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13 Nights 14 Days JHOMOLHARI TREK

Jomolhari Trek is the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route), it offers a wide range of landscape, fauna and flora.
The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp, Jangothang. Nearly the whole trek goes through a small part of the Jigme Singye National Park, passing a few of the Yak herder's settlement and the remotest region of Lingshi. One should be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the majestic mountain views, endure thin air, serenity & the wilderness of the landscape while on the trek.
There is very little tourist traffic on the pristine trekking routes in Bhutan. This is primarily a positive offshoot of the Bhutanese government's policy limiting tourists to 5000 a year. Naturally one has a pleasant sensation of breaking fresh ground on treks in Bhutan. The chomolhari trek follows the crystal clear trout rich upstream trail of Paro Chu along the verdant rhododendron canopied forests and salubrious green alpine meadows.

Mt. Chomolhari, having one of the most beautiful peaks in the Eastern Himalayan, stands at a magnificent (7314m) with age old frontier forts and sprawling yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding sight for the determined trekker. One the course of the trek, one will have sojourned through several places rich in history in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

Day 1:
Meet & greet upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International (TIA) and transfer to your Dhulikhel Hotel. After check in the Hotel Relaxing Overnight at Hotel .

Day 2:
Breakfast at Hotel Free time till departure Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for Paro Our representative above will accompany you throughout the trip, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro and overnight in hotel.

Day 3:
Morning - Drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 15 km up the valley and starting point of the trek. Built in 1647 by the great unifier of medieval Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the great victory over the tibetan armies. It was destroyed accidentally by fire and was left in ruins since then. However it serves as a reminiscent of the great victories. On a clear day, you can have spectacular view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). Our next visit is Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this district. A short walk will take you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional wooden cantilevered bridge. The evening ends with a free time to stroll through Paro's main shopping area.

Day 4:
(Paro – Shana) (Start of Trek): Our trek starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Pacchu River and we will pass cultivated fields and tiny scenic villages. The forests are alive with abundant birds and brightly colored butterflies. We will reach our campsite in about 5-6 hours. It is about 2,580 m above sea level and the campsite is called Shana.

Day 5:
(Shana – Soi Thangthangka): Altitude 3610 m; Time 8 - 9 hours. The trail follows the river through a densely forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. This forest is picturesque one comprising of Oak with splendid hinging mosses, Junipers and Rhododendron. The trek becomes more enchanting because of the birds singing all through the trail. Camp is in a pasture with a stone shelter.

Day 6:
(Soi Thangthangka - Jangothang): Altitude of 4,100 m.Time 5 - 6 hours. The trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a handsome valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these yak herder’s camps. Plenty of yaks will be seen before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,100 m). One can have a superb view of the glacier mountain peaks all around. Directly opposite to our campsite is Mt. Jomolhari overlooking in its white glory. Nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Day 7:
(Jangothang - Halt): A rest day for acclimatization. We can take this chance to walk up to the Jhomolhari glaciers or to the Tsho Phu lakes on the opposite direction from where one can see the spectacular mountain peaks – Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Tsherim Gang.

Day 8:
(Jangothang – Lingshi): The trail follows glacier stream for around half an hour and crosses a narrow wooden bridge. Then the climb to Nyele Pass (4850m) consists of first stretch of steep one, followed by a gradual one, and yet again a steep one near the pass. Nonetheless the breathtaking view of Mountain peaks on this trail will make you forget the strenuous uphill climb. After crossing this pass it is a gradual descend to Lingshi campsite (4040m). One can enjoy the panoramic view of Lingshi Dzong and the mountain peaks around. Walking time 7-8 hours.

Day 9:
(Lingshi – Shodu): Altitude 3750m. Time 8-9 hours. It is a gradually accent through the valley for about 4 hours before one reaches a steep climb to Yelela (4900m), the highest pass on this trek. Then it is long but gradual decent to our next campsite at Shodu.

Day 10:
(Shodu – Barshong): Altitude 3600m.Time 6-7 hours. Now we return to the tree lines again. The trail follows the Wangchu River, descending through forests of rhododendron, junipers and other alpine species. Prior reaching the campsite, the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Our campsite will be at little below the ruins.

Day 11:
10 (Barshong – Dodena) (End of Trek): The footpath on this trek will descend through two kinds of forests - alpine forest and bamboo forest. We will also follow the Wangchu River for a while. Arrive Dodena where your Destination Bhutan Adventure vehicles will be waiting for you. Drive to Thimphu after refreshments. Thimphu is around 15 kilometers from Dodena. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 12:
(Thimphu - Paro): After breakfast we visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts. It also has the World’s Largest Book weighing 62.5 Kilograms. Visit will also be made to The Painting School, where the 13 traditional arts & crafts are being taught. Institute of Traditional Medicine located in the same area will also be visit. The Institute prepares the medicines according to ancient practices. The art of acupuncture is still practiced here. Afternoon- Visit handmade Paper Factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Late afternoon – Drive to Paro (2 hours). Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 13:
Breakfast at Hotel We leave early to catch your onward flight from Paro airport at Transfer to the Airport to connect the flight for Nepal Arrival at Kathmandu check in to the Hotel Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14:
Breakfast at Hotel Free till Departure then Transfer to the Airport to connect the flight for onward journey.

Trip Facts

  • Duration
  • 14 Days