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CHELE LA TREK

DIFFICULTY

Moderate - Hard

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

4350m

AVG. WALKING DISTANCE

10km

AVG. WALKING TIME

5 hours

TREK OVERVIEW

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.

 

per person

$570

3 Days / 2 Nights

best time to travel

March - June & September - November

Day by Day

DETAILED 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.

 

ROUTE MAP

Our treks range from short soothing walks through terraced fields and idyllic hamlets to some of the arduous high altitude treks

COST INCLUDES
  • Government levy
  • All meals
  • Tea and snacks
  • Accommodations
  • Transport
  • Permits
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services
  • Sightseeing
COST EXCLUDES
  • Air fares
  • Sleeping bags (on trek)
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Phone / internet
  • Other personal bills
TECHNICAL CLOTHING
  • Down parka
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Rain gears
  • 4 pair trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
  • 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 bandana
  • Warm gloves
  • Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pair sunglasses
EQUIPMENT
  • Small daypack
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Headlamp and a normal torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Earplugs
  • 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
  • Insulated drinking mug
  • Small towel
  • Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
OTHERS
  • Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
  • Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,cough drops, diamox, bites/burn cream and small bandage.Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
  • Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • High calorie snacks and energy bars
  • Prescription medications
  • Some books to read at camp

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