Jomolhari Trek (13 Days)

The eight day trek combined with 4 days cultural tour in Paro and Thimphu is designed to give our visitors not only wild nature experience but also a glimpse into Bhutan Culture. Jomolhari Trek is 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 Jhomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).

Welcome to the land of the thunder Dragon. We invite you to experience the beauty, culture and spirituality of Bhutan with us. We wish you a beautiful journey through our kingdom.

  • Day 1:   Arrive airport, transfer to hotel Paro, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 2:   Trek Tiger nest monastery, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 3:   TREK, Overnight in Tent, Thangthangkha (Elevation 4,044m) campsite.
    Day 4:   Overnight in Tent, Jangothang (Elevation 4,010m) campsite.
    Day 5:   Overnight in Tent, Lingshi (Elevation 4,080m) campsite.
    Day 6:   Overnight in Tent, Lingshi (Elevation 4,080m) campsite.
    Day 7:   Overnight in Tent, Shodu (Elevation 3,575m) campsite.
    Day 8:   Overnight in Tent, Barshong (Elevation 3,720m) campsite.
    Day 9:   Overnight in Tent, Dolam Kencho (Elevation 3,290m) campsite.
    Day 10: Thimphu, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Thimphu.
    Day 11:  Thimphu, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Thimphu.
    Day 12:  Paro, Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Paro.
    Day 13:  International Departure to your onward journey.

    1 person US $ 5600
    2 people US $ 8900
    3 or more people US $ 4550

    Season: Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov

    Tour Cost Includes :

    • Visas for Bhutan, Government Royalty, Taxes.
    • All touring and transfers throughout your journey.
    • Daily 3 meals & bottled water daily.(B/L/D) at restaurants or hotels.
    • Accommodation at 3 star hotels.
    • A licensed English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
    • Entry fees and road permits as per the program.

    Tour Cost Does Not Includes:

    • Flight IN and OUT of Bhutan (can be arranged with us).
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Personal expenses – Drinks & Laundry.
    • Tips for the guide and driver.
    Places Nights Hotels
    Paro 3 nights Janka resorts/Mandala resorts
    Trek 7 nights Tents
    Thimphu 2 nights Bhutan suites/Rochogphel hotel
  • Day 1 : PARO (2,300 meters)
    Arrive – Paro airport and then transfer to the hotel.

    Paro Cultural Tour should always start with a visit to the Paro Dzong. Take in the amazing architecture of this 17th century monument, a premier example of Bhutan’s architecture. Paro Dzong, built in 17th century to defend Paro from the Tibetan invasion, is also known as Rinpung Dzong which means the ‘fortress on a heap of jewels’. This fine example of Bhutanese architecture now serves as a central monastic and administrative seat of the Paro district.
    From the Dzong, a leisurely walk back into Paro town crosses the scenic Nyamai zampa, a unique model of Bhutan’s traditional cantilever bridge.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    Day 2 : PARO

    Today’s exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s nest monastery) 4-5 hrs hike.
    Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey.

    Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Paro on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave. The Taktshang Goempa is built around the cave, which is opened to the public once a year. The five hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below.

    After the visit to the monastery we will hike down and stop half way at the cafeteria for lunch.

    Heading back down the valley we will stop at the auspicious kyichu Lhakhang.

    The 7th century monastery is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom where the seed of Buddhism was won in Bhutan. The Tibetan King, Songsten Gampo ordered the establishment of monasteries in the Himalayan region to subdue evil spirits and to spread Buddhism. Of the 108 monasteries which were to be built, two major ones were built in Bhutan namely the Kyichu Lhakhang and the Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    TREK BEGINS
    Day 3 : Thangthangkha (Elevation 4,044m)
    Morning drive the winding road to ‘Gunichawa’ a military camp which also junctions as a checkpoint for the army. Here the permits for the trek have to be produced.

    We will start to trek from here the trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. As we go up the valley becomes narrow, wilder and steeper. The trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en route, where another path leads over the Tremo La to Tibet. This route was formerly used by Bhutanese people as a trading route to Tibet. We cross several traditional wooden bridges finally arriving Thanthangka. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 4 : Jangothang (Elevation 4,010m)
    The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040m). From here, the views of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 5 : Lingshi (Elevation 4,080m)
    The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor, until the climb upto Nyele-la pass (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

    Day 6 : Day halt at Lingshi
    Visit the Lingshi dzong and the villages near by.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 7 : Shodu (Elevation 3,575m)
    Start early and first half of the trek is mostly through treeless valley until you start ascending to Yale-la pass at 4950 m, from here Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Most people (Nomads) traveling between Lingshi and Thimphu use the Yale la so the trail is well marked. The descent from the pass joins the Jaradinthang Chhu which becomes the Thimphu Chhu. At an altitude of 4150 m is a chorten (stupa) from where the trail takes an easterly direction following the river. The camp is at Shodu just after crossing the sandy slope.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 8 : Barshong (Elevation 3,720m)
    Today’s trail winds up & down following the Thimphu Chhu and follow the river through the limestone valley. Monks use the caves in the rocks and even Shabdrung is said to have mediated in these rocks when he fled from Tibet in the 17th century. You will have the good opportunity to view the giant rock faces and waterfalls and trail gradually ascends 130m to Barshong Dzongs in ruins. Barshong is a small village with an inhabitant of half a dozen houses.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 9 : Dolam Kencho (Elevation 3,290m)
    There are several ups and downs and crossings of small streams. Reach a split in the trail, the one to the right descends to your campsite for tonight.

    Overnight at campsite.

    Day 10 : Thimphu (Elevation 2,280m)
    Today is an easy walk and with small ups and downs followed by a couple of short steep switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff before finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. The trails descends through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river and reach Dodina where your vehicle will meet you and drive you half an hour to Thimphu.,the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights.

    END OF TREK

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in THIMPHU.

    Day 11 : THIMPHU
    Thimphu being the capital of Bhutan, offers unique opportunities to explore the Bhutanese culture, lifestyle and traditions in depth.

    We invite you to see the sights of the Kingdom’s capital with us. Below we have listed some of the experiences that we enjoy the most!

    This morning will spend our time circumambulating the sacred National memorial chorten. This is a Tibetan-style chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who passed away in 1972. It is one of
    the most visible religious structures in town and for many people it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck.

    From the chorten we will drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. The buddha measures 52 meters. From there we have beautiful view of the Thimphu valley. Lunch at down town Thimphu.

    After lunch we will quickly stop at the National Post office for stamps. Bhutan is famous for producing unique and innovative stamps. After selling peculiar CD-stamps Bhutan’s Post office now offers personalized stamps; we invite you to surprise your family and friends with your custom-made stamp made with one of your favorite holiday photographs!

    We will take in more of kingdom’s rich culture at the Folk Heritage Museum. The museum is a restored three story traditional rammed mud and timber house inaugurated as a museum by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk in 2001. It showcases the traditional artifacts used now and in the past which helps connect people to the Bhutanese rural life.

    We will continue our visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. The monastery is the old fortress-like lhakhang perched on a ridge above the city with great views of Thimphu town. The 12th century temple, which still remains one of the main centers of worship for the locals, is the home to the statue of the 11-headed Avalokitesvara, the God of Compassion. The monastery is frequently visited by families as it is believed that if you bring a sick child to the temple, it will not take long before it recovers. Many go to pray for their child’s protection.

    Towards evening we will visit Tashichhoe Dzong and have glimpse king Jigme’s Palace. The Dzong (fortress) is popularly known as Thimphu Dzong. It is the seat of the government and the centre of all religious affairs of the Kingdom. It houses the office and the throne room of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck. Just below the dzong we can have a glimpse of King Jigmi’s palace.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in THIMPHU.

    Day 12 : PARO (2300 m)
    THIMPHU – DOCHULA – PARO (2.5 hrs drive)

    Today before driving back to Paro we will drive 40 minutes on east west highway till Dochula pass (3,050 mtrs).
    There we will hike up to Lungchutse monastery (3.600 mtrs).

    This Dochula to lungchutse loop hike is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu area. Not only is the hike itself beautiful, but the 360° view from Lungchutse monastery is one of the best you will get of the Himalayan mountain range.

    You will start your hike from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha at 3050 meters above sea level. From here the trail slowly climbs a ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchutse temple. On clear days, the view from the temple is fantastic!
    Lunch at the Dochula pass restaurant.

    After lunch we will drive back Paro sidestepping Thimphu. Once you reach Paro a leisurely walk in the town and a visit to the Champaca cafe for a freshly brewed coffee is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your journey to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN.

    Overnight at 3 stars hotel in PARO.

    Day 13 : INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

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