JOMOLHARI TREK 13 DAYS

Description: 

The beautiful Jomolhari Trek highlights the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has to offer. You will pass through thick pine forests, scattered hamlets and alpine meadows that lead to the high pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. Highlights include the fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake and camping overnight at the base of Mt Jomolhari. It is a difficult route attaining a maximum altitude of 15,114 ft, and requires trekkers to have very good physical fitness. Before and after your trek, there will also be time to visit the sites of Paro and Thimphu

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Paro

Pick up from Paro Interational Airport (2280m) and drop to hotel. If time available visit Paro town in the afternoon.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit the National Museum housed in the Ta-Dzong which was built in 1656 and served as the watch tower of Paro Dzong in the past. Visit Paro Dzong, also called the Rinchen Phug Dzong, which means fortress on a heap of Jewels. Paro Dzong is one of the most impressive and well-known dzongs of Bhutan and was built in 1644. After lunch in town, proceed towards Drukgyel Dzong, 14 kilometres from the Paro town. Also known as the fortress of victory Drukgyel Dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644. On the way to Drukgyel Dzong view the Takshang Monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century flew to a cave in Taktshang on a tigress and mediated there for three months. Dinner in hotel.

Day 3: Paro - Shana (Start of trek)

Walking time 5-6 hours The trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong and follows the Paro River through cultivated fields, tiny picturesque villages and forests filled with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude 2,820m;

Day 04: Shana ­ Thangthangka

Walking time 7-8 hours. The trail follows the river through dense forests with a few isolated farmhouses. After a while it narrows and closes in and winds up and down to pass a junction where another path leads north to Tremo La, Tibet. Camp in a meadow with a stone shelter. Altitude 3,610 m.

Day 5: Thangthangka ­ Jangothang

Walking time 5 - 6 hours. After passing a small army post in the morning, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will in a yak herdmen's hut. A lot of yaks will be visible before arriving at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and nearby are the ruins of an old fortress that was used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. Altitude 4,115 m;

Day 6: Jangothang (Acclimatization)

Rest day. A chance to acclimatize and walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the lakes in the opposite direction

Day 7. Jangothang - Lingshi

Walking time, 6 - 7 hours Day eight is a good day's walk with spectacular views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tserim Gang peaks ( if the day is clear). It is climb from the start upto Nyelela pass (4,700 m) which takes about three to four hours. Then it is a descent to a circular hut just below Lingshi, the camp spot for the day. The descent to Lingshi provides spectacular views of the truly mystical Dzong atop a high hill. Altitude 4000m;

Day 8. Lingshi - Shodu

Walking time 8 hours The trail to Shodu starts with a climb to Yalila Pass (4820 m), from where on a clear day, impressive views of Mount Jumolhari, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen.

Day 9: Shodu ­ Barshong

Walking time 6-7 hours. This is the place where one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu river, descending through rhododendron, juniper and alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. Lunch will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong dzong, reaching the camp at 3600 m.

Day 10: Barshong - Dolamkencho

Walking time 5-6 hours. The road descends through alpine forest and we once again join Thimphu river for a while. After lunch climb to Dolamkencho camp at 3,600 m.

Day 11: Dolamkencho - Dodena - Thimphu

Walking time 4 hours. The path descends through bamboo forests all the way to Dolamkencho, finally joining Thimphu river again. Arrive at Dodena where you will be picked up for the drive to Thimphu, 15 kilometres away. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 12:Thimphu Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Thimphu (2320m) includes visits to : National Library which was established in 1967 and has many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts);Painting School or the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (the 13 traditional arts and crafts like painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making); National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third King of Bhutan;Semtokha Dzong which is about five kilometres south of Thimphu. Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Today it houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.); Tashichhodzong the seat of the government of Bhutan. It houses the secretariat, the Throne Room, His Majesty's secretariat, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. If the sightseeing falls on the weekend you can visit Thimphu's open vegetable market where farmers from the nearby regions gather to sell their produce. Evening is set aside for shopping in town.

Day 13: Departure (Thimphu to Paro Airport)

Our representative will see you off at Paro International Airport.

 

Season: 
The Ideal Time for this trek is Apr-June, Sep-Nov.
 Includes:
Airfare into Bhutan including taxes.
Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
Local English speaking trekking guide/tour leader.
Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
Experienced driver.
Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
All meals in Bhutan.
All entrance fees and permits.
Excludes:
Travel Insurance of any kind
Additional cost due to the natural climate, condition
Internal flights
Personal expenses
All kinds of drinks/Bar bills
Tip for the driver and Guide  
Visa Information
Except Indian citizens, no foreigner is allowed to enter and stay in Bhutan without a valid visa.
The Bhutanese Tourist Visa can only be obtained after processing by the travel/tour agent through the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB). A clearance number for visa is issued and only once the visa has been cleared can visitors travel to Bhutan.
The visa is stamped in the passport on arrival at:
The International Airport in Paro
The Phuentsholing road entry point
Bhutan visa must be applied for a minimum of 30 days before travel. For processing visa, we need to have the full passport details of the clients (full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry...).
The cost of the Bhutanese visa is US$40 + US$65 for the Bhutanese Tourism Development.
The visa is only issued to tourists once the trip is booked with full payment.
Visas to Bhutan are not issued from any Bhutan embassies abroad. A combination of overland and air travel is possible. All overland travel requires an Indian visa.
Health & Experiments Requirements
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveler. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /tablets. Here is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. BOOK NOW