Chele La Pass is one of the highest road points in Bhutan and offers breathtaking views of the mountains. It is situated at an elevation of 3,988 meters/13,084 feet between the Paro and Haa valleys. The drive to Chela La Pass from Paro is as charming as the Mountain Pass itself. Post the pass you descend and gradually enter the Haa valley. Explore Places to visit in Haa.
Drive-Up to Chele La Pass
Your first few days of the Bhutan Tour will be steeped in culture and history. It will be good to fuse nature on your trip; take a break indulge your visual senses with some natural beauty and give yourself some time to relax and soak in the atmosphere. You have the option to take a leisurely drive and carry a picnic lunch as well as a beverage of your choice. It is just over 40 km to the pass; you drive 5 km to Bondey from Paro town and take an ascending road that leads to Haa (61km) via Chelela Pass.
The Chele La pass is at a cool crisp mountain pass and your route takes you through a spectacularly lovely forest of pine, oak and rhododendrons that ablaze with blood red and pink blooms in April and May. The heady scent of daphne permeates the air and the sun-dappled - as enchanting a drive as you could have hoped for. Around 10 km from the top you can spot the Kila Nunnery perched on the opposite hillside with prayer flags lining the walking path to it and surrounding the complex. Once you cross the tree line, you are likely to come up with yaks grazing in the alpine meadows. The pass itself is marked by a multitude of prayer flags that seem to spear the intense blue skies! On a clear day, you can get a breathtaking view of Mt. Jomolhari and other Himalayan giants.
On the other side of the road descends to the remote Haa valley. There are plenty of opportunities to explore places to visit in Haa valley and other cultural experiences.