Trip at a Glance
- Trip Name: Chomolhari Trekking
- Trip Code: TMBT-02
- Trip Duration: 12 days
- Trip Grade: Moderate to adventure
- Activities: Trekking
- Accommodation: Hotel/ Guest house
- Meals: All meals
- Transportation: Private vehicle
- Best Season: Autumn & Spring
- Country: Bhutan
Chomolhari Trekking gifts you a great variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. Chomolhari trek begins at Drugyal Dzong passing through beautiful villages, scattered hamlets and farmland. You will experience different types of vegetation from richly forested valleys to high alpine pastureland, where Yak herders graze their animals.
Trout fishing in the sky blue lake with magnificent view of three majestic peaks are some of the activities which can be enjoyed on a rest day. You will also encounter rare species, like the blue sheep and Snow Leopards.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2,200m)
Arrive at Paro (2,200m) by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful views of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Bhutanese guide members. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight stay at Kichu Resort.
Day 02: Day hike to Taktsang monastery
The hike, which is uphill ,takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The Taktsang monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying Tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th ccentury a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit at least once in their lifetime. We then walk back to your resort.
Day 03: Drive to Drugyel Dzong
Drive to Drugyel Dzong where your trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu River through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day 04: Shana to Soi Thangthangkha
Shana to Soi Thangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachu River, ascending through Pine, Oak and Spruce forests. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 05: Soi to Jangothang
We climb slowly for a while till we reach an army camp. Then we follow the river above tree lines with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. A hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. We then take an easy walk to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) are superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Day 06: Rest at Jangothang
We Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake, visit Yak herders or simply relax.
Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi
The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. We climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang Mountains. Wet hen walk through the wide open valley, sometimes coming across herds of Blue Sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass at 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass is a gradual descend through the valley with beautiful views on all sides. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding views of the valley below. We camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Day 08: Lingshi to Shodu
Today is the most difficult part of the tek, so start early, beginning with a walk opposite the Dzong. We then work our way gradually through the valley until the a steep climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang, which are simply. After the pass its a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Day 09: Shodu to Barshong
The path follows the Thimchu River descending through rhododendrons, Juniper and Pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and Water Falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, then we reach the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day 10: Barshong to Dodina
The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where the ITT coach will be waiting for your return. Walking time 7/8 hours. Drive 1 and half hour to Thimphu (capital city). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Paro Sightseeing
At morning, stroll around the market and drive 2 hours to Paro. Then, we spend the day with Paro sightseeing. Overnight Kichuresort.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to airport to fly onward destination
Note: We can book your flights to and from Bhutan, please inform us your convenient airport to enter Bhutan and exit from Bhutan.
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