Jomolhari Trek

Name: Jomolhari Trek
Type:  Trek
Trek Days:  9 Days
Total Days: 14 Days

Day 01: Paro
Arrive at Paro International Airport where your guide will meet you and take you to Thimphu. Sightseeing in paro such as Paro Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Drukgyel Dzong, after lunch you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) and Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. Overnight in Paro

Day 02: Paro - Shana
Drive to the end of the motor road at Drukgyel Dzong to begin the trek. You will have time to take a look at the ruined Dzong, known as the fortress of victory. Today’s trail follows the river uphill through a narrow agricultural valley as far as the border army camp at about 2800 m.  There is now a feeder road as far as the army checks post at Gunitsawa about half an hour before camp so if you prefer you can take a day hike near Paro for acclimatisation and then drive towards camp at Shana in the late afternoon. (17 km, 6 hours)

Day 03: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha
The path from Shana ascends through the river valley with pine and rhododendron forests.  On the way, there is a fantastic view of Mount Jomolhari.  We will camp in a meadow with a stone shelter at an altitude of about 3860 m.  (19 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang
The trail continues to follow the river and passes a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. Views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen on all sides. At this altitude (about 4040 m) it is possible to see yaks and yak herders. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. (19 kms, 6 hours)

Day 05: Rest day- Jangothang
It’s possible to walk to Tsophu (sacred lakes) or hike in various directions: towards Mount Jomolhari and its subsidiary to the west, Jichu Drake to the north and unclaimed summits and ridges to the east.

Day 06: Jangothang - Lingshi
The trail climbs gradually to Nyili La Pass (4680 m). Broad yak pastures can be seen along the length of the route. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers can be seen at the north end of the valley. We camp in a stone shelter at 3915 m.  (19 km, 7 to 8 hours)

Day 07: Rest day
A day’s excursion to Tsekha (Lahe), the base camp of Jichu Drake mountain where it is possible to see blue sheep and musk deer. (Altitude about 4500 m) If you prefer, you can relax today, explore the village and visit the school. Sadly Lingshi Dzongwas badly damaged in a recent earthquake and it will only be possible to visit if renovations works are complete.

Day 08: Lingshi - Shodu
The trail ascends to the Yali La Pass (4820 m), from where Mount Jomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masa Gang can be seen on a clear day. We descend to our campsite which is situated at about 3815 m. (6 to 7 hours)

Day 09: Shodu- Barshong
The path follows the Thimphu Chhu (river) and through forests with rhododendrons and waterfalls, before climbing to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. The camp is a stone shelter just below the ruined fortress. (Altitude 3685 m, 13 km, 5 hours)

Day 10: Barshong - Thimphu
We continue to follow the Thimphu Chhu through dense rhododendron forest before emerging into pastureland. We climb to a mountain meadow at about 3428 m and over a small pass. A vehicle will be waiting to collect us at Dodena for the drive to Thimphu.  (23 km, 8 hours)

Day 11: Thimphu Sighteeing
Sightseeing in Thimphu where you can visit the National Memorial Chorten, Gaint Buddha statue, the National Library, the National Painting School and Changangkha Temple. Browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum and visit the Folk Museum. You may also be able to visit the weekly market. Evening free time to walk around Thimphu town and Overnight in Thimphu

Day 13: Hike to Tiger Nest
Hike to the Tiger’s Nest and have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria. On the way back you can visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. Overnight in Paro
Day 14: Departure