Detail about the package
Haa nestles between the mountains of western Bhutan at an altitude of 2,740m, is undoubtedly one of the most isolated, but most pristine and scenic areas of the kingdom. The small Dzongkhag is covered by a green blanket with endless alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks.
The dzongkhag’s major feature is Haa valley, a steep north-south valley with a narrow floor. The name Haa connotes esoteric hiddenness, it is otherwise called “Hidden-Land Rice Valley”. Haa valley is the ancestral home of the Dorji family, from which the Queen Mother descends. The valley has a large number of villages, monasteries, temples.
The area consists of the Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve, one of the environmentally protected areas of Bhutan with diverse fauna and flora. Except for a few Yak herding communities, the region sees no permanent human settlements, providing the ideal habitat for wild animals, some of which are endangered species like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Snowcock, and Rufous Necked Hornbills.
The fight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred jumolhari and jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival in Paro Airport, you will be received by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch . After lunch, you will visit the Rinpung Dzong, the 15th century massive fortress which now serves as administrative and monastic center of the valley. Explore the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. After that you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred temple built in 7th century. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town.
5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m Ascent
After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which is located at face of the cliff( 3100m) offering the best view of Paro valley. Today’s hike will be the acclimatization for the next day’s trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria Restaurant halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery and hike back to Paro, then drive to Haa via Chelela Pass(3880m), where you can get stunning view of Himalayan range. From here, drive downhill to the valley. Overnight in hotel
14KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2870M
The trail begins with a gradual climb up the Talela Pass at 3780m through the forest of rhododendrons,fir,hemlock and wild Maple trees, from here magnificent view of jomolhari and Jichu Darke and in the Haa valley. You will continue ascending gradually through wide pastureland and yak herders’ camp at Tshojo. Climb up further to Gochula pass ( 4200m). Then from pass, the trail follows a ridge and then descend gradually to our camp at Womji
22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3750M
Today the trail steep ascents and descents several times through juniper and rhododendron forest to the Gochhila pass at 4350m, the highest pass for this trek, providing the scenic views of the whole Tshejala range. You will further climb on rocky ridge to Tshejalum pass, From here steep descent to the camp through wide meadow. Overnight in camp.
Today is the rest day, provides hike to amazing sacred Nubtshonapata lake, where trouts can be seen. Visit the Yak-herders camp and explore the surrounding hill sides.
19KM | 6-7 HOURS | 855M ASCENT
You will go back to the Gochhila Pass. From the pass take a different route descending over a ridge to Lake Tsojo at 3780m. Before the lake, take a diversion from the main route for about half an hour to lakes – Ngatsho( Drum Lake) and Dungkar Lake. After lunch, you continuel descend to the camp in a yak meadow at Tsojo.
10KM | 3-4 HOURS | 660M ASCENT | 660M DESCENT
The trail descends gradually through the forest of juniper, rhododendrons,fir and hemlock till you reach the Talila Pass. From the pass, trail descends to the Haa Valley. Your car will be waiting for you to transfer to hotel in paro.
Today, drive to airport for the flight for onward destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.
Whether you are looking for a day hike or a gruelling 31 day adventure, Bhutan has it all. Pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and some of the world’s most endangered species await you in the mountainous amphitheatre of the Himalayas. Let us give you a selection of some of the country’s finest treks.