Chele La Nature Trekking
Trip at a Glance
- Trip Name: Chele La Nature Trekking
- Trip Code: TMBT-01
- Trip Duration: 11 days
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Hotel/ Tent
- Meals: All meals
- Transportation: Private vehicle
- Best Season: Autumn & Spring
Chele La Nature Trekking is for nature lovers, especially during spring, which is Rhododendron season. The trail takes you through forest filled with many species of Primula and shades of red and orange Rhododendrons. From the pass you will have panoramic views of the two valleys Paro (2,200m) & Haa , plus the beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhutan.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro (2,200m)
Arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586),Chomolhari (7,326m), Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake. Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonus. ITT representatives will escort you to Kichu resort. If we have enough time we will visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong. Overnight stay at Kichu resort.
Day 02: Hiking to Taktsang Monastery
To acclimatize we hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger's den, which lies at an altitude of 3000m. The hike takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998, however the remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore andre-build the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gazeat this beautiful monument, which was built during the 17th century. We then walk back to Kichu resort, where you have an evening at leisure.
Day 03: Trek to Chonana
Today, we trek to Chonana. We drive till the trekking point and the hike is gradually uphill through farmhouses. The view from the trail is beautiful. Camp at 3,100 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 04: Chonana to Jebkarpo
Today, we trek from Chonana to Jebkarpo. The walk will be mostly uphill so take it easy allowing plenty of stops. The trail takes you through a forest filled with many species of Primula and Rhododendrons. From the top along the ridge of Chele la (3,700m) the Himalayan range can be seen. Camp at 3650 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day 05: Jebkarpo to Lower Mingula
We advise an early rise to enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang. The path leads along the ridge offering great mountain scenery and a birds eye view of Paro and Haa valley. Camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 06: Lower Mingula to Thong
This day will also offer excellent views of the mountains and valleys, we sometimes come across a Yak herders camp. You can visit one of the camps and enjoy their company. As a tradition, you will be offered butter tea or Chang (local wine). Camp at 3650. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day 07: Thong to Drugyel Dzong
The trail will descend all the way through pine and rhododendron forests. The trek ends at 2400 meters near the ruined fortress, which once defended the valley from Tibetan invasions during the 17th century. Walking time 3/4 hours. Drive to Kichu Resort.
Day 08: Drive to Thimpu (2,350m)
A pleaseant Drive to Thimphu (2 hours) on well maintained roads throughout Bhutan. Upon arrival you into check into Hotel Druk or River view. Evening sightseeing - Visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King JigmeDorji Wangchuck, 15th century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare Takin, which is the national animal of Bhutan. We then take a short drive to visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and you have some free time in the market.
Day 09: Sightseeing
Morning visit to the Painting school, National library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and Handicraft centers. Then a afternoon drive , 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass at 3100 meters. On clear days you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum (7520 m). The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. We Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.
Day 10: Morning drive to Punakha
Morning drive to Punakha (45 minutes) and a visit to the Punakha Dzong which served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fires. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. We then proceed to Thimphu and drive afternoon drive back to Paro. Overnight stay at Kichu resort.
Day 11: Departure
Transfer to airport to fly your onward destination.
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