CHELE LA TREK

Difficulty Level

Moderate - Hard

Highest Altitude

4350m

Hig. Walking Distance

10 km

Hig. Walking Time

5 hrs

Chele La Trek nature trek rated as moderate to hard is an adventure suitable for those who wish to experience high Himalayas within a short span of time. Commencing from the Haa Valley, it passes through high mountain pass to Paro with amazing views of snow-capped mountains and spectacular views of valleys beneath.

The highlight of the trek is the highest Kung Karpo at an altitude of 4350m once used to be famous sky burial marked by stone cairns. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Haa Valley to Sagala

5 KM | 3 HOURS | 480M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3150M

Your trek begins in the Haa Valley (2670m) through an unpaved motor road for less than hour keeping yourself on the left side of the villages. Taking the trail on the right side of the village, you will climb up gradually through yak herders camp till you will be met by two different trails. (The trail towards the left that goes to the summer yak herding camp and to the border of China is to be avoided). We take the right trail to make your final climb towards your camp at Sagala (3,150m).

Day 2: Sagala to Ningula

12KM | 5 HOURS | 950M ASCENT | 250M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3850M

Begin climbing up for 30 minutes to Sagala pass (3550m), which on clear weather, you will have superb views of Mount Jumolhari (7,314m) and Jitchu Drake (6,989m). From the pass, walk on the right side of the trail. After making several ascents and descents, walking through the trails of rhododendrons and meadows, you will finally be on the top of the ridge at 4100m, which offers great views of Haa Valley below. Making occasional ascents and descents through forests of hemlock and juniper, you will reach at your camp at 3850m.

Day 3: Ningula via Kungkarpo Pass to Paro

13KM | 6-7 HOURS | 500M ASCENT | 360M DESCENT

Descending for few minutes and following the ridge through meadows and yak herder’s camp, we climb uphill through the forest of tall rhododendrons toward Kung Karpo Sky Burial at 4350m. The view of Haa valley is spectacular as you climb up through these stone cairns to Kung Karpo. From the sky burial, you will be walking up and down with panoramic view of Paro valley on left and Haa Valley on right. The view of Kila Goenpa Nunnery below is also spectacular. Walk further downhill until you reach Chelela pass (3990m), which is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. Your vehicle will be waiting here to transfer you to Paro.

Trek Route

Trek ratings

4.5/5
4.5/5

Duration

3 days | 2 nights

Best time

March - June & Sept - Nov

PRICED FROM

$490

Inclusion

  • Government levy
  • All meals
  • Tea and snacks
  • Accommodations
  • Transport
  • Permits
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services
  • Sightseeing

Trek Inclusion

  • Sleeping tent
  • Sleeping mats & pillows
  • Dining tent
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Tables & chairs
  • Utensil
  • Hot water bags
  • Full time trek chef
  • Trek assistants
  • Horses to carry equipment & food supply

Exclusion

  • Air fares
  • Sleeping bags (on trek)
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Phone / internet
  • Other personal bills

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