Jomolhari Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang). Its fairly Difficult Trek and its 7 days trek including a day Halt at Jumolhari Base.
Trek Duration :7 days
Season: March-June or September-November
Day 1: Paro Arrival
You will be received representative from Bhutan TravelRouters(BTR). On completion of airport formalities, will visit Ta Dzong(Watch Tower) built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung Dzong and Paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in 1967 which recorded in UNESCO world heritage. You will be able to see magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like Costumes, Religious Thangka paintings and Masks, arm weapons, Natural History, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery.
After that will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of Heap of Jewels). It is the the head office of Paro district. And it is also used by Monastic bodies. Evening can stroll in Paro town.
Night Halt: Paro
Day 2: Hike to Taktshang
After breakfast will drive till Taktshang base and the will hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan Gyalshe Tenzin Rabgay has built monastery in late 16th century. It is one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people believe they must visit once in their life time.
Night Halt: Paro
Day 3: Paro to Shana to Soi Thangthangka(Start of Trek)
After breakfast will drive from Paro till Shana, on reaching Shana will meet the trekking crews and then will start to trek.
Distance 19 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3575 m.
The trail ascend through the Paa Chu river valley and beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forests. You can stop for the lunch after you cross Thangthang zam(bridge)and then continue to follow right bank for a couple of hours till we reach to a junction of trail which is marked by Stupa, one which lead to Sio Yaktsa and left trail leads to Sio Thangthangka Campsite. After 25 minutes walk from the junction we will reach to campsite. From here to the north we can see mount Jomolhari from the top of the valley.
Night Halt: Sio Thangthangka camp(3575 m)
Day 4: Soi Thangthanka to Soi Jangothang
Distance 19 km, 6-7 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,040 m. The trail passes through small border army check post where the valley begins to widen and we leave the forest behind. We will enjoy the views of snow -capped peaks, high mountain ridges, yaks and yak herders throughout the trail until we reach to Jangothang campsite. We will stop for the lunch at open meadow, from the lunch place it is not far to reach camp, which is in a beautiful grassy meadow beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari
Night Halt: Jagothang-Jomolhari base camp(4040 m)
Day 5: Rest at Jangothang
Today on your halt day it is possible to walk to Tshophu for acclimatization where you will see two lakes and with superb view of Jomolhari, and Jichu Drakey or hike in many directions towards month Jomolhari and its subsidiary to west, Jichu Drakey to the north and climbed submits and ridges following your own trail to the east because no proper trail on this hike.
Night Halt: Jagothang-Jomolhari base camp(4040 m)
Day 6: Sio Jangothang to Lingzhi
Distance 19km, 7-8 hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 4010m. The trail climbs gradually cross the bridge over Paa Chu tributary which flows from Jichu Drake .And then more steeply climb to Nyeli La Pass(4850 m) with several cairns wrapped in prayer flags. From the pass one can get a better view of Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang. And from the pass is a steep walk down to the small steams, have lunch. After lunch if the crew decides to have camp at Cherjipang just outside Linzhi village, it is a gradual walk to the camp site through the open meadow with the veiw of Lingzhi Dzong after 1 hour walk from lunch place. If the crew decides to camp at below Bhutan army check post,the trail ascends through the small steam which shorten the walk to the camp site. If you have started you walk early from Jangothang you will have a time to visit Lingzhi School and Village and walk back to campsite,discuss with your guide.
Night Halt: Lingzhi camp(4010 m)
Day 7: Lingzhi to Shodu
Distance 22km, 8-9 hours, 940m ascent, 920m descent, camp altitude 4,080m. Take a right trail where you will come across stupa and the trail ascends by the right small team of Mo Chu for 2 hours and then cross the stream where you starts to climb up to the Yali La pass (4920 m).Most people travelling between Lingzhi and Thimphu use the pass ,so the trail is well marked. Have lunch before or after crossing the pass. From the pass we descend to Shodu campsite following the small steam of Wangchu river).
Night Halt: Shodu camp( 4080 m)
Day 8: Shodu to Barshong/Domshisa
Distance 16km, 5-6 hours, 250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,720m. The trail follows the Wangchu River and through the rhododendrons ,hemlock forest and waterfall crossing several bridges, before climbing to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Then you can camp just below ruin fortress or walk for another 1.5 hours to Domshisa camp to shorten your walk next day.
Night Halt: Barshong(3720 m) or Domshisa(3560 m).
Day 9: Barshong/Domshisa to Dodena and back to Thimphu (End of Trek)
We continue the trail following the Wangchu river through dense hemlock and rhododendron forest via Dolam Kencho. Before emerging into pastureland we climb to a mountain meadow at 3428 meters and over a small pass to Dodena road point, north of Thimphu. A vehicle will be waiting to collect us with some refreshment arrange by our company and drive for 30 minutes to capital city of Bhutan,Thimphu. Check in to hotel have a relaxing time and go for a leisurely walk around the town.
Night Halt: Thimphu
Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing transfer to Thimphu
After breakfast will visit; Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) the third king of Bhutan. Then will drive to Kuenselphodrang(Buddha Point) where you can see largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Followed by Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. Then will visit Takin Preserve where you will find Takin, the National animal of Bhutan native to only Himalayas. Then will visit view point of Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of monastic body.
Then will have lunch and after lunch will drive back to Paro. On the way stop to stop at Tamcho to see 15 th century old iron chain bridge built by Drupthop Thangthong Gyelpo. Then continue to Paro. Towards evening will take you for Farm house, for dinner where by you can experience traditional Bhutanese Cuisines as well as Bhutanese way of dinning. And if you are interested can also take a Traditional Hot Stone Bath. Night halt: Paro
Day 11: Drive to airport and Departure
Today after breakfast, depending on the flight timing will reach you to airport and see you off with the wish to see you again and safe journey back to your next destination.
Note: If the group have more time and want to explore some more places as cultural tour we can add that too.