Chele La Trek

Chele La Trek rated as moderate to hard adventure is suitable for those who wish to experience high Himalayas within a short span of time.  On this trek, you will have enchanting view of Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang mountains.  You will also have distant view of Mount Kanchenjongga of Sikkim. The first day of the trek, commences from the Haa Valley at 3000m.  We walk north of the Haa Valley through country-side against the stream through yak summer grazing land.  After making the last steep ascent for an hour we arrive out campsite at Sagala at 3890m. The last two days of the trek is a walk along the high ridges that offer amazing views of Mountains and Valleys of Paro and Haa beneath. The last leg of the trek is a steep ascent till the Kung Karpo at an altitude of 4455m.  Its famous sky burial marked by stone cairns and old mediation hut.

The Trek starts from north of Haa Valley and run along mountains and valleys in between Haa and Paro.

We cross two high passes: Ningula Pass 4435m and Kungkarpo at 4455m.

The highest camp altitude is 4191m, Average walking distance 9 km and Average walking time 5 hours.

Mountains seen are: Mount Jumolhari 7314m, Jichu Drake 6989m and Tsherimgang 6789m. Kanchenjongga in Sikkim.

Other attractions: Rich forests and vegetation, yak herders, meadows and grazing land and blood pheasants.

FULL ITINERARY

  • DAY 1: HAA VALLEY TO SAGALA

5 KM | 3 HOURS | 890M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3890M

Your trek begins in the Haa Valley (3000m) 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 (3,890m).

  • DAY 2: SAGALA TO NINGULA

12KM | 5 HOURS | 545M ASCENT | 244M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4191M

Begin climbing up for 30 minutes to Sagala pass, 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 4435m, 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 4191m.

  • DAY 3: NINGULA VIA KUNGKARPO PASS TO PARO

13KM | 6-7 HOURS | 267M ASCENT | 459M 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 4458m. 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.

Per Person

$570

Trek Grading

Moderate - Hard

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