Chelela Pass

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Chelela Pass is the highest motorable point in Bhutan, sitting 3988 metres (about 13,000 ft) above sea level, between the Haa and Paro valleys...[1] The pass is located 35 km from Paro and 26 km from Haa on the Bondey-Haa Highway.[2] Built in the 1990s, the asphalt road is narrow and steep, with hundreds of turns and sheer drops. It can be dangerous in winter due to snow and ice and the risk of avalanche.[3]

An area just below the pass was used as the location for Agay's Hut in Khyentse Norbu's film Travellers & Magicians. The film crew rebuilt an abandoned camp once used by the Bhutan Logging Corporation, as their headquarters during filming, fortifying the buildings with corrugated steel sheets.[4]


  1. ^ Chakrabarti, C 2009, Next week you can be at...Paro & Thimphu, The Telegraph, retrieved 14 January 2019
  2. ^ Lonely Planet Guide to Bhutan, p. 131.
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  4. ^ Jones, N, 2003, Travellers & Magicians, Prayer Flag Pictures, p. 71