8-Day Chelila Trek

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 8 Days

Tour Highlight

  • Hike to the 'Tiger's Nest', Taktsang Monastery, perilously perched on a cliff
  • Explore the fortress ruins of Drukgyal Dzong and the defence temple of Rinpung Dzong
  • Follow the Chelila Nature Trek through primulas and rhododendrons
  • Trek past yak herders and witness their disappearing nomadic way of life
  • Take in incredible views of Mt. Jomolhari, Mt.Tsrim Ghang and Mt. Jichu Drake

tour details

Explore the breathtaking countryside of Bhutan during this 8-day tour. Begin by visiting several important historical sites including a national museum, a monastery and a dzong. Experience five full days of medium difficulty trekking on the Chelila Nature Trek averaging 15 kilometres per day. Along the way, marvel at the breathtaking views of Bhutan’s forests, mountains and valleys and see firsthand the nomadic way of life of yak herders and the local people in iconic Bhutanese farmhouses.

On arrival at the Paro International Airport, your Diethelm Travel Bhutan guide will wait for you outside the arrival terminal and welcome you in a traditional manner by offering you a ‘khadar’ or greeting scarf. Your first day begins with a trip to Rinpung Dzong, a 1645 defence temple that is now a school. Next, see one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture, the Ugyen Pelri Palace, before touring the precious work of art and cultural artefacts of the The National Museum. Its thangkas depicting Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi, are particularly significant. Then, enjoy a leisurely evening to visit Paro town.

Dinner and accommodation at a hotel in Paro.
Take a short drive from Paro to the trailhead, where the hike begins to the famous Taktsang Monastery, which is one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas. Also known as Tiger's Nest, it is perilously perched on a cliffside 900 metres (2,600 feet) above the Paro Valley. The climb to the viewpoint will take approximately three hours. Lunch will be served during the return hike back to the road point.

In the afternoon, visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1646, it helped to prevent numerous invasions throughout the course of Bhutanese history. In fine weather, the towering peak of Mount Jumolhari can be seen in the backdrop. This mountain, which marks the frontier with Tibet, is sacred and believed to be the dwelling place of goddess Jomo. In the evening, see firsthand how rural Bhutanese live by visiting a local farmhouse. The 3-storey houses are very decorative and painted in a classical style. The ground floor is used for cattle and the top floor is used for drying hay while the family lives on the middle floor.

Dinner and accommodation at a hotel in Paro.
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and then begin a slow uphill trek to 3,500 metres. The incline is gradual and will cover a distance of roughly 14 kilometres, much of which will be through Bhutanese farmland. Views of the Paro Valley from the trail are superb.

Dinner and overnight in a tent at Chonona.
Make a slow hike uphill for roughly five hours, interspersed with plenty of stops. The total distance travelled will be 16 kilometres. The trail takes you through a forest filled with many species of primula and rhododendrons. From the pass, the trail that snakes along the ridge the Himalayan range of Bhutan can also be seen.

Dinner and overnight in tent at Jebkarpo.
Get up early for incredible morning views of Mount Jomolhari, Mount Tsrim Ghang and Mount Jichu Drake. The distance to be hiked is 15 kilometres to an altitude of 3,845 metres. The trail continues following the ridge. In addition to the stunning mountain views, you’ll also see the sprawling valley of Paro and Haa.

Dinner and overnight in a tent at Lower Mingula.
Enjoy another day with excellent views of mountains and valleys. Prepare yourself for a hike of 16 kilometres to an altitude of 3,940 metres. It’s very common to see nomadic yak herders here living is a vanishing way of life.

Dinner and overnight in a tent at Thong.
Relax a bit with a decent back to Paro Valley. The trek ends at Drukgyal Dzong, which was once a fortress and Buddhist monastery but now lays in ruins. Load your rucksacks into the vehicle and relax on the drive to your hotel in Paro.

Dinner and accommodations at a hotel in Paro.
Enjoy your last breakfast with your guide and then ride back to the Paro International Airport and board your onward flight. Tashi delek!!


  • All private transfers, Hotel accomodation and transportation inclusive of taxes during the entire tour
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Visa fees at US$40 per person


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  •  International airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  •  Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  •  Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: CT08

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