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Jhomolhari Trek

Jhomolhari Trek

Overview And Highlights

The Jhomolhari Trek is a popular trek in Bhutan that takes trekkers through the stunning landscapes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. The trek is considered as a moderately challenging trek and starts from Paro and ends in Thimphu. It is an 8-day trek that covers an approximate distance of 70 km.

The trek passes through dense forests, remote villages, high-altitude lakes, and mountain passes, offering trekkers a unique glimpse into the life of the Bhutanese people and their rich culture. The highlight of the trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jhomolhari (7314m), a stunning snow-capped peak that dominates the skyline.

Along the way, trekkers will also get the chance to see several other notable peaks, including Jichu Drake, Tsherimgang, and Tshophu, to name a few. The trek also provides opportunities to interact with local communities and to learn about their daily life, customs, and traditions.

The Jhomolhari Trek requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization to the high altitude. However, with the right preparation, it is a rewarding experience that is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.

Major Highlights

Scenic Views: The Jhomolhari trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan range and the lush forests along the trail.

Cultural Experience: This trek takes you through rural villages and provides an opportunity to experience the local Bhutanese culture and way of life.

Wildlife Encounters: The trek takes you through some of Bhutan's best wildlife habitats and provides a chance to see various species of animals and birds in their natural environment.

Jhomolhari Base Camp: Reaching the base camp of Jhomolhari Mountain provides a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and a feeling of accomplishment.

Laya and Gasa: The trek passes through the traditional villages of Laya and Gasa, offering a glimpse into the lives of the people who live in these remote regions.

Hot Springs: There are several hot springs along the trek route that are believed to have therapeutic properties and offer a relaxing soak after a day of hiking.

High Mountain Passes: The trek involves crossing several high mountain passes, providing a sense of adventure and challenge.

Buddhist Monasteries: The trek takes you by several ancient Buddhist monasteries, including the revered Tiger's Nest Monastery.

Waterfall Hikes: The trek includes several side trips to explore the waterfalls and cascading streams along the route.

 

Friendly Local People: The people of Bhutan are known for their hospitality and friendliness, making the Jhomolhari trek a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom.

Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative & transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure Overnight at the hotel in Paro

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The Jhomolhari trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on we come to apple orchards and forests.

Soon the valley widens and we reach the army post of Gunyitsawa (2,810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

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The trail again follows the Pa Chhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

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Tented Camp
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2200

The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley will takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040m). From here, the views of Mount. Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

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Tented Camp
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The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking view of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb to the Nyele-la (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying the panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

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Tented Camp
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4000

The Laya – Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek route here. Our trail climbs up towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steeply a short distance above the Mo Chu.

It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la pass (4,820m). On a clear day, you can see Mt. Chomolhari, Gangchhenta, Tserim Khang and Masang Gang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a Chorten in it.

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Tented Camp
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4100

We are now back at the tree line, and out path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu (river), descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way is stunning. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

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Tented Camp
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The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet Thimphu Chh (river). The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams runs down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu river, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.

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Tented Camp
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The trail winds in and out of side valleys above Thimphu Chhu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply to the river and following it southward to the road head at Dodena, (2,600m). The transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimphu.

On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Today, your spouse will join the tour Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m) Optional: This days there is also mote road access from Dodana to Barshong.

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After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

After lunch take a short drive (15 km) to Pangri Zampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy. Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.

Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

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After breakfast proceed for an excursion to Tango Goemba: This monastery was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present building was built in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kunley. In 1616 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited Tango and meditated in a cave near the monastery. His meditation helped ensure the defeat of an invading Tibetan army.

The head Lama, a descendent of Lama Drukpa Kunley presented the goemba to Shabdrung, who carved a sandalwood statue of Chenrezig which he installed in the monastery. The picturesque three-storey tower and several surrounding buildings were built in the 18th century by the eighth Desi, Druk Rabgye and Shabdrung Jigme Chhogyel added the golden roof in the 19th century. Situated north of Thimphu, one way it takes about half an hour drive and one hour walk through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu

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After breakfast at hotel, Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. After checking into hotel, proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.

Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes’ drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1½ hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.

The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

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Lodge
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1250

After breakfast, hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Later visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery. Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple).

The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padma Sambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns where, apart from religious trainings, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

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Today you will embark on a walking excursion to Limbukha Village: drive towards Punakha Dzong and later walk across the suspension bridge (about 200m long) through absolutely fresh breeze and fascinating view of Dzong. Follow the farm houses gradually climbing towards Dompala hills. The view of Dzong, Pho Chhu, Mo Chhu rivers and surrounding village is superb amidst chirpine forests.

The climb is another two and a half hours to Limbukha. Limbukha farmers grow Bhutan's famous red rice which is supposed to have medicinal values. This particular rice needs clean mountain spring so that the taste is good and nutritional value maintained. Limbukha is also known for its love of peace and tranquillity. Legends says that during medieval wars the "limpus" or the people of Limbukha always volunteered as peace negotiators.

This is also depicted during yearly festival called 'Serda' when the men are found carrying peace flags instead of swords and fireworks. Afternoon at leisure / relax at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

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Hotel
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After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & drive Gangtey (Phobjikha) enroute visiting Dochula Pass (Altitude 3080m). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

On arrival in Gangtey; Check-into the hotel. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Evening take a stroll around fascinating Gangtey Village. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey

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Morning visit Gangtey Goempa. Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery. Later explore fascinating Phobjikha valley.

This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangdue Phodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). Also visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre.

Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The centre also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area. There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey

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Hotel
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3080

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Trongsa across Pelela pass (3,300m). This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan. Further ahead stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten, built in 18th century in Nepalese style. On arrival in Trongsa; Check-into the hotel.

The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and for miles on end the Dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever reach it. Later visit Trongsa Dzong, situated at the alt. of 2,200m and built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, it is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan and then visit the Ta Dzong, standing on the side of the mountain and built to guard Trongsa. Overnight at the hotel in Trongsa

 

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Hotel
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3300

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang, which is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. 29 kms ahead of Trongsa cross Yutongla pass (3,400m) and from here again the landscape looks different and dense forests of conifers stretches.  Enroute visit Chumey valley and Yathra (woolen fabric) weaving center and villages. On arrival in Bumthang; Check-into the hotel. Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. 29 kms ahead of Trongsa cross Yutongla pass (3,400m) and from here again the landscape looks different and dense forests of conifers stretches.

The arrival of Bumthang begins with wide, open cultivated Chumey valley. Later visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padma Sambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

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Hotel
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Full day excursion to Tang Valley: Tang Valley: Terton (treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa, the famous saint, was born in the Tang valley of Bumthang. The people of this valley raise sheep and at higher elevation, yaks as the soil in this region is not so rich for agricultural activities. From Bumthang central, it is a short drive past the Dechenpelrithang sheep farm to an unpaved road that leads to the north.

Just under a kilometer ahead, there is a rough track on the left and another kilometer ahead, there is junction where vehicle can be parked. From parking, it is a short walk down to the river. The path is lined with prayer flags and ends up above a gorge where the river forms a pool before it rushes on. Images of Pema Lingpa and his two sons are carved on a rock here. Rest of the day is at leisure Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

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Hotel
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3400

The journey continues eastwards, winding through more rugged terrain. Enroute visit Membartsho, the sacred lake and drive onwards to see fascinating Ura village. Later drive to Mongar takes about 6hours with spectacular view en route. We will drive up into the hills above the valley and then past Ura village, before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s motorable road network, Thrumshing-la pass (4,000m/13,125 ft). From here, the road gradually descends to the alpine valley of Sengor, with wonderful views of cascading waterfalls and the hills of eastern Bhutan along the way.

Vegetation changes from alpine to subtropical with the loss of height, and bamboos and luxuriant ferns overhang the road as we drop down to the valley floor. The descent stops at 700m/2,300ft, where we cross the Kurichu river. We ascend again through pine forests, maize fields and eastern hamlets to reach Mongar town, high on a gentle slope above the valley. Picnic lunch at a scenic spot enroute to Mongar. We visit Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930s and one of Bhutan’s newest Dzong, but constructed in the same way as all previous Dzong, without either plans or the use of nails. Overnight at the hotel in Mongar.

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Hotel
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1600

After breakfast, proceed for a day excursion to Lhuntse; which is one of the most rural and isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges, beautiful conifer and pine forests, and remote villages with rice, millet and cornfields. Lhuntse Dzong built in 1654 on a rocky outcrop is one of the most picturesque in Bhutan. Kurtoe region of Lhuntse is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s Royal family.

You can wander around Lhuntse town in the evening and sit down to a relaxing dinner. Later, enjoy a walk from Khurbazam to Khoma Village (around 2 hours each way over clear flat paths), where some of the most famous and expensive textiles are woven in silk and cotton. Khoma village is famous for distinctive ‘Kishuthara’ weaving and it is the main income source of the villagers. Kishuthara is a silk weaving technique with intricate hand laced patterns.

It is the most expensive textile in Bhutan and highly sought after by collectors. During this excursion you can see the technique of weaving from local villagers and as well as a good opportunity to interview and try your hand at weaving. Evening drive back to Mongar. Overnight at the hotel in Mongar.

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Hotel
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1600

This trip of about 96 km takes only 3 hours. The first part of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns. After driving through the Kori-la pass (2,450m/8,040ft), marked by a pretty chorten and a mani wall, we descend rapidly through corn fields and banana groves to reach the famous road zigzags just below Yadi, a fairly recent and now fast growing settlement. After zigzagging down the hillside, the road east along the Gamri river. A turnoff on the left side up to Drametse.

The temple, perched on top of a steep hill above the village, was founded by Choeden Zangmo and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. This is the place of origin of the famous Drametse Nga Chham, a masked dance with druns. About 30km. Onwards lies Trashigang (1,100m/3,610ft), which clings to a steep hillside above the Gamri river. Trashigang is the principal township of the biggest and most populated district in the country.

After lunch, we will visit Trashigang Dzong, standing at the extreme end of a rocky outcrop far above the river gorge. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and part of the dzong is occupied by the local Drukpa monastic community. Overnight at the hotel in Trashigang.

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Hotel
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1100

After breakfast, we visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river, 24 km from Trashigang. Gom Kora is a famous place, as Guru Rinpoche is said to have subdued a demon here, trapping it in a rock. We continue on down the road to Doksum village, where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric, and a chain link swing bridge dating back to the 15th century. The road turns into the hills here, running up the side of a winding river valley to Trashiyangtse.

In former times, Trashiyangtse was an important center because it lies on one of the carvan routes leading from western and central Bhutan. Trasiyangtse is now a rapidly growing town and the administrative center for this district. The area is famous for its wooden containers and bowls, which make inexpensive, attractive and useful souvenirs of a visit to this remote region. We will visit Trashiyangtse Dzong, which overlooks the town and was built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. If tme permits, we will also visit the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora on the riverbank below the town. Also visit Chorten Kora.

This dazzling white stupa is situated on the riverbank below the town. Constructed in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday, it is built in the same style as Bodhnath stupa in Nepal, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. During the second month of the lunar calendar there is an interesting celebration here, known as 'Kora'. Bomdeling A pleasant walk of about three hours from Chorten Kora, Bomdeling is an annual migration place for black-necked cranes, which fly over from nearby Tibet to pass the winter months in a warmer climate. In the evening, we return to Trashigang. Overnight at the hotel in Trashigang. (Altitude 1150m)

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1100

After breakfast, drive back to Mongar. On arrival; check into the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure or explore the village on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Mongar

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Hotel
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1600

After breakfast, drive back to Bumthang along the scenic journey. On arrival; check into the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

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3400

After breakfast, check out from the hotel & drive to Bumthang airport to board your flight to Paro. It will be a short & best 35 mins’ recap of the tour. On arrival at Paro, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

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Hotel
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2200

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

Afternoon drive to DrukgyelDzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

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After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Haa Valley. Haa Valley - Adjoining the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, Haa valley is one of the most picturesque places in the Kingdom, spread over an area of 1706 sq. km. During pre-Buddhist era, Haa valley was known for its animist tradition. Inhabitants then were enthused in offering animal blood to their local deities. Such animist belief however was transformed into peaceful Buddhist tradition in 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava.

The tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava, subdued the local deities like Ap Chundu and made the guardians of the Buddhist tradition. However, the traces of this belief system are still noticed in the form of festivals and rituals. The Haa valley was opened for the first time to foreign tourists in 2002.  It is culturally rich valley and some of famous sites in this region are: 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) at the foothills of a venerated three brotherly mountains known as Meri Puensum. The grand annual Haa Tshechu is also performed here at Lhakhang Karpo on the 8th-10th day of the 8th Bhutanese month. The Haa Wangchuklo Dzong built in 1915 after the Dumchog Dzong was razed to the ground by fire is worth visiting.

The other place of interest which involves some walking includes the hike to the 8th century Juneydrag, Katsho Goempa, Drana Trashidingkhag, Yangto Goempa, Jamtoe Goempa, Shelkardrag, Takchu Goempa and Haa Goempa. The valley is also unparalleled in Bhutan in terms of the diversity of the folk culture, legends and shamanistic rituals. The shamanistic traditions is vividly practiced in almost all the communities, most notable of which is the annual ceremony to honour Ap Chundu, the guardian deity of the valley.

The valley is also a paradise for nature lovers and travelling there is a very rewarding experience. The drive to Haa valley crosses 3988m Chele-la pass, from where one can have a superb views of Mount. Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. It is also an ideal place to take short walk, enjoying panoramic vistas. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

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2200

After breakfast, proceed to visit Dzongdrakha Goemba; Often called as mini Taktshang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley.  Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya. Local oral tradition states that when Guru Rinpoche first came to Bhutan, he came from Nepal, first landing at Drakarpo, and then Dzongdrakha before arriving at Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) farther north up the valley.

Located approx 20-minute drive from Paro, these temples are built on a cliff above Bondey village but the walk is not as strenuous as Taktshang. From the road, it takes only about 30 minutes’ walk to reach here, through forests of rhododendron and oak trees with white monkeys on it. In the afternoon, visit Dungtse Lhakhang; To the west of the road is Dungtse Lhakhang, a Chorten-like temple. This unusual building was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo.

It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven and the paintings inside are said to be some of the best in Bhutan. Beyond Dungtse Lhakhang, to the east of the road, the tiny Pana Lhakhang is quite old and is believed to have been built in the seventh century. Overnight at the Hotel in Paro

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Hotel
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2200

After breakfast, take a short drive to Lango village (approx 20 mins’ drive) to experience rural Bhutanese life (village excursion). A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. Bhutanese farmhouses are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural pattern. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro

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Jhomolhari Trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is Jhomolhari Trek?

The Jhomolhari Trek is a popular trek in Bhutan that offers breathtaking views of the Jhomolhari Mountain, one of the tallest peaks in the Bhutan Himalayas.

How difficult is the Jhomolhari Trek?

The Jhomolhari Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, with several steep ascents and descents along the trail. It is recommended for those with prior trekking experience and a good level of fitness.

How long does the Jhomolhari Trek take?

The Jhomolhari Trek typically takes around 7-8 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the group.

What is the best time to do the Jhomolhari Trek?

The best time to do the Jhomolhari Trek is from September to November and from March to May, when the weather is clear and the views are at their best.

What equipment do I need for the Jhomolhari Trek?

Some of the essential equipment needed for the Jhomolhari Trek includes good quality hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and a first-aid kit.

Is a guide required for the Jhomolhari Trek?

It is recommended to have a local guide for the Jhomolhari Trek, as they have extensive knowledge of the trail and can help you navigate the area safely.

What kind of accommodation is available during the Jhomolhari Trek?

Accommodation during the Jhomolhari Trek is in basic teahouses or camping tents, depending on the itinerary.

What kind of food is available during the Jhomolhari Trek?

Food during the Jhomolhari Trek is usually simple, with options such as rice, vegetables, and lentils. Some teahouses also offer local Bhutanese dishes.

What kind of altitude gain is expected on the Jhomolhari Trek?

The Jhomolhari Trek involves an altitude gain of around 3,400 meters, with the highest point being around 4,700 meters.

Can I access cash during the Jhomolhari Trek?

It is recommended to carry cash in local currency (Ngultrum) during the Jhomolhari Trek, as there are limited facilities for card transactions in the remote areas.

Traveller Useful Information

Spring (March to May) - This season is the best time for trekking in Bhutan. The weather is warm, and the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are stunning.

Summer (June to August) - Summer is the monsoon season in Bhutan, and trekking during this time can be challenging due to heavy rains and leech infestations.

Autumn (September to November) - Autumn is another excellent time for trekking in Bhutan. The weather is clear, and the views are fantastic, with the rhododendrons and other wildflowers in full bloom.

Winter (December to February) - Winter can be cold and snowy, and the trails can be treacherous. However, for those who enjoy the challenge of trekking in winter conditions, the views of the mountains covered in snow can be breathtaking.

 

Backpack: A durable and waterproof backpack is essential for carrying all your essentials.

Sleeping Bag: A good quality sleeping bag that can withstand cold temperatures is necessary for overnight camping.

Tent: A lightweight and sturdy tent is required for camping.

Warm Clothes: Warm layers such as fleece jackets, thermal tops, and insulated pants are essential for cold temperatures.

Rain Gear: Rain jackets, rain pants, and waterproof shoes are important in case of rain or snow.

Hiking Boots: Good quality hiking boots with good ankle support and waterproofing are essential for the trek.

Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for nighttime navigation and can also be used as a flashlight.

First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit with band-aids, pain relief medicine, and antiseptic cream is essential.

Water Bottles: At least 2 water bottles are essential for staying hydrated during the trek.

Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits are great snacks to carry while trekking.

Camera: A camera is essential for capturing the stunning scenery and memories from the trek.

Sunscreen and Sunglasses: Sunscreen and sunglasses are important for protecting your skin and eyes from the sun.

Trash Bags: Trash bags are necessary for packing out all litter and waste during the trek.

Map and Compass: A map and compass are essential for navigation and should be carried at all times.ions in the remote areas.

The Jhomolhari Trek is a popular trek in Bhutan and requires a permit to be obtained prior to starting the trek. The permit is issued by the Bhutan Tourism Development Corporation Limited (BTDC) and is required to ensure that the trek is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner and that the trekkers have a safe and enjoyable experience.

To obtain a permit for the Jhomolhari Trek, the following documents are required:

  • Passport: A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan is required.
  • Travel itinerary: A detailed itinerary outlining the trekking route, accommodation and travel arrangements.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance covering medical expenses and evacuation.
  • Health certificate: A health certificate confirming that the trekker is fit and healthy to undertake the trek.

The cost of the permit for the Jhomolhari Trek is USD 65 per person per day, which includes all necessary permits, trekking equipment and services. The permit must be obtained at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the trek.

Accommodations

During the Jhomolhari trek, accommodations are usually in tents or basic lodges. The trek is considered a camping trek, meaning that trekkers will spend most of their nights in tents, camping in remote mountain locations.

The tents used are high-quality and spacious, with enough room for sleeping, changing and storing gear. Sleeping mats and bags are provided, but it is recommended to bring your own sleeping bag liner.

The lodges are basic, but provide a comfortable place to sleep, warm meals and showers. These lodges are located in small villages along the trek route, offering a unique insight into the local culture and way of life.

 The accommodations are clean, safe, and well-maintained, with hot water available in most locations. Trekkers should be prepared for basic living conditions, but the beauty and remoteness of the trek more than make up for it.

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