Jhomolhari Trek

- 13 Days Route Map
Trip Cost: $
  • Trip Length : 13 Days
  • Activities : Sightseeing, Trekking, Cultural tour, Hiking
  • Difficulty : Moderate to adventurous
  • Max Elevation : 4820m
  • Meal : All meals Included
  • Accommodation : Tents
  • Best Month : April-June & Mid-September-Mid November
  • Group Size : 2+

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“The trek that has more of nature than modernity and that caters authentic culture some of them dating back to 16-17th century- Jhomolhari Trek”

If any trek in Bhutan offers the wide biodiversity of Bhutanese landscapes, it is undoubtedly Jhomolhari Trek. Access Nepal caters exclusive Jhomolhari Trek in Bhutan that comprises few days of sightseeing of Bhutanese towns and incredibly wonderful trek along very rarely trodden trails of Bhutan. The Choholmari Trek winds through the dense vegetation full of pines occasionally emerging at sprinkled hamlets and alpine meadows all the way up to elevated yak pastures, where the nomadic life of the herders can be seen at its best.  

Moreover this offbeat trek in Bhutan also caters the scenic views of snowcapped Himalayan pekas like Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. The night in camp at Choholmari Base Camp is a thrilling adventure that the trek offers and at the meantime the encounter to traditional Bhutanese culture in frequent remote villages trekkers emerge to during the trek are also the prime highlights of this trek.  

Our value added trek in Bhutan not only caters the fascinating walk, it also takes you to all the major temples and monasteries, dzongs and museums and market places that fall on the trail of famous Jhomolhari Trek. Spend the quality time with Access Nepal trekking in the highlands of Bhutan where you can  very rarely see western influence.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive to Paro; transfer to hotel

2250m

Day 02:

Sightseeing tour of Paro and trek preparation

2250m

Day 03:

Drive to Army and trek to Pine Camp 5-6 hrs trek

3000m

Day 04:

Trek to Soi Thangthangkha 7-8 hrs trek

3800m

Day 05:

Trek to Jango Thang 4-5 hrs trek

4050m

Day 06:

Acclimatization at Jango Thang

4050m

Day 07:

Trek to Ling Shi 6-7 hrs trek

4100m

Day 08:

Trek to Sodhu 8-9 hrs trek

4200m

Day 09:

Trek to Barshong 6-7 hrs trek

3600m

Day 10:

Trek to Dolam Kencho 6-7 hrs trek

3600m

Day 11:

Trek to Dodena 3 hrs trek and drive Thimpu

Day 12:

Sightseeing Tour of Thimpu and drive to Paro

Day 13:

Depart Paro

What is Included

• Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
• 11 Nights/ 12 Days Full Board Tour/Trek to Bhutan with full of of Meals, B.L.D. &  Gov. Approved Accommodation
• Bhutan Visa Fee and Bhutan Travel/ Trek Permit
• English Speaking Tour Guide in Bhutan Tour, his entire expenses
• All required Gov and Local Taxes during trek in Bhutan


What is Not Included

• Entire cold beverage & bar bills in Bhutan trip
• Expenses of personal nature
• Travel Insurance
• Cost of Laundry, phone calls etc
• Tips

 

Day 01: Arrive to Paro; transfer to Hotel

Today you will enter the Land of Dragon. You have options to fly from several cities to Paro. You can fly from Bangkok, Delhi or Kathmandu to Paro. The flight to Paro is beautiful as the aircraft comes closer to Paro, we get to see snowcapped Himalayan peaks and just after entering Paro Valley the view of Paro Dzong overlooking Paro River is a great view. On our arrival at Paro, we are cordially welcomed by our representative in Bhutan who will escort you to your hotel in Paro. 

Day 02: Sightseeing of Paro and trek preparation

After the breakfast, today we are going on a hike. A five hour hike to and fro to a cliff hanging monastery is probably the biggest highlight of Short Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Taktsang Monastery also knwon as Tiger's Nest because of the myth that states the visit of Guru Rinpoche on a Tiger back nestles on a cliff that hangs 90m above Paro. We hike up to the monastery, explore aorund and hike back down to Paro for the lunch. 


Post lunch, we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. The monument was orginally a Watch Tower. However since 1967 it is a National Museum holding a huge collection of arts, artifacts, thankas and postal stamps. The final destination of the enetire Short Cultural Tour of Bhutan is Ripung Dzong which also has a long significant history in Bhutan. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.While having sightseeing tour of Paro, we would be preparing for the trek starting tomorrow.

Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

 
 
Day 03: Drive to Drukyel Dzong and trek to Sharma Zampa 2900m 5-6 hrs trek

To begin the trek, we drive to Drukyel Dzong, which is a very short drive. As the Jhomolhari Trek kicks off from Drukyel Dzong 2575m, it winds downhill along the wide open trail. Further, we trek up to through the wonderful landscapes that has beautifully carved terraced fields of rice and millet. Savoring the scenic view of Bhutanese farmlands, we come across to the pleasant apple orchard and beyond the orchard our trek begins to traverse through beautiful tropical forest. Trekking through the forest, we emerge at wide valley and soon arrive to Army Post at Gunitsawa (2810m). This Army post lies in a close proximity with Tibetan border. We continue to trek uphill to Sharma Zampa 2900m, which caters many ideal campsites after the first day of Jhomolhari Trek.Overnight in camp.  

Day 04: Trek from Sharma Zampa to Soi Thangthanka 3800m 7-8 hrs trek

As we begin our Jhomolhari Trek today, first we slide down to Paro River. Then we begin to trek upstream along the river. Climbing up and sliding down for quite a few time s through beautiful forest comprising  pine, oak and spruce we cross the bridge over Paro River and get to a wide space on its left bank, where we have a picnic lunch.  Post lunch, we continue to trek along the trail beside the river. At  apoint we climb up into the the wonderful rhododendron forest to listen the pleasing gush of Paro River. No wonder, we again descend down to the river and cross a bridge over it to reach our campsite at Soi Thangthanka. At the end of Day 2 on Jhomolhari Trek, we have walked almost 20km, which is a challenging accomplishment. Overnight in a camp.

Day 05: Trek from Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang 4050m 7-8 hrs trek

The third day of Jhomolhari Trek in Bhutan is yet another long day. Today we trek 19km. Starting the trek with the ascending uphill climb that extends for couple of hours takes us to the Army Camp. Beyond the Army Camp, the walk is very pleasant. We chase the trail on the river bank, which has a beautiful treeline right above it. The striking views of Himalayas including Mt. Jhomolhari comes into our sight. We will enjoy our lunch in a well located yak herder's camp. After the lunch a wonderful hike through the wide valleys brings us to our campsite in Jangothang. The views of Mt. Jichu Drake and Mt. Jhomolhari are stunningly impressive from the campsite. Overnight in camp. 

Day 06: Rest day in Jangothang

Jangothang is also known as Jhomolhari Base Camp. We rest at the camp for acclimatization. Acclimatization is required because the next we are getting as high as 4700m to the top of Nye-le La Pass. We can explore to Tshophu Lake, see around the yak herder's camp in the close proximity. Ask your guide for the best suited option on this day.

Day 07: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi 3850m 6-7 hrs trek

After the rest day at our camp in Jangothang, we resume the Jhomolhari Trek towards Lingshi. 18km walk today is going to be fun. Beginning the trek, we hike along the trail at the bank of gentle stream for almost thirty minutes to a bridge. We cross the bridge and get to the other bank of the stream. Crossing the stream a uphill climb on the ridge awaits us. We savor the magnificent views of Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang while ascending over the ridge. After the strenuous ascent we come across to a leveled valley. Trekking along the valley floor, we gradually begin to gain altitude to the top of Nyele-La Pass 4700m. From the top of the pass we see the wonderful view of valley we trekked few hours ago, mountains seem equally beautiful and the view of Lingshi Dzong is simple superb. We descend down from the pass to our campsite in Lingshi. Overnight in a camp.

Day 08: Trek from Lingshi to Sodhu 4100m 8-9 hrs trek

After the breakfast in our camps, we get to a higher elevation, which has a beautiful small white chorten over the ridge just above our campsite. Beyond the ridge, the trek turns south up into the deep Mo Chu Valley. Trekking along the valley floor, we stay on the western side, which is a large treeless side of the valley. Climbing up for a while above Mo Chu Valley, we arrive to a river, which we cross and begin to climb up on a steep trail to the top of Yeli-La Pass 4825m. After two hours of climb we get to the top of the pass, from where we get to see the mesmerizing views of Himalayan peaks that include  Jhomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang. Beyond the top of the pass, we then slide down along the stream to a rocky shelter hanging on a cliff. Trekking down further, with the stream, we arrive to Sodhu, our campsite. 

Day 09: Trek from Sodhu to Barshong 3600m 5-6 hrs trek

Jhomolhari Trek today begins with a short descending climb down to Thimpu River. We then chase the trail beside the river that descends down through the beautiful alpine woodlands comprising Rhododendron, Juniper. Throughout the day's trek the views are incredibly beautiful. We will halt for the lunch break at a riverside. Post lunch, the trek slides up gradually to the remains of Barshong Dzong. Somewhere close to the Dzong we will settle down our camps. Though relatively easy day, we have trekked 16 km today.

Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dolam Kencho 3600m 4-5 hrs trek

We are now almost close to completing interesting Jhomolhari Trek. Today's trek begins to gently slide down through the dense forest of Rhododendron, Birch and conifers before its inclination sharpens steeply down to Thimpu River. Once getting to the riverbed, we chase the left bank of the river, climb over the ridges occasionally, descend into the gullies to meet small stream that slide into Thimpu River and finally emerge up to a cliff high above Thimpu River. coming out onto Pastureland where we camp for the night at 3600m. Overnight at campsite.

Day 11: Trek from Dolam Kencho to Dodena 2600m 3 hrs trek

Today is last day of Jhomolhari Trek. The trek traverses frequently in and out of the valley above Thimpu River and ascends steeply up to a Pass at 3510 through dense alpine forest. Beyond the pass we drop down to the river and head south to Dodena. After three hours of trek today, Jhomolhari Trek with Access Nepal ends. At Dodena a private vehicle picks you up that drives you to your hotel in Thimpu. Enjoy a comfortable night in a comfortable hotel in Thimpu. 

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Thimpu and drive to Paro

Today the real cultural tour of Bhutan begins and the best way to begin from is Bhutanese capital, Thimpu. In Thimpu, we visit Trashichhoedzong, the beautiful medieval time fortress/monastery, which is now the Bhutanese government's integral building holding many governement offices and King's throne. Trashichhoedzong is also the summer home of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot in Bhutan. The cultural tour of Thimpu continues to the National Library which holds the wide array of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Explore Arts and Crafts School to witness the fantastic ongoing workshops of Thanka Paintings and encounter the living traditions of Bhutan at Textile and Folk Heritage Museums before the lunch.

Post lunch, the sightseeing tour of Thimpu, takes you to the Handicrafts Emporium followed by a visit to Stupa of Memorial Chorten (monument built in the memory of Father of Modern Bhutan- the third king of Bhutan). After a thorough exploration of Bhutanese capital ,we drive back to Paro, which is a pleasant ninety minutes drive along wonderful Bhutanese Highway. Overnight in a hotel in Paro.

Day 13: Depart Paro

Our representative will drive you to Paro International Airport on time so that you board a plane to your onward destination on time. Have a safe flight home and travel with Access Nepal.

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