Chelela Natural Trek  – The Adrenaline Rush

Chelela Natural Trek Summary:

Duration of Trek                   : 4 Nights/5 Days
Duration in Bhutan              : 9 Nights/10 Days

Starts and ends at Paro

Standard                            : Medium

Maximum elevation:          : About 4,000m

Summary:

Chelela Natural Trek trek will take you to Bhutan’s highest road point, Chelela pass at about 4,000 meters above sea level.
You can view spectacular peaks such as Mt Jomolhari (7,300 m), Jitchu Drake (7,000m), Tshering Gang, etc.
You will also visit places and institutions that are found only in Bhutan, such as Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Lair), Tashichhodzong (seat of governance), Drukgyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa), Kyichu Lhakhang (one of Bhutan’s oldest monastery) etc.

You can feast on Bhutan’s flora and fauna.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Katmandu/Delhi/Bangkok – Paro

Arrive at Paro. (The flight will be an unforgettable experience. You can see the enthralling peaks such as, Mt Everest, Jomolhari and others. The landing will also be a thrill.) You will be received by a representative of our company who will escort you to your hotel.

Visit Paro’s National Museum, which was once a watchtower (Ta Dzong) and Paro Rimpong Fortress (Castle on a heap of precious Jewels) in the evening. Visit Paro town.

Welcome dinner and overnight stay at hotel. 

Day 02: Discovering Paro Valley

We will hike to Taktshang – “the Tiger’s Lair” – monastery. (A five hour round trek along an old trail, Taktshang is one of the most revered religious sites in the Kingdom. Perched on a hill about 1000meter and overlooking the valley, it is an architectural wonder. It is believed that the 8th century Indian Saint and Buddhist Master Guru Padma Sambhava came flying on a tigress, in a fiery form to subdue demons who were obstructing the spread of Buddhism.)

In the afternoon, we will visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (Fortress of the Victorious Drukpa) and the 7th century Kyichu temple.

Day 03: Paro – Chonana

Altitude: 3500 m Distance: 14 Km, Time: 5-6 hours

The trek will begin today after a visit to nearby villages.
The overnight camp is at Chonana (3,500m), about 14 kilometres from Paro.

Day 04: Chonana – Jebkarpo

Altitude: 3500 m Distance: 16 Km, Time: 6-7 Hrs

We will scale Chelela Pass, which at about 4,000 meters is the highest road point in Bhutan. On a clear day, you can see a stunning view of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

The trek will be through forests filled with Primula, Blue Poppy and Rhododendrons during the flowering season.
Overnight camp at Jebkarpo.

Day 05: Jebkarpo – Milunga

Altitude : 3500 m Distance :16 Km Time: 5-6 Hrs

The trek traverses along trails that offer spectacular views of Mt Jomolhari (revered as the abode of Bhutan’s mountain Goddess, Aum Jomo), Tsering Gang (The Glacier of Long Life) and Jitchu Drakey.

Overnight camp at Milunga.

Day 06: Milungla – Tong

Altitude:3,500m, Distance: 16 Km  Time: 6-7Hrs.

Another day with excellent views of mountains and valley, you may spot yaks, an animal that is exclusive to the Himalayan region.

Overnight camp at Tong.

Day 07: Tong – Thimphu

It is the last day of the trek and ends at Drukgyel. It is a descend all the way to Drukgyel.
After lunch at a hotel, you will move to Thimphu. A cultural entertainment will be hosted in the evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.

Day 08: Thimphu – Wangduephodrang

You will visit the National Memorial Stupa, one of the most beautiful stupas of the Nyingmapa Sect of Buddhism, built in memory of the Father of Modern Bhutan, Third King Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck, in the morning followed by the National Handicrafts Emporium.

In the evening you will visit Tashichhodzong (Fortress), the power centre of Bhutanese government, which houses the King’s office, Throne Room, government ministries and is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot.

Towards evening, you will be driven to Wangduephodrang over Dochula pass (3,100m)

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day 09: Wangduephodrang – Punakha – Paro.

We will visit ruins of the 18th century Wangduephodrang Dzong (Fortress), which was razed by a tragic fire in 2012 and then Chhimi lhakhang, the temple of fertility, and associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Madmonk).

The next stop will be Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan, an architectural masterpiece built at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho (Male) and Mo(Female) chus(rivers). The Fortress is very significant to Bhutan and has some of the most sacred ancient relics.

Proceed to Paro and stop for lunch at Dochula Pass cafeteria. From the Pass one can see the Eastern Himalayan Ranges, comprising snow-capped mountains with altitudes ranging from 6000m-7554m. Dochula is also beautified by the 108 stupas built around a mound.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Departure from Paro

You will be escorted to the Paro International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination.

COST INCLUDES
  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.
COST EXCLUDES
  1.  Druk Air fares.
  2.  Insurance Premiums.
  3.  Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4.  Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5.  Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6.  Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7.  Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees
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