Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Days Chelela Trek 8 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking, Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season Feb - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Min 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Paro, Bhutan
  • Max Altitude 3,988m/13,085ft

Major Highlights Bhutan Cultural Tour with Chelela Trek 

  • Explore the breathtaking Shangri-La of Bhutan, including the cultural aura
  • Historical monasteries shorten, and forts- Kichu Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong
  • Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang monastery
  • Hiking through the isolated trail and splendid valleys
  • Impressive passes- Chele La Pass (3988 meters) and Ningula Pass (3850 meters)
  • Outstanding view of Jumlhori Peak
  • Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan
  • Kila Gompa Nunnery
  • Cross the Dochu La pass (3100 meters) and drive to Thimphu
  • Chimi Lhakhang temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, or the ‘Divine Madman.’

Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Days Chelela Trek Overview

Get familiar with Bhutan's unique culture and experience its fantastic landscape with three days of excellent Chelela trek.

Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Days Chelela Trek is an excellent combination of a short cultural exploration with a three-day excursion through the impressive landscape. It offers the major cultural sites in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, which are globally renowned destinations to explore cultural facts and scenarios. Three-day hiking enriches your idea about the country of Dragon, with the enticing mountain landscape and the breathtaking Himalayan sceneries.

Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three Days Chelela Trek allows you to experience the unique culture of Bhutan while experiencing its stunning landscapes. The tour starts in Paro, with a visit to landmarks such as the Kichu Lhakhang Temple and Drugyal Dzong. Then, you'll hike to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), which is also a great way to acclimatize. The 3-Day trek starts in Sagala and ends at Chele La Pass. Visit several important religious and cultural sites. Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three Days Chelela Trek ends in Paro, where it all began.

Arriving at Paro, the 8-day Bhutan Cultural tour with three days of Chelela Trek embarks. The country is loaded with cultural jewels, ancient monasteries, Dzongs, and temples. The hospitable people who always look so happy are another facet of this country. Exploring around Kichu Lhakhang and the nearby site Rimpung Dzong, once tumble with this country's fascination. The Tiger's Nest is one of the most famous sights in Bhutan, which is accessible with a hike.

The three days Chele La Hike begins from the Ha Valley, climbing up towards the pastures. It takes you over the Saga La Pass (3150 meters), Ningu La Pass (3850 meters), and Chele La Pass (3988 meters). The landscape looks dramatic to witness the Ha Valley from the top, along with the breathtaking Himalayan view of Jumlhori Peak. Spending a few nights at the tented camp, you get an excellent experience of feeling Bhutan's freshness and energizing countryside along with the spiritual touch.

While returning from the Chele La Pass Trek in Bhutan, you can visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple, also known as the Divine Madam. The Punakha Dzong is another delightful attraction of the Bhutan Cultural Tour with a 3-day Chelela Trek package. It is the second oldest and second most significant Dzong in Bhutan.

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Bhutan has different rulesand regulations than Nepal. Sometimes, Bhutan's government changes the rules for visiting, like flight schedules to Nepal or other countries, visa fees, and tour costs. If this happens, the planned trip might not work as expected. So, contact us before booking your trip to ensure everything is all right.

Itinerary

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As our flight nears Bhutan, we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas, including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Club Trek, who will take you to our hotel. After lunch, you visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. We will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day, you can see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, at 7,314 meters. Overnight in Paro.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

After breakfast, we hike the Tiger's Nest (aka Taktsang monastery) at 3180 meters. It represents Bhutan in the postures to be viewed at the international level. The history takes us back to Guru Rinpoche, who was believed to have flown here on a Tiger's back and come to meditate. Having lunch at the nearby restaurant, we gradually hike down, completing an 8.6 km/5.3 miles round trip and returning to Paro.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,180m/10,433ft

After breakfast, we pack the stuff and drive to Ha Valley. Reaching the trekking point across the Chele La Pass, we meet the further staff and embark on the journey. Heading through the unpaved motor road for about 45 minutes, we follow the trail leading us to the yak herder's camp. The animal husbandry lifestyles look dramatic around the meadow. Walking further, we take the right route to our campsite, below the Saga La Pass. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • AccommodationCamping (Camping)
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,150m/10,335ft

We climb from the camp for 30 minutes until we reach the Sagala Pass (3550m). We will have a great view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jitchu Drake Peak. We walk right from the pass. We will reach the top of the ridge after several ascents and descends. After walking through rhododendron trees and meadows, we can enjoy the great view of Haa Valley. As we ascend and descend through Hemlock, Juniper, and other forests, we will eventually reach our overnight camping site at Ningula.

  • AccommodationCamping (Camping)
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,850m/12,632ft

After breakfast, we begin to hike downhill through the ridge, witnessing the yak herder's camps. The next move is through the woods of rhododendrons and the alpine meadows to Kung Karpo Pass. From the pass, the magnificent view of the downhill Haa Valley and Paro looks impressive. Bhutan holds several cultural sites like Kila Gompa Nunnery that can also be seen from a far distance. Kicking off through the rhododendron forest, we wave goodbye to the ridge, which is adorable with the fluttering prayer flags hanging around the pass. We reach the Chelela Pass, but it can also be done by car. Well, we conclude our outstanding hiking here and drive from the pass to the capital of Bhutan. Exploring around Thimphu in the evening and enjoying the movement of the local people can be witnessed exclusively. Overnight in Thimphu.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,988m/13,085ft

After breakfast, we take a drive through the Highway to Punakha. On the way, we stopped at Dochu La Pass, located at 3100 meters altitude. The views usually look amazing in the morning, including the snowy peaks. Crossing the pass, our drive becomes more pleasing through the hemlock and rhododendron forest. On the way, we stop at Lobesa to hike toward Chimi Lhakhang temple. The temple/monastery was built in 1499 A. The Divine Madam blessed it, and it is believed that women who seek fertility will be blessed if they visit this temple. Then, we transfer to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,250m/4,101ft

After breakfast, we visit the Punakha Dzong between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Next, we drive to Paro via Dochu La pass. There, we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the only one of its kind in the country. After the monastery tour, we continued our drive, stopping in Thimphu for lunch. Overnight in Paro.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

We have an early breakfast and proceed to the airport. We bid farewell to this beautiful Himalayan Kingdom with a picturesque flight in the morning as the airlines operate flights in the morning to avoid harsh weather conditions.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary, but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illnesses or an injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfers in a private tourist vehicle.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee and snacks - for the duration of the trip.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Mineral water on long trips both on the trek and cultural tours
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin-shared basis.
  • Tented camp during trekking on a twin-shared basis.
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle(s).
  • Experienced English-speaking guides and local staff.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bags, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Porter services for trekking.
  • All applicable Bhutanese government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees, 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD,  and 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Single room supplement charge ( it Costs 35 per night extra if someone want single room)
  • All city tours with permits, and entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude to staff.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SundayApril 21, 2024End DateEnd: SundayApril 28, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2149
Start DateStart: SundayApril 28, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 05, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2149

All of our scheduled departure dates are guaranteed! But if they don't work with your travel schedule, we will be happy to assist you in choosing another day! You may start planning your tailor-made trips right now, whether you're a solitary traveler, a couple, a family, or a group. For information on prices and other questions, kindly contact us.

Useful Info

Visa Information

Indian citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Bhutan. They can also freely move around the country. Citizens of Bangladesh and Maldives do not require a visa if they hold a valid passport for at least 6 months after the date of entry. Holders of official or diplomatic passports issued by Switzerland and Thai nationals are exempt from visa requirements for up to 90-day visits to Bhutan.

Bhutan does not offer a Visa on Arrival. Getting a Visa is not difficult for foreigners. It is, however, the most strict process on earth. It is important to know that the Bhutan Embassy doesn't offer travel visa services. You cannot apply for a visa on your own. Booking a trip through an international tour operator or a local agent registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and the Bhutan Foreign Ministry is the only way to get into Bhutan. Your tour operator will apply on your behalf through an online system after you book a trip.

You must send your tour operator a photocopy of your passport and an electronic version. The Tourism Council of Bhutan will process your visa using the information on your passport. This can be done as soon as 72 hours. Once the visa application has been approved, a visa clearance number is provided in a letter. The tour operator will receive this number, along with the immigration terminals of Paro International Airport and the border checkpoints at Phuentsholing, Gelephu, or Samdrup Jongkhar. It will also be forwarded to national airlines, Druk Air, and Bhutan Airlines. Your visa will be stamped in your passport at the entry point, depending on whether you entered Bhutan via the road border, the airport, or the airline.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan will process your Bhutan visa once the tour operator has paid the cost of the tour package. Your visa clearance number will be sent as a letter as soon as three days after your application. It will then be forwarded to your tour operator, airport immigration terminals, and airlines. Your agency will usually receive your visa clearance 1 to 2 weeks before you arrive in Bhutan. This clearance number will determine the visa stamping on your passport when you enter Bhutan.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) usually sets a daily minimum fee for foreigners visiting Bhutan. Depending on the traveler's comfort level and time of year, a trip package per person can range from US$ 200 to US$ 290. The visa cost is included in this package, but the price for a Bhutan visa alone is US$40 per person. The cost will increase if you want to upgrade your accommodation, transportation, or food options. The package cost will rise per day if you upgrade your hotel accommodation, food, and transportation options.

Accommodation on the Bhutan Cultural Tour 

The government approved and classified hotels in Bhutan as grades A, B, and C. These government-approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4-star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, we will be accommodated in A-grade hotels in Paro and Thimpu and B-grade hotels in Punakha, Wangdue, and Bumthang. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request. 

Meals on the Bhutan Cultural Tour 

All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be made available on the trip. 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 Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

Weather Information

There is no appropriate season which is to say that Bhutan's warm and temperate climate, never-ending festivals, and rich and abundant heritage sites provide visitors with a wide array of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons, and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude.

Spring (March, April & May)

This is considered the most beautiful time of the year, radiant and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation, fruit trees are blossoming, and locals are naturally mirthful and cheery when visitors are most welcome. Also, you can witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.

Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is lovely, with clear and crisp blue skies providing a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate. You can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks, and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.

Monsoon (June, July & August)

During these months, Bhutan receives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas. Glorious sapphire skies and warm weather are a pleasant time to spend visiting places of cultural and historical interest though this season is not the best time for trekking. Enjoy a warm, aromatic tea while watching the rainfall from your hotel window. Or, if you possess an adventurous spirit, grab an umbrella/raincoat while it is raining and take a day tour through the town.

Winter (December, January & February)

Winter in Bhutan is sunny, calm, and agreeable. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to tour the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu, and Haa. One of the chief attractions in winter is the beautiful Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley, where you can expect to see a vast expanse of rolling plains with bamboo shrubs.

Safety Guidelines, ATM, Currency & other General info

Credit cards are not a convenient payment source in Bhutan, as only a handful of hotels in a few places provide this facility. Also, only MasterCard and Visa. US dollars are the most convenient currency and are cashed by most banks.

You should avoid drinking tap water altogether, but it is okay to use it for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and is best for drinking. It is also wise to carry water purification tablets when trekking in remote locations of Bhutan.

The local currency is the Ngultrum, pegged to the Indian Rupee. Note: The Indian Rupee in 500 and 1000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being disallowed mainly in public places. Consumption is not entirely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. (seal opened pack only)

Tuesdays are considered the national 'dry day,' with the sale of alcohol prohibited.

When taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions, check with your guide whether it is permitted, as some areas do not.

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