SOI YAKSA TREK

The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from the base camp. If you simply have a desire to sight Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake without slogging up to Lingzhi and high altitude, Soi Yaksa Trek is right for you

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From To Base Fee Final Price Note
01/01/2021 31/10/2022 1610 € 1720 € Per person "starting from" in low season

SOI YAKSA TREK
9 Days - 8 nights

The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from the base camp. If you simply have a desire to sight Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake without slogging up to Lingzhi and high altitude, Soi Yaksa Trek is right for you. However this trek still goes up to an elevation that could bring you altitude sickness. You can retrace your steps back from Jangothang base camp, crossing the turquoise Tshophu lake (4380m) and Bhonte La pass (4890m) to Drukgyal Dzong. And from the Thombu La pass (4380m) on second last day, beautiful mountain range of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim is just rewarding.

Day1: Arrive Bhutan
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical and cultural past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzongs are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use.

Overnight in Paro

Day 2: Paro-Hike To Taksang
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 3 hours uphill takes you high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for lunch.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet.

Overnight in Paro

Day 3: Sharna Zampa – Soi Thangthankha
Distance 22km, 7-8 hours, 685 m ascent, 0 m descent.
Camp altitude: 3,750 m.

You will drive 12km north of Paro valley from your hotel, pass Army post of Gunitsawa, till Sharna Zampa. Your trekking crew will be waiting here for you. After a brief meeting, you will follow the Pachhu (Paro river) trail, ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After 2 hours of continuous hiking and crossing several streams, you will reach at Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. A hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. Little ahead is the trail junction – left an old trade route and invasion from Tibet and right leading to the wooden bridge (we follow the right). After climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, we reach our camp at 3750m, which is amidst beautiful meadows.

Day 4:Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang Base Camp
Distance 19km, 5-6 hours, 469 m ascent, 0 m descent.
Camp altitude: 4044 m.

Although today’s is not a long trekking day, a significant height gain will take place as your trail goes above tree line. From the camp, your path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. We walk through a very muddy section of trail, pass a mani wall and enter yak country. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. After lunch, we walk past yak herder settlements of Soi and Takethang. Common crops that people grow here are barley, potatoes and turnips. We walk our final approach across a plateau and up a streambed and Dangochang village to the awesome campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

DAY 5: Jangothang acclimatization & exploration.
A day by doing four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your camp. There is practically no trail but you will climb on an open and endless slope till you see the view of Mt Jichu Drake (6989m). You can scramble further up till 4895m (higher than Mount Blanc) to see amazing view of Mount Jumolhari. You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles and the remarkable blue poppy. Jangothang base is a flat grassy land with an old ruined fortress on a hillock in the foreground, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and its neighbor Jichu Drake. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. If you do not wish to hike but simply wish to just relax in camp, whichever option you choose, its certainly going to be a memorable day.

DAY 6: Jangothang to Dhumzo via Tshophu lake (4380m) & Bhontela pass (4890m).
Distance 16km, 6-7 hours, 850 m ascent, 1090 m descent.
Camp altitude: 3800 m.

The trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and descends once again to the Paro Chhu (River), crossing it on a wooden bridge. Walk up to the turquoise Tshophu lake (4380 meters), which is inhabited by ruddy shell ducks. You will come across a second lake after you climb across a slope to a crest. Then descend into a hidden valley and climb steeply to Bonte La at 4890m, the highest point of the trek with great mountain views of Basingthang (5500m) and Chatarake (5570m). After the pass, the trail descends crisscrossing yak trails down to the Dhumzo Chhu and after walking downstream past few houses you arrive at a camp at 3800 meters.

Day 7: Dhumzo to Thombu Shong.
Distance 11km, 4-5 hours, 720 m ascent, 340 m descent.
Camp altitude: 4180 m.

The trail climbs over 100m over a ridge, and then drops to another stream. Crossing that stream, the trail heads up the hillside, dropping into a small side valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past few huts to Takhung La (4520 m). A short descend leads to wide and grassy Thombu Shong (4180m) with few yak herder’s huts.

Day 8: Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa
Distance 13km, 4-5 hours, 200 m ascent, 1650 m descent.

Climb out of the valley through rhododendron forests to Thombu La at 4380m. On clear weather, great views of Mount Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Teri Kang and even Kanchenjunga from the pass is rewarding and a treat for the hectic minds. Trail then drops gradually to about 4000m, witch-backing down the ridge, you finally reach the helipad at Gunitsawa (2730m) where the car will be waiting for you. Drive back to Paro.

Over night in Paro.

Day 9: Depart
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will then bid you farewell.

Price per person in double room in Low Season: starting from 1610 euro
Price per person in double room in High Season: stating from 1895 euro

LOW SEASON: January, February, June; July, August, December
HIGH SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November

The price includes:

  • accommodation in facilities as scheduled for 8 nights
  • meals as scheduled
  • English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • car / minivan available for the whole tour
  • support
  • Bhutanese entry fee
  • visa

The fee does not include

  • Flights from
  • drinks, meals not mentioned
  • tips (around USD 10 per day)
  • currency adjustment
  • everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"