Sagala Trekking

sagala-trekkingSagala Trekking moderate 3-day trek, also known as “The Haa Planters’ Trail,” follows the ancient trail used by rice planters from the Haa Valley on their way to lend their hands to the people of Paro during the rice plantation season (May – June). In return, the people of Haa received red rice after the autumn harvest .This trek passes through villages in the Haa valley and dense forests on the Paro side. The trek takes you to Haa valley, which is seldom visited by tourists. The government has identified the valley as a destination for farmhouse experiences and this trek gives support to the farmers of Haa by utilizing their services on offer, while at the same time giving clients a good local farm-stay. The ascent is on good trails through forests and meadows, which is covered with Himalayan flora during the spring and autumn seasons. Even though the monsoon is seldom trekked, we recommend you to do this trek around June-July to experience the heaven’s gardens, as this trail is littered with Himalayan flowers. The descent is on a steeper trail that leads you to Drukgyal Dzong, a fortress in ruins.

Although short as a stand-alone trip, it makes for a great itinerary when combined with a few more days of visiting cultural attractions. Sagala Trekking is best trekking in Bhutan and It is beautiful trekking in Nepal and sagala has typical and culture beauty and great trek in Bhutan

This trek can be customised to suit your needs, by extending your stay and taking in the cities of Punakha and Thimphu.

Trek Facts

Trek: Sagala
Trek starts: Yangtong
Trek duration: 5 days/10 days including transportation
Grade: Easy to moderate
Maximum altitude: 3720m
Minimum altitude: 2250m
Trek ends: Drukgyal Dzong

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2250m). This flight into Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights to take, as it flies past Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and many more peaks. The flight takes around an hour and a half. We will then go to our hotel and take refreshment and visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong.

Day 3: After breakfast, we drive to Kyichu Lhakhang. King Songtsän Gampo built the Lhakhang in the 7th century AD. The associated legend is that – this is one of 108 Lhakhang’s built in a single night by the king to tame his kingdom’s borders. Return to stay for lunch, rest and prepare for the trek up to Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”).

Drive to the start of the trek. Trek (or horse ride) to Taktsang Monastery (trek time is 2-3 hours depending on weather and fitness level).Taktsang is perched on a precipitous 900 meter cliff. The monastery has been restored at painstaking efforts to former glory after a fire in 1998. The legend is that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this holy place on the back of tigress to meditate. More recently, one of the most enlightened abbots in modern Bhutan history, Geshe Gendun Rinchen (1926 – 1997) also known as Draphugpa (Of the Caves), was born in a small cave by the path to the monastery. Tea and refreshments will be taken at Taktsang Café for about an hour’s rest to take photos and view the scenery. We will then descend to road point (horses cannot be ridden) and drive back to Paro to prepare for the trek.

Day 4: Paro – Haa Valley
After an early breakfast, drive to Haa valley over the Chele La Pass. Upon arrival and checking into your room, relax for a while before visiting Lhakhang Karpo (temple of the white dove), a monastery believed to have been built in the 8th century by a the Tibetan King, Songtsen Goenpo, after he sent two doves (one black and one white) to find a sacred place to build a monastery.

Day 5: Haa Valley – Khadey Gom
Distance 8 km 4-5 hours, camp altitude 3235m.
The trek starts today. After breakfast, drive north to the village of Yangtong, where the trail starts. From Yangtong a steep climb (150m) leads to Yangtong Gompa village, marked by a big temple dedicated to the great 8th century Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche. As you proceed further for another hour and a half, the trail takes you through the village of Talung. After crossing a bridge (Chado Zam) and several meadows and forest you will reach the campsite, Khadey Gom, where a rock with two eyes and a distorted mouth can be found. This rock is believed to be the work of 5th century Buddhist saint Thangthong Gyalpo, who, on his quest for iron ore in Bhutan, came across Nyela Doem (a demon) and subdued it by slashing its mouth and turning it into a rock.

Day 6: Khadey Gom – Dongney Tsho
Distance 8 km, 4-5 hours, camp altitude 3200m.
A gradual hike for about an hour through meadows and pine forest is followed by another two hour climb to the Saga La pass (3720m), which is marked by prayer flags and mini Stupa’s made from stone piles. On a clear day, the pass presents a fantastic view on both sides. Looking east you can see the Paro valley flanked by the sacred Jomolhari (7315m) and Jichu Drake (5570m). You can spot Drukgyal Dzong and the sacred Taktsang monastery in the valley below. You can also see the Haa valley and the peaks forming the border with Tibet towards the west.

From the pass it is all downhill. Beware of loose gravel and boulders on the trail. A good two hour downhill hike through mixed conifer forests and rhododendrons will bring you to the camp in an open meadow at Dongney Tsho, surrounded with tall firs. To the left is the black Choshola mountain, a holy place from which it is believed that a lake disappeared.

Day 7: Dongney Tsho – Drukgyal Dzong
Distance 7 km, 3 hours.
You will descend a steep slope for an hour and half until you reach the bridge at Genchu Zam. The trail cuts through a thick vegetation. Along the way you will be able to see wild pheasants and birds. You will pass through Chodeyphu, a beautiful small village set at the base of the mountain, Lom Bjara. Another hour or so from this village will take you to the road, where the Haa Planters’ Trail ends. We will then go and visit the ancient ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. The Dzong is a monument to the Shabdrung’s victory against an invasion of allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces in 1649. The name “Drukgyal Dzong” thus translates to “Fortress of Victory”. The Dzong was destroyed in a fire in the 1950s. On clear days, Drukgyal is an excellent place to view the glorious mountain Jomolhari. Then back to Paro and do some sightseeing and shopping for some souvenirs. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 10: A representative ofUnique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.

Price Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Two nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
  • Accommodation in a hotel in Paro and Haa.
  • Accommodation in twin shared tents with mattress.
  • All necessary equipment for camping.
  • One English speaking government trained license holder and well informed trekking guide.
  • Dependent on group size, cook, kitchen boy and extra horses)
  • All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
  • First Aid kit bag.
  • Government and local area taxes where applicable. These include Royalty fees and road permit fees.
  • Return transportation from Kathmandu to Paro by flight.
  • Paro to the start of trek and end of trek by private vehicle.
  • A Bhutanese visa fee, where the cost is dependent on the time of year you visit. See the link for Bhutan Information for prices.

Price Excludes:

  • Nepalese entry visa fee and departure tax. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
  • Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
  • Donation, tips and personal expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Please note that you cannot hire equipment and other personal items in Bhutan such as (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, etc). You must either bring these items into the country by yourself, or they can be hired from Kathmandu.
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