Jomolhari Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Base camp (Jangothang).
Duration : 12 Nights/ 13 Days .
Destination Covered : Paro – Thimphu - Shanna Zampa - Soi Thangthangkha11 - Jangothang - Soi Yaksa - Taybu - Shanna. .
The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will receive you and will drive to Thimphu with sightseeing along the way.
Paro is a beautiful valley located in Western Bhutan with an area of 2800 Sq kilometers. Breathtaking Lhakhangs and monasteries are perched on mountain hills. Two sacred rivers with its respective source at Jumolhari and ChumoPhug Mountains, makes their way through Paro valley enhancing its beauty and grandeur.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang)
Today you will be hiking to one of the famous sites called as the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) perched at 900m above the Paro valley.
It is a pilgrimage site which the Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this site and meditated in a cave here for 3 months, hence its name, ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The site, which has long been regarded as the sacred place, was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century. The Lhakhang of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but with the help of the local people and the government it has been put back to its glory.
The hike can be broken down into various stages.
The first stage is the trek to the cafeteria (where lunch will be served later today) which is situated on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery. This leg of the trek takes approximately 45 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on your level of fitness. At the Cafeteria we can stop for some tea or coffee and biscuits whilst pondering the journey ahead and looking at the monastery I the distance above us.
The 2nd stage of the walk is from the cafeteria to the lookout opposite of the monastery. This leg takes close to one hour. At this point some may be content to snap photos and return to cafeteria.
The next stage is the trek/climb down the 475 steps in the cliff face to the bottom of the ravine which crosses over a stream and a waterfall before the path again ascends another 300 odd steps to the entrance of the monastery.
Once here we should be able to enter into the monastery and view the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Elevation at Campsite: 2,850 meters/ Time: 40 Minutes
This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army check post your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
Elevation at Campsite: 3,610 meters/ 22KMS/ Time: 7-8hours
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
Elevation at Campsite: 4,080 meters/ 19KMS/ Time: 5-6hours
If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
Elevation at Campsite: 3800 meters/ 16KMS/ Time: 6-7HOURS
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of SoiYaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp soon after.
Elevation at Campsite: 4,080 meters/ 22KMS/ Time: 8-9HOURS
The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.
Elevation at Campsite: 3,710 meters/ 16KMS/ Time: 5-6hours
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Elevation at Campsite: 3,320 meters/ 15KMS/ Time: 4-6hours
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. The camp is in a meadow.
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to a impressive cantilever bridge.
Later in the evening after a good shower if you still feel energetic you can explore Thimphu city and visit authentic craft bazaar where you can buy Bhutanese souvenir.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Explore Thimphu- the capital of Bhutan
Capture the vibrant Buddha Dordema statue in the early morning sunrise. Apart from the serenity of the place the view of the Thimphu city from this mountain is gorgeous.
Visit the Memorial Chorten, one of the most prominent landmarks in Thimphu. People from all walks of life gather to this white washed stupa to circumambulate throughout the day. Catch a glimpse, from elderly citizens reciting mantras and chanting prayers in deep devotion to school going children making rounds dressed up in their uniforms. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Later visit the exquisite massive structure of Thimphu Tashichoe Dzong- a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. Set into the Grand Kuenrey, the most splendid room of the Tashichoe Dzong. The assembly of monks performs their daily prayers here before the enormous statue of the Buddha.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Our team will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell.
5.0 / 1 Reviews
I came to know about Bhutan Best Inbound Tour through one of my friend who had travelled with his wife to Bhutan through them and they had many nice things to tell about them.
So I contacted Mr.Thinley and he was very prompt in his response. I wanted to do Jumolhari Trek and Mr Thinley presented me with different Jumolhari Trek Routes.
I chose Jumolhari Loop , as it was shorter comparatively to regular full length Jumolhari Trek and I wanted to use few of my other days stay in cultural exploration.
I was a solo traveller, yet Thinley went all the way to make the wonderful arrangement. Got a VIP treatment. I was accompanied by a lovely and knowlegable guide Mr.Chundu. It was an amazing experience to see the sunrise at Jumolhari mountain. The trekking routes were clean, and as walked along we could capture stunning views of Himalayas.
Right after the trek , I took a short cultural journey combined with Bhutan festival(It was suggested by Thinley to combine Festival with the tour and it was a great idea.
Had a lovely time with lovely company. My special appreciation for Mr.Thinley for organizing this wholesome tour and to my humble and knowlegeable guide Mr Chundu.
Thank You All.