Chelela Pass

Chelela Pass, the highest point on Bhutan’s Dantak roads, crests at 3988 meters (roughly 13,000 feet) above sea level. The bright yellow sign marking its location stands next to a traditional stone fireplace and stove, a Buddhist prayer wheel marked with a quote advocating kindness, and a small hut and seating area.

Strings of thousands of rainbow colored prayer flags flutter in the stiff breeze, and forests of white flags on tall wooden poles reach skyward. Locals believe that the prayers written on these flags will be carried on the wind, spreading blessings to the whole world.