16 April -27 April 2020

Jomolhari Trek

Fixed Departure Date: 16th April – 27th April 2020

JOMOLHARI TREK

4/5: 4-star

Best Time

March – June

September – 2nd week of December

JOMOLHARI TREK – TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • DURATION: 11 Nights | 12 Days.
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Strenuous.
  • HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 4700 m.
  • AVG. WALKING DISTANCE: 16 km.
  • AVG. WALKING TIME: 7 – 9 hrs.

FROM $2,475

  • 3 Pax and Above: USD 2475 per person.

Jomolhari-Trek

16 April 2020: Arrival at Paro 2280 meters.

Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by the our representative from Yak Holidays and transfer to the hotel.

After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan followed by visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort.

17 April 2020: Paro sightseeing – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)

Day hike to Taktsang monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. The hike which is all uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests.

On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

  • By far, Kichu Lhakhang is one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries built by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo in 659 AD. He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 (six) of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.

Pilgrims circumambulate around the temple spinning its many prayer wheels, seeking blessings and offering prayers.

Upon entering the inner courtyard you’ll see a mural to the right of the doorway of King Gesar of Ling, the popular Tibetan warrior-king, whose epic poem is said to be the world’s longest.

Drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “The Victorious Druk”. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort.

18 April 2020: Paro – Shana – Thang thangkha (Start of Trek):

After breakfast, drive to Shana (22 km). The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en-route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time: 7 – 8 hours. (Ascent 770 meters, Descent 10 meters).

19 April 2020: Thangthangka – Jangothang:

In the morning, after passing a small army 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 Jomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours. (Ascent 480 meters).

20 April 2020: Jangothang

Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.

For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.

  1. Hike to Jomolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  3. Walk up the mountain between Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).

21 April 2020: JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI

The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim gang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Nyeley la pass at an altitude of 4,700 meters. After the pass it’s a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panorama view of the peaks and Lingshi dzong.

Camp altitude is 4010 meters. Distance: 18 km; Hiking time: 6-7 hours; Ascent 840 meters, Descent: 870 meters.

22 April 2020: Lingshi – Shodu

The trail today climbs to Yalila Pass (4930 m), from where on a clear day, impressive views of Mount Jomolhari, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Dinner and over night in Camp.

Camp at Shodu: 4080 meters. Distance: 22 km, Hiking time: 8-9 hours walk. (Ascent 940 meters, Descent 920 meters).

23 April 2020: Shodu – Barshong

This is the place where one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. Hot lunch will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong dzong, reaching the camp. Dinner and over night in camp.

Camp at Altitude: 3710 meters. Distance: 16 km; Walking time: 5-6 hours; Ascent 250 meters, Descent: 670 meters.

24 April 2020: Barshong – Dolamkencho

The road descends through alpine forest and we once again join Thimphu river for a while. After lunch climb up to Dolamkencho camp.

Camp at the altitude 3320 meters. Distance: 15 kms. Walking time: 4-6 hours. Ascent 290 meters. Descent 640 meters.

25 April 2020: Dolamkencho – Dodena – Thimphu

The path descends through bamboo forests finally joining Thimphu River again. Arrive at Dodena where you will be picked up for the drive to Thimphu.

After lunch, visit to the Craft Bazaar and free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Galingkha.

Distance 8 km, Hiking time: 4 hours. Ascent 500 meters, Descent 930 meters.

26 April 2020: Thimphu sightseeing

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).

After lunch, visit to the tallest statue of sitting Buddha, Buddha Dorderma, witness Archery match at the Changlimithang stadium. Overnight in Hotel Pedling.

27 April 2020: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Bhutan Tour cost is inclusive of:

* All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
* Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 50 per room per night.
* All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
* Royalty & Govt. Taxes
* Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
* Visa Fee.
* Guide.
* Sightseeing

Bhutan Tour cost is exclusive of:

* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services

Bhutan Trekking cost covers:

Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
* One guide.
* Cook.
* Helpers.
* Ponies and Yaks.
* Tents (Sleeping tent, mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and shower tent).
* 3 meals.
* Mattresses and all other trekking accessories.
Note: For trekking a load of 25 kg is allowed.

Things to bring for trekking in Bhutan

Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.

* Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
* Sunscreen
* Flash light
* Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
* Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
* Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
* Aspirin – in case of altitude sickness
* Lots of socks
* Warm clothes

Optional items to bring for trek to Bhutan:

* Sunglasses
* Head gear
* Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
* One towel
* Pillow case
* Wet-packed tissue paper.
* Pillow.

COST EXCLUDE

  • Air fares
  • Sleeping bags (on trek)
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Phone / internet
  • Other personal bills