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Jomolhari Trek

Jumolhari Trek 12 Days - The Mesmerizing High Altitude Trek

Trip Highlights

Jumolhari trek in Bhutan is the most enchanting adventure trek in the Himalaya. After an acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, you will start the trek from historic Drugyel Dzong ruins. The first three days of this trek follow the Pachhu or Paro river valley to Jangothang base camp from where you will have a stunning view of 7315m Mount Jumolhari, the second highest unclimbed peak in the world. The trail goes through high pasturelands where yak herders graze their animals and Lingzhi, the highest settlement in the north with a unique mountain culture. En route you will have startling views of Mount Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshrim Khang (6789m). The next high passes after Lingzhi is the Yele la pass at 4930m.


ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Paro, 2280m
Welcome to the Land of Thunder Dragon. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our guide and take you to one of the restaurants for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Rimpung Dzong, dating back to the 17th century. This building is an ancient fortress and center of civil and religious government in the Paro valley. From the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. From here, you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m Ascent

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3180m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Drukgyal Dzong to Shana (Trek starts)

17Km | 5-6 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 2850m

The trek starts from the ruins of Drugyel Dzong at 2300m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach Gunitsawa village where you pass the army post. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa. Camp at an altitude of 2850m.

Day 04: Shana to Soe Thangthangkha

21Km | 6-7 hours | 900 Ascent | Camp altitude 3750m

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path, which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up at the altitude of 3750m. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jumolhari.

Day 05: Soe Thangthangkha to Jangothang

19Km | 4-5 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 4050m

This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area, yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 06: Jangothang Halt
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jumolhari 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 your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tsophu Lake or hike around the area.
Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi

19Km | 6-7 hours | 800 Ascent | 730 Descent | Camp altitude 4100m

The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4830m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong.

Day 08: Lingshi to Zhodu

22Km | 8-9 hours | 940 Ascent | 920 Descent | Camp altitude 4100m

The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Zhodu is a steep downhill.

Day 09: Zhodu to Barshong

16Km | 5-6 hours | 250m Ascent | 670m Descent | Camp altitude 3600m

At this place, one comes back to tree line. The trail follows the Wang 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.

Day 10: Barshong to Dolam Kencho

15Km | 5-6 hours | 250 Descent | Camp altitude 3320m

The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet Wang Chhu. It stays on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Then traverses steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland at 3320m.

Day 11: Dolam Kencho to Dodena to Thimphu (Trek ends)

8Km | 3-4 hours | 680 Descent

The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langur (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to a impressive cantilever bridge. You will be picked up by our transport and drive to Thimphu. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 12: Thimphu to Paro and Depart
In the morning, you will drive to airport for departure. Safe journey.
  • Sustainable Development Fees
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Accommodations in 3/4/5 star hotel/Resorts on Double Occupancy basics.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks(Dinner & Lunch will be served at Tourism board certified restaurent only)
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees to the sights visited.
  • Local English Speaking Tour Leader/Guide.
  • Full time luxury SUV or luxury Coaster Bus.
  • All necessary permits and their fees.
  • Plenty of drinking mineral water.
  • All necessary trekking arrangements (1 tent for 2 guest for trekkers).
  • Individual’s special gifts hamper.
  • Free Bhutan tourist maps and other information pamphlets.
  • Wearing of Bhutanese dress during your stay in Bhutan only if you are interested.
  • Visit traditional Bhutanese house and dinner with Bhutanese locals.
  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

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Jomolhari Trek 12 Days – The Mesmerizing High Altitude Trek

Trip Highlights

Jomolhari Trek in Bhutan is the most enchanting adventure trek in the Himalaya. After an acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, you will start the trek from historic Drugyel Dzong ruins. The first three days of this trek follow the Pachhu or Paro river valley to Jangothang base camp from where you will have a stunning view of 7315m Mount Jomolhari, the second-highest unclimbed peak in the world.

The trail goes through high pasturelands where yak herders graze their animals and Lingzhi, the highest settlement in the north with unique mountain culture. En route, you will have startling views of Mount Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshrim Khang (6789m). The next high passes after Lingzhi is the Yele la pass at 4930m.

Nearly the whole trek goes through a small part of the JigmeSingye National Park, passing a few of the Yak herder’s settlement and the remotest region of Lingshi.

The trek gives you a chance to meet people, enjoy the pristine forest with a rare glimpse of wildlife and observe the ancient old traditions of arts and crafts. You would be traveling through the less frequented areas of Bhutan.