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Trek from Haa to Paro

Theme
Trek
Trip Duration
4 Days
Grading
Activity Level
Moderate
Ascent & Descent
2,113 m
Max Elevation
 3,790 m  
$1,375.00
USD
Per Person
Double Occupancy
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Summary

Hike from the western town of Haa to Paro, enjoying incredible views of the Haa and Paro Valleys; as well as panoramic views towards the Himalayan range from Kaleyla at clearer times of year. Visit ancient temples, immerse yourself in Bhutanese traditional culture, and taste unique local cuisine along your way.


What's Included

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (3 breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Water during meals and treks
  • Private tour guide daily
  • Transportation
  • Airport transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Bhutan Sustainable Development Fee
  • Bhutan tourist visa 
  • Activities as indicated in itinerary and description
  • Support, packing tips and constant communication prior to departure
  • Trans Bhutan Trail passport
  • A Year’s Free Trans Bhutan Trail Membership

What's Not Included

  • Cancellation protection
  • Airfare to and from Paro airport
  • Accommodation or transportation upgrades
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional excursions
  • Beverages other than water
  • Laundry

Accommodation

This trip uses a variety of locally-owned 3-4* hotels. 

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Itinerary

On arrival at Paro International Airport today, you will be met by your guide. You will be driven by private vehicle to the town of Haa, with a brief stop en route to take in some breathtaking Himalayan vistas at Chelela which, at 3,810 metres (12,500 feet) above sea level is the highest paved road in Bhutan. As you arrive at Chelela, you may wish to join with your guide and driver in a hearty cry of ‘lha-geh lu!’ (‘May the Gods be victorious’).

You will be given time to settle in to your hotel in Haa and to rest before joining your guide for an afternoon acclimatization walk around the town. Your orientation walk will include a visit to the Lhakhang Karpo or ‘White Chapel’ complex, just south of Haa’s Dzong (fortress). The Lhakhang has an atmospheric central chapel which houses statues of the Tse-la-nam Sum trinity. During your visit to the Lhakhang Karpo, you will have the option of a traditional pre-expedition blessing in preparation for your upcoming two days of trekking on the Trans Bhutan Trail.

Your guide will select a local restaurant in Haa for dinner this evening, which will be your first chance to learn about and sample Bhutanese cuisine.

Included Activities:

  • Haa orientation walk
  • Visit Lhakhang Karpo

Accommodation: Soednam Zingkha Heritage Lodge or similar (3*)

Meals Included: Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Katsho, where you will begin your first day of trekking on the ancient Trans Bhutan Trail. For generations, the people of Haa followed the route you will walk today to trade with the Parops in the neighbouring valley. There, they would barter 20 drey (approximately 30 kilograms or 66 pounds) of Shakam (dried meat) for 20 drey of rice at Paro Tshongdu (market) because the harsher climatic conditions in Haa are unsuitable for rice cultivation.

The age-old trail follows the beautiful Haa river as it gently rises out of the Katsho Valley, passing through yak pastures before heading into forests of pine and rhododendron. As you traverse the Katsho Valley, look out for cliff-edge Bjungneydra Taktsang (monastery), also known as “The Mini Taktsang”, and the sky burial site of Kungkarpo. The Trail continues to climb until it reaches the pass at Kaleyla, where it crosses the ridge trail between Chelela and Sagala. At Kaleyla, you will enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan range to the north, including on the clearest days vistas of Mount Jomolhari (7,314 metres/23,996 feet), Mount Jichudrakegang (6,794 metres/22,290 feet) and Mount Tsherimgang (6,789 metres/22,273 feet). You will be provided with a picnic lunch during this stop.

From Kaleyla, the trail descends through rhododendron and bamboo forest into the Paro Valley. The last few kilometres to Paro will then be on tracks which meander through traditional Bhutanese farming villages.

On arrival in the Ngopa village of Paro you will have the chance to visit Kichu Lhakhang (temple). Said to date from the 7th century and built by Songtsen Gampo, it is one of Bhutan’s oldest religious sites. Kichu Lhakhang is home to an original statue of Jowo Jamba which is one of the most sacred sculptures in the region; and the two orange trees inside the monastery courtyard are said to bear fruit year round.

Your guide will arrange for dinner either at your hotel or in a local restaurant.

Trek Distance: 17 kilometres (10.57 miles)
Estimated Trek Duration: 8 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,169 metres (3,835 feet)
Starting Elevation: 2,801 metres (9,190 feet)
Ending Elevation: 2,380 metres (7,809 feet)
Maximum Elevation: 3,790 metres (12,435 feet)

Included Activities:

  • Hike on the Trans Bhutan Trail
  • Kichu Lhakhang

Accommodation: Dewachen Resort & Spa or similar (3*)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, rejoin the Trans Bhutan Trail heading east. The Trail rises gently from Lamgong Village as it traverses the sprawling rice paddies of the Paro Valley, before carving around the northern ridge and descending into the traditional village of Dopshari.

At Dopshari, enjoy a cookery demonstration and a traditional Bhutanese lunch at a local farmhouse. After lunch, you will also have the opportunity to try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery, and have a quick game of traditional ‘khuru’ (darts).

After lunch, head out onto the trail for one last time for the climb up to Upper Dopshari, where you will enjoy stunning views out over the Paro Valley.

You will be collected from Upper Dopshari and transferred back towards Paro. En route, visit Ta Dzong or the ‘watchtower’, originally built in 1649 to protect Paro Dzong from the Tibetan military. In 1968, Ta Dzong became Bhutan’s National Museum, and is now home to a number of exhibitions including sculpture, painting and artifacts depicting Bhutan’s magical past. Afterwards, continue to the stunning Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress), meaning ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. The original construction of this dzong is believed to have been completed in 1458 and it was restored to its present glory by His Majesty the Third of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, to mark his royal wedding in 1951.

After your visits, head to your hotel, where we recommend you relax and unwind after your trek in a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath before enjoying a farewell dinner with your guide at a nearby restaurant.

Trek Distance: 16 kilometres (9.94 miles)
Estimated Trek Duration: 6 hours
Elevation Gain: 943 metres (3,049 feet)
Starting Elevation: 2,380 metres (7,809 feet)
Ending Elevation: 2,826 metres (9,272 feet)
Maximum Elevation: 2,826 metres (9,272 feet)

Included Activities: 

  • Hike on the Trans Bhutan Trail
  • Cookery demonstration & traditional farmhouse lunch
  • Archery and Khuru session
  • Visit Ta Dzong (Bhutan's National Museum)
  • Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong

Accommodation: Dewachen Resort & Spa or similar (3*)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Additional Activities

Looking for something more? These activities are examples of excursions or activities that are available to travellers that are not included in this trip fee. These activities can be subject to availability. Contact us with any questions regarding these additional activities.
Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Yoga

Yoga

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Dates & Prices

Can't find a date to suit you?

The below dates are for scheduled, group departures where you will be travelling with like-minded people. If you would like to do this trip either privately, on a different date or with additional activities please get in touch.

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Fees

Our trip prices include the Bhutanese Sustainable Development Fee and your Bhutanese visa fee. An example breakdown of the trips price can be seen below. This example is base on the per person price for 2 people in a twin or double room.

  • Bhutanese Visa Fee
    $40
  • Bhutanese Sustainable Development Fee
    All visitors to Bhutan must pay the Sustainable Development Fee but this is included in the price of your trip.
    $600
  • Travel Services Fee
    Accommodation, meals, guides, transport and activities etc.
    $735
  • Total
    $1,375

October 10 2022 - October 13 2022

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

October 24 2022 - October 27 2022

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

November 07 2022 - November 10 2022

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

November 21 2022 - November 24 2022

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

March 13 2023 - March 16 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

April 10 2023 - April 13 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

May 08 2023 - May 11 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

September 11 2023 - September 14 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

October 09 2023 - October 12 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces

November 06 2023 - November 09 2023

$1,375pp

12 Available Spaces
Total: $1,375.00 USD
Cancellation Protection (Optional - 4%) - $55.00 USD