Bhutan Chele La Pass Trek

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Trip facts

Duration: 6 Days

Country: Nepal

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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)

As our flight near Bhutan you will be enjoying the marvelous view of the Himalayas as well as the sacred peaks of Bhutan Chomolhari and the Jichu Drake peaks. Reaching the airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will welcome you and take you to the respective hotel. Then we will have a lunch and then we will start our tour where we will be visiting heap of jewels- the Ringpung Dzong after that we will be visiting the ancient temple of Bhutan- Kichu Lhangkhang. Next we will be visiting the Drugyal Dzong which was constructed in 1646 to celebrate the victory over the Tibetan invader in 1600s and from here we will get to view the second highest mountain called Chomolhari which is at 7314 meters but only if the weather is clear we will get to spot. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Lunch and Dinner

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery: 4-5 hours

After having our breakfast we will be hiking to the famous monastery of Bhutan known Taktsang monastery or simply as Tiger nest monastery. This monastery is located at the precarious cliff at 3180 meter which is above the Paro valley. We will have our lunch at the restaurant which is situated on the midway up to the mountain. After exploring the monastery in depth we will retrace back down to the valley and retrace back to Paro. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Drive from Paro to Haa, trek to Sagala (3150m/ 10,334ft), trek starts: 6 km, 3-4 hours

Today early morning we will drive to the beautiful Haa valley crossways to the Chele-la pass which is at 3810 meters and here we will be meeting our trekking leader and then we will begin our trekking and on the way we will come across the yak herders camp. After that we will pass through two different ways as we will be taking the right-hand side way where we will be ascending to our camp which is situated beneath the Saga la pass which is at 31500 meters. We will spend our night in camp at Saga La pass.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Sagala pass to Ningula (3,850m/ 12,631ft):9 km, 6 hours

Today we will be ascending to Saga la pass which is at 3550 meters and from here we will get the magnificence view of mount Jumolhai and the Jichu Drake peaks. After that we will be passing through the right side way. Descending and ascending several times we will then walking through dense rhododendron and meadow forests after that we will finally reach the top of the ridge where we will get the marvelous view of Haa valley. After that we will descend and ascends via juniper and hemlock forests and then we will reach to camp. We will spend our night in Ningula.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

For a few minute we will be descending on ridge via meadow and reach the yak herder camp. After that we will ascend uphill via the dense forest of rhododendron trees and meadows festooned by stone cairns towards Kung Karpo pass. As you ascend through the cairns you will get the stunning view of the Haa valley. Then trekking through the ridges we will finally reach Kung Karpo.  After that we will be hiking downward where you will get to enjoy the stunning view of Haa and Paro valley and the Kila gompa nunnery. Until we reach the Chelela pass we will be trekking downwards through dwarf rhododendron trees and Buddhist prayer flags and reaching the Chele-la pass you can spot our vehicle waiting for us and then our driver will drive us to the capital city of Bhutan- Thimpu. In the evening we will be wandering the streets of Thimpu and observe the local people and their lifestyles. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Final departure

Today it is time to say goodbye to the small Himalaya kingdom and the cordial people. The representative of the Accent Himalaya will drop you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.                                   


Includes and Excludes


What’s Included

  • 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

Trip Note


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:

Official Papers

  • 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).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes


Personal toiletries

  • 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,)
  • Headlamp 
  • 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


Miscellaneous Items

  • 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.

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