Haa Summer Festival Tour
Live the Experience. The perfect way to truly experience and understand the traditional lifestyle of the people of Haa is by staying at one of the local farmhouses.
Camping facilities are also available for guests wishing to spend a night out under the stars. Campers interested in experiencing a taste of the nomadic lifestyle will want to try a night in one of the traditional genuine yak hair tents.
- Trip Duration: 6Nights and 7 Days
- Trip Cost: US$ 2140 Per Person.
- Trip Guide: English Speaking Guide
- Meals: All Inclusive
- Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
- Activity: Festival and Cultural Tour
- Tentative Trip Date: July every Year
Get There: Haa valley is located very close to the international airport at Paro. To get to Haa you must travel two hours by road and cross the Chelela mountain pass
Set among pristine lakes and high alpine valleys, the Haa summer festival is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living culture, nomadic lifestyles, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports, and religious performances. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind experience by playing the local sports, sampling the delicious home-cooked cuisine, and enjoying traditional songs and dances all while imbibing the heady local liquor (Ara).
Join us on this fantastic journey into the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit.
The people of Haa (Haaps) inhabit high valleys above 3000 meters. Strong-boned and resilient, the Haaps are devout and hardworking yak herders and farmers. Besides herding, they mainly cultivate wheat, potatoes, barley, and millet. Their guardian spirit, believed to protect all Haaps is known as Ap (father) Chhundu and the locals’ religious lives center around appeasing him as well as numerous other Buddhist and Shamanic (Bon) deities.
The people of Haa are also famous for their skills in the traditional 13 arts (Zorig Chusum), producing some of the most exquisite pieces of jewelry, statuary, and handicrafts from gold, silver, bronze, clay, and slate.
Food, A Taste of Tradition – Sample the delicious Haapi Hoentoe, hearty dumplings made from buckwheat and stuffed with fragrant grated turnip, dried turnip greens, mushrooms, garlic, onions, and chopped cabbage seasoned with ginger, ground walnut, chili-powder, salt, butter, sesame and poppy seeds.
Best Things to do in Haa
Hiking and Nature Sight-seeing
Walk along centuries-old trails through mountain slopes covered in beautiful flowers. You’ll lose yourself amidst fields of white poppies (Meconopsis Superba), dense forests of fir trees, and crystalline streams brimming with rainbow trout. The White Poppy can not be found anywhere else in the world. It grows to 1.5 m in height at around 4000m altitude.
Nub Tshona Pata Trek: This 6 Day Trek takes hikers through scenic Haa valley, along beautiful alpine meadows and rhododendron scrub to sacred lake Nub Tshona Pata. The trail offers spectacular views of Mt. Gangkharpunsum and Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trail ranges in altitude between 2735-4420m
- Day 01: Arrival Bhutan and overnight at Paro
- Day 02: Paro to Haa
- Day 03: Attend Haa Summer Festival
- Day 04: Haa to Thimphu City Tour
- Day 05 Thimphu to Punakha
- Day 06: Punakha to Paro
- Day 07 See Off
Day 01 Arrival at Paro Bhutan
Arrival at Paro International Airport. Our team from Tour Bhutan will receive you and drive you to the Hotel. Visit Paro Dzong one of the most impressive Dzong of Bhutan followed by Taa dzong also called watch tower. Over night at Hotel.
Day 02 Paro to Haa
Drive to Haa via Chelela Pass. The drive is about 3 hours. The route follows the dense alpine forest and on the way you might come across beautiful wild flowers and jungle fowl. Further drive down to Haa valley.
Day 03 Attend Haa Summer Festival
Attend the Haa Festival.
Song and Dance – Come enjoy the lively folk songs and mask dances in this celebration of a timeless culture. Experience the long and sonorous Haapi Ausa, traditional songs extolling the virtue of their yaks that are typically sung while tending the animals.
Sports – Join in the competition and engage in the local sports such as Archery, Yak and Horse riding, Khuru (darts), Soksum (light javelin throwing). These lively contests are energetic affairs accompanied by much laughter, singing, and friendly taunts.
River Kayaking – The Haa River is an excellent location to try out this exciting activity as the water flow is not too rapid and provides a suitable level of challenge for practitioners of most skill levels.
Day 04 Haa to Thimphu
Drive to the Capital of Bhutan. In Thimphu visit the folk heritage museam followed by 13th art and craft school where live work by student is showcase. You can watch them work on silver work, Tailoring work, Painting and over all 13th arts and craft. In the afternoon visit Thimphu town. Over night at Hotel.
Day 05 Thimphu to Punakha
Punakha is temperate fertile valley in the western Bhutan and also the old capital of Bhutan. Visit the longest suspension bridge. The bridge is very important for the people of Punakha as it connects two village with dzong.
Day 06 Punakha to Paro
Drive to Paro. Visit Drugyel Dzong, 6th century Kichu monastery. In the evening visit the farm House and over night at Hotel
Day 07 Paro to Airport and See Off
Your Haa Summer Festival Tour ends here and our team will see you off from the airport.
What is Included in the Cost?
- All meals as per the itinerary.
Accommodation [Twin Sharing] in 3 Star Hotel, Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
Sustainable Development Fees.
Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only visa Fees.Airport tax
What is NOT Included in the Cost?
- Flight fare both Domestic and International.
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services