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JOMOLHARI TREK

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Bhutan

Trip Length

12 days

Availability

March - May, September - November
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JOMOLHARI TREK

The beautiful Jomolhari Trek highlights the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has to offer. You will pass through thick pine forests, scattered hamlets and alpine meadows that lead to the high pastureland, where yak herders graze their animals. Highlights include the fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake, camping overnight at the base of Mt Jomolhari. It is a difficult route, attaining a maximum altitude of 15,114 ft, and requires trekkers to have very good physical fitness. Before and after your trek, there will also be time to visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu.

Description

The beautiful Jomolhari Trek highlights the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has to offer. You will pass through thick pine forests, scattered hamlets and alpine meadows that lead to the high pastureland, where yak herders graze their animals. Highlights include the fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake, camping overnight at the base of Mt Jomolhari. It is a difficult route, attaining a maximum altitude of 15,114 ft, and requires trekkers to have very good physical fitness. Before and after your trek, there will also be time to visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu.

Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE PARO

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan Druk Adventure representative will meet you at Paro airport.

After lunch, enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts, offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime.

Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge that is still in use.

Accommodation

Hotel in Paro

Day 2

PARO

After breakfast, we will hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the uphill walk will take approximately 2 hours, taking you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery is a spectacular sight, built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor.

According to legend, great Guru Rimpoche and his consort mediated in a cave here for three months, when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. After meditation, they manifested themselves in the forms of Guru Dorji Drolo and a tigress to subdue demons in the valley below. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch.

In the afternoon, drive to the almost fully reconstructed Drukgyel Dzong. The original monument (destroyed by fire in 1951) was built by Shabdrung, to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather, the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit other sights in Paro valley.

Experience the spectacular views from Taktsang Monastery before exploring Paro a little more

Accommodation

Hotel in Paro

Day 3

PARO – SHANA

17Km, 5-6 hours

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide track. Then it begins to climb gently through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on, we come to apple orchards and forests.

Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows, surrounded by trees.

Trek through apple orchards and rice fields, until reaching the army post of Gunitsawa - This being the last stop before Tibet

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 4

SHANA – SOIL THANGTHANGKHA

20 km, 7-8 hours

The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest. After crossing a bridge, to the left bank of the river, we stop for a tasty lunch to refuel.

Then continue along the river, climbing upwards through Rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more, before reaching the campsite (3750m).

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 5

SOIL THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG

19km, 7-8 hours

The path ascends for a while, until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a local yak herder’s camp.

A short walk from here into the valley, takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4040m). From here the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are Superb.

Enjoy a traditional lunch at a Yak herders farm, while observing the stunning views that surround you

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 6

JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI

18 km, 7-8 hours

The trail follows a gentle stream for half an hour and crosses a bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang.

The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor, until the climb up to Nyele-la Pass (4700m). We descend gradually, enjoying a panoramic view of the mountainous peaks and Lingshi Dzong from the pass, until we reach our campsite at Lingshi (4000m).

As you trek, enjoy breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 7

LINGSHI – SHODU

22 km, 8-9 hours

Our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns South up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the West side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily above the Mo Chu.

It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-La (4820m). On a clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. The trail then descends alongside a stream to a rock shelter in a cliff face. It then continues on downstream until reaching Shodu (4100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 8

SHODU – BARSHONG

16 km, 6-7 hours

Our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through Rhododendron, Juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views along the way.

We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3600m), near which we camp for the night.

Observe spectacular views as you descend through mixed forests

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 9

BARSHONG – DOLAM KENCHO

15 km, 5-6 hours

The trail descends gently through a dense forest of Rhododendron, Birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies, where side streams run down into the river.

The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face, high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto Pastureland where we camp for the night at 3600m.

A steep trek around a cliff face, placing you high above Thimphu Chu with incredible views

Accommodation

Campsite

Day 10

DOLAM KENCHO – DODENA – THIMPHU

8 km, 3 hours

The trail winds in and out of a side valley above the Thimphu chu, make for a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species, to a pass at 3510m.

The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2600m). Bhutan Travel Bureau transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimphu.

Activities

  • Transfer To Thimphu

Accommodation

Hotel in Thimphu

Day 11

THIMPHU – PARO

Enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu, beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten; depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the third King, who passed away in the year 1972.

Other highlights include the 12th Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library: housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. In the early evening depart for Paro.

A fun-filled and informative day exploring the sites of Thimphu

Accommodation

Hotel in Paro

Day 12

DEPART PARO

Enjoy your last hearty breakfast at the hotel, before the drive to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.

Tashi Delek!

We hope that you leave with an appreciation and fascination with Bhutan culture and history

What's Included

Accommodation

All Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels, guesthouses and campsites. As per itinerary

Ground Transport

All touring and transfers throughout your journey, as per itinerary.

  • Including an experienced driver and a superior air-conditioned vehicle.

Insurance

PLEASE NOTE:

  • It is mandatory for all visitors to Bhutan to hold a valid and comprehensive travel insurance policy that includes cancellation and emergency evacuation cover.
  • Many travel insurance companies no longer offer cover for trekking, rafting or other adventure activities. Please ensure your policy covers all the activities you will undertake on your journey.

Visas

  • Bhutan Tourist visa, which will be process by us at $40

High Season

Please note: The price listed is based on our Low Season Rates, please get in touch for travel during our High Season

Flights

All International/Domestic Flights

Meals

All Meals, as per itinerary.

  • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide your wholesome meals.

Guide/Leader

A qualified and licensed, English-speaking guide throughout your trip.

  • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks and ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.

Trek Dates

All of our Bhutan tours and treks are private, customisable journeys for independent travel on dates of your choosing, subject to the trek taking place during the trekking season as identified in the itinerary overview above. We can easily customise your Bhutan tour and trek to spend more time in the places, doing the activities that YOU are interested in.

Created by
Rinzin Dorji

I was born in the central region of Bhutan, where the culture and the history are vibrant and the land is beautiful. I grew up hearing the stories of the places around me, from no other than my father, who is a Tourist Guide too.

I began my career as a tour guide after working with my father in his tour company. This enabled me to expand my knowledge and explore the world, making me appreciate the beauty of my country. For more than a decade now, I have spent my good years working as a tour guide, mountain biker, and photographer with various tour operators in Bhutan.

It was an incredible experience meeting tourists from every corner of the world, as well as gaining my own experience travelling to several places. I love to travel and have been to many parts of Asia.I believe people should travel to gain new experiences in life. It gives you the chance to enjoy the local living style, taking photos with like-minded people, or simply to indulge yourself in a well deserved luxury holiday.

I enjoy every tour as a new and unique experience. Basic knowledge of flora & fauna identification, bird watching, and textiles, as well as a sound knowledge of religious sites and adventure travel in Bhutan. This turns every journey into something new, something fascinating.

I am very happy to welcome you to my country, to show you its wonders and help you get in touch with its beauty. I am seeing my dream of a travel agency that truly connects Bhutan to people from all over the world, come true.

It’s my pleasure to turn your wishes into reality!

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