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360 Degree View Sagala - Trip Facts

  • The Altitude rises from 3000 to 4800 meteres above sea level
  • Includes 2 days before and after cultural tour 
  • Starts from Haa and ends in Paro
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Challenging
  • Accommodations : Camping Tents
  • Best Seasons : Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct and Nov
  • Good Season : August
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The Sagala 360 Degree Trek is also called the ‘Haa Planters’ Trail’ as in the ancient times, this was the trail that the rice planters of Haa used to travel to Paro to help the people of Paro plant and harvest rice. Haa valley is not much visited by tourists, and particularly Sagala trek is a beautiful 3 day hike through a mountain trail dividing the Haa and Paro valley. Traverse through beautiful meadows across virgin forests rich in flora and fauna and enjoy the wilderness in all its various shades and at its magnificent best. Soak in the panoramic picturesque view of the Haa Valley and the three sacred hills of Haa. Walk through peaceful and quaint villages (comprising of around 8 households) and stop over at a yak herder’s camp and interact with them.  One of the main highlight of the trek is the absolutely gorgeous view from the Pass, with the Mount Jhomolhari, Mount Drageygang, Drugyal Dzong and the Taktsang Monastery on one side and Haa valley on the other.

 

At a Glance

  • It has the 360 degree view of the Himalayas on the second day,
  • It traverse through beautiful meadows across virgin forests rich in flora and fauna
  • One of the main highlights of the trek is the absolutely gorgeous view from the Pass, with the Mount Jhomolhari, Mount Drageygang, Drugyal Dzong and the Taktsang Monastery

 

Day 1 - Haa - Sagala

From Talung (3000m), trail ascends gradually along Halung chhu (locally known as Makhang chhu) through Blue Pine (Pinus wallichiana) and Fir (Abies densa) forests onwards to Sagala. You reach to Chagdo Zampa (3180m) after crossing Hatsho Thangka (summer grazing ground of Talung village) and see a rock with twin eyes and distorted mouth. It is believed that a Tibetan saint, Thangtong Gyalpo, in the 14th century subdued Nyela Thi Ngi Tana Rinchen (demon) at Khadey Gom and got turned into this rock. Since then travelers have no fear of the demon.

After a breathtaking climb uphill, you can stop for picnic lunch at Khadey Gom (3280m), a meadow covered with blooming Iris, Primula, Aster, etc. Then you continue uphill to Sagala camp (3600m) below Sagala pass.

The view of Mt. Jomolhari (7326m), other mountain peaks, Haa, Paro valleys and Paro Tak Tshang is spectacular on the clear day from Sagala Pass (3700m) which takes three quarter of an hour walk from the camp.

Sagala is ideal for bird watching in the morning and evening. There are chances to spot feeding Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejans) and Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) and the likelihood of spotting Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster) along this trail.

Walking Distance: 5 to 6 Hours

Camp Altitude: 3,600 m

Day 2 - Sagala - Nyingungla

Morning trek is mostly along the ridges. After lunch, the trail ascends and descends through rhododendron scrubs all the way to Nyingungla camp. Rhododendron lepidotum could be seen in late bloom. The trail is covered with flowers of Meconopsis simplicifolia, Iris, many species of Aster, Primula kingii, Cynanthus lobatus, many species of Bistorta, two three species of Aconitum, Thalictrum cheldonii, many species of  Pedicularis, Lillium nanum etc. There may be possibility of seeing Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus), Blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus), Hill Patridge (Arborophila torqueola) and Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra), Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster), Sambar (Cervus unicolor) and Goral (Nemorhaedus goral) along the trail.

Before reaching the camp, you may come across a herder camp and cattle. Nyingungla camp is very beautiful site at 3874m, from where you can view Mt. Jomolhari, Bjichu Drake, Haa valley and Paro Taktsang.

Walking Distance: 5 to 6 hours

Camp Altitude : 3,874 m

Day 3 - Nyingungla-Chele La Pass

The trail ascends and descends along the ridges through Fir (Abies densa) and Larch (Larix griffithii) forest and Rhododendron scrubs. The trail is covered with colourful Iris, Bistorta, Primula, Meconopsis paniculata (yellow Bhutan Sagala Trek from Paropoppy), many species of Pedicularis, Corydalis spp., Rhododendrons, etc. The Kalila Pass (3770m) is also covered in blanket of flowers. This is another chance to see the view of Mt Jomolhari (7326m) and Bjichu Drake (6794m) on a clear weather.

The trail leads through Fir forest and climbs up to Gung Karpo ridge at 4000m and follows the ridge before descending down to Chelela Pass through Rhododendron scrubs. The view of snow-clad peaks and mountain ranges are spectacular.  All along the trail, you can find colourful flowers of Rhododendrons, many species of Pedicularis, Blue, Yellow Poppy, Iris, Bistorta, Berberis, Buddleja colveilei, many species of Asters, red Primula, Primula gracilipes, Primula capitata var capitata, Primula sikkimensis and Edel weiss.  Chelela is also ideal for bird watching where you may have chance to spot Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra), Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus), Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos), Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis), Rock Pigeon (Columba iivia), Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalaynsis), Eurasian Sparrow Hawk ( Accipiter nisus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Black face Laughing Thrush (Garrulax affinis); Spotted Laughing Thrush (Garrulax ocellatus) and other ground thrushes and many small birds. Trek time from Gung Karpo to Chelela road head is about four to five hours.

Walking Distance : 7 to 8 hours

Accommodation: Hotel

What to expect while trekking:

  1. Treking Travel Difficulty: The average elevation in Bhutan is 3200m above Sea level and this tour is moderately challenging.
  2. Trekking Difficulty : At times, you will be camping above 4000 m. As this is a difficult high alittude trek, this may not be suitable for those prone to cardiac arrests, respiratory, or circulatory disorders, or for limited mobility. 
  3. Includes major sight seeings and all possible nature hikes
  4. The package includes stay in 3 star hotels in Bhutan as approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan. Our Best Choice is Bhutan Suites and Thimphu Tower in Thimphu, Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro, Wangdue Ecolodge in Wangduephodrang and Hotel Dewachen in Phobjikha. We have the flexibility of incoproating  your choice of hotels as well.
  5. For a quality and meaningful tour, the group will be limitted to 16 only
  6. Except for your personal shopping, tips and gratutity there are no additional or hidden cost
  7. Tipping is at your own discretion. 

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Your Tour Guide : Lobsang Nima

Bhutan Swallowtail Tour Guide

I am a certified Trekking as well as Senior Cultural Tour guide and have been working in this industry for the last 11 years. Its said that, 6 hours drive from Southern City of Phuntsholing to Capital City of Thimphu, you will come across as many bird species as you can find in the entire Europe Continent. Join me to discover, not only the age-old tradition and culture but also the wide range of Bhutan’s flora and fauna in the untouched pristine environment of Bhutan. 

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