Jhomolhari Trek - The Most Popular Trek in Bhutan.
The Jhomolhari trek is hard and demanding one. But it is truly rewarding and worth doing it. The trek will take you to the beautiful landscapes of Bhutan, unique and traditionally rich villages, passing through the nomadic yak herder's campsites, the fantastic views of the Himalayan Mountains, memorable camping at the base of mountain Jhomolhari - the goddess of mountains. It attains a maximum altitude of 4890m. The trek starts from Shana (Paro) and ends at Thimphu. Some trekkers trek till base camp and return to Drukgyel Dzong via same route.
Detailed Program for Jhomolhari Trek
Start of Trek : Drukgyal Dzong (Paro)
End of Trek : Dodina (Thimphu)
Duration of Trek : 6Nights / 7Days.
Duration in Bhutan: 10Nights / 11 Days
Season : March, April, May, September, October and November
Day 01. Arrive to Paro(Bhutan)
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Bhutan Nature View Tours & Treks- For Your Bhutan Experience! will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region. Lunch will be served at Paro. After lunch visit to Dasho Nishoka Chhorten, he was a Japanese Agriculture Expert who came to Bhutan to help modernize its agriculture and was conferred the Druk Thugsay Medal (Heart Son of Bhutan), the highest civilian award on 2nd June 1999.
Evening straoll around Paro town. Dinner and over night stay at Paro Hotel.
Day 02. Paro Halt.
Toady we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and scared monastery in Buddhism world. Taksang means "TigerNest" named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress late in the 9th century. We have to walk about 2hours up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria. On our way back, drive to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion and Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize).
Evening drive to Shana and over night stay at Camp, Altitude 2,820 m;
Day 03 Shana â€“ Thangthangka.
We pass by a few isolated farmhouses, and deep forest area. We also pass a junction en-route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Overnight camp at Thangthangka.
Altitude 3610 m; Distance 21 Km; Time 7 - 8 hours.
Day 04 Thangthangka â€“ Jangothang.
En-route a small army post, beautifully valley of Tegethang, yaks, the stunning views of mountain Jhomolhari, Jichudrake and Tsherim Gang. The ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions with wind flags, backgrounds with mountain Jhomolhari is spectacular.
Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours.
Day 05 Jangothang (Halt)
A rest day. A chance to acclimatize and walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the lakes in the opposite direction
Day 06 Jangothang â€“ Lingshi
Thank You & Tashi Delek.
A good day's walk today with great views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tserim Gang. We have to cross the Nyelela pass (4,700-m). We pass by the picturesque of Lingshi village and our first views of the truly mystical Lingshi Dzong atop a high hill. Overnight camp at Lingshi
Altitude 4150m; Distance 19 kms; Time 6 - 7 hours.
Day 07 Lingshi â€“ Shodu
The trail ascends up to the Yalila pass (4,820-m). Mount Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Gang and Khangbum can be seen gorgeously on a clear day. Overnight camp at Shodu.
Altitude 3,963 m; Distance 20kms; Time 6 - 7 hours.
Day 08 Shodu â€“ Barshong
We will follow the Thimphu chhu through a forest of rhododendron, and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closes in and the trail winds along the drainage, ascending up to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong where we set camp.
Altitude 3,610 m; Distance 20 kms; Time 6 - 7 hours.
Day 09 Barshong - Dodina â€“ Thimphu (End of Trek)
We descend down along the Thimphu Chu crossing forests of rhododendron and green meadows. Over night at Hotel
Distance 16 kms; Time 5 - 6 hours.
Day 10 Thimphu - Paro
Visit National Memorial Chorten, the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Folk Heritage museum and handicraft emporium. In evening drive to Paro. Over night stay at Paro.
Day 11. Paro - Airport
Morning drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight.
Note: The above itinerary is just a sample itinerary intended to give you a general idea of trek to Jhomolhari Trek- The Most Popular Trek in Bhutan. We can always customized and tailor an itinerary to suit your requirements and interest.