Chele la Nature Trek
A perfect trek for people who are in tune with nature and wish to explore Bhutan's abundant natural biodiversity. In fact, Haa Valley has been recently open for exploration to tourists. The trail takes you through forests filled with many species of Primula and shades of red and orange rhododendrons. From the pass you will have a panoramic view of the two valleys Paro & Haa and of course the beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhutan.
Day 01: Begin Trek to Chonana
Alt. 3500m. Distance-14km. Drive 4 Km from hotel to the point where you began your trek. Most of the walk is a gradual climb through Bhutanese farmland. The view of the Paro valley from the trail is excellent. Overnight in camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 02: Trel from Chonana-Jebkarpo
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Distance 16 km. Superb trekking uphill for about 5 hours allowing a few stops. The trail takes you through a forest filled with many species of Primula. From the trail along the ridge of Chelila the Bhutanese Himalayas can be seen. Overnight in camp.
Day 03: Jebkarpo - Chelila- Thimphu
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Distance-15 km. Alt, 3845m. From the campsite you can get a spectacular view of Jomolhari (Divine Mountain of Goddess) Tserim Gang (Glacier of long life) and Jichu Drake. The trail follows the ridge with its views of the mountains. From the ridge you can see Ha valley to the west and on the other side of the ridge you can see the Paro valley. Continue to follow the ridge and visit the Kyili Monastery (Nunnery Monastery). Descend to the motorable road where the trek ends and the transport awaits to take you to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.
Trekking itineraries can be incorporated with cultural tours to provide our potential clients a taste of tradition combined with a tryst with pristine nature in remote areas and experiences with people of the mountains.
Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in treks. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor to ensure that it is OK to undertake high altitude treks. Allow yourself some days in Bhutan to acclimatize before you undertake any trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious problem at the altitudes in Bhutan. If you feel sick, dizzy or have a worsening headache, stop and drink as much water as possible. If the symptoms persist, return to the base. Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers.
Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.
Dos and Don’ts
- Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
- Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
- Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
- Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
- Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
- Remove your shoes before entering the temple
- Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited
- Refrain from using hat and sunglasses inside religious places
- Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
- Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
- Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
- Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
- Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
- Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred
What to Pack?
- Trekking or running shoes
- Socks (polypropylene)
- Down or fiber-filled jacket
- Jumper or piled jacket
- Hiking shorts
- Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
- Hiking pants
- Thermal Underwear
- Sun hat
- Water bottle
- Insulated pants
- Nylon windbreaker
- Nylon Wind pants
- Long underwear
- Woolen hat
- Long gaiters
- Toilet articles
- Cigarette lighter
- Small knife
- Digital cameras
- Additional Batteries
- Additional memory cards.
- Motion Sickness
- Head Ache
- Antiseptic cream
- Anti-histamine cream
- Vitamin C
- Food Positioning
- Insect repellent
- Small First Aid Kit
- Contact lenses and solution
- Your prescribed drug, if any.
- US Dollar or Euro – Various domination
- 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs
- Mini torch lights
- Back pack
- Sun Block
- Spare glasses
- Washing kit
- Shaving kit
- Small sewing kit
- Safety pins
- lip salve
Children are welcomed; however we do not recommended adventure activities such as trek and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.
Please note due to logistic reason cancellation policies are stringent in Bhutan unlike other destination, as your tour, guide, transportation, accommodation and government tax may have been already pre-paid and pre-booked. Hopefully you may not need to cancel your Bhutan tour; however should you need to cancel a tour; a written cancellation is required prior to 30 day of arrival date to avoid cancellation fee. Cancellation penalties will apply as follows.
• 30 day prior to arrival – No cancellation fee will apply
• 30-15 day prior to arrival – 50% of the total cost of tour will apply
• 15-0 day prior to arrival – 100% of the total cost of tour will apply
• No show will entail 100% of the total tour cost
Book for more than 20 people, contact us directly
Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picking time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.