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Chomolhari Trek -12 Days
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Chomolhari Trek -12 Days

Trekking activities in ChomolhariThis trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan that endows you with great variety of Bhutanese landscape and is without doubt, one of the most beautiful & unspoiled trekking areas in the entire unexpected spectacular views of Himalayas.

On this 12 day trek you not just embrace an amazing opportunity to trek the hotspots of Bhutan but also get to feast on an incredible diversity of mountains and ecosystems. A hike to Takstang Monastery provides ample acclimatization for a delightful trek from Drugyal dzong towards campsite at Shana (2800m.) and thereon to Soi, Thangthangkha and then to Jangothang. A rest day in Jangothang acclimatizes you completely for further trek to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong and finally to Dodina.

Chomolhari mountain - BhutanAlong the trekking trail, nature scintillates you with its lush forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, bamboo and spruce, Pachu River gracing down the majestic landscape, outstanding views of Chomolhari (7320m.), Jichu Drake (6900m.) and Tshrim Khang, cliffs overlooking stunning views of cascading waterfalls, yak pastures and trout-fishing sites. If you get lucky, you may get to spot rare fauna like blue sheep and snow leopard. Eventually, after insightful sightseeing in Thimpu you bade your farewell to Bhutan with indelible trekking experience, photographs and mementos that intimately bond you to Bhutan and its people throughout your lifetime.

TRIP FACTS
Trip length:
12 Days
Grade: Gentle plus
Starts in: Paro (Bhutan)
Ends in: Paro
Group size: Maximum 12
Transportation: Private Vehicle or, Car
Accommodation: Hotel & Tented Camp
Maximum altitude: 4950m.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Hiking to Takstang Monastery.
  • Outstanding views of Chomolhari (7320m.), Jichu Drake (6900m.) and Tshrim Khang
  • Plenty of opportunities for acclimatization.
  • A wealth of scenic trekking trails that overlook cascading waterfalls, verdant vegetation, and yak pastures trout-fishing sites and many other natural delights.

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival at Paro by air, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery.
Day 03: Drive to Drugyel Dzong and trek to Shana camp.
Day 04: Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha.
Day 05: Trek from Soi to Jangothang.
Day 06: A rest day at Jangothang.
Day 07: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi.
Day 08: Trek from Lingshi to Shodu.
Day 09: Trek from Shodu to Barshong.
Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dodina and drive to Thimphu.
Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Paro.
Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:
Bhutan Tour & Trekking Cost: USD    Per Person.

Bhutan Tour & Trek Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation: Transfers and sightseeing by a deluxe vehicle & Airport/Hotel/Airport & tours & trekking pick up & drop).
  • Hotel accommodation at all places and 3 meals; breakfast, Lunch and dinner.
  • 1 Professional English speaking local tour guide & all temples, monuments entry fees.
  • Bhutan visa, tourism development fees, government royalty fees.
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by English speaking trekking guide, 1 Cook, helpers and porters (or vehicles for load) as per itinerary.
  • All applicable taxes.
  • Daily wages for support crews and their health insurance.
  • Basic first aid Medical Kit Box for support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

 

Bhutan Tour & Trek Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Personal tours & trekking gears as well as sleeping bags.
  • Personal Nature expenses. (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, & other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.  (Bar Bill, laundry and telephones calls.)
  • Airfare: to & from your country and internal domestic flights.
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life & medical expenses if any kind etc.)
  • Tips for support crews.


Note: If Traveling Bhutan via Nepal

  1. All land transportation: Transfers and sightseeing by a deluxe vehicle & Airport/Hotel/Airport & tours & trekking pick up & drop).
  2. Sightseeing activities in Kathmandu with professional English speaking tour guide & temple entry fees.
  3. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed & Breakfast basis.
  4. Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu – Nepal.
  5. Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees & international airport departure taxes. ((It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  6. Personal nature’s expenses and transportation except given programs.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Bhutanese StudentDay 01: Arrival in Paro by air, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Arrival at Paro by Air. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Our members. Afternoon or, evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Jhomolhari high CampDay 02: Day hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day hike to Taktsang Monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra US $ 5. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the 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 17 century a Monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort.

Chomolhari trekDay 03: Drive to Drugyel Dzong and Trek to Shana Camp
Drive to Drugyel Dzong where the 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: Trek from Shana to soi Thanthangkha

The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. 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: Trek from Soi to Jangothang

Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herder’s camp. An easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320meters) and Jichu Drake (6900meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours.

Day 06: A rest day at Jangothang.

Halt at Jangothang. Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake, visit Yakherders or simply relax.

Culture in BhutanDay 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Then walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched ont op of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive to camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours.

trekking & Tours in BhutanDay 08: Lingshi – Shodu
Today is the most difficult day so this trip will start early then other time. Begin walk opposite the Dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.

Day 09: Shodu – Barshong
The path follows the Thimchu River descending through rhododendron, 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 reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.

Day 10: Barshong – Dodina and drive to Thimpu
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 our vehicle 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: Sightseeing around Thimpu and drive to Paro.
AM stroll around the market and drive 2 hours to Paro. PM Paro sightseeing. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Day 12: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

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