this trail as it gives ample opportunities of the mountain scene and the valleys.  Walking distance of 4-5 hours.  Overnight at a camp site at an altitude of 3500 m.

Day 4: Chonana - Jebkarpo

After breakfast slowly start the trek enjoying the wonderful  trekking route as well as the nature which is still unspoilt in these areas.  Despite the fact that the trek on this day is mostly uphill, the guests will enjoy their walk.  The trail takes the guests through lush forest filled with primula flowers, rhododendron trees, daphne plants, azeleas and many other species of plants and trees in great abundance.  The guests will cross the Chele La pass which is at an altitude of 3700 m and from the top of this pass, on a clear day, the guests will be able to view the snowcapped himalayan mountain ranges.  Walking distance 5-6 hours  Overnight at a camp site with an altitude of 3500 m.

Day 5: Jebkarpo - Lower Mingula

This day will be another great day for the guests to wake up early and witness the sunrise on the virgin mountains such as Jumolhari, Tserim Gang and Jichu Drake the sights of which are absolutely breathtaking.  After the breakfast, slowly start on the trail which follows the ridge above the Ha valley which is another district. Walking distance 5-6 hours.  Overnight at a camp site at an altitude of 3850 m.  

Day 6: Mingula - Thong

(Alt. 3950m. Distance 16 km. Time 5-6 hours)
After breakfast, slowly start the trek on the trail for yet another beautiful day where the guests will enjoy excellent views of the mountains and valleys. The guests will also be able to see lots of yaks grazing in the forests and open meadows.  It is also nice to interact with the Yak herders during the rest in their camp sites.  Walking distance 5-6 hours.   Overnight at a camp site at an altitude of 3950 m.

Day 7: Thong - Paro (Trek ends)

After breakfast, slowly start hitting the trail and after a short descend the guests will find themselves in the Paro valley. The trek thus ends at Drukgyal Dzong where the car/bus will be waiting to receive the guests to be driven to Paro town where lunch will be provided.  After lunch the guest will be driven to Thimphu (Capital city) which is about 65 km from Paro and it takes 1 and half hours drive.  Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 8: Thimphu Sightseeing

It will be a full day sightseeing programme in Thimphu.  The guests will be escorted to visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts 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 (7 km from Thimphu) the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 AD. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9: Thimphu - Wangduephodrang / Punakha

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be escorted for a full day excursion to Punakha, the former Capital of Bhutan which is about 77 km from Thimphu.  Stop for a short while at Dochula pass to enjoy the sites of the 108 stupas as well as the mountain ranges on a clear day.  The guests can visit Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.  Lunch can be either organized in a farmers house to taste the life style of a farmer in Bhutan or alternative at a local restaurant in Punakha.  After lunch, return to Thimphu.  The guests are free in the evening to explore Thimphu town on their own.  Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimpu - Paro

After the breakfast at the hotel, the guests are free to walk in Thimphu town to do some shopping as well as visit the Post Office to buy beautiful stamps of Bhutan which is famous in the world.  After lunch, the guests will be driven to Paro (65km) that takes about 1 and half hour.  On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong which is within Thimphu valley. Check in at the hotel in Paro.  In the evening the guest can visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to interact with the local farmers which will help the guests to understand the lifestyles of the farmers in Bhutan.   Overnight at a hotel in Paro..

Day 11: Paro (Hike to Tiger's Nest)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the guests will be driven up to Satsam Chorten, 10 km from Paro town for a short hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The Monastery is perched on a steep rocky edge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000 ft. and it overlooks the Paro valley and Pachhu (river). The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites in  the Himalayan region.  It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava, who is well known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, came on a flying tigeress and meditated in this monastery.  A vegetarian lunch will be served for the guests at the Taktsang cafeteria which overlooks at the magnificent monastery on the cliff. The round trip hike to the monastery and back takes about 4 hours. On return from the monastery the guests will be driven back to the hotel.  The guests are free to do what they want in the afternoon.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro

Day 12: Depart Paro

Depending on the flight timing of the Druk Air, the guests will be driven to the Paro International Airport for their onward journey.  The guests will be seen off by the guide and the driver.