Jomolhari Trek

Daily Tour 12 Days 11 Nights
Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang Tour Guide: Jomolhari Trek

OVERVIEW
It is considered one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The journey will take trekkers all the way to the base of Mount Jomolhari. Mount Jomolhari believed to be the abode of Goddess Jomo. The Goddess is believed to be under the oath of Guru Rinpoche to protect the land, the Buddhist faith and the local people. Trekkers will pass through Lingzhi village. The highlanders are known for their unique culture.


INCLUDED
  • Government Royalty and taxes
  • Dedicated English speaking tour guide
  • Dedicated tour vehicle and driver
  • 3-star accommodation (twin sharing)
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
  • Airport transfers
  • Bottled water
  • Entry fees to parks and monuments

NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal expense/shopping
  • Beverages (soda/juice/alcohol)
  • 4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

Day 1:Arrive at Paro International Airport and cultural sightseeing at Paro

During this flight one will enjoy the iew of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport a representative of Shugyarin Trips and Travel will receive you and drive to hotel.

After lunch visit:

  • Kyichu Lhakhang – One of the oldest and most sacred temple in the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century.
  • Ta Dzong – Former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong – Which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Paro – Excursion to Taktsang (Tiger nest)

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley; it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998.  It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.”

Descend back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is now under reconstruction. Drugyel Dzong, or “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16thcenturies. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.).  Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Paro – Shana – Soi Thangthangka

Trekkers will drive to Shana and begin their trek to Thangthangka. The gradually ascending trail follows the Paro River. Trekkers will walk for about 8 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Trekkers will camp their first night in a stone shelter amidst the meadow. Camp altitude will be at 3610 meters. On a clear weather day, trekkers can catch a spectacular view of the Mount Jomolhari.

Day 4: Thangthangka – Jangothang

On the second day trek, the valley begins to widen and trekkers will come across winter house for yak herders where lunch will be served. Trekkers will camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. Trekkers will walk for about 6 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.

Day 5: Halt at Jangothang

Trekkers will stop their journey at the base for acclimatization. During this day, trekkers can engage in day hike around the area. The place offers a great view of the Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peak. Trekkers can also spot blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the valley.

Day 6: Jangothang – Lingzhi

Trekkers will continue their journey to Lingzhi. The trek path will peak at Nyelila Pass from which trekkers will descend to the camp. Trekkers will walk for about 7 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4010 meters.

Day 7: Lingzhi – Shodu

The trail follows through deep valley before ascending to Yelila Pass at 4820 meters. Trekkers will camp in the meadow for the night. Trekkers will walk for 9 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.

Day 8: Shodu – Barshong
Trekkers will follow the Thimphu Chhu River and gradually climb up to Barshong. Trekkers will camp below a ruined fortress for the night. Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 16 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3710 meters.
Day 9: Barshong – Dolamkencho

The trail begins to descend to the valley. Trekkers will pass through dense forests of rhododendrons, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos. Towards the end of this leg of the journey, trekkers will begin to climb up to the pasture land. Camp site is in the meadow.  Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 15 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3320 meters.

Day 10: Dolamkencho – Dodena
Trekkers will continue the trek through the dense forest and finally exit the Jigme Dorji National Park where the trek ends. Trekkers will be driven to Thimphu and check in to the hotel.
Day 11: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Tourists will do some cultural sightseeing in Thimphu. Attractions include:

  • Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang – Is the largest Buddha statue in the country, from there you can get a good view of the Thimphu valley.
  • Memorial Chorten – Built in the year 1974 in the memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Motithang Takin Preserve – Houses the rare national animal of Bhutan. Takin is listed by international conservation agencies as a vulnerable species and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.
  • National Institute for Zorig Chusum – The school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan
  • Tashichho Dzong – The “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichho Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Paro – Departure
After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The representative of Shugyarin Trips and Travel will see off and bid farewell.
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