Jomolhari Trek - 14 days
Bhutan is a trekking paradise, situated between two huge neighbours and rising from the lower plains and rising over 7000m to the north. Among several choices of high altitude treks, this is one of the most beautiful and popular trek is the Jumolhari trek.
This is a moderate trek with the stunning views of the Mt. Jhomolari, as youcross several high passes and beautiful lakes. You will also be visiting many historical monuments in Thimphu and Paro.
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ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1 Arrival Paro
Fly to Paro. If you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu, the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences, you can ever have. You will fly passing Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and many other mountains on the left hand side.
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be met by our representative, and transferrred to hotel.
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing
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.
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.
Day 3 Paro - Sharna - Start of Trek 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.
Day 4 Sharna - Thangthangka Trek : 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 camp site on clear days.
Day 5 Thangthangka - Jangothang Trek : 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.
Day 6 Acclimatisation Day.
You can spend the day just 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.
Day 7 Jangothang - Lingshi : Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m)
Today you will encounter your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ). Also enjoy the views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.
Day 8 Day trip to Lingshi Dzong.
Make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) which is 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.
Day 9 Lingshi - Shodu Trek : 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.
Day 10 Shodu - Barshong Trek : 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.
Day 11 Barshong - Dolam Kencho Trek : 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.
Day 12 Dolam Kencho - Thimphu Trek 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 descend till Dodina where your vehicle will meet you. It is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 Thimphu - sightseeing - Paro
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.
Day 14 Departure
Transfer to airport and fly out.
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