This is a 3 days trek starting from Paro and ending in Chelila near the pass.
The Best time for this Trek is early March – June & September – end of November.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro (Altitude – 2280m):
You will be received by our representative from Make My Holidays and drive to the Hotel.
After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 02. Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery - Thimphu, (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km, 1 hr. drive):
After breakfast a short drive takes us to the base of Taktsang, from there a 2 hours walk till the viewpoint of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. In the evening, free for shopping and photography in the town. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Paro – Chonana (start of trek):
Drive 4 Km from hotel to the point where you begin your trek. Most of the walk is a gradual climb through Bhutanese farmland. The view of the Paro valley from the trail is excellent. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Alt.3500 m. Distance-14 km.
Day 04: Chonana –Jebcharpo:
A 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 alone the ridge of Chelila, the Bhutanese Himalayas can be seen. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Distance 16 km.
Day 05. Jebcharpo – Chelila –Thimphu:
The early morning views from our camp of Chomolhari (Divine Mountain of Goddess) Tserim Gang Glacier of long life) and Jichu Drake are stunning. The trail follows the ridge with its views of the mountains. This is the only place you can see the Haa valley. On the other side of the ridge you can see the Paro valley. Continue follow the ridge and visit the Kyili Monastery (Nunnery Monastery. Descend down to the motorable road where the trek ends and the transport awaits you to take to Thimphu. On the way, stop a while and view Tamchog Lhakhang – a private Lhakhang. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Distance-15 km. Alt, 3845m
Day 06: Thimphu [Sightseeing] – Paro:
We start with a visit to Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Folk Heritage Museum, Painting School and Textile Museum.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit Takin Preserve Centre followed by a visit to the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha.
Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 07: Paro - Departure:
Early morning transfer to Paro Airport and farewell.
Tour & Trek Cost:
Cost inclusive of:
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Tourism Development fund
Cost exclusive of:
- Druk Air fares.
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring:
- Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
- Flash light
- Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
- Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
- Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
- Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
- Lots of socks
- Warm clothes
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN
- Head gear
- Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
- One towel
- Pillow case
- Wet-packed tissue paper.