Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

12 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Yeli-la Pass (4820 m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive

Best Season:

Spring & Autmn

Chomolhari (Jomolhari) Trek is one of the most popular and finest high altitude treks in Bhutan. Mount Chomolhari, also known as ‘Kanchenjunga Bridge’ is the second highest peak in Bhutan. 

This incredible 12-days Bhutan Chomolhari Trek begins in Paro following the classic route that passes through the lush green forests, yak herder settlements, and realm above the tree line. 

Our exciting trek to Chomolhari Mountain includes a short acclimatization hike to the popular Taktsang Monastery in Paro and many ascend and descends in the beautiful Bhutanese countryside. This trek is a great opportunity to learn about the landscapes, vegetation as well as the unique culture and tradition. 

So, if you are looking for a relatively short and an off-the-beaten-path trek that offers a perfect blend of cultural and wilderness experience, this Chomolhari is the one for you!

 

Starting Price

USD 2999 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival in Paro & sightseeing

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Hike to Tiger nest monastery (3190 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike & 30 min drive

Day 3

Drive to Drugyel Dzong & trek to Shana

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour drive & 5-6 hrs hike

Day 4

Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3750 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Jangothang (4040 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 6

Acclimatization/free day to explore Jangothang Base Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. 

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs hike

Day 7

Trek to Lingshi (4000 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Shodu (4100 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Barshong (3710 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Dolam Kencho (3600 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented Camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Dodena & drive to Thimphu (2350 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

Day 12

Drive to Paro & Departure

Meals included: Breakfast

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. 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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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.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • 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 

Whats Not Included

  • 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 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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