A team of 21 people working in tourism such as guides, cooks, and horsemen revived an ancient route in Haa and developed it into a new trekking trail. Calling it the ‘Haa Panorama Hiking Trail’ (HPHT), the one-day hiking trail overlooks four major monasteries of upper Haa: Yangthang, Katsho, Dranadingkha and Takchu goenpas.
The hike could either start from Yangthang goenpa or Wangtsa village through thick pine covering and provides a bird’s eye view of Haa valley. It gently ascends to 3,150 meters above sea level and passes through Juney Drak, Katsho and Yanthang goenpas. Haa Panorama Hiking is ideal for a day hike. “One can cycle through the rich forest.”
The trail covers 11 kilometers in about five hours. Haa dzongkhag provided Nu 1.5 million to develop the route within two months.The trail connects two gewogs of Katsho and Bji with two exit points in between. “If hikers can’t complete the journey, they can exit from Katsho goenpa and Juney Dra.”
The trail has two canopies, a bazam, 15 log bridges and a picnic spot with a hot stone bath. “In view of the potential of tourism development, the dzongkhag administration immediately provided support to begin the work.”
Meanwhile, Haa opened to tourism in 2002 when the people of Haa valley approached the National Assembly and expressed their desire to introduce their community to the world of tourism, but only a few tourists visited.