Govt. Regd. No: 69767-2066/67

Jhomolhari Trek

Duration: 14 days      (Based On review(s))

Jomolhari Trek is the popular trekking in Bhutan with witnessing majestic Himalayan panorama. The trek goes to the maximum elevation of 4,180 meters above sea level. Start the trek from Drukgyel Dzong in Paro then ending at Dolam Kencho closer to Thimphu. You will first hike through the Paro Chu Valley crossing over passes, crests including Jigme Dorji National Park, etc. The goal is to reach Jangothang from where Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey can be observed from closer proximity.

Besides trek, go for cultural sightseeing at Bhutan important cities like the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha. Bhutan holiday package then goes for the ever-popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ outskirts of Paro town. Jomolhari Trek is great for any adventure enthusiast and nature lover, and to discover Bhutan’s unique culture, traditions, history, and religion.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Spectacular view of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey, Jomolhari during the trek.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. It is believed that through the mericulous power of Shabdrung that the Bhutanese were able to defeat the Tibetans seven times. The name Drukgyel Dzong means ‘victorious fortress’. On a clear day one can view Mt. Jumolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. Lunch at the Hotel. After lunch drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town. Overnight at hotel.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 1: Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Drukgyel(2580m) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2870m). Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 2 : Distance 22 kms and walking distance 6-7 hours. Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m). The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari can be seen from your campsite on clear days.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 3 : Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6 hours. Starting at Thangthangka (3630m) and camp at Jangothang (4090m)Todays trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here . Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at camp.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 5 : Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 6 : Halt : Its worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can also make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) i.e. Base Camp of Jichu-Drake. During the excursion hundreds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer could be seen. Tsokha is at 4500 m. and the hike is about 4-5 hours.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 7 : Distance 22 kms and walking time 8-9 hours. Starting at Lingshi (4010m) and camp at Shodu (4110m)The first half of the trek is mostly through treeless valley until you start ascending to Yeli-la pass at 4820 m, from here Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Camp in a meadow.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 8 : Distance 16 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Shodu (4110m) and camp at Barshong (3680 m) Todays trial winds up & down following the Thimphu Chhu and crossing it six times. A final climb for about an hour walk will bring you to Barshong. Camp just below the ruins of a small Dzong.
Jhomolhari Trek Day 9 : Distance 15 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Barshong (3680m) and camp at Dolam Kencho (3430m) The trial descends gently down to meet Thimphu Chhu through the dense forest of Rhododendron, birch, conifer trees and across the pasture land. Camp in a meadow
Jhomolhari Trek Day 10 End of Trek :Distance 8 km and walking time 3 hours. Starting at Dolam Kencho (3430m) and end of trek at Dodina (2600m). Today is an easy 3 hour descends till Dodina where your vehicle will meet you. It is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom and continue the journey following the Thimphu river till Chuzom (Confluence) and taking the direction toward Paro following Pa-chu for 2 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
Your Jhomolhari Trek terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

COST AND DATES

NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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