Jomolhari Trek - 15 days
Jomolhari Trek is one of the most spectacular treks that covers the natural and cultural diversity of Bhutan. Apart from the rewarding trekking experience in the panoramic highlands, the trek also offers you some insightful visits to Bhutan’s both popular and distant heritages. Throughout the trip, you will encounter beautiful highlands, mountain views including Jichu Drake (6989m) and Jomolhari (7513m), passes, pasturelands and pristine Bhutanese countryside with its rich culture. Finally, the trek concludes with the wonderful sightseeing of Thimphu, the capital city.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or (places of your choice), Visa and document
Day 03: Fly to Paro and transfer to Hotel
Day 04: Taktsang hike and Paro Sightseeing
Day 05: Trek to Shana
Day 06: Trek to Thangthangkha
Day 07: Trek to Jangothang
Day 08: Day halt at Jangothang and enjoy the scenery possible.
Day 09: Trek to Lingshi
Day 10: Trek to Shodu
Day 11: Trek to Barshong
Day 12: Trek to Dolam Kencho
Day 13: Drive to Thimphu
Day 14: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 15: Farewell Bhutan
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1400m)
As you enter Nepal on a clear day, it is an electrifying experience to be welcomed by the panoramic view of snowcapped mountain ranges sprawling around, before you land in Kathmandu. You will be warmly welcomed as per Nepali culture with garland at the airport terminal by a company representative and a driver. The private vehicle will escort you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you in your check-in procedure and will brief you about the tour beginning the next day.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu or (places of your choice)
After your breakfast, you will be guided to a full day sightseeing tour to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, namely Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest and the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; Pashupatinath, a mega Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and particularly famous for sighting Hindu funeral rites; and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5 km away from Kathmandu. You will walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions of the square. Or alternately you can visit places of your choices.
Day 03: Fly to Paro and transfer to Hotel (2195m)
Crossing over the Himalayan mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Ta Dzong, which was once a fortified lookout tower but a national museum now. You will also visit Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in local market and mingle with the locals. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 04: Paro sightseeing
After breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the evening, you can explore Paro Town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 05: Trek to Shana (2870m)
The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2580 m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently 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 will reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. You will camp at 2870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, at the meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 06: Trek to Thangthakha (3750m)
The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, you will follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and after finally crossing the bridge again, you will reach the campsite at the altitude of 3750m.
Day 07: Trek to Jangothang (4040m)
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then you will follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4040m. From here, the views of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
Day 08: Day halt at Jangothang and enjoy the scenery
Rest day at Jangothang is for acclimatization. However, it offers a number of possibilities for pleasant day hikes. You can have the stunning views of lakes, and Jomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. You can choose any of the trails and spend the day exploring the mountainous views and local wildlife. So you can have both acclimatization and refreshing trek of surrounding area.
Day 09: Trek to Lingshi (4010m)
Soon after you start the day’s trek, the trail ascends rapidly for about half an hour and then the ascent slows down till you come to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While climbing, you can spot grazing blue sheep on the slopes. From the pass, you can have the breathtaking views of 7000m+ peaks Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. As you climb down, you can see the pasture land and the transhumant herders and their sheds. Once you arrive Lingshi basin, you can get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill. Finally, you will arrive at your campsite near a stone hut at an altitude of 4010m.
Day 10: Trek to Shod (3750m)
Today’s trek is bit strenuous than the previous days. After you start trekking opposite the dzong through the valley, the trail starts to climb rapidly till you reach Yeli La pass at an altitude of 4930m. The pass provides you a wonderful view of Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Masang Gang. As you cross the pass, the trail starts a long descent till you reach the camp at 3750 meters.
Day 11: Trek to Barshong (3500m)
The trail follows Thimphu Chhu. You will slowly descend through alpine forests, beautiful waterfalls and scenic landscape. You will cross the Thimpu Chhu several times before reaching your camp site. The trail starts ascending till you reach the remains of the Barshong Dzong. The camp for today is at 3500 meters.
Day 12: Trek to Dolam Kencho (3320m)
The trails descends to the Thimpu Chhu and ascends slowly through the forests of rhododendron, conifer, pine etc. Again the trail starts descending through dense bamboo forests. In the final part of today’s trek, the trail starts climbing up to the pastureland at Dolam Kencho. You will pitch the camp in a meadow.
Day 13: Drive to Thimphu (2320m)
Today, you will wrap up your trekking. The trail continues to ascend and descend through forested areas. Enjoying the scenery and the wildlife, you will exit Jigme Dorje National Park in Dodena. After crossing a magnificent cantilever bridge, you will catch a bus to Thimphu. In Thimpu, you will stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 14: Thimphu Sightseeing
After your breakfast, you will have a sightseeing in the immediate areas of Thimpu like, the Memorial Garden, National Library, School of traditional Arts, Changangkha Temple, Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan), Radio Tower, weekly market etc. After the sightseeing, you will drive to Paro, which can be reached in two hours’ time.
Day 15: Farewell Bhutan
Depending on the flight timing, you will be transferred to airport for your flight. TherRepresentative of Bhutan office will see you off with warm farewell.