Trekking might be the perfect way to know about a country, particularly for a mystic destination like Bhutan. Bhutan is every trekker’s dream, gifted with the enormous Himalayan mountain ranges, lush forests, and charming natural scenery. There are five national parks, four wildlife sanctuaries, and one strict nature reserve covering about 51.44% of the country. This reason has made it possible for Bhutan to be the first and only carbon-negative country until now. The unique geographical location of Bhutan consists of a wide range of flora and fauna and scarce species that you can only see in Bhutan. As Bhutan is the Buddhist Kingdom, travelers can learn about their rich culture when visiting dzongs, temples, and other religious landmarks. Tiger’s Nest, Punakha Dzong or Paro Dzong are the famous sites in Bhutan, and also the perfect example of Bhutanese architecture. Bhutan has all kinds of treks to offer. From easy ones like the Druk path for beginners to one of the most challenging treks in the world like the Snowman treks for experts.
The Sagala Trek is also famous as the ‘Haa Planters’ Trail.’ In the old times, the rice planters of Haa used this same trail to travel to Paro to aid the people of Paro plant and harvest rice. Tourists rarely visit Haa valley, and Sagala trek is a beautiful three-day hike through a mountain path separating the Haa and Paro valley. This trek is a small variation of the ancient Haa Planters’ Trail so that travelers can enjoy more beautiful views of the Himalayas and nearby landscapes.
Paro Valley widens from the intersection point of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom up to Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This beautiful region is one of the broadest valleys in the kingdom and is full of fertile rice fields. The areas contain a beautiful, sparkling river winding down the valley. The elegant, traditional-style houses that spread through the valley and the surrounding hills emphasize the natural beauty of the region. One of the distinguishing features of Paro town is its location that lies in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like form. This area consists of more than 1155 temples and monasteries. Some of these monasteries date as far back as the 14th century. The country’s only international airport also lies in this region. Paro has become one of the leading tourist destinations. As its close vicinity to the historical and religious sites in the area has caused in the development of a group of luxurious, high-end tourist resorts.
Paro valley also contains Bhutan’s one of the most notable landmarks, Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. This beautiful temple sits upon a sheer cliff edge, above the oak and rhododendrons’ forest. The national museum, Ta Dzong, also lies in Paro. This museum displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese relics and artwork, including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry, and handcrafted tools used for daily life. Its collection gives us a view of the rich cultural traditions of the country. Another must-visit site in Paro is the Drugyel Dzong or The Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese. It is built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to honor the victory over raiding Tibetan armies. The fortress got destroyed due to the fire in 1951, but the ruins remain an imposing and striking sight.
Walkthrough beautiful meadows across untouched forests with an abundance of flora and fauna and enjoy the wilderness in all its various tones and at its superb best. Relish the panoramic scenic view of the Haa valley and the three sacred hills of Haa. Hike through serene and picturesque small villages, stop at a yak herder’s camp and interact with them. The major highlight of the trek is the indescribably spectacular views from the pass, with Mount Jhomolhari, Mount Drageygang, Drugyal Dzong, and the Taktsang Monastery on one side and Haa valley on the other.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to go for the trek is during Spring that lies from the month between March and May. Another time is during Autumn that lies in the month between September to November.
You need to expect to camps in extreme weather, such as cold temperatures and snowy conditions. Camping on the snow can be an adventurous activity, peaceful, and quite scenic. We will provide twin-sharing, double occupancy accommodation during the trek. On your demand, we can also arrange a single occupancy at an additional charge. All tents are cold weather tents and designed for harsh weather and snowy conditions. We will use separate tents for dining, kitchen, and restroom. We can also arrange luxury camping facilities, including mattresses, warm shower tents, bathroom with proper toilet pots, fishing equipment, etc., on-demand.
What to Expect
Enjoy the spellbinding mountain views as you trek from Sagala to Paro in scenic Bhutan. Begin the trip with a tranquil walk through blue pine and fir forests. Then, let the winding trails lead you to Khadey Gom at an elevation of 3280 meters for a delicious, adventurous picnic. Witness the snowcapped mountain peaks and valleys below and be aware of getting the chance to spot a musk deer. On day two, we will trek across flower-filled meadows to the superb Nyungungla camp at an elevation of 3874 meters. Here, you can see exotic plants and trees; you might also witness different animals. On your final hike (day three), you will reach the highest point of the trip, Gung Karpo ridge, at the height of 4000 meters. From here, a stunning view of mountain tops and colorful plains unfolds before you.
Get the majestic views of Mt. Jomolhari and Bjichu Drake
Climb to Gung Karpo (4000m)
See the beautiful view of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
- Entry visa for Bhutan
- Three-star category hotel twin sharing room
- Three meals per day
- Bottled water on the trip
- A sustainable development fee
- Museum fees and other entry fees
- Private transportation throughout the trip
- Airport taxes, if any
- Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Tips to guides and drivers
Haa – Sagala
Today, we will walk for about five to six hours. We will set a camp at an altitude of 3600 meters. Moving from Talung, we pass Halung Chhu through blue pine and fir forest towards Sagala. At Chicago Zampa, we will stop for a short break. After the break, we move towards Khardey Gom, where we will enjoy the picnic. From here, we continue uphill climb to Sagala camp at the height of 3600 meters. We will also climb the Sagala Pass at 3700 m from where we can get a splendid view of Mt. Jomolhari and other mountain peaks.
Sagala to Nyingungla
The walking distance for this day is approximately five to six hours. We will begin the trek early in the morning and walk along the ridges. After a while, we will arrive at Nyingungla camp, where we will camp at the elevation of 3874 meters. Today, we will get to witness Mt. Jomolhari, Bjichu Drake, Haa valley, and Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).
Nyingungla to Chele La Pass
We will be walking for approximately seven to eight hours today. Descending along the edges through fir and extensive forest, we arrive at Kalila Pass. Then, we will trek on the right side of the Kalila Pass. From here, we can get a superb view of Mt Jomolhari (7,326m) and Bjichu Drake (6,794m), on a clear day. We will also climb to the highest point of our trip, Gung Karpo that lies on an altitude of 4000 meters. Then, we descend through Chelela Pass.