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Jhomalhari Trek

  • The Jhomalhari (Chomalhari) Trek

    The Jomalhari (Chomalhari) trek, is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, this trek passes through fields into deep forested valleys, which gradually lead to high altitude pastures. Ranging in altitudes from 2500 - almost 5000m, the trek covers a wide range of landscapes with the opportunities to see the incredible Mount Jomalhari from Jomalhari Base Camp.

    The Jomalhari trek is perfect for people who want to experience the richness of landscape that Bhutan has to offer. Mt Jomalhari is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Standing on the border of China and Bhutan Jomalhari rises to 7314m and is considered to be a sacred mountain and worshiped by both the Bhutanese and Tibetans. The Deity of Jomalhari finds its place next to Lord Budha in a monastery located just below the base camp of this great mountain.

    The maximum altitude gained is 4,900 meters.

  • Jhomalhari Trek

    This tour is designed to start either in Kathmandu or in Bhutan Click here to see the Nepal extension

    Day-1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu  Upon arrival meet with our representative and after lunch transfer to Hotel.

    Day-2: Paro Sightseeing Visit Kychu Lhakahang, National Museum and Paro Dzong. Later in the evening assemble the trekking gear.

    Day-3: Paro - Shana  Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong where the road ends and trek begins, follow the river gently uphill through a agricultural valley and the village. Camp at height of 2,800 m. Dist. 17 km. 5 to 6 hours.

    Day-4: Shana - Thangthayka  Continue uphill through the alpine forest. It narrows and closes in and the winds along the drainage. The trek is mostly through the deep forest. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. Alt. 3750m. Dist. 20 km. 8 to 9 hours. Overnight Camp.

    Day-5: Soi Thangthayka - Jangothang  Continue up the Pa Chhu (river). Pass a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. Now views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen all around. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. Alt: 4,040 m, Dist: 19 km, time about 51/2 hrs. Overnight Camp.

    Day-6: Jangothang Halt Trek up to Tsophu for fishing or do any one of the three hiking excursions. Mt. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary are due west, Mt. Jichu Drake is to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges are to the east.

    Day-7: Jangothang - Lingshi  Wide yak pastures are visible both on ways up and down the pass. You may encounter some nomads in their yak tents. You can see the Lingshi Dzong. Tserim Kang and is descending glaciers are at the north end of the valley from the Nyuele la pass alt. 4700m. Camp at alt: 4150 m, dist: 19 km. 7 to 8 hours.

    Day-8: Lingshi Halt On this day, halt at Lingshi for one-day excursion to Tsokha, the base camp of Jichu Drake. Large herds of blue sheep and musk deer may be seen. Alt: 4,500 m, dist 15 km.

    Day-9: Lingshi Shodu The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass, altitude 4820 m, from the pass, Mt. Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Then descend. Camp at ht: 3,963 m, 22 km. 9 to 10 hours. 

    Day-10 : Shodu - Barshong Follow Wang Chhu through the forest of rhododendron and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closed in and the trail winds ascending to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Camp just below the Dzong. Atl: 3,785 m dist: 13 kms. 6 to 7 hours.

    Day-11: Barshong - Dolam Kencho  Descend gradually to meet Wang Chhu, passing through forests of Rhododendron, then ascend once again onto pasture land. Camp in meadow. Atl: 3,628 m, dist: 11 km. 5 to 6 hours.

    Day-12: Dolam Kencho - Thimphu  Continue uphill through the forest to a small pass. The trial winds up and along the drainage. Wild animals may be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation for drive to Thimphu. Dist: 14 km. 6 to 7 hours.

    Day-13: Thimphu - Punakha Morning Thimphu sightseeing, visit Memorial Chorten, Painting School, National Library. After lunch drive to Punakha/Wangdi across the Dochula Pass ( Alt: 3050m ) where once can see the beautiful views across the Dochula Pass (Alt: 3050 m) of Eastern Himalayan Range.

    Day-14: Punakha - Paro Visit Wangdi Dzong and Punakha Dzong, which is the winter home of Central Monk body (Je-Khenpo). After lunch transfer to Paro.

    Day-15: Final Departure. Drive to airport for the final departure.

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    Jhomalhari Trek

  • March to June, September to October

    The Jhomalhari trek is best done March to June and September to October.

    Spring (March to May) is considered to be the most beautiful time of the year, as it is then that all of the local flowers come into bloom turning the low lying valleys into a wash of colour.

    Autumn (September to October) brings crisp clear blue skies, allowing for stunning uninterrupted mountain views. it is the prime time for trekking.

  • Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 star rating system. This does not mean all hotels are 5 star, but rather that every classification of accommodation from home stays to guesthouses, have to adhere to a set of government standards. As such, the standard hotels, lodges and guesthouses are usually good, often small and with a great ambiance. All tour operators are required to provide their guests with a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with television, room service, fitness centers, spas and wi-fi. However the exact services available will vary from hotel to hotel. The more popular tourist destinations like western and central Bhutan usually have the higher standards of star rated European and Asian properties. There are a few luxury hotels and resorts, but they are rather expensive. Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. If starting in Nepal, we spend two nights in 3-star, Thamel Eco Resort, well situated within the heart of Thamel, or, if it is full, a similar category in Kathmandu.At the end of the tour we return to the same hotel.

    If starting in Nepal, we spend two nights in 3-star, Thamel Eco Resort, well situated within the heart of Thamel, or, if it is full, a similar category in Kathmandu.At the end of the tour we return to the same hotel. For our first two and last night in Paro, we will stay in a hotel.

    While on trek, we stay in tents which will be erected by our porters and trekking team. You will be given a bowl of boiled water in the morning for washing along with a cup of bed tea. Meals are prepared by our cook and served in the Dining Tent. Lunches will probably be packed lunches which you can enjoy along the route.