Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

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USD $ 2,999 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Yeli-la Pass 4820 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Paro

  • Trip Ends At

    Paro

  • Transport

    Private and comfortable drive

  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Overview

Chomolhari Trek also referred to as Jomolhari Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trek in the unspoiled region of the Himalayas. Though a bit challenging, trip grade of difficult in intensity, nonetheless, rewards you with amazing landscapes, splendid views of Mt Chomlahari (7315 m) and Jichu Drake (6795 m), and one of the finest high-altitude trek in Bhutan.

Mount Chomolhari, also known as "Kanchenjunga Bridge" and is the second-highest peak in the country. The base camp is situated at an altitude of 4115 meters and the trek is also ideal for those travelers desiring to experience the exclusive culture of the Bhutanese countryside.

This incredible 12 days trek begins from Paro following the classic route passing through the lush green forests, yak herder settlements, and realm above the tree line. 

Some of the landmarks like Rinpung Dzong, Kichulhangkhang and Tashi Dzong, Tiger Nest Monastery are also on the list for exploring.

Our trek begins from Drugyal Dzong, ascending rice paddies, crop fields passing some dense pine forests, and apple orchards, and so on as listed in the itinerary, and finally Jiangothang base camp and enjoy views of the beautiful peaks.

This trek is a great opportunity to learn about the landscapes, vegetation as well as unique culture and tradition. So, if you are looking for a relatively short and off-the-beaten-path trek that offers a perfect blend of cultural and wilderness experience, then trekking to Chomolhari base camp is the one for you!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro & sightseeing

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 2,200 m

Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport, our Bhutanese representative will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel. 

After a brief rest and lunch, you will be guided to Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels), Kichu Lhakhang (the oldest monastery), and Drugyal Dzong (Victory Fort of Bhutan) for sightseeing. 

Overnight. 

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Paro

Day 2: Hike to Tigers' Nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery)

🕑 3-4 hrs hike & 30 min drive

Max Altitude: 3,120 m

After early breakfast, you will go for an excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tigers' Nest) hanging on a high cliff at 3120 meters.This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan for a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. Lunch will be served at the Taktsang cafeteria. After exploring the monastery, return to the city. 

Then, visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, and the National Museum of Bhutan. 

Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Paro

Day 3: Drive to Drugyel Dzong & trek to Shana

🕑 1 hour drive & 5-6 hrs hike

Max Altitude: 2,850 m

Early morning, we take a short drive to Drugyal Dzong then start trekking to Shana. The trail gradually goes up through a lush green forest, apple farms, small settlements, and a 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 Sharna. 

Overnight in a tented camp. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 4: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,750 m

After breakfast, we start the walk along the Paro River through the green forest. The walk is full of ascends and descends through the woods of rhododendrons, pines, and oaks until we reach our campsite at Soi Thangthangkha for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 5: Trek to Jangothang

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,050 m

Today, cross the army camp which is followed by a climb of about 30 minutes taking us to the hilltop with a nice view of snow-capped mountains on the northern side.

Another 3 hours ups and down and we reach the Yak Herds camp, where the lunch will be served. Further walking a couple of hours from where we reach our camping site, Jangothang from where the famous Mt. Jumolhari, as well as the Jichu Drake peak, are seen from nearby distance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 6: Acclimatization/free day to explore Jangothang Base Camp

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,050 m

As it is a day to acclimatize, you can explore around and take a good rest.

We will take a 3 and a half hours to walk to a place with the view of Jichu Drake Peak. We will have lunch there and come back to our camp. 

Overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 7: Trek to Lingshi

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,000 m

Soon after breakfast, we start climbing up to a ridge. From the top, we can witness the Mount Chomolhari standing proudly. 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 the 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 for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 8: Trek to Shodu

🕑 8-9 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,100 m

The day starts with a short climb towards a Chorten on a hilltop 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 a 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 campsite at Shodu for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 9: Trek to Barshong

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,710 m

Our day starts with a walk along the Thimphu River. We follow the trail gradually gouing down through a forest of pine trees.

Our downhill walk to Barshong Dzong will be interesting as we will pass small settlements, Chorten, and grab our lunch in between besides the river side.

Overnight at Barshong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 10: Trek to Dolam Kencho

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,600 m

Today walk up to Dolam will be comfortable and easier. We walk in the middle of the thick jungle of rhododendron, birch, and conifers and go down for a long time until reaching the Thimphu River.

Another one hour of a climb through the hilly trail takes us to our campsite at Dolam Kencho. An occasional view of the mountains makes this day exciting.

Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Trek to Dodena & drive to Thimphu

🕑 3 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 2,350 m

After a good breakfast, we will gradually descend to 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.

(Note: You can drive to Paro for the flight the next morning or wake up 2 hours earlier, before sunrise and drive to Paro)

You can decide before finalizing the trip with Himalayan trekkers.

Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 12: Drive to Paro & Departure

🕑 2-3 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,200 m

The final day when you are going to bid a farewell to the lovely place, we hope you have some of the best time by planning your journey with us.

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro International Airport for your flight back to your home/next destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off 
  • International Airfares to Paro and Airport taxes
  • All ground transfers as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation on full board meal basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All required entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • All government taxes and office surcharges 

Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section 

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Paro, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel with your heart’s content.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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