Exhilarating Jomolhari Trek
Jomolhari Trek is the famous trek in Bhutan. Every year, hundreds of tourists visit Bhutan to trek through this route. It is not only challenging, but also thrilling and fascinating. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).
Arrive at the Paro International Airport. After lunch, visit the National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong and watch archery match, the national game of Bhutan. In the evening, ramble through the small and quiet town of Paro.
Overnight stay will be at Bhutan Mandala Resort
Day 2: Hike to Taktsang(Tiger Nest)
Hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery in the first half of the day. Afternoon, visit to Kyichu monastery (one of the oldest temple of Bhutan which was built in 7th Century)
Overnight at Bhutan Mandala Resort (or similar)
Day 3: Paro to Sharna Zampa
(17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2870M)
Drive about 12 kms north of Paro valley from your hotel to the historic Drugyal Dzong ruins at 2,580m. From there, your trek starts. You will pass through Mitshi Zampa and Sangatan, and also Gunitsawa army post.
You will halt at Sharna Zampa.
Day 4: Sharna – Thangthangkha
(Distance 22 km, 6-7 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m)
Begin the trek from Sharna.The trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. Walk uphill through the river valley. Then descend down gradually to a mere path to a meadow where a camp will be set up.
We will have a great view of Mt. Jhomolhari from the camp site at Thangthangkha.
Day 5:Thangthangkha – Jangothang
(Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m)
Begin trekking towards Jangothang.The trail continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growth of forest.
Overnight stay will be at Jangothang campsite.
Day 6: Halt at Jangothang
Explore hiking in the vicinity. Hike to Tshophu (4,500 m), a twin lake on the north of the campsite.
Spend the night at the campsite.
Day 7: Jangothang – Lingzhi/Chershithang
(Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m)
Resume the trek. Begin from Jangothang to Lingzhi.The trail begins climbing rapidly towards the Nyilila pass (4,870m). Through the trek, we might see herds of Blue sheep and Marmots.
Halt overnight at a campsite at Chershithang
Day 8: Chershithang – Shodu
(Distance 22km, eight to nine hours, 940m ascent, 920m descent, camp altitude 4,080m)
The trail follows the stream and climbs up to the Yelila pass (4,930m) from where one can have a clear view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang.
Spend the night at Shodu.
Day 9: Shodu – Barshong
(Distance 16km, five to six hours, 250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,710m)
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Overnight stay will be at campsite near the Dzong.
Day 10: Barshong –Dodeyna/Thimphu
(Distance 15km, five to six hours)
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands.If time permits, visit to Tashichoeddzong (fortress of glorious religion) which houses His Majesty the King’s office and central monk body is highly recommended.
Overnight stay will be Hotel Tara Phendeyling (or similar)
Day 11: Depart, Thimphu -Paro
Drive to Paro Airport for departure.
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival gate. Today, we will make you acclimatize to the altitude. After checking in your hotel and taking a respite for a while, we will visit National Museum (a best start to know about the culture, history, people and biodiversity of Bhutan).
Then, visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built in 17th century which now houses the administrative and monastic bodies of the Paro district. In the evening, have a stroll around the town’s main street.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Hike to Taktshang(Tiger Nest)
After breakfast, we will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 2900 meters above sea-level. In 8th century Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon that devoured human flesh. The Guru meditated in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley.
Afternoon, you can visit the Kyichu monastery, one of the oldest temples of Bhutan said to have built in 7th Century.
Overnight at hotel
Day 3: Sharna - Thangthangkha
Distance 22 km, 6-7 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m.
After breakfast, drive to Sharna.On this long day hike, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river bank, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. We will have a great view of Mt. Jhomolhari from the camp site.
Day 4:Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m.
If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, we will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growth of forest. We will cross an army check post along the way before we reach a village of Soe, Takethang and Jangothang. We will camp at Jangothang (Jhomolhari base camp) with a spectacular view of Mt.Jhomolhari(7314m).
Day 5: Jangothang Halt
Halt for a day to take a breather at Jangothang. It provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for our acclimation, we can go for day hike (2hrs) to Tshophu(4500m) , a glacier twin lake on the north -east of camp site. From Tshophu, we can get a great View of Mt.Jhomolhari and Mt.Jichu Drakey (6898m).
Day 6: Jangothang – Lingshi/Chershithang
Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m.
A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m, from where we can see most of the Himalayan snow-capped peaks. We can also get a great view of Tsheringma/Tserimgang(6500m) next to Jichu Drakey. While on the climb we might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of mountain and marmot spying on us near their holes on certain times of the year. We can also see some yak herders’ camps along the trail as we decent to Lingshi Army check post. We will climb for a few minutes on the slope of mountain and descend down to the camp site by the side of river.
Day 7 Chershithang – Shodu
Distance 22km, eight to nine hours, 940m ascent, 920m descent, camp altitude 4,080m.
The trail follows the stream and climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.
Day 8 Shodu – Barshong
Distance 16km, five to six hours, 250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,710m.
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. We will camp near the Dzong.
Day 9: Barshong –Dodena/Thimphu
Distance 15km, five to six hours.
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands.
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. At Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge. Then we will drive about 30 minutes to the capital city.
If time permits we will visit Tashichhodzong (fortress of glorious religion) which houses His majesty the King’s office and central monk body. In the evening we will stroll around the main street of Thimphu.
Overnight at the hotel, Thimphu.
Day 10: Depart, Thimphu -Paro
Drive 1hr,55km. Today after breakfast, we will drive to Paro Airport and our representative will bid you farewell at the Airport.
GROUP SIZE: Any group Size
TRIP SEASONS: April, May,June, Sept, Oct and Nov
-Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
-Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
-All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
-All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
-Experienced Trekking Tour Guide.
-Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp servces during the trek:
-Fully-serviced camping trek
-Provided during the trek: tents (sleeping, dining Kitchen and toilet tents), trekking mattresses, small air pillow, Hot-water bag, Pressured Altitude Bag for altitude emergencies, Pony to carry luggages, Basic Medical Kit.Cook and assistants accompany the group. All meals, beverages and snacks are provided.
-Flights in and out of Bhutan.
-Personal trekking gears such as clothing, shoes etc.
-Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry