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Bhutan Chomolhari Trek 12 days

Chomolhari Trek is one of the most popular high altitude treks of Bhutan. The trek begins and ends in Paro where we also visit the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. While trekking in the beautiful Bhutanese countryside, we get to enjoy the amazing Bhutanese landscape and get acquainted with its rich culture. During our trek, we also cross a few passes and are rewarded with amazing views of the Himalayas including Jichu Drake (6,989m) and Chomolhari (7,513m). Finally, we tour Thimpu, the capital city and end our trip with a drive to Paro.

Tour Highlights

  • Route - Kathmandu - Bhutan - Kathmandu
  • Duration - 12 Days
  • Activities - Trek/Hike/ Sightseeing tour
  • Accomodation - Hotel & Lodge
  • Transportation - Flight/Private Vehicle
  • Best Season - Spring & Autmn
  • Highest elevataion - 4820m
chomolhari trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 02:  Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro

Day 03: Drive to Drugyal Dzong and trek to Shana.
We take a short drive of 17 km to Drugyal Dzong then start trekking to Shana. The trail gradually goes up through lush green forest, apple farms, small settlements and nice view of the meadows and surrounding hills. After walking for almost 3 hours we reach Gunitsawa which is bordering town with Tibet. Further walking up for another couple of hours we reach Shana, our overnight campsite.

Day 04: Trek to Sio Thangthangkha (3750m)
After breakfast we start the walk along the Paro River through the green forest. The walk is full of ups and down and we walk for almost 6 hours by the end of the day.

Day 05: Trek to Jangothang (4,040m)
This is one of the longest days in the trek. After starting the trip we walk for and cross the army camp which is followed by a climb of about 30 minutes taking us to the hill top with a nice view of snow capped mountains in the northern side. Another 3 hours ups and down and we reach the Yak Herds camp, where the lunch will be served. Furhter walking couple of hours from there we reach our camping site, Jangothang from where the famous Mt. Jumolhari as well as the Jichu Drake peak are seen in a not so far distance.

Day 06: Rest day at Jangothang Base Camp
We will take a 3 and half hours walk to a place with the view of Jichu Drake Peak. We will have lunch there and come back to our camp. This short trip will help you to acclimatize for tomorrow’s long walk of 8 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Lingshi (4000m)
We start climbing up to a ridge after breakfast.  From the top you can see the Jumolhari smiling at you. One of the best moments of the trip is the time spent here in the middle of greenery with white snow peaks in front of you. After spending a short time here we go down for a while and walk in flat land for some time before climbing up the Ngye La pass (4,700m), one of the highest points of the trip. After a brief rest at the pass we descend continuously until reaching our campsite at Lingshi.

Day 08: Trek to Shodu (4,100m)
The day starts with a short climb towards a Chorten on hill top and further walk down to the Mo Chhu valley. We will walk on the east of a barren valley and make a short climb up to the other end of the Mo Chhu. The trail further goes up for couple of hours until reaching the highest point of the trek Yeli La pass (4,820m). Mountain peaks such as Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang are visible from the top of the pass. We gradually go down another 600m and stop at our camp site at Shodu.

Day 9: Trek to Barshong (3,600m)
We start the day walking along the Thimphu River and the trail gradually goes down through forest of pine trees. The walk down to Barshong Dzong is about 6 hours with a lunch break beside the river in between.

Day 10: Trek to Dolam Kencho (3,600m)
The walk today upto Dolam is about 5 hours and we cover a distance of around 15 km. We walk in the middle of thick jungle of rhododendron, birch and conifers and go down for a long time until reaching the Thimphu River. Another one hour of climb through the hilly trail takes us to our campsite at Dolam Kencho. Occasional view of the mountains makes this day exciting.

Day 11: Trek to Dodena and drive to Thimphu (2350m)
After three hours of gradual descent we reach Dodena to get into the jeep that drives us to Thimphu. This is the last day of the trek. In the evening relax at Thimpu. You can drive to Paro for the flight next morning or wake up 2 hours earlier, before sunrise and drive to Paro. You can decide before finalizing the trip with Adventure Mission Nepal.

Day 12: Drive to Paro and final Departure.
Flights from Bhutan are scheduled early in the morning as only Druk air flies to and from Bhutan. So don’t forget to pack breakfast if you don’t have time to eat it at the hotel. Bye from Bhutan.

Contact us at info@himalayantrekkers.com for cost and other details for 12 days Chomolhari trek.

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