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Chele La Pass, Paro

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Marvel at snow-clad rugged mountain peaks surrounding you at Chele La Pass, one of the highest observation decks in Bhutan and the highest one you can reach by a motor vehicle. Standing at 3,988 m (13,084 ft), the highest motorway in the country offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys with yaks grazing in the distance. Observe a thick forest of poles with fluttering prayer flags next to the road, which locals put up to scare demons. The two-hour ride from Paro runs through thick forests, passing scenic waterfalls, rivers, and rare flowers. Bring some warm clothes. Make Chele La Pass a part of your Paro vacation plans using our Paro family vacation planner.
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  • August 2, 2017
    This place is almost 12000 feet above sea level. The way to Chele la pass was literally zigzag and dangerous. As we go up on the way, the temperature decreases and from 33°C, it decreased to as low as...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Even though it is 4000 mtrs above MSL, we could easily approach this by motorable road in a minibus.Since we were all senior citizens we did not attempt the peak but had a good view and experience fro...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    It was quite a long drive to get to the pass. The view from up there was quite okay but not stunning or breath-taking. The place lacked facilities like restrooms & toilets, neither were there any rest...  more »

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A popular tourist and pilgrimage spot, Paro offers a range of luxurious accommodations in the form of resort-style hotels and boutique spas. You'll find these scattered around the valley, but not in the main downtown area. If you're looking for less-exclusive hotels, check the hillside to the west of town, which offers great views of the valley. A number of mid-range hotels also offer panoramic views. For budget-oriented travelers, there are few guesthouses in town.
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