Jomolhari Trek – 15 Days

Trek Duration: 9 days
Total Trip: 15 days
Trek Difficulty: Moderately strenuous
Max. Elevations: 4930m at Yeli la pass after Lingshi and 4870m at Nyile La pass between Jangothang and Lingshi.
Max. Campsite: 4080m at Shodu.
Seasons: The trek is possible from late March till November. However it is best in either in spring months of April and May or in the autumn from late September till early November.

Description:

Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop – 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).

Moderate to Strenuous trekking and camping between 2800m/8185ft and 4150m/13,615ft with hikes to 4500m/14,760ft. Hiking daily between 5-8 hours in mountain trails in varied conditions involving frequent accents and descents. Fully supported trek with cook, helpers, all meals and camping equipment led by experienced local guides.

All equipment and luggage will be carried by ponies with pony-men. Clients carry a light daypack (back pack) only and walk at your own pace.

Day 1: Arrive Paro (Altitude: 7,217-ft / 2,200-m)

While approaching Paro in your plane from Bangkok, you get a spectacular 360 degree view of the Himalayan Mountains, including an exciting peek of Everest on a clear day. After checking into our hotel, and enjoying a tasty lunch, we visit the Paro Rimpung Dzong, dating back to the 17th century. This building is an ancient fortress and center of civil and religious government in the Paro valley. A short walk takes us to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Overnight at the Khangkhu Resort.

Day 2: Paro (Altitude:7,217-ft / 2,200-m)

In the morning we start with a 5-hour round-trip hike to Taktsang, known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a prominent Buddhist sacred site and temple complex perched precipitously on the edge of a cliff at 10,240-ft/3,121-m. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress. After lunch you are free to relax and wander around town. Overnight at the Khangkhu Resort.

Day 3: Drukgyel Dzong to Shana (Altitude: 9,350-ft/2,850-m • 5-6 hours)

We start our trek at the Drukgyel Dzong. Today’s climb is gradual, as we wind our way along the Paro Chuu (river), through beautiful meadows, rice paddies and traditional farm houses.

Day 4: Thongdo Zampa (Altitude: 10,663-ft/3250-m • 5-6 hours)

We start our day following the river valley, and continue to climb up a steep hill through the mixed of blue pine, oak, tall rhododendron trees, fir, maple, and birch.  We set up camp half way to Thangthangkha, in a clearing in the forest.

Day 5: Thangthangkha (Altitude: 11,840-ft/3,630-m • 8 hours)

In clear weather, with the early morning sun on the face of Jomolhari, the view is stupendous. We trek up the Paro Chhu valley through alpine meadows and scanty forest growth. At about 13,120-ft/4,000-m we cross the tree line, with great views of the high mountain ridges and snowcapped peaks. We also encounter small settlements with yaks and their herders, which become a regular feature of the mountainous landscape.

Day 6: Jangothang (Jomolhari Base Camp- Altitude:13,400-ft/4,090-m)

The early morning view of Jomolhari is stupendous. We trek up the Paro Chuu valley through alpine meadows, crossing the tree line at 13,120-ft/4,000-m. We also  encounter herders with their yaks in small settlements. Jangothang is truly one of the most beautiful camps in the Himalayas.

Day 7-8: Jangothang (Jomolhari Base Camp- Altitude:13,150-ft/4,008-m • 3-4 hours)

The next two days play a key role in our acclimatization. We hike up to Jitchu Drake’s moraine, soaking in the grand views.  Jitchu Drake’s peak stands at 22,925-ft/6,989m. Afterwards we relax at camp, playing traditional Bhutanese darts and exploring the Dzong ruins.

Day 9: Dhumzo (Altitude: 12,467-ft/3,800-m • 9-10 hours)

Today’s trek is long, steep and spectacular. We hike past the Tsho Phu Lakes (14,270-ft/4,350-m) and then across the Bonte La pass (16,040-ft/4,890-m.) Once over the pass we descend, crisscrossing the yak trails to Dhumzo Chuu (river) arriving at camp at 12,467-ft/3,800-m.

Day 10: Thombo Shong (Altitude: 13,713-ft/4,180-m • 7-8 hours)

Today is a full day, as we trek up to Takhung La pass (14,880-ft/4,535-m). Once over the pass, we have a short descent to the Thombu Shong valley.

Day 11: Shana (Altitude: 9,350-ft/2,850-m • 5-6 hours)

We climb to Thombu La pass at 14,370-ft/4,380-m, aflutter with prayer flags. The views from the pass are some of the finest on the trek. We make our final steep descent to the Paro Chuu (river) at 9,350-ft/2,850-m.

Day 12-13: Thimphu (Altitude: 7,670-ft/2,320-m • 4-5 hour trek • 2 hour drive)

After breakfast we head out for our last day on the trail, back to the Drukgyel Dzong, the starting point of our trek.  From here we drive to Thimphu and check into our hotel.  We enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Thimphu, with visits to the Institute for Zorig Chusum, (school of traditional painting), the giant Buddha memorial, and the weaving center. Overnight at the Namgay Heritage Hotel.

Day 14-15: Paro/Fly Home (Altitude: 7,217-ft/2,200-m • 2 hour drive)

At the paper factory, we learn the ancient skill of papermaking, visit the open air market, then drive back to Paro where we enjoy our farewell dinner. Overnight at Resort in Paro. Then early morning see off.

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)

 Tour cost : US$6,580 to $6,980 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians:
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
    50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare

  • Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$410

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount

  • Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
  • A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
  • Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities