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Haa Valley Trek

Haa Valley trek in Bhutan is a short trek in a region that was just recently openened for travellers. This trek in Western Bhutan offers panoramic views on Mount Chomolhari, some other Himalayan peaks and to the Paro Valley and the Haa Valley. 
Next to the trekking visit Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest), Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong in Paro and Tashi Cho Dzong in Thimphu.

In case you like to combine your Haa Valley trek with a festival in Bhutan please see our Bhutan festival calender for actual dates of festivals in Bhutan in 2009.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Paro, arrival and transfer to Thimphu
Day 02: Paro - Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest)
Day 03: Paro - Dongney Tsho 
Day 04: Dongney Tsho - Chhutak Loompa
Day 05: Chhutak Loompa - Haa - Bjenkhana - Thimphu
Day 06: Thimphu
Day 07: Paro, departure

Day 01 Arrive at Paro Airport, transfer to Thimphu : The flight into Paro brings breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. If the weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m) and other Himalayan mountains. The landing, flying through the Paro valley between the 4000m high mountains, starts your day in an unforgettable way! Your Bhutanese representative from Himalayan Rock will greet you on arrival and drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the hotel you will be staying.
This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan`s oldest monasteries and temples. The country's only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.
Later visit: 
Ta Dzong: Means watch tower. It served as a watch tower during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas.

Kichu Lhakhang (Monastery): It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

Rimpung Dzong: Means fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung (deeply revered to this day as dynamic political and spiritual leader) in 1644. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies.

Overnight at Hotel Olathang, Paro. This hotel is located away from the town overlooking Paro valley. Peaceful surrounding, warm and comfortable room, good service and good meals.

Day 02 Paro :Morning take an acclimatization hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tigers nest).

Taktsang Monastery (Tigers nest):Taktsang Monastery is Bhutan`s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m or 2,640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory.

Farmhouse: Bhutan is justly NOT famous for its cuisine, which is somewhat predictable. Eating at a local farmhouse at least gives a slightly different variation.

Overnight at Hotel Olathang, Paro. 

Day 03 Drive from Paro to Dongney Tsho: Drive to the end of the motor road at Drukgyel Dzong to begin the trek. Today`s trail is through Balakha Chhu (river) where the ancient Haa Planter`s trail begins and ends. Later you will hike steeply upward for about 1 hour 30 minutes after crossing the bridge. The hike through thick vegetation, and laughing thrushes, magpies, nutcrackers and pheasants are often seen. Later you will be brought to a campsite in a meadow full of mixed conifer. Altitude 3,200 m or 10,496ft. (7 km or 4.3miles, 3 hrs walk).

Day 04 Dongney Tsho - Chhutak Loompa: Today you will ascend through mixed conifer forest for 2 hours and through loose gravels.You will reach Tego La Pass (12,000ft or 3,660m) from where you will see Haa forming borders with Tibet and a good view of famous peaks such as Jhomolhari. From the pass you will go downhill finally coming to a stream and finally to the campsite. Altitude 2,820 m or 9250ft. (14 km or 8.6miles, 6 hrs walk).

Day 05 Chhutak Loompa - Haa - Bjenkhana - Thimphu: Today you will cross number of bridges finally reaching to the motorable road where your driver and car will be waiting for you to take you to the capital city Thimphu.Altitude 2,590 m or 8,500ft. (3 km. 1 hour 30 minutes walk). Drive to Capital city Thimphu, 4 hours 30 minutes drive. Altitude: 2,320m or 7,656ft above sea level.

Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan`s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit, is situated next to the magnificent Tashicho Dzong.

Tashichho Dzong: The `Fortress of the glorious religion` houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body.

Mini zoo: Here we can see Bhutan`s national animal known as Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family.

Sangaygang view point: Needless to say, this is THE place to take your camera and capture the essence of a remarkable country.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is also known as the Lover`s Point!

Evening: Night in `downtown` Thimphu, Evening Meal with music and dancing.

Overnight at Hotel Dragon Roots, Thimphu: Located in the middle of the town, nice room, comfortable, very good service and good meals.

Day 06 Thimphu: Morning visit: -The weekend market. Market days are absolutely central to the lives of the Bhutanese, but there are many reasons to visit other than the delicious fresh food on offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hand Made Paper Factory: Jungshi Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is wiy regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.Later you can relax and stroll around the city. Overnight at Hotel Dragon Roots, Thimph.

Day 07 Thimphu - Paro Airport: Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive from Thimphu to the Paro airport to board the flight. Your escort from Himalayan Rock will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

ACCOMMODATION: The hotels used in this holiday are the best government appointed hotels in the country and equate roughly to 3 star standards. All have private bathrooms and are comfortable and well-appointed. There are a few independent luxury hotels, which can be used on request. Tents for the trek are imported from Nepal and are of a high standard.

Cost Include

  • Bhutan Royalty
  • Accommodation (Standard 3-4 star), approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan and Hotel Association of Bhutan
  • Food (3 meals a day) and beverages
  • Fransportation within Bhutan 
  • Fuide services (licensed by Department of tourism and English speaking)
  • Riding ponies or yaks on trek
  • Cook (professional) and experienced staff on trek 
  • Ponies/yaks to carry the supplies on trek
  • Tents and other camping equipment on trek

Cost Exclude

  • Transportation to and from Bhutan 
  • Bhutan visa ($ 40 per person)
  • Bhutan tourist tax ($ 10 per person)
  • Tips, personal expenses and insurances
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bar bills, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.