Bhutan Jomolhari Trek is the longer one of the two Jomolhari routes starting at Drukgyel Dzong, Paro. This trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the great variety of Bhutanese landscape.
With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route), it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna, and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp, Jangothang.
Nearly the whole trek goes through a small part of the Jigme Singye National Park, passing a few of the Yak herder’s settlements and the remotest region of Lingshi. One should be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the majestic mountain views and endure thin air, serenity & the wilderness of the landscape while on the Trek.
Bhutan Jomolhari Trek Short Itinerary,
Day 01 Arrive at Paro (2200 meters)
Day 02 Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa (2850 meters) (Distance 17km.
Day 03 Sharna Zampa- Thangthangkha (3610 meters) (Distance 22km.
Day 04 Thangthangkha – Jangothang (4080 meters) (Distance 19km.
Day 05 Jangothang – Halt (4080 meters).
Day 06 Jangothang – Lingshi (4010 meters) (Distance 18km.
Day 07 Lingshi – Shodu (4080 meters) (Distance 22km.
Day 08 Shodu – Barshong (3710 meters) (Distance 16km.
Day 09 Barshong – Dolam Kencho (3320 meters) (Distance 15km.
Day 10 Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu (2334 meters) (Distance 8km.
Day 11 Thimphu (2334 meters) sightseeing and drive to Paro (2200 meters)
Day 12 Depart Paro (2200 meters)
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our Bhutan's airport representative and transferred to hotel after completion of arrival formalities, Evening visit to Paro market and town overnight at the hotel in Paro.
This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa Sharna Zampa at Camp.
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After goinguphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. 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 Mount Jomolhari.
If you did not see Mount Jomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on 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 acclimatisation. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and it’s subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
After 15 min. from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascend to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the sourrrounding. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. On the way down to the camp you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tent, made from yak wool, where the herders take shelter while on the move to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
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.
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.
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 an impressive cantilever bridge.
Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley visiting the following, as time permits: National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (“the fortress of the glorious religion”); National Library; Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school); National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only); Handicrafts Emporium, evening drive to Paro overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.
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