Bhutan Saga La trek features the adventure of crossing Saga La pass at almost 12,200 ft or 3550m. The pass offers a splendid view of Mt. Jumolhari. Camps will be set up along the way in meadows, river banks, on hill tops and pine and hemlock forests. The trek starts at the mouth of Haa River and goes past Lhakhang Karpo, also called ‘the white temple’, which houses 200 monks. Rig-Sum-Goenpa” or the “Three Mountain Temples”, a mass of three cone shaped hills, dedicated to Chana Dorji, Chenrey Zig and Jambayang, is a sight not to be missed.
Experience the rural lifestyles, observe farmhouses and yak herders and understand the myths and tales that weaves the very fabric of Bhutanese culture. Once you reach the Sagala Pas you are advised to leave a gift of rock or twig. Visitors offer their prayers while placing their gift on a chorten nearby. This trek is camping based.
|Grade/Difficulty||ModerateModerate to strenuous routes involve walking for more than four hours in a day and there will a noticeable change in altitude of the route. These routes will also involve going over one or two mountain-passes with a number of steeps ascents thrown in.|
|Group size||2-20 max|
Saga la trek 6-day detail itinerary
Day 1~Arrive Paro
On arrival, Bhutan Bokar Tours will greet you and drive you to your hotel. Visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, an imposing fortress that defended Tibetan invasions from the north. From here you can view mountain Jomolhari (7,300m) on a clear day. Evening, freely stroll around Paro town.
Day 2~ Paro
Hike to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro valley. In the eighth century the great Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is a two-hour uphill at moderate pace.
Visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower), now the national museum, and Rinpung Dzong. Evening, explore Paro town.
Day 3~ HAA – SAGALA 3 ½ hours
Your trek begins through an unpaved motor road for less than hour keeping yourself on the left side of the villages. Taking the footpath trail on the rigge side of the village will lead you climb up gradually through a yak herders camp. And from the end of this yak herder’s camp, you will traverse through two different trails. Take right side trail to make your final climb towards your camp just below Sga La pass 3750 meters. (The trail towards the left goes to the summer yak herding camp and to the boarder of China).
Over night at tented camp (3650 meters).
Day 4~ SAGALA – NINGULA 5 ½ hours
From the camp start climbing for 30 minutes to reach the Sagala pass (3750 meters). If the weather is clear you will have a superb view of mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. From the pass, walk on the right side of the trail. After making several ascents and descents, walking through the trails of rhododendron tress and meadows, you will finally be on the top of the ridge at 4100 meters which offers great views of Haa valley. You will again make occasional ascent and descent through forests of Hemlock and Juniper until you reach at your camp 3850 meters.
Over night at tented camp (3850 meters).
Day 5~ NINGULA – KUNGKARPO – PARO 6 hours
After breakfast, you will start descending for few minutes, and then follow the ridge through meadows of yak herder’s camp. From the end of meadows, climb uphill toward Kungkarpo pass through the forest of tall rhododendron trees. The trail is pretty small uphill until you reach meadows with lot of stone cairns. The view of the Haa Valley is spectacular as you climb up through these stone cairns to reach the first pass before Kungkarpo. After hiking on the ridge you will reach Kungkarpo (Sky Burial at 4350 meters).
The total hiking time from Yak herders’ camp till Kungkarpo is 2 hours. At Kungkarpo, you may climb on the top of the mountain to see the Sky Burial. From Kungkarpo you will be walking up and down with the panoramic view of Paro Valley on the left and Haa Valley on the right.
A view of Kila Goenpa Nunnery below is also spectacular. Reach on the final ridge and then walk further downhill until you reach Chele La pass (3980 meters) which is one of the highest motor able passes in Bhutan. The total walking time from Kung Karpo to Chele La pass is one and half hours. Your car and driver will be waiting here to transfer to Paro.
Over night stay at hotel, Paro.
Day 6~ PARO DEPARTURE
Early breakfast you will drive to airport for your onward journey.