Two-day hike with Bhutan’s Jo Bay Tsho Trek in Haa

Bhutan’s Department of Tourism announced the beautiful new Jo Bay Tsho Trek in Haa, a stunning valley located in the south-west region of the country, a two-hour drive from Paro

The avid travel hiker will surely find something mesmerising in this newly open route in one of the most serene countries in the world. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its mountainous range and subtropical plains. Its newly announced Jo Bay Tsho Trek is a two-day trek spanning approximately 25 kilometres. But first, to get there, one must initiate an 84-kilometre drive from Sangbaykha village to Mochu – where progressive farming communities coexist within the wildly beautiful surrounding rural landscape.

“As we unveil the Jo Bay Tsho trekking route, we invite travellers to embark on a journey of discovery amidst beautiful landscapes and cultural richness. This new route promises an unforgettable adventure, blending the beauty of nature with the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality,” promises Dorji Dhradhul, the director-general of the Department of Tourism-Bhutan.

The journey commences with a visit to a temple of high cultural significance, housing 1,000 statues of Guru Rinpoche, setting the stage for a spiritually enriching experience. Accommodation options include a campsite conveniently located just one kilometre away from the Jo Bay Tsho Trek, providing visitors with a comfortable base to explore this picturesque region.

Located in the south-Western part of Bhutan, the Jo Bay Tsho Trek promises a perfect blend of challenge and tranquility for visitors seeking an unforgettable adventure amidst stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and folklore. This trek offers a scenic journey through forests, majestic mountains, and serene lakes, providing an experience that is bound to leave an enduring mark on every traveller.

As travellers make their way along the gently sloping trail, they encounter lush green forests, dense clusters of bamboo, and rich nature. The path meanders through wooded areas, occasionally revealing expansive pastures and slightly challenging narrow passages. Throughout the journey, glimpses of wild animals and peaceful lakes add to the serene ambiance. Visitors will also be greeted by the locals on the way with warm hospitality. 

The most exciting part of the journey is to see the Jo Bay Tsho (Hidden Lake), which is a beautiful lake that spans some 300m lengthwise, and about 200m breadthwise. On a clear day, one can have an unobstructed view of the lake.

Photos depict the Marcus Westberg Chelela Pass in 2023

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