Jomolhari Trek


Jomolhari Trek
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Tour duration : 11 days 10 nights (9 days trekking)
Tour typesv : Trekking and Cultural Sightseeing
Departs : Everyday
Destination : Paro and Thimphu.
Accommodations : 3 star hotels / Camping
Difficulty Grading : Moderate - Challenging
Trek starts at : Gunitsawa
Trek ends at : Dodena
Max Elevation : 4930 m
Highest Camp : 4080 m
Best Season : March, April, May, September, October & November
Transport : SUV cars, Toyota mini bus, Toyota coaster bus
Entry : Paro
Exit : Paro

Day 01: Arrival at Paro- Paro Vicinity tour (Cultural sightseeing)

Fly into Paro either from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata. Representatives (guide and driver) from See Bhutan Travels will receive you from Paro international airport. Transfer to your hotel and if time permits, enjoy sightseeing around Paro valley.

Sites to visit in Paro: Paro Rinpung Dzong, Drugyal Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang.

 

 

Day 02: Gunitsawa village – Sharna Zampa (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 3 km

Elevation Changes      : 80 m descent

Trekking time             : 40 minutes

Campsite location       : Sharna Bridge

Campsite altitude        : 2850 m

Drive till Gunitsawa Village from where our trek begins. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

Day 03: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 22 km

Elevation Changes      : 770m ascent, 10 m descent

Trekking time             : 7-8 hours

Campsite location       : Thangthangkha

Campsite altitude        : 3610 m

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be there.

Day 04: Thangthangkha – Jangothang (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 19 km

Elevation Changes      : 480 m ascent

Trekking time             : 6 hours

Campsite location       : Jangothang

Campsite altitude        : 4080 m

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scenic beauty.

Day 05: Rest day at Janggothang (trekking)

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of 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 acclimatization.

 

Day 06: Janggothang – Lingshi (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 16 km

Elevation Changes      : 810m ascent, 1090 m descent

Trekking time             : 6  hours

Campsite location       : Lingshi

Campsite altitude        : 3800 m

The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890m, the highest point of this trek route.

Day 07: Lingshi – Shodu (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 22 km

Elevation Changes      : 940 m ascent, 920 m descent

Trekking time             : 8  hours

Campsite location       : Shodu

Campsite altitude        : 4080 m

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.

 

Day 08: Shodu – Barshong (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 16 km

Elevation Changes      : 250 m ascent, 670 m descent

Trekking time             : 6  hours

Campsite location       : Barshong

Campsite altitude        : 3710 m

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.

 

Day 09: Barshong – Dolam Kencho (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 15 km

Elevation Changes      : 290 m ascent, 640 m descent

Trekking time             : 6  hours

Campsite location       : Dolam Kencho

Campsite altitude        : 3320 m

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.

 

Day 10: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Paro (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 8 km

Elevation Changes      : 500 m ascent, 930 m descent

Trekking time             : 4  hours

Overnight                    : At hotel in Paro

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 drive to Paro.

 

Day 11: Departure

Your wonderful trekking tour of Bhutan comes to an end today. After breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for you onward destination.

Fly out either to Bangkok, Singapore, Katmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata

The total tour cost, minimum daily tariff, surcharges and Bhutan visa fees for booking “Jomolhari Trek” are as follows:

Single Traveller: $3345
Dual travelers/2pax: $2640 Per Person
3 travelers: $2385 Per Person
4 Travelers: $2130 Per Person
5 - 6 Travelers: $2105 Per Person
7 and above Travelers: $2000 Per Person
The above mentioned price covers the following:
  • Tour vehicles with experienced driver – (SUV cars for single and dual travelers, Toyota Mini buses for group of 3 – 9 travelers and Toyota coaster buses for group consisting 10 or more travelers).
  • All meals – (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • All accommodations in 3 star hotels/ guest houses in twin sharing basis – (Up gradation to 4 stars and 5 stars available on paying the extra premium).
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide – (Language speaking guides for French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai are available on paying extra premium of $60 - $100).
  • Sustainable Development fee of US $65 per person per night spent in Bhutan – (This money goes for a very good cause of reducing poverty, rural development, free medical services and free education for Bhutanese people).
  • Entrance fees to all tourist sites
  • Tea and snacks during the day
  • Bottled water during the day
  • Bhutan Visa Fee of US $40
  • Trekking Equipments as follows:
    • Horses/ potters and ponies
    • Toilet tents with toilet pots and toilet papers
    • Sleeping tents (A-shaped) with pillows and mattress
    • Dinning tents with tables and chairs
    • Kitchen tents with whole set of kitchen items to prepare meals
    • Trekking/camping cooks
    • Trekking/camping staffs
    • Hot water bags in bed
The above mentioned price does not cover the following:
  • Airfare (both international and domestic)
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, Beverages and tips
  • Any cost incurred due to flight cancellation, delayed flight, road blockage

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