Among the shorter treks in Bhutan, the Haa Trek offers the opportunity to experience the pristine nature, arcane culture and traditions of rural Bhutanese settlements and provides an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the country. Along the trail, you also be able to have spectacular views of some of the unclimbed mountains of the world.
Day 1 Arrival Paro
After you arrive at the Paro International airport, your local tour executive will welcome you and take you to your hotel. After refreshment, you will be taken for a tour to Paro Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. The rest of the day will be spent touring Paro town until dinner.
Day 2 Tiger Nest Hike
You will be taken for a hike to Paro Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest to acclimatize you to the high mountain altitude. Taktshang, one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, is perched at a precarious 1,000m cliff. The gentle hike of about three hours offers a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.
Day 3 Paro/Haa/Yangtong
After an early breakfast, you will be driven to Haa through Chelela, the highest mountain pass between Paro and Haa. From this pass, you will have a breath-taking view of Mt. Jhomolhari. On the way, you will hike to Kila Nunnery Center and later visit the Haa town. The night halt will be at Yangtong located in a meadow next to Haa river.
Day 4 Yangtong/Khadey Gom
From the campsite, you will climb a steep ridge (150m) that leads to Yangtong Gompa. After visiting the temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, you will follow a moderate trail through blue pine forest until you reach the main trail to the valley below Sagala. The trail then winds through farmlands leading to a wooden bridge, Chagdo zam, across meadows and forest until you reach Khadey Gom meadow. You will halt for the night here.
Day 5 Khadey Gom/Dongney Tsho/Dongney Tsho/Saga La
A gradual hike uphill, for an hour, through meadows and coniferous forests, is followed by a two-hour steep climb till you reach the pass. From here, on a clear day, you will have a panoramic view of the valley on both the sides. Mount Jumolhari (7315m), Chaterake (5570m) and the Drugkyel Dzong are prominent views you will be able see from the pass. The trail descends till the camp at Dongney Tsho.
Day 6 Dongney Tsho/Drukgyel Dzong
You will descend through a steep slope for an hour and half until you reach Genchu Zam. The trail cuts through a thick vegetation. Along the way you will be able to sight wild pheasants and birds. You will walk to a small village on the left side of the trail from where after an hour’s walk, you will reach Balakha Chhu. You will be picked up from here and driven to your hotel in Paro.
Day 7 Exit
Your local tour executive will see you off at the air port.