- Itinerary Detail
Jholmolhari trek is one of the most happening and enjoyable trekking trail in Bhutan offering magnanimous amount of natural beauty finely blended with cultural diversity. The trip takes every traveler to a variety of landscape and offers some of the great views from some of major high passes though it be mountains or valleys. The trek gives an opportunity to meet local people, enjoy the walk through the forest with the glimpse of wildlife and watch the ancient art and architecture from very near. We will be travelling through the less explored area of Bhutan where we will experience extreme stillness.
The trek starts from the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong in Paro and ends in Dodena near Thimpu. From Paro the trek goes with a gentle ascent through the villages and with lush fields of rice, wheat, barley and passing the tree lines we will arrive to high alpine pasturelands which are sparsely inhabited by migrant Yak herders. In the trek we will cross two passes from Jangothang and the make the way to capital of Bhutan; Thimpu. During the spring the trek becomes even more fascinating due to the blooming Rhododendron, Azaleas, and masses of wildflowers and carpet of grasses in the alpine meadows. The trek too gives an opportunity to see Blue Sheep, Takin, Snow Leopard and wide variety of local and migratory birds. Apart from these the trek too gives an opportunity to visit different Dzong and Museum located around Paro and Thimpu.
This trek is a medium duration trek and perhaps the most trekked route due to its easy access and the beautiful topography and stunning mountain panorama of snow capped mountains it offers. Taking us to the Base camp of Mt Chomolhari; one of the most beautiful and imposing mountain of the entire Himalayan region the base camp of the mountain offers an opportunity to witness the panoramic view of some of the Highest peak situated in the Nepal too.
Jhomolhari Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Paro and Sightseeing (2250m)
Enjoy one of the spectacular flights over the mountains to Paro. In the flight we will be seeing the vista of Mt Everest, Kanchan Junga, and Makalu along with other peaks in Bhutan which includes Chomolhari, Jichu Drakeay and Tsrim Khang. As you land in Paro our local representative will receive you and get transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon we will be visiting Ta Dzong which dates back to 17th century and was converted into National Museum in 1968 which is further adorned with antique Thanka, textiles, weapons and Armour. After this we will drive to Rinpung Dzong which too dates back to 17th century and was built to defend Tibetan invaders. Now this is used as a administration center and school for monks. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Trek to Shana (17km); 5-6hours
We will start from Drugyal Dzong(2580m) and the trail goes up following the Paro River through different agriculture valleys and villages ultimately taking us to Shana. We will camp opposite of Gunyitsawa Army check post in a alpine meadow at the altitude of 2870m.
Day 3: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha(22km); 7-8hours
Following the Paro River the trail gradually goes uphill with many uphill and downhill walk through the forest of Pine, Oak and Spurce. In a clear day the trail offers the magnificent vista of Mt Jhomolhari. After having lunch in the way we will again continue the walk through the forest of Rhododendron finally taking us Soi Thangthangkha for overnight stay at the altitude of 3630m.
Day 4: Trek to Jangothang(19km); 5-6hours
From Soi Thnagthangkha the trail goes uphill for a while to a army post to village of Soe and Takethang which is a temporary settlement of Yak herders. A short walk from here takes us to Jangothang where we will camp below the ruined fortress at the base of Mt Jhomolhari at the altitude of 4090m. the camping site offers the magnificent view of Mt Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey.
Day 5: Acclimatization at Jangothang
Today is a free and a rest day. We can either lay back and enjoy the great mountain views or hike to Tsophu Lake. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 6: Trek to Lingshi(18km); 5-6hours
Leaving Jangothang behind us and following the stream for an hour we will climb a ridge which offers the breaktaking view of Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Gang. Then we will walk towards the valley and come across our first major pass of Nyile la at 4890m. The pass offers the great view of Tserim Kang (6789m). After crossing the pass we will walk downhill to Lingshi and set our camp near a stream in a meadow at the altitude of 4010m.
Day 7: Acclimatization at Lingshi
Today we will hike to Tshokha Lake (4500m) which is the Base camp of Jichu Drake. During the walk we will encounter with herd of Blue sheep and Musk deer. The hike takes 4-5hours and we will return back to Lingshi for overnight stay.
Day 8: Hike to Shodu(22km); 8-9hours
Following the stream toward the valley opposite to the Dzong we will trek through the treeless area for around 4hours and make a steep climb to Yeli La pass (4820m) which is the highest pass of the trek. The pass offers the magnificent panorama of Mt Jhomolhari, Mt Tsherimgang and Mt Masagnag. Stay overnight in a camp in a meadow at the altitude of 4110m.
Day 9: Trek to Barshong(16km); 5-6hours
Following the Thimpu river the trail once again comes back to the tree line. The trail goes through the Rhododendron and Juniper forest and offers the view of cliff facing rocks and waterfall. After having our lunch the gradually goes downhill to the ruins of Barshong Dzong(3680m) where we will set our camp for overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek to Dolam Kencho(15km); 5-6hours
Now the road descends through the alpine forest and we will again follow the Thimpu River for a while. We will have our lunch and climb to Dolamkencho and camp in meadow for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Dodena(8km); 3-4hours and drive to Thimpu
The path goes down through the bamboo forest finally joining Thimpu River. In Dodena(2800m) our trek will come to an end we will catch our ride back to Thimpu(15km). Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Paro
We will start early in the morning with a visit to Zelukha Nunnery which is the only nunnery in Thimpu and Paro region, National Library which has a wide collection of ancient manuscript and religion art facts, Memorial chorten of Late King, Institute of Art and Paintings and walk around Thimpu city for buying souvenirs from Bhutan. After having lunch we will drive to Paro and in the route we will visit Simtokha Dzong which was built by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom. Stay overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Farewell
Our representative will drive to Paro International Airport to bid you good bye.