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Haa Valley Jaunt

Haa Valley Jaunt: A Cultural and Natural Exploration in Bhutan

The Haa Valley Jaunt offers a unique and immersive experience into the heart of Bhutan’s cultural and natural beauty. This journey is specifically designed to provide guests with a deep dive into traditional Bhutanese village life, still untouched by the rapid pace of modernization. The tour focuses on exploring the quaint and culturally rich villages of Haa, known for their unique traditions and customs.

Key Highlights of Haa Valley Jaunt

  1. Village-to-Village Hiking: Traverse traditional footpaths connecting various villages, offering a genuine experience of rural Bhutanese life.
  2. Cultural Immersion: Engage with local villagers, gaining insight into their daily lives and how they balance tradition with modern changes.
  3. Diverse Activities: Enjoy activities like hiking, temple visits, farm stays, camping, cultural interactions, and participating in local sports and cultural events.

Detailed Program

  • Day 01 | Arrival in Paro – Transfer to Thimphu
    Arrival at Paro airport, followed by a visit to the historic Kyichu temple.
    Drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, with an evening orientation on Bhutanese etiquette.
  • Day 02 | Thimphu Exploration
    Visit the Big Buddha Statue, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple, and other cultural sites.
    Optional trip to Dochu La pass for breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Day 03 | Journey to Haa Valley
    Scenic drive to Haa, passing through picturesque villages and historical sites.
  • Day 04 | Discovering Haa Valley
    Explore the unspoiled and less-visited Haa valley, ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
  • Day 05 | Haa to Paro via Chele La Pass
    Early drive to Chele La Pass, followed by a hike to Kila Nunnery. Optional mountain biking descent to Paro.
  • Day 06 | Paro – Taktsang Monastery Hike
    Trek to the iconic Taktsang Temple, perched on a cliff face.
    Afternoon visit to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and other remote monasteries.
  • Day 07 | Departure
    Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to the airport.

Accommodation Options

A range of hotels and resorts in Thimphu, Paro, and Haa, ranging from luxury to traditional lodges, provide comfortable stays throughout the journey.

Haa Valley Jaunt Summary

The Haa Valley Jaunt is more than just a tour; it’s an expedition into the heart of Bhutan’s heritage. It’s an opportunity to connect with the land and its people, to witness the serene beauty of Bhutanese villages and to embrace the peaceful rhythm of life in this part of the world. This journey is perfect for those who seek a blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and spiritual enrichment.

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Detailed Program

Truly Bhutan representative will receive you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.  Your first activity begins with a visit to Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan (7th C) with a purification ceremony to bring you good luck.  Afterward, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 h).  Before dinner at the hotel, there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

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Begin your day with a drive to the viewpoint at the Big Buddha Statue. The park here has several walking trails that range from leisurely to moderate. Other places of interest are the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple (12C), Folk Heritage Museum, and School of Arts & Crafts.

If time permits, we can drive up to Dochu La pass (3,100m) where we can circumambulate the 108 stupas and, if the weather is clear, enjoy an incredible view of Himalayan peaks.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

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Depart for Haa, the westernmost valley in Bhutan. This is a beautiful drive (3.5h) that is relatively free of traffic. The road takes us back to Chuzom (river confluence) where we catch a glimpse of the three shrines in Nepali, Tibetan, and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits, and then traverses left past Dobje Dzong, an ancient prison which now houses a monastery.

Picturesque and quaint villages dot the hillsides for the rest of our drive to Haa.

Overnight at a hotel in Haa.

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Haa remains one of the least visited areas in the country and retains the air of an unspoiled, primeval forest. This valley only opened to foreigners in 2002due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoiled valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time, and its wooded hills give us an ideal setting for hiking and mountain biking. There are several pleasant walking trails in Haa and biking on the virtual traffic-free valley to visit local areas of interest and village homes is an enjoyable way to spend the day.

Overnight at a hotel in Haa.

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Chele La Pass and hike to Kila Nunnery (optional bike descents). Start early for the drive to Chele La Pass (3,988m) from which on a clear day the view sweeps away to Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt. Jhomolhari (7314m). Striding out along the Edelweiss-covered ridge, we pass a sky burial site. We then descend for the two-hour hike through dense rhododendron forest, possibly sighting shaggy yaks, to Kila Goemba; an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below.

Kila Goemba is a serene retreat for 32 Anims (Buddhist nuns) who lead an undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer, and meditation. An hour’s descent from the monastery and we are back at the road where we can saddle up on a mountain bike and freewheel down to Paro Valley.

Difficulty: Moderate. Picnic lunch.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

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After breakfast, we hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes us to Taktsang Monastery. Built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor, the monastery is a spectacular sight. It is also an important pilgrim site for Buddhists.

Legend has it that the great Guru Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.

In the afternoon, we drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, a historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against marauding Tibetans in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, we can visit other remote monasteries in the valley.

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

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Breakfast in the hotel, and then drive to the airport for the flight to your onward destination.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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