JUMOLHARI TREK

ITINERARY

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).  The trek starts from Paro and passes through scattered hamlets, high alpine pasturelands, yak herders’ camps,stunning landscapes and sunrises  and ends when you arrive in Thimphu valley.

Camping in extreme weather such as cold temperatures and snowy conditions can be expected and extremely enjoyable, Camping on the snow can be peaceful, picturesque and an out door adventure. All the accommodation while on Trek is twin sharing, double occupancy. Single occupancy in tents can be arranged on demand at an additional charge. All tents are Cold Weather Tents and designed for harsh weather and snowy conditions. Separate tents will be pitched for dinning, kitchen and rest room. On demand, a luxury camping facilities will be provided like bed and mattresses, warm shower tents, rest room with proper toilet pots, fishing equipment etc.

  • Trekking Boots (broken in) & Camp Footwear (light shoes/sandles/trainers)
  • Waterproof jacket, Down Jacket & Thermal inner wear
  • Trekking trouser/pants & Shorts
  • Gloves, Sunglass & Torch
  • Sun hat, Woolen hat, neck warmer
  • Sunscreen, Sanitizer & Trail mix

Daypack - The daypack you select must have the capacity for the items you may be carrying on a day's walk: rain jacket, trousers, warm clothing, water bottle, camera equipment, washing items and other personal effects. A hip/waist strap provides additional comfort. You should consider daypacks of at least a 30 to 40-litre capacity. Horses will be carrying the rest of your luggage.

Day 1: Sharna Zampa – Soe Thangthangkha

  • After Breakfast, you will start your journey which will take about an hour till the Sharna Zampa/bridge. The trail will take you through beautiful forests covered in rhododendron, oak trees, long slender bamboos and ferns. You will walk through the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park till you reach the campsite, which is situated in a beautiful meadow with views of Mount Jumolhari in the distance.

Day 2: Soe Thangthangkha – Jangothang (Jomolhari Basecamp)

  • You will resume the trek next day, early in the morning which will continue uphill crossing lush Alpine forests and stunted vegetation. Mount Jumolhari can be seen in the distance, along the way you will come across an army outpost, yak herder camps and enjoy breathtaking views of snow capped mountain ranges. The trekking trail passes through the highland villages of Soe, Takethang and Dangochang. Here, you will have a firsthand experience of the highlanders’ life and culture. The trek will continue till you arrive at Jangothang, the second campsite at the base of the Majestic Jumolhari, also known as the abode of the protective local deity-Jomo.

Day 3: Excursion of Jangothang Base Camp

  • The third day will be spent at the Jangothang campsite to get you acclimatized to the climate and exploring the nearby areas, Tshophu twin lakes, visiting the nearby highlanders community and interacting with them.

Day 4: Jangothang – Lingshi

  • After a one day rest, you will continue the trek, following a stream for about half an hour and crossing a bridge on the way. You will still have stunning views of Mount Jumolhari, Jichhudrakey and Tserimgang. The trail then takes you through a valley from which you will begin an uphill climb to Nyele-la Pass which is at a height of 4,700m. The group will then begin to descend gradually from the pass to your next campsite, Lingshi which is at a height of 4,000m. You will have a majestic panoramic view of the nearby mountain peaks and the Lingshi Dzong.

Day 5: Lingshi – Shodu

  • On the fifth day of the trek, you will continue your journey through Yeli-la pass at 4,820m with views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. You will continue walking downhill till you reach the next campsite which is situated near a chhorten(Stupa) at Shodu.

Day 6: Shodu – Barshong

  • Day six will have you walking following the course of the Thimphu Chhu (river), through forests covered in rhododendron, juniper and alpine trees, untouched and serene. Take a break and enjoy yet another stunning view of rocky cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. The trail will then lead you upwards towards the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m) which will be your campsite for the night.

Day 7: Barshong – Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimphu

  • On the last day of the trek, you will walk through dense forests covered in rhododendron, birch and conifer trees till you’re at the Thimphu Chhu once again. The last and final climb for the trek will be through a cliff situated high above the Thimphu Chhu, through the alipine forest and lower lands where your vehicle and driver will be waiting for your arrival. You will then drive towards Thimphu which will take about 2 hours and check into your hotel in Thimphu.
  • All Trekking Meal during the Trek
  • One Trekking Expeditions Leader
  • Horsemen as per the group size
  • Helper as per the group size
  • Group Medical Kit
  • Good Quality accommodation throughout. The use of a world expedition trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, and insulated mat
  • All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
  • Horses to carry 20 Kgs personal equipment
  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

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