8 DAYS CHILILA TREK
Kindly be at the check-in counter at least 2 hours ahead of your flight departure time. Your check-in luggage limit is 30kg on Economy Class / 40kg on Business Class, and hand luggage must not exceed 5kg.
DAY 1: PARO – ARRIVAL (-/-/D)
On arrival at Paro international airport you will be received by a representative of Bhutan Raewa Travels who will be waiting outside the arrival terminal of the Airport holding a placard with your name on it. The representative will be your guide for the duration of the tour and will welcome you in a traditional manner by offering a khadar (greeting scarf).
Local sightseeing of the following places:
- Drive to see the Rinpung dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
- Get a glimpse of the Ugyen Pelri Palace in a secluded wooden compound south of the river which was built by the Paro Penlop, Tshering Penjor, in the early 1900s. It is designed after the Second Buddha’s celestial paradise, Zangtopelri and one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.
- Visit The National Museum: rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages – those depicting Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance.
The evening has been kept free for leisurely visit to Paro town.
Overnight at hotel – Paro.
DAY 2: PARO – DAY HIKE (B/L/D)
The day in Paro begins with a short drive to road point from where the hike begins to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.
Lunch will be served during the return hike back to the road point. The afternoon will comprise of a visit to Drugyal Dzong and a local farm house as detailed below:
- Drugyal Dzong, now in ruins, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Strategically built over the only passage into Paro valley, the Dzong helped to repel numerous invasions all through the course of Bhutanese history. It so impressed the early English visitors in 1914 that the Dzong was featured on the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. In fine weather, the towering peak of Mount Jumolhari 7314 m high appears as a backdrop. This mountain which marks the frontier with Tibet is sacred and the dwelling place of goddess Jomo.
- In the evening visit a local Farmhouse to see firsthand how rural Bhutanese live. The Farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style. The houses are normally three stories; the ground floor is used for cattle, the top floor for drying hay, while the family live in the middle floor.
Overnight at Hotel – Paro.
DAY 3: PARO – CHONONA (B/L/D)
Alt. 3500m. Distance 14 kms. Morning after breakfast we will start trekking from the hotel. Most of the day’s walk is a gradual climb through Bhutanese farmhouses. The view of Paro valley from the trail is excellent.
Overnight in tent at Chonana.
DAY 4: CHONONA – JEBKARPO (B/L/D)
Distance 16 kms. Hike uphill for about 5 hours slowly and allowing for plenty of stops. The trail takes you through a forest filled with many species of primula and rhododendrons. From the pass the trail along the ridge of Chilila the Himalayan range of Bhutan can also be seen.
Overnight in tent.
DAY 5: JEBKARPO – LOWER MINGULA (B/L/D)
Distance 15 kms. Alt. 3845m. Today is a day to be up early. The early morning views from camp of Mt. Chomolhari, Mt.Tsrim Ghang, and Mt. Jichu Drakey are stunning. The trail follows the ridge. Besides the view of the mountains you can also see the valleys of Paro and Haa.
Overnight in tent.
DAY 6: LOWER MINGULA – THONG (B/L/D)
Distance 16 kms. Alt. 3940m. Another day with excellent views of mountains and valleys and on this route it is very common to see yak herders.
Overnight in tent.
Day 7: THONG – PARO (B/L/D)
Descend back to Paro valley. The trek ends at Drukgyal dzong. Drive to hotel.
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 8: PARO – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onward.