Duration: 6 Days
Chele La pass trek is one of the best trekking experience at an altitude of (3781 m, 12412 ft.) and is one of the uppermost pass located in Bhutan. This trek is ideal for those intense nature lovers where you would be trekking to the beautiful forests.
As in spring, it is fascinating as you get to observe the rhododendron and the Primula flowers blooming all over. From this pass, you get the spectacular views of Paro and Haa valley including the Himalayan views like Jomlahari, Jichu and several other peaks of Bhutan.
The journey begins with a scenic flight to Paro. During our flight, we get the splendor views of the mountains of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. After landing at Paro, we will be roaming around the city visiting several landmarks like Ringpung Dzong (the largest fortress), monasteries, Kichulhangkhang (temple) and the Drugyal Dzong. From the top of this Dzong, we get to view Mount Chomalhari very clearly.
Next day, we will be hiking to the famous - Taktsang monastery, situated at the high cliff. Most of the travelers admire this spot very much and it is also called as Tiger Nest Monastery. Next, we drive to the beautiful Haa valley and start our trek heading to the Sang La pass. The next day, we head to Ningula, where on the trails, we again get to spot the beautiful Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake and pass through rhododendron forests.
Continuing our trekking, we reach our main destination - Chele La pass, where we will be ascending uphill through the forest, from where we get the spectacular view of the Haa valley. On the way, we will be visiting Kila Gompa and after reaching Chele La pass and spending some time there, we then drive to Thimpu and the subsequent day, we depart to our destination.
This trek is flawless in early March to June and late September to November. We Accent Himalaya arrange this trekking in every season as per the client’s holiday schedule. This trekking is relatively short, graded as moderately difficult but anyone with sound health can do this trekking without having previous experience of the trek. For more information or if you want to inquire more about this trek, please feel free to contact or email us.
Below we list you our itinerary for Chele La Pass Trek:
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Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery: 4-5 hours
Day 03: Drive from Paro to Haa, trek to Sagala (3150m/ 10,334ft), trek starts: 6 km, 3-4 hours
Day 04: Trek from Sagala pass to Ningula (3,850m/ 12,631ft):9 km, 6 hours
Day 05: Ningula to Chele La pass (3,988m / 13,084 ft.), drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft), trek ends: 11 km, 6 hours
Day 06: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- Bhutanese visa fee
- Pickup and drop from hotels and airport
- Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
- All meals, tea, and snacks
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
- English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
- Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
Not Includes in the Cost
- Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
- Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
- Travel insurance
Accommodation in Bhutan
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.
Meals and Drinks in Bhutan
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.
Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Time to Travel
Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.
Luggage or Backpack for tour
You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Airline tickets
- Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural or City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 visor/sun hat
- Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Packing List for Trek
Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two obligatory items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils, and first aid kit.
- Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring eg. plastic bags)
- Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C)
- First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also bring a Nalgene)
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking)
- Sunscreen and lip screen
- Small towel
Suggested clothing list
- Down Parka
- Gore-Tex shell and pants
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- 4 pairs of trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts
- 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 bandana
- 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski)
- 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
- Flip flops
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pairs of sunglasses
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
- 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!)
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan – Chele La Pass Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 6 days for Bhutan – Chele La Pass Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan – Chele La Pass Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan – Chele La Pass Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.