Jhomolhari Trek (14N/15D)

Prices start from USD $3,308 per person

Jangothang Fortress - Jhomolhari Trek

Trekking Adventure

The Jhomolhari Trek and Cultural Tour

(14 nights/15 days)

Highlights

  • Book this trek as a personalized private tour or see our fixed departures page to join a small group (maximum 12 persons).
  • A 7-night 8-day trek through rugged terrain with a close-up view of the Jhomolhari and other mountains.
  • The highest pass is 4,090 metres above sea level.
  • Meet the semi-nomadic people of this regions.
  • Trekking days average 8 hours  a day.
  • Visit Dzongs (monasteries), Lakhangs (temples), museums, villages & places of natural beauty.
  • Visits to traditional arts and crafts schools and individual workshops. Watch artisans while they work.
  • Short hike to Taktshang Monastery “the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. (Horse ride available on request)

About this tour

The Jhomolhari Trek is a beautiful and exhilarating trek. After a day acclimatizing in Paro your 8-day trek begins, taking you over several passes that almost touch 5,000m. Daily hikes last about 8 hours with a day-halt for acclimatization at the Jhomolhari base camp (and another optional day’s halt at Lingshi, high in the mountains, between two passes). This route takes you over the 4,890 metre Nyile-La and on to Lingshi Dzong (4,370) before turning in the direction of Thimphu via another high pass.

This is an excellent, challenging trek with great views of the high peaks. Depending on weather conditions, yaks take over from ponies for the journey beyond the base camp. The route that descends towards Thimphu begins as high pastures and gradually narrows as you follow the river and the valley past amazing rock formations and through ever-thicker forests. The trek ends in a valley near Thimphu.

Camp at sites with fantastic views and spend your evenings relaxing over multi-course suppers cooked by our experienced trekking chefs. We supply everything to make your trek a comfortable experience: 2-person sleeping tents, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tents and tables and chairs, as well as an experienced team of helpers from guide to cooks and assistants. You carry nothing but your day-pack. We load your rucksack onto ponies and our team goes ahead to ensure that your camp and refreshments are awaiting you on arrival after an enjoyable day’s trekking.

On your return from the mountains, enjoy the beautiful landscapes and varying climates of Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha and visit the cultural highlights of Western Bhutan. Visit impressive monasteries and temples where Tibetan Buddhism flourishes and red-robed boy-monks chant their prayers. The huge Dzongs are the uniquely Bhutanese feature of every town. Enjoy watching traditional craftsmen and women at work on wooden items, statues and complicated textile weavings. Relax, unwind, chat with the locals, take photos, and browse in the shops.

Day 1

Arrive Paro & transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong and other sightseeing depending on your time of arrival.

O/N Paro

Day 2 

Morning in Paro (2,300m.). Visit Kichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan, and drive along the
country roads to Drugyel Dzong. In the afternoon you have the option to hike along some country roads on the way to your first campsite or you can drive directly to Shana for dinner at the camp and overnight in a beautiful open space surrounded by blue pine forest.

O/N Camp

Day 3

Trek -Shana – Soi-Thangthangka (16 km, 8 hrs, 3,580m. highest altitude).
This is one of the longest trekking day, with a steady rise in altitude. The trails pass through a mixed forest of blue pine and oak and tall rhododendron forests. At various points along the trail you will be able to enjoy the view of Jhomolhari Mountain.

O/N Camp

Day 4

Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang (11km, 4hrs, and 4,000m highest altitude) Today’s trek is short and unstrenuous. Your base camp is directly below the imposing, rounded bulk of the Jumolhari mountain and the evening profile of the ruined Jangothang dzong, populated by huge ravens, creates a mystical atmosphere.

O/N Camp

Day 5

Jangothang – Halt
Today’s halt allows time to acclimatize to the altitude, with opportunities to explore the valley or climb to
the top of the mountain overlooking the camp and the glaciers beneath Jumolhari. You can also see the pointed Jichu Drakey piercing the clear blue sky.It is worth waking yourself up in the middle of the night to observe the quantity of stars not usually seen from our cities.

O/N Camp

Day 6

Jangothang–Lingshi(12 km, 5- 6hrs, 4,890m.)
Today’s hike is a strenuous one. Climb steeply above the base camp and into an area of glacial moraine, with views of Jichu Drakey and Jumolhari until you reach the Nylie-La pass at 4,890m. A fairly tough trek over scree or snow leads down to the valley and then follows the side of a ridge towards the impressively situated Lingshi Dzong (4,370m) and the camp site, at an altitude of 4,000m.

O/N Camp

Day 7

Lingshi – Shodu (19 km, 6-7 hrs4,950m. highest altitude).
Today’s hike is long and difficult, crossing the river the ascending towards the Yele-La (4,950m). It takes 2 – 3 hours to reach the pass from where there are views of the high Himalayan peaks. The descent to the campsite in a meadow at Shodu (3,815m) is quite pleasant.

O/N Camp

Day 8

Shodu -Barshong (6-7 hrs, 16 km, 3,815m). Today’s hike is moderate and pleasant, following the river for
most of the day, criss-crossing back and forth over log bridges and passing through an area with steep rock faces and beautiful waterfalls. After crossing to the left bank the trail then ascends towards the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3720).

O/N Camp

Day 9

Barshong – Dodena. Trek Ends. Drive to Thimphu (8 – 9hrs, 15 km, 3,685m)
Today’s trekking is of moderate difficulty but mostly downhill and of a fairly long duration. The trail follows the Wang-chu river and starts with a gentle descent but then gets quite steep and rocky, with many steep cliffs and huge rock formations above you. There are several ridges and streams to cross during the day. The final leg of the trek twists and turns and rises and falls, following the Wang-chu most of the time. After reaching a pass at 3,510m the very steep and continual descent starts towards Dodena where the trek ends. Drive to Thimphu (40 mins) for a well-deserved rest and free time in town.

O/N Thimphu

Day 10

Thimphu sightseeing (2,400m).
Spend your time in Thimphu visiting various cultural sites and relaxing in this very small city. Visit the Chang-gangkha temple, Takin reserve, the Folk Heritage Museum and the huge outdoor Buddha. Finally, visit the impressive Thimphu Dzong (Trashichodzong). You should have some time for shopping, browsing and, perhaps making an original stamp with your own photo on it to send your postcards home.

O/N Thimphu

Day 11

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the Institute for the 13 Traditional Arts (Zorig Chusum) and the Textile Museum and take a stroll to the Memorial Chorten. In the afternoon drive towards Punakha (2½hrs). Stop at Dochula pass (3000m) to circumambulate the 108 stupas (chorten) and enjoy the view of the high Himalayan peaks.

O/N Punakha

Day 12

In the morning take a pleasant hike up to Khamsum Yuelley Chorten for great views of the wide river valley. On your return, visit the Punakha Dzong. This was the former capital of Bhutan and is an imposing structure, with a very impressive temple. Also visit the nearby exhibition recounting in pictures the reconstruction of the original cantilever bridge. After lunch overlooking the rice fields or the river, take a very short stroll through a village and rice fields to Chimi Lakhang (1,200m), the temple of 15th Century Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the “Divine Madman”.  You also have an option to book a short rafting trip in Punakha.

O/N Punakha

Day 13

Drive to Paro (3½hrs). En route visit Simtokha dzong, the first dzong established by the Shabrung in 1629. On the last stretch of the route towards Paro stop at Tamchog Lhakhang and cross its iron-chain suspension bridge. Free time in Paro.

O/N Paro

Day 14

Early in the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest” perched on a precipitous 1,000m cliff face. The round trip takes about four hours and there is an option to ride on horseback to a point relatively near to the top.  Spend the afternoon at leisure in town.

O/N Paro

Day 12

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight departure from Paro. Tashi Delek!

 

The Cost IncludesEnglish-speaking local guide.
Airport Transfers.
Private vehicle & driver for duration of tour.
Accommodation and all meals included:

  • 7 nights camping with full support team of guides, cooks, assistants and mules to carry your gear.

  • 7 nights in standard tourist hotels, with Bhutanese character. We offer a range of hotel options from 3* to 5*. Prices shown here are for standard 3* hotels.


One mineral water bottle per person per day.
All government royalties and taxes.

Important: Download our packing list for suggestions on what to pack.
The Cost Does Not Includes Visa Fee: payable at the time of booking your tour ($ 40).
Flights: your flight costs are itemized separately.
Upgrades to a higher category hotel accommodation on request.
Drinks and other expenses of a personal nature (laundry, telephone etc.)
Tips for guide and driver at client's discretion.
Travel & Health Insurance: we strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip cancellation.
All extra expenses incurred due to forces of nature or unforeseen events.

14N/15D Tour Prices

 1 person2 person3 person & above
High SeasonUSD $4,778USD $3,728USD $3,308
Visa FeeUSD $40
FlightPlease see separate tab for flight options and prices.
High Season: March, April, May, September, October, and November
Low Season: January, February, June, July, August, and December

Return flight prices to Paro

Sector Economy Business
DelhiUSD $606USD $765
BangkokUSD $646USD $780
KathmanduUSD $379USD $469
KolkataUSD $406USD $489
SingaporeUSD $818USD $1,478
BagdograUSD $208USD $352
GayaUSD $390USD $694


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