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Chele La Pass

Chele La Pass is a road that divides Haa Valley and Paro Valley. Situated at an altitude of 3,988 metres, it is considered the highest motor-able pass in Bhutan.

On a wet season, the place is very cold and it is advisable to always have thick and warm clothing on hand. The most pleasant time to visit the site is during spring when the surroundings are clear and the panorama is abundantly satiating — the beauty of Mt Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake is imposing and the adjoining peaks laden with pure snow at the northwest view complement the spectacle. Standing on the pass gives the viewer the feeling akin to aviation, wherein the verdant vegetation on the valley and the colourful prayer pass arrayed at the edge of the road delight the eyes and gladden the heart.



The Chele La Pass is a mountain pass in Paro, Bhutan.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens 24 hours daily.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Paro via Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air.
  • At Paro town centre, hire a motorbike to Chele La Pass.
  • For secured driving under harsh weather conditions, your best bet would be to travel via car.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is 3 to 4 hours.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit is between 8:00 to 12:00.



Food options in Chele La Pass are limited. Tourists are encouraged to bring their own food and water.


Nearby Attractions

  • National Museum of Bhutan
  • Khichu Lhakang
  • Drakhapo
  • Rinpung Dzong



Accommodations can be found all around Paro. Options include Tashiling Hotel, Sonam Trophel Hotel, Hotel Khamsum, Pelri Cottages and Hotel Tashi Phuntshok. Rates range from USD 65 to USD 250.

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