MOUNT JOMOLHARI ROUND TREK
|Day||Activity||Place to be visitedDay-1|
|Day-1||Arrival at International Airport. Drive to Thimphu||Paro|
|Day-2||Paro Town –Drugyel Dzong||Paro|
|Day-9||Lingshi – Shodu:||Shodu|
|Day-10||Shodu – Barshong:||Barshong|
|Day-11||Barshong – Dolam Kencho||Kencho|
|Day-12||Dolam Kencho – Thimphu:||Thimphu|
|Day-13||Thimphu – Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue||Punakha & WangdueDay-14|
|Day-14||Thimphu valley exposure||Thimphu|
|Day-15||Thimphu – Paro International Airport||Paro|
|Included in this package|
|Accommodation (3-Star/twin sharing)|
|Bhutan visa fee|
|Government royalty & taxes|
|English speaking tour guide|
|Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)|
|Not included in this package|
|Flights to and from Bhutan|
|4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)|
|Tips for guide and driver|
Jhomolhari Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan as it takes into far-flung places and high alpine pastureland, where yak herders graze their animals. Notably, along the way, the trek offers stunningly beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks covered with snow and also passes through scattered hamlets abundance of flowers. This arduous trek starts from Drugyel Dzong, Paro and finishes at Dodina, Thimphu.
The trek route follows Pachu River all the way up to the base of Jomolhari, the second highest mountain in Bhutan. Then, the trek further continues ascending to the pass Neylila (4870m) towards Lingshi, one of the remotest valleys. From Lingshi, the trek leads to Yelila (4930m), the highest pass of the trek before descending along the Thimphu River to Thimphu valley.
|Name of Trek||Duration||Place & elevation||Best Months|
|MJR Trek||14nights/15days||Jomolhari(5100-7326m)||April-June, September-November|
Day 1 : Arrive Paro International Airport
From the plane, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On your arrival, our representative of Bhutan Yoedzer Travel” will receive and escort you to the Hotel where arrangements have been made in advance.
Day 2 : Drive to Trongsa
The first day begins with a brief tour through Trongsa Dzong and its Ta Dzong strategically located above the Mangde River. From there the bus will fall out the road towards Zhemgang to halt in Riotola (1,060m/3533 ft), the start of Nabji Trail. Keep an eye open for deer and macaques along the way, but notice the beautiful scene over the Mangde Valley as well. The trek begins with a steep descent of 693m/2310 ft, to the bed of the Mangde River; within one and hour from the river you can induce a respite at a place called Matling (804 m/2600 ft). After half an hour you will come across a chorten that indicates the entry to the Nimshong village which is a steep climb for about two hours from the river. Nimshong is a small (circa 58-household) village, which sustains a population of approximately 465 people. The villagers welcome you with dance and songs while cooks are preparing diner. The campsite (1319m/4397 ft) is simply beside the Nimshong Community School next above the hamlet.
Day 3 : Paro – Shana
Paro – Shana has around 17 Km and approximately 5 – 6 hours’ journey. 2800 m in Altitude Ride up to Drukgyal Dzong in the morning and the day’s trek begin from there. Most of the time, the track is along the river through beautiful meadows and paddy fields. The night’s camp is just beyond an army outpost.
Day 4 : Shana – Thangthangkha
The trail continues uphill through the river valley. The valley gradually narrows to a mere path that goes down to a meadow where a camp will be put up.
Day 5 : Thangthangkha – Jangothang
19 Kms and about 5 – 6 hours’ journey, altitude of Jangothang 4040 m. The trek starts up the Pa Chu. Cross an army outpost on the path. The valley starts to widen here with a spectacular panorama of high mountain ridges and snow-capped summits. Yaks and the herders’ winter homes become a steady feature of the landscape. Camp will be nearby a ruined fortress at the foot of Mt. Jhomolhari.
Day 6 : Jangothang – Jangothang
Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. Then, good short hiking tracks in three directions. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains position direct to west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of UN scaled peaks to the east. Overnight halt at camp.
Day 6 : Jangothang – Lingshi
19 Kms and 5 – 6 hours journey approximately. Altitude of Lingshi 4150 m. Trek through wide yak pastures and up and down passes. As you get down into the Lingshi basin, you may catch a fantastic view of Lingshi Dzong on a light day. Sharing Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north terminal of the valley. Night halt is a selection between a stone hut and the tent.
Day 8 : Lingshi – Lingshi
15 km and 3-4 hours journey approximately. Altitude of Tsokha 4500 m. A day excursion to Tsokha (Lake), which is the theme camp for Jichu Drake, can be formed. Blue sheep and musk deer are plentiful on the trek path.
Day 9 : Lingshi – Shodu
22 Kms & 7 – 8 hours’ journey approximately. Altitude of Shodu 3963m. Then, track climbs upward to the Yalila Pass at an elevation of 4820 m. From the strait, you can capture an excellent view of Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masagang on a light day. The trek from the pass to campsite at Shodu is steep downhill. Camp can be induced in tent in that area.
Day 10 : Shodu – Barshong
13 Kms and 3 – 4 hours journey approximately. Altitude of Barshong 3785m. The track traces through rhododendron forests. Waterfalls can be picked up on the path. The valley narrows until the route takes to the slopes and gradually rises to reach the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Day 11 : Barshong – Dolam Kencho
14 Kms & 4 – 5 hours walk. The track continues through forested areas, winding up and down and through a small flip. Languors (monkeys) can be picked up on the path. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 12 : Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
11 Kms and 3 – 4 hours journey at an Altitude of Dolam Kencho 3628m. The trail descends through thick rhododendron forest to meet the Thim-Chu9river) and then ascends to pasture lands. Camp in a meadow
Day 13 : Thimphu – Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue
Drive to Punakha and Wangdi for a day’s outing. Visit Punakha Dzong. Packed lunch will be set up. Return to Thimphu towards evening. Overnight stay in Hotel
Day 14 : Thimphu – Thimphu
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, where the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room and the offices and living quarters of the monk body and the Chief Abbot are housed. Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Explore the most unique painting and woodcraft schools where traditional painting and other trades are even used. Visit the Simtokha Dzong (6 Kms from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 A.D.
Day 15 : Thimphu – Paro International Airport
Drive to Paro International Airport for your return flight.
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