Chomolhari Trek

Chomolhari Trek

The Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour is a package designed for those adventure lovers who would love to add the thrill of trekking to their Bhutan Cultural Tour. Initiating our journey from the ruins of the Drugyal Dzong, we will follow a river to the Yalila Pass. On the way, we shall pass various hamlets, farmlands, deep forest valleys to alpine pasturelands. The Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour offers some spectacular views of snow-capped mountains like the Jholmolhari, Jechu Darkey, the Tserim Gang and the glaciers.

Bhutan is a land of heavenly beauty. The snow-capped mountains, lush hills, forests, rivers, valleys and its long treasured architecture on old buildings of religious and cultural significance are the assets that makes Bhutan so special. As you walk on the streets of Bhutan, you will find the influence of unique and unadulterated Buddhist culture on the very ambiance of the place. Talking about its uniqueness in religion, it is the only country that has been able to sustain itself as a Mahayana Buddhist state. Also popular as the Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a sacred land located in the Eastern Himalayas between two giant nations of India and China. The colorful monasteries, prayer flags, various places of cultural importance, a myriad of cultural dresses, the people’s unique lifestyle and many other aspects of Bhutan makes the country lively and vibrant and a perfect destination for a vacation.

Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour includes a hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and a sightseeing tour to the Memorial Chorten, the Wangditse Monastery, the Nunnery Temple, the School of Art and Crafts, the Changangkha Monastery and many more exotic destinations. It is an opportunity to know about the unique Buddhist culture prevalent in Bhutan. The temples, monasteries and Dzongs are truly artistic and resemble the Tibetan Buddhist culture in dexterity and historical opulence. The art, crafts and culture preserved in the museums of Bhutan will enlighten you about Bhutanese history and culture. Therefore, come join us in this wonderful adventure where you would be experiencing the best highlights of Bhutan along with getting resourceful insight into the country’s best features and history. Escape Himalaya will arrange the tour for you where you are guaranteed to have the best time of your life!

You can also opt for other alternative packages for Tours in Bhutan, like our Nepal Bhutan Darjeeling Tour that lets you experience the highlights of three destinations at once. The Glimpse Tours Bhutan also lets you have amazing visits to Bhutan’s many beautiful and culturally rich destinations.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Paro
  • Day 02: Acclimatization and a Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Day 03: Paro-Shana Trek starts, 17 km, Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Shana-Sio Thangthangkha, 12 km, Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha – Jangothang, 19 km, Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp
  • Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi, 19 km, Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu. 22 km, Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Day 09: Shodu – Barshong, 16 km, Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Day 10: Barshong - Dolam Kencho, 15 km, Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena - Thimphu Trek ends, 8 km, Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Day 12: Depart Paro
  • Day 01: Arrive at Paro

    The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the amazing peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by the guide. After lunch, you shall visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic display and “field of Buddhas”, which helps one to visualize while meditating. Afterward, you will visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight stay at the hotel, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 02: Acclimatization and a Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

    After breakfast, you will hike to the Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery, which stands at 3100 meters. The hike will also act like an acclimatization time for the next day’s trek. The 8th century spiritual master, Guru Rinpoche, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where the Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above the Paro Valley. After exploring the Monastery, we will hike back to Paro. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 03: Paro-Shana Trek starts, 17 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

    300 meters Ascent / Camp elevation: 2850 meters
    The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2300 meters with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon, the valley widens and you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,850m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04: Shana-Sio Thangthangkha, 12 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

    900 Ascent / Camp elevation: 3750 meters
    The trail again follows the Pa Chhu (the Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, we will follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reach the campsite at the altitude of 3,750 meters. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha – Jangothang, 19 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

    300 meters ascent / Camp elevation: 4050 meters
    The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then, we will follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,050 meters. From here, the view of Mount Jumolhari and the Jichu Drake are superb. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp

    Today is a day of acclimatization. You may choose from four day hikes: a 3-4 hours hike up to a ridge that gives a good view of Jichu Drake; a hike up to the end of the valley, toward Jumolhari; a trek up the main valley toward Jichu Drake or a hike to Tsophu, a pair of lakes with a good supply of brown trouts. Altitude: 4050 meters. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi, 19 km, Duration: 6-7 hours

    730 meters descent / Camp elevation: 4100 meters
    The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. You will start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of the Jumolhari, the Jichu Drake and the Tshering Gang. Then walking towards the valley with an almost flat path for a while, you will be climbing the Ngye La Pass at an altitude of 4830 meters. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks and of the Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4100 meters. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu. 22 km, Duration: 8-9 hours

    940 meters ascent / Camp elevation: 4100 meters
    The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to the Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, the Gangchen Ta, the Tshering Gang and the Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4,100m), a meadow with a Chorten. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09: Shodu – Barshong, 16 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

    250 meters ascent / 670 meters descent / Camp elevation: 3600meters
    At this place, the path comes back to the tree lines. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch, the trail gradually ascends to the ruins at the riversides. After lunch- the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,600 meters. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10: Barshong - Dolam Kencho, 15 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

    280 meters descent / Camp elevation: 3320 meters
    The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chhu. It stays on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Then, you will be traversing along a steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland at 3320 meters. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena - Thimphu Trek ends, 8 km, Duration: 3-4 hours

    680 meters descent
    The trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, elevation 2,640 meters, where you will be picked up by Bhutan Travelers transport to drive to Thimphu. Later in the afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city and observe the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12: Depart Paro

    After breakfast, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when traveling 2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
  • Tented accommodation during the trek
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
  • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
  • All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

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