11 Day Jomolhari Trek Travel Plan
  • Jomolhari Trek

    Jomolhari Trek
    View of Jumolhari Trek

  • Takstang Monastery

    Takstang Monastery
    One of the most sacred monasteries in Bhutan

  • Paro Valley

    Paro Valley
    Pachhu, the river that runs through Paro Valley

  • Paro Valley

    Paro Valley
    Paddy fields before the harvest season

  • Jomolhari Trek

    Jomolhari Trek
    View of Jumolhari Trek


Written by Cipto Handoyo
Total Trek Days 7 days or more
Max Altitude 4980m
Suitable Months March to June and September to October.
View seasons for other treks
Base Price USD 2,449 for 1 person group,
USD 2,349 per pax for 2 person private group
USD 2,049 per pax for 3 person and above
Additional USD 500 per pax for travel during High Season

Price quoted includes surcharges, Excludes air-tickets
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The most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route), it offers a wide range of landscape ,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 settlement and the remotest region of Lingshi.




Day 1 - Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Paro


Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sightseeing in Thimphu if possible.
 

Hotels:

Taj Tashi Thimphu

Terma Linca Resort

Jumolhari Hotel

Day 2 - Paro

Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Paro


Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Taktsang Monastery - A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliff and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Kyichu Lhakhang - After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
 

Hotels:

Uma Paro

Tenzinling Resort

Metta Resort & Spa

Day 3 - Paro to Shana

Elevation 3,575 m | Weather in Paro


Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong. At first you have to walk down to the level of the Paro river, the path runs on the left (western) side of the river.

We then follow the Paro river up the valley through cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Finally at "Gunichawa", a military camp, which also junctions as a checkpoint for the army. Here the permits for the trek have to be produced and is checked by the army. Our camp site is located about 1 km above the military camp. Overnight at camp Shana.
 

Day 4 - Shana to Thangthangkha

Elevation 4,044 m | Weather in Paro


The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. As we go up the valley becomes narrow, wilder and steeper. The trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en route, where another path leads over the Tremo La to Tibet. This route was formerly used by Bhutanese people as a trading route to Tibet. We cross several traditional wooden bridges finally arriving Thanthangka. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. From this campsite for the first time-in case of good weather the Mount Jomolhari may be seen.

Distance: 13.6 miles / 22 km
Duration: 6-8 hours
 

Day 5 - Thangthanglha to Jangothang

Elevation 4,010 m | Weather in Paro


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

Distance: 10.5 miles / 17 km 
Duration: 4-6 hour
 

Day 6 - Jangothang to Lingshi

Elevation 4,080 m | Weather in Paro


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 views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor, until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.
 

Day 7 - Lingzhi to Shodu

Elevation 3,575 m | Weather in Paro


First half of the trek is mostly through treeless valley until we start ascending to Yale-la pass at 4950 m. On clear day, we can see Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt. Masagang. Nomads traveling between Lingshi and Thimphu use the Yale la so the trail is well marked. The descent from the pass joins the Jaradinthang Chhu which later becomes the Thimphu Chhu. At the altitude of 4150 m is a chorten (stupa) from where the trail takes an easterly direction following the river. The camp is at Shodu just after crossing the sandy slope.

Day 8 - Shodu to Barshong

Elevation 3,720 m | Weather in Paro


250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,710m Today’s trail winds up & down following the Thimphu Chhu through the limestone valley. Monks use the caves for meditation. Shabdrung is said to have mediated in these rocks when he fleed from Tibet in the 17th century. We will have the good opportunity to view the giant rock faces and waterfalls. The trail gradually ascends 130m to Barshong Dzongs which lays ruins. Barshong is a small village with an inhabitant of half a dozen houses.

Distance: 8.7 miles / 14 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
 

Day 9 - Barshong to Dolam Kencho

Elevation 3,290 m | Weather in Paro


There are several ups and downs and crossings of small streams. Reach a split in the trail, the one to the right descends to your campsite for tonight.

Day 10 - Dolamkencho to Thimphu

Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Thimphu


Today is an easy walk and with small ups and downs followed by a couple of short steep switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff before finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. The trails descends through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river and reach Dodina where your vehicle will meet you and drive you half an hour to Thimphu.,the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 98,500. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights.

Distance: 4.3 miles / 7 km
Duration: 3 hours
 

Hotels:

Taj Tashi Thimphu

Terma Linca Resort

Jumolhari Hotel

Day 11 - Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Paro


Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!


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