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All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

JOMOLHARI TREK

Summary:


The Jomolhari trek offers a wide range of landscape and flora and fauna with altitudes ranging from 2,500 m to 5,000 m. The magnificent view of Mount Jomolhari from Jangothang (Jomolhari basecamp) is the highlight of the trek. Mount Jomolhari is considered to be the most beautiful mountain in the Himalayan range. The whole trek goes through a small part of the Jigme Dorji National Park. One should be reasonably physically fit to enjoy the majestic mountain views, endure thin air, serenity & the wilderness of the landscape while on the trek.

Best time for trek:April – June, September - November

Duration: 15 days; Actual Trek: 9 days

Start:Drukgyel Dzong, Paro

Finish: Dodina

Maximum Elevation:4,930m

Difficulty: Moderate - Hard

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest,Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escorted to your hotel.

Evening: relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the hotel compound.


Day 2: Paro - Sightseeing

Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress ~16 km away from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical significance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mt. Jomolhari "Mountain of the Goddess" at 7,329m can be seen on a clear day. On the way back, visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.


Day 3: Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa (Distance 17 km, 4-6 hours, Ascent 360m, Descent 80m)

Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong (2,850m) where the trek begins. The trek starts with a 80m descent to the Paro Chhu (chhu – river). The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valleys and agricultural fields. The trek takes you to the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m which is close to the border with Tibet. Your trek permit will be checked and endorsed here as all army personnel and civilians are required to check in here. Cross the Paro Chhu on a wooden cantiliever bridge at 2,790m and then climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,850m. Sharna Zampa is a camping site amidst meadows surrounded by trees. There is a helipad and an archery field on the opposite side of the river.


Day 4: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangka (Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, Ascent 770m, Descent 10m)
 
This is going to be a long and hard day with the trail going up and down the river valley. The valley narrows so much that the path takes to the slopes. There is quite a lot of descending along this stretch. About 15 minutes from Sharna Zampa, you will find remnants of an old bridge with a house and a chorten on to the other side. This is the beginning of the Jigme Dorji National Park.

The trail leads you through forests of conifers, oaks, rhododendrons, ferns, birch, fir, blue pine, maple, and larch. Thangthangka (3,610m) is a beautiful meadow with the majestic Mt. Jomolhari looming at the head of the valley. There is a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese style house in a cedar grove at the edge of the meadow.


Day 5: Thangthangka – Jangothang (Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 480m, Descent 0m)

The trek starts up the Paro Chhu. An army outpost at 3,730m which houses personnel from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) as well as the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) is crossed along the way. The valley begins to widen again. All around high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks come into view. Yaks and yak herders' winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Jangothang at 4,080m is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari. Needless to say, you get a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari from here. This is where you exchange your pack horses for yaks from Soe or horses from Dangochang.


Day 6 :Jangothang – Halt for acclimatization and exploration

Trek up to Tsophu, a pair of lakes with a good supply of brown trout. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Tsophu. The views from Jangothang are amazing!




Day 7 :Jangothang – Lingzhi (Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, Ascent 840m, Descent 870m)

Trek through wide yak pastures and up and down passes. As you come down into the Lingzhi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingzhi Dzong on a clear day. Tsarim Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Night halt is a choice between a stone shelter or a tent.

Day 8 :Lingzhi – Shodu (Distance 22 km, 8-9 hours, Ascent 940m, Descent 920m)

Start early as you have a long and tiring trek ahead of you. The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at 4,820 m. From the pass, you can get excellent views of Mt. Jomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masagang on a clear day. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is all downhill. Camp can be made in a stone shelter or in a tent.


Day 9 :Shodu – Barshong (Distance 16 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 250m, Descent 670m)

The trail follows the Wang Chhu through forests covered with rhododendron trees. Waterfalls can be seen along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to reach the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Camp can be made in a stone shelter or tent.


Day 10 :Barshong - Dolam Kencho (Distance 15 km, 4-6 hours, Ascent 290m, Descent 640m)

The trail descends gently through thick forests of rhododendron to meet the Wang Chhu and then ascends to pasture lands and then descends to Dolam Kencho in a large meadow at 3,320m.


Day 11 :Dolam Kencho – Dodina (Distance 8 km, 5-6 hours, Ascent 250m, Descent 670m)

The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a pass at 3,120m. From the pass, descend and climb through bamboo forests to a rocky stream bed. Follow the trail along the Wang Chhu to the remains of a logging road at 2,720m. About 15 minutes’ walk from here leads you to Dodina (2,640m). Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way.


Day 12 :Thimphu - Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang

Drive to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang for a day's excursion. Visit Punakha Dzong and the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Pack lunch will be arranged. Return to Thimphu.


Day 13 :Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit the magnificent Tashichhodzong, the main Secretariat Building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Je Khenpo (Head Abbot) and the Central Monastic Body also reside here during the summer.Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.

Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive.

Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there.

Visit the Semtokha Dzong (-6 km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. The Semtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic school in the country.


Day 14: Thimphu - Paro International Airport

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

7. Camping equipment such as tents, camping chairs, etc. provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, trekking shoes, rain gear, etc.

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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