Jomolhari Trekking (11 nights, 12 days)
Jomolhari Trek is considered as one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. It offers a wide range of landscape, fauna, and flora. The journey will take trekkers all the way to the base of Mount Jomolhari. Alongside its breathtaking view, Mount Jomolhari is the abode of Goddess Jomo. It is believed that Goddess Jomo is bound under the oath of Guru Rinpoche to protect the land, its local people and the Buddhist faith. The trek passes through Lingzhi village- a land blessed with serenity.
Day 01: Arrive at Paro International Airport and Cultural Sightseeing at Paro
Take in the most spectacular and exciting landing. As you approach Paro International Airport, you will see the majestic view of the valley, beautiful snow cape mountains, pristine and dense forest. You will breathe the cleanest air ever and your Happy Holiday begins. Our assigned tour guide and a driver will receive you at the airport. You will continue an hour drive from Paro to Thimphu (the capital city of Bhutan) along the fast flowing rivers. Your one-hour drive will be on the country’s finest road. Upon arrival, you will check-in to one of the 3-star hotels at the most convenient location and the hotel that serves you the best. In the afternoon, following will be your sight of attraction:
- Drukgyel Dzong – was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, once a ruined Dzong. It was built in 1649 at the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to commemorate the victory over an invasion. Today, it is under renovation to get back to its former glory.
- Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest and sacred monasteries in Bhutan. The history of the monastery dates back to the 7th century.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02. Paro – Excursion to Taktsang (Tiger nest)
Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Tiger’s Nest, perched on a stiff rocky cliff, is the highlight of every tourist. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is about two to three hours. Refreshments will be served on the way up at the cafeteria, where tourists can take in a close-up view of the monastery. After a short break, the hike continues and on arrival, you will visit the shrine. After the exploration, tourists will descend back to the cafeteria where lunch will be served. Then they will descend back to the base and back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Paro – Shana – Soi Thangthangka
Trekkers will drive to Shana and begin their trek to Thangthangka. The gradually ascending trail follows the Paro River. The trek will be about 8 hours covering 22 Kilometers and the 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 04: 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 and will walk for about 6 hours covering 19 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.
Day 05: Halt at Jangothang
Trekkers will stop their journey at the base for acclimatization. During this day, trekkers can engage in a day hike around the area. The place offers a great view of the Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peak. Blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the valley can be spotted.
Day 06: Jangothang – Lingzhi
Trekkers will continue their journey to Lingzhi. The trek path will peak at Nyelila Pass from where trekkers will descend towards the camp. The trek will be for about 7 hours covering 18 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4010 meters.
Day 07: Lingzhi – Shodu
The trail follows through the deep valley before ascending to Yelila Pass at 4820 meters. Trekkers will camp in the meadow for a night. Trekkers will walk for 9 hours covering 22 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 4080 meters.
Day 08: Shodu – Barshong
Trekkers will follow the Thimphu Chhu River and gradually climb up to Barshong. The camp will be below a ruined fortress for the night. Trekkers will walk for 6 hours covering 16 Kilometers. Camp altitude will be at 3710 meters.
Day 09: Barshong – Dolamkencho
The trail begins to descend to the valley. Trekkers will pass through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples, and bamboos. Towards the end of this leg of the journey, trekkers will begin to climb up to the pasture land. The campsite 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 tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world, from where 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.
- 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 Hi Bhutan Travels will see off and bid farewell.
- Bhutan VISA fee
- Government royalty & taxes
- Professional tour guide
- Daily 3 meals
- Entry fees
- 3-star accommodation
- Dedicated tour vehicle and driver