Saturday, July 06, 2013

Bhutan: Chele La

8th April 2013

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Bhutan trip had gone extremely well. But my daughter was not very excited as the snow I promised was only seen but not ‘felt’. The only place where we could expect snow was Chele La, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. At about 13,000 ft ASL, it connects Paro with Haa valley. It is at the same height as Rohtang pass in Himachal Pradesh. With great difficulty, BRO opens road by end of May. But after travelling through various passes in Bhutan, I knew that there would very little or no snow even in April at the height of 13,000 feet in Chele La. Hence I asked my daughter not to expect ‘snow’ in the pass.

Chele La is just 35 km from Paro which would take about 90 minutes. There might be no snow in April but flowers compensate for it. They were omnipresent in the hills.

There were few patches of snow near the pass which was sufficient for my daughter. But later she complained that the snow should have covered the entire mountain!!

On a clear day, we could have seen Jhomolhari peak which is at an altitude of 24,035 ft ASL. But nature did not provide the permits that day!!

On the other side of the pass was Haa valley. Indian military has some presence there.

We may not have seen good views in Chele La but a surprise was awaiting us when we flew back from Paro to Bagdogra. The weather was great and we could see the clear view of Jhomolhari peak (Am I right?) !!

We could see a gigantic peak on the far side.  It was Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, the third highest peak in the world.

That was a great way to end the Bhutan trip!!


Ercotravels said...

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R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely photographs. Enjoyed reading your Bhutan posts.

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

Looks like this one was the most relaxed/laidback of all your trips. More time on hand than places to see! Names of the places were again meticulously noted and remembered. Some of the names (like 'Ha') were real funny. I hope people live in that country. Not many are seen in your photographs. We are not used to seeing photos without people! It was a good journey through Bhutan for your readers.

Where next?

Parul said...

Beautiful is the word....Wow...U are blessed to have been there...:)

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Anu said...

Amazing pictures trees, particularly that of snow clad peaks. Bhutan came to my bucket list only after seeing your travelogues! Would def refer here when I go to Bhutan :)

Flying Fox said...

Wow, beautiful pics and amazing place..
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Aravind GJ said...

Ercotravels, Niranjan, Parul, Anu, Nithin, Flying fox,

Yes. It was a relaxing trip. Travel to Bhutan is more to experience.

There are just 7 lakh people in the country. And very few visitors during our stay. That explains the photos without people.

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