Haa Valley Trek
Open Time : Open 24 hours
Entry : free
Address : Nguyen Homestay, Haa Valley, Chhudzom - Haa Road, Bhutan
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Why to visit Haa Valley Trek
This is a pleasant trip that includes ascents through forest and meadows, passing past settlements in the Haa valley and dense woodland on the Paro side. It's also known as the 'Saga La Trek,' since it follows the historic route travelled by Haa farmers on their annual trip to Paro valley to grow rice. Haa farmers used to receive a portion of the red rice crop in exchange for their efforts in the past, as rice does not grow in Haa. Trekking is combined with a historical and cultural tour of Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha, as well as a fascinating trek to the fabled Tiger's Nest.
Due to the obvious great trails that run across the area, this region is also a hotspot for hikers and bikers. The nicest aspect about this site is that it is somewhat less crowded, and the path that goes to the valley provides an unrivalled view of the Chomolhari. Many people believe that if you visit Bhutan but don't spend a day in the Haa valley, you haven't really seen Bhutan. Although this valley has one of the smallest populations in Bhutan, it is home to a diverse range of animals and plants, making it an ideal gathering spot for nature lovers.
To get to the valley by road, you must pass through Chele-la Pass, which is 3988 metres high. The spectacular views of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey may be enjoyed from the valley. Because of its proximity to the Indo-Tibet border, Haa is strategically vital for India, and the IMTRAT (Indian Military Training Teams) maintains a base in Haa, which is a critical location for India.
The best time to visit Haa Valley is from October to November. Autumn is when Mt. Jomolhari and its snow-covered surrounds are at their most beautiful. The weather is pleasant, making a hike in the valley ideal.
By Atharva Yeshwardhan