Chelila Nature Trek is one of the famous trekking in Bhutan. This trek is named after one of the beautiful and famous passes in Bhutan named Chelila. This trek is the medium one and takes you through the spectacular views of primula and rhododendron forest. This trek offers you the majestic view of Himalayas, splendid scenic beauty and the deep lush valleys hiding in the Eastern Himalayas since the beginning. View of extraordinary monasteries in extraordinary places, greetings of the people who believe rather in National happiness than other factors and studying the culture and traditions of the people are other unforgetable part of this beautiful trek.
Note: This Tour can be combine with Nepal, India or Tibet Tour!
Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
On this day, you will drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu River to Drugyel Dzong, the ruined Fort that once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burned shell, was once strategic in Bhutan's defense against Tibetan invasion. On the way back, you will visit Satsam Monastery built in the memory of Late Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche (Great Master) and then to the Kyichu monastery which was built in 7th century. Overnight in hotel.
Today you will 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. Overnight in camp.
This day will have 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 along the ridge of Chelila, the beautiful Bhutanese Himalayas can be seen. Overnight in camp.
The early morning views of Chomolhari (Divine Mountain of Goddess), Tserim Gang (Glacier of long life) and Jichu Drake are stunning from our camp. The trail follows the ridge with its views of the mountains. This is the only place you will be able to see the Ha valley, an area that is forbidden for outsiders. On the other side of the ridge, you can see the Paro valley. You will continue your adventure trail following the ridge and visit the Kyili Monastery (Nunnery Monastery). You then descend down to the motorable road where your trek ends and the transport awaits you to take to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, you will be witnessing the cultural program of masked people and folk dances and after this event, you visit traditional hospital, National library, Memorial chorten, and at the late afternoon, you do some shopping in various handicrafts shops in Thimphu and drive to Paro. Overnight in hotel.
In early morning, you will be transferred to Paro Airport for your onward departure flight.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph