Chele La to Khela Nunnery Hike

Difficulty Level


Highest Altitude


Walking Distance

4 Hours

Elevation Gain


You will begin by driving to Chelela pass, which is at 3990m the highest motor able road in Bhutan. Walk along the ridge adorned with thick fluttering prayer flags. You can also gain good merit by fixing your own prayer flag if you have brought one with you. On the ridge is the breathtaking views of valleys of Paro and Haa on the either side of the pass. Thick Rhododendron bush and many flowers adorn the mountain slope making your walk along the trail more enchanting. There is also an opportunity to spot Blue poppy and many more varieties of plants making this hike a botanical tour. Climbing higher up the ridge will take you to Gungkarpo (4600m), where you will find sky burial spot.

The trail then descends abruptly through opened natural meadow and enters thick forest of silver fir and broad leaved Rhododendrons trees finally coming out to Khela Gompa Nunnery. These magnificent clusters of temples have been home for nuns for many years.

Hike ratings



1 day




  • Permit & Entrance fees
  • Packed Lunch
  • Guide services


  • Other personal bills