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Hiking and trekking in Bhutan is a unique experience unlike many of the more crowded treks offered in Asian Himalaya. The variety of treks range from a simple 3 day Druk Path trek from the district of Thimpu to Paro to the 25 day legendry snow man’s trek that takes veteran trekkers through some of the most exquisite sports in the country. Almost all the treks in Bhutan offer a combination of Natural discovery and an insight into the country’s delicate and unique daily life. One of them is the Chomolhari trek where trekkers go to the base camp of Mt. Johomolhari. Bhutan’s most deeply venerated peak on the boarder of Bhutan and the Tibetan region of China. Trekkers often come back with a sense of the majesty of high altitudes where life ticks to a different time.

Chomolhari or called Jhomolhari trek of Bhutan start at Drukgyel Dzong Paro, this trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

Season to travel or trekking in Bhutan : The ideal time for this chomolhari bhutan trek is April to June and September to November.

The Bhutan Jhomolhari trekking can be also combined with Darjeeling and Sikkim tour, or Rajesthan region tour of India like Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Delhi. Can also be combined with Nepal trek or Tibet ( Lhasa) tour. Please write us for the details.

Important Note and Optional Activities

Mt. Chomolhari the most sacred mountain in Bhutan, which houses the female Goddess and towers at a height of 23,997'.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival Kathmandu, Nepal,

    Arrival Kathmandu, we will come to receive you at the airport. Check in to hotel, briefing and free day.

  • Day 2

    Full day sightseeing

    After breakfast leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes The Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO world heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Shyambhunath ( 2000 years old temple) and drive to Nagarkot (7, 200ft) - a beautiful hill station, which provides magnificent Mountain panorama, from Everest in the east to Annapurna in the west, eight of the world\'s tallest Mountain in a peaceful rural settings. B,

  • Day 3

    Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) – Transfer to hotel.

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jhomulhari and Jichu Drake. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Your Bhutanese escort will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the hotel Olathang.
    Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation’s first airport Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.
    The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at hotel Olathang. Altitude: 2200 m.

  • Day 4

    Paro – Hike to Taktsang

    Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We stop at Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower built in the 17th century as a watch tower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1967. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Evening at leisure and overnight at hotel Olathang.

  • Day 5

    Paro – Shana (start of trek)

    Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhumolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong. At first you have to walk down to the level of the Paro river, the path runs on the left (western) side of the river. We then follow the Paro river up the valley through cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Finally at “Gunichawa”, a military camp, which also junctions as a checkpoint for the army. Here the permits for the trek have to be produced and is checked by the army. Our camp site is located about 1 km above the military camp. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude: 2,840 m; Distance: 15/16 Km; Time: 4/5 hours.

  • Day 6

    Shana – Thangthangkha

    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 enroute, 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. From this campsite for the first time-in case of good weather the Mount Jhumolhari may be seen. Altitude: 3610 m; Distance: 16 Km; Time: 07 hours.

  • Day 7

    Thangthangkha – Jangothang

    In the morning after passing a small army out post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomulhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains including Mt. Jichu Drake overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. Altitude: 4,115 m; Distance: 11 Km; Time: 4/5 hours.

  • Day 8

    Jangothang – Halt

    Today is a relaxing day and a chance to acclimatize and walk up to the Jhomulhari glaciers and the two beautiful lakes of “Tshophu”. Here the route offers spectacular views to the steep ice-slopes of Mt. Jhomulhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. Overnight at camp.

  • Day 9

    Jangothang – Lingshi

    A good day’s walk today with spectacular views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakey and the Tserim Gang. We start climbing straight away and after some 3 to 4 hours reach the Nyelela pass (4,700-m). After the pass we descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we camp. Coming down from Lingshi we obtain our first views of the truly mystical Dzong atop a high hill. Altitude: 4010m; Distance: 17 kms; Time: 6 - 7 hours.

  • Day 10

    Lingshi – Shodu

    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. Jumolhari, 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. Altitude: 4080m; Distance: 22 kms; Time: 8 - 9 hours.

  • Day 11

    Shodu – Barshong

    Today trial 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 fleed from Tibet in the 17th century. You will have the good opportunity to view the giant rockfaces 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. Altitude: 3720 m. Distance: 14 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.

  • Day 12

    Barshong – Dolamkencho – Thimphu (end of trek)

    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 98,500. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check in at hotel Druk for a good shower and lunch will be served. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 13

    Thimphu – Paro – Departure (by Druk Air)

    After breakfast drive to Paro in order to catch your flight onwards where our representatives will bid you farewell and happy journey back to Kathmandu, Pick up from the airport and check in to Hotel. Evening we will take you for cultural show and dinner. B. D.

  • Day 14

    Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for final departure, Namaste !!!

Cost Includes

  •     All accommodation in 3 star hotels on B/B Plan in Kathmandu
  •     All Meal includes in Bhutan with accommodation
  •     All Ground transportation by privet Transport
  •     Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  •     One cultural show and dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Flight to Paro and Back
  •     Bhutan Visa and Tourism Fees

Cost Excludes

  •  International Flight to and from Kathmandu
  •     Major meals in Kathmandu
  •     Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu
  •     All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  •     Airport tax
  •     Personal clothing and gears, laundry.
  •     Tips to guide and driver
  •     Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.

The given prices are per person twin sharing basis and international flights exclude. Earthbound Holidays also organizes luxury trips on small groups, so we suggest you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away.

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