BHUTAN - JHOMOLHARI TREK

Jhomolhari trek is a strenuous 10 days trek, starting from Sharna Zampa, Paro and ending at Dodena, Thimphu. This trek is a popular trek, passing through scattered hamlets and farmland into densely forested valleys. It takes us to high alpine pastureland, where yak herders gaze their animals.

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01/01/2021 31/10/2022 2010 € 2120 € Per person in low season

 

BHUTAN - JHOMOLHARI TREK 
11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS

Jhomolhari trek is a strenuous 10 days trek, starting from Sharna Zampa, Paro and ending at Dodena, Thimphu. This trek is a popular trek, passing through scattered hamlets and farmland into densely forested valleys. It takes us to high alpine pastureland, where yak herders gaze their animals.

It offers a great variety of landscape and stunning views of the mighty Himalayan peaks. Along the trek route you will see the Blue sheep, marmots and many other examples of our wild life particularly The Takin, National Animal of Bhutan.

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 Lingshi
Distance 18km, 5-6 hours, 660 m ascent, 660 m descent.
Camp altitude: 4010 m.

Today’s trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. You will then start to climb up to the first ridge where you will be greeted by a breathtaking view of Jumolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshering Gang (6789m). You will then be walking on an almost flat track for sometime towards the valley and then you will have to climb to Ngye La pass at 4,700m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the camp. You will get to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the peaks here and the Lingshi Dzong. If time permits, you can take a detour to this tiny fortress that is sits on a hilltop overlooking Lingzhi village. For centuries, Lingzhi Dzong was a way station for weary Buddhist pilgrims and was a defense fort against Tibetan and Mongol invaders. You will camp today at an altitude of 4010m.

Day 7: Lingshi to Shodu
Distance 22km, 7-8 hours, 780 m ascent, 720 m descent.
Camp altitude: 4100 m.

The Laya-Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. This trek route ascends towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, it then turns south, up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail remains on the west side of the large treeless valley and you will be climbing steadily above Mo Chhu for a short distance. The trail then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yele La pass (4,820m). If it is a clear day you will be able to see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang Mountains from this pass. You will then make a descent alongside a stream to a shelter. Walking further downstream you will reach the campsite at Shodu (4,100m), a meadow with a Chorten.

Day 8: Shodu to Domshisa via Barshong
Distance 23km, 7-8 hours, 400 m descent.
Camp altitude: 3400 m.

Today you will come back to tree line. The path follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. You will be able to see stunning views of rocky cliffs and waterfalls. You can rest by the riverside and enjoy a hot meal. After lunch you will gradually ascend to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Continue to your campsite near a river, Domshisa which is at 3,400m

Day 9: Domshisa to Dodena to Thimphu
Distance 17km, 4-5 hours, 200m Ascent, 100 m descent.

The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then ascends till you meet the dirt road. Walk along the dirt road for awhile and then descend keeping Wangchhu River on the left. You will be picked up by a car for transfer to Thimphu for a night halt. Relax in hotel after a nice warm shower.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 10: Thimphu
Altitude: 2334m

Thimphu with a population of about 130,000 people is one of the last few capital cities without traffic lights and the traffic still managed by traffic policemen. While strictly maintaining the aesthetic beauty and traditional style of architecture in the modern buildings, there are also very old temples and numerous monasteries in and around the city, a few discotheques, Karaoke joints and pubs.

After breakfast visit the following sites:

  • Kuenselphodrang (Buddha point)
  • National Library of Bhutan
  • Folk Heritage Museum
  • The Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan
  • Postal Museum.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 11: Depart
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 2010 euro
Price per person in double room in High Season: stating from 2525 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 10 nights
  • meals as scheduled
  • English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • car / minivan available for the whole tour
  • support
  • Bhutanese entry fee
  • visa

The price 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"