15days / 14nights
Jumolhari trek is an intrepid exploitation of Bhutan’s Himalayas. The trip starts with some cultural sightseeing in Paro and an acclimatization hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery at an altitude of 3100 meters. The trek begins from Drugyal Dzong ruins, trotting along Pachhu or Paro river valley to Jangothang base camp where the views are at its best. You will trod through some settlements, beautiful pastures, yaks and yak herders. This trek crosses Nyile La at 4870m and stops at Lingzhi, then climbs up to the highest pass – Yeli La at 4930m before descending till Thimphu. This trek offers exotic views of Mount Jumolhari, Mount Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang.
DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO
On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our guide will be waiting to receive you. You will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day you will visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum. This 17th century old fortress holds varies displays of antique collections. Next stop is the Rinpung Dzong literal translation –“fortress of heap of jewels.” Another Lhakhang you will visit is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 2: ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
Today you will hike to the famous Taktsang Goemba. The monastery has a remarkable history and even looks quite extraordinary perched on a hill side. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew here to meditate on the back of a tigress. The hike is a 6 hours journey through pine forest and rhododendrons, ascending 900 meters above Paro Valley. In the evening, you can explore Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 3: PARO – SHANA (TREK BEGINS)
17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2870M
In the morning you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the trek start point. You will trek along the Paro Chhu River, occasionally crossing it and passing through fields, rice paddies, apple orchards, blue pine and fir forests. Soon at 2810m you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa where the valley widens and few settlements are visible. Finally you will climb up to 2850m to Shana Zampa and camp here amid meadows surrounded by trees.
DAY 4: SHANA – SIO THANGKHA
22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3750M
Today you will begin your journey by climbing up and down through conifers and rhododendrons and crossing several streams. You shall reach a clearing at 3110m where you will have your lunch. After lunch, you will continue to ascend and descend a trail through forests of birch, fir, blue pine and maple trees. Further into the trek you will reach a valley above which is the beautiful view of mount Jumolhari. At 3750m is your campsite.
DAY 5: SIO THANGKHA – JANGOTHANG
19KM | 5-6 HOURS | 290M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4040M
Today you will elevate to a high altitude, treading through muddy trails, meadows, plateaus and bridges. You will pass few settlements and people herding yaks near the river banks. The villagers grow barley, potatoes, turnips and radishes. After Soe, Takethang and Dangochang village, at 4080m, you finally reach camp at Jangothang. You can enjoy the stunning views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake from here.
DAY 6: EXPLORATION OF JANGOTHANG
8KM | 4-5 HOURS | 855M ASCENT
This is a rest day at Jangothang for acclimatization. Trek on an open slope towards north for four hours to get an awesome view of Jichu Drake or ascend higher at 4750m for an exqusite view of Jumolhari. There are other options for day excursions to nearby places and lakes. You may also choose to laze around, either way be you will have a terrific time here.
DAY 7: JANGOTHANG – LINGZHI
18KM | 6-7 HOURS | 660M ASCENT | 660M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4010M
Leaving behind the last settlements, you will now ascend a trail following the stream. At 4470m you will traverse through moraines and might encounter blue sheep and marmots. Soon you will reach Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, you will descend till Lingzhi camp (4000m) and be back into the forest of rhododendrons, birches and people herding yaks with a good view of the Lingzhi Dzong.
DAY 8: LINGZHI – SHODU
22KM | 8-9 HOURS | 940M ASCENT | 920M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4100M
Your trek today must begin early. Above the camp you will turn south towards the Mo Chhu valley and then remain on the west side. Three hours from the camp you will cross Mo Chhu and then climb steeply to the top at Yeli La (4930m) where you can get a stunning view of Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang if the weather is in your favor. Then you will descend to your camping place at Shodu at 4080 m.
DAY 9: SHODU – BARSHONG
16KM | 5-6 HOURS | 400M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3700M
The trail to Barshong treads under sharp cliffs with few meditation caves etched into them. You will cross the river few number of times within three hours of your trek and wound back in cypress, juniper and other alpine forests. There are waterfalls along the way making the journey more serene. In the last hour, there is a gradual ascend to your campsite in Barshong at an altitude of 3710m.
DAY 10: BARSHONG – DOLAM KENCHO
15KM | 5-6 HOURS | 100M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3600M
Today you will descend gradually through thick forest and then make a sharp drop towards Thimphu Chhu. Follow the trail of the river left, climb to 3340m and after 30 minutes of walking through rhododendron forests, descend to Dolam Kencho at an altitude of 3320m.
DAY 11: DOLAM KENCHO – DODENA, THIMPHU (TREK ENDS)
8KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1000 DESCENT
Trek back to the main road from the camp. The trail descends to a stream and then climbs again to a pass, another short descend and climb through bamboo forest at 2720m. Your driver will be there to pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 12: THIMPHU
There are quite a few must-see tourist attraction in Thimphu. You will start off by visiting Have breakfast the King’s Memorial Chorten, the majestic Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang (the giant Buddha statue). For lunch you will be taken to one of the local restaurants and if it’s the weekend, catch the buzz of the Weekend Market in the afternoon. Later visit the Nunnery temple, the School of Arts and Crafts where there are displays of ancient paintings and finally the Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 13: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
Have breakfast and begin your drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3100 meters). The drive shall be a pleasant one through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. En route stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear weather you can get exotic views of the Himalayas. After tea you will continue driving and on the way stop at Metshina Village to take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
DAY 14: PUNAKHA – PARO
After breakfast, you will start your drive to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, you will stop to visit the Druk Wangyal Monastery. Stop at Thimphu for lunch and then head to Paro. In the evening you will visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and enjoy a nice meal with a local family. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 15: DEPART PARO
After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.
- Government levy
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Tea and snacks
- Accommodations on 3-4 star hotels
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Guide services
- Air fares
- Tips and gratitude
- Insurance of all kinds
- Drinks and beverages
- Internet bills
- Other personal bills.
- Down parka
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- Rain gears
- 4 pair trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
- 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 bandana
- Warm gloves
- Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pair sunglasses
- Small daypack
- Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Trekking poles
- Mud guard
- Headlamp and a normal torch
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Small towel
- Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
- Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
- Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,cough drops, diamox,
bites/burn cream and small bandage.Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
- Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
- Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
- High calorie snacks and energy bars
- Prescription medications
- Some books to read at camp
Our tour packages do not include insurance of all kinds. Its recommended that you purchase insurance form your country. Insurance cover for loss of baggages, flight cancellation, accidents or rescue operation by helicopter in the event you get stranded on mountains due to weather or altitude sickness.
HOW DO WE CARRY OUT TREK?
All our treks are arranged as camping trips. You will be sleeping in a tent pitched at designated campsite. You will have group of staff comprising of your guide, assistants and horsemen. We do not use human porters. Your trekking supplies and equipment will be carried by horses. At higher altitudes, we use yaks for the transportation. Hot meals cooked by our veteran trek-chefs will be provided during treks. Your assistant will carry a hot-packed lunch during the day. Some trekkers augment that our trekking foods are sometimes better than city hotels.
CHANGE OF ITINERARY
At times change of itinerary may be necessary under unavoidable circumstances such as due to act of god or Force majeur such as heavy rains, blockage of trail due floods, land slides or destruction of bridges because of heavy rains. On such event Bhutan Travelers shall not be held responsible. If you wish to change your Itinerary due to some or your own reasons, we can try all means to accommodate change but it must be based on availability of hotels. During peak season hotels get sold out.
CHANGES DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION
For any last minute cancellation or cancellation made on services after arrival in Bhutan will be subject to fees and penalties. We depend on other parties such as hoteliers and airlines, which are governed by their own set of cancellation rules. The flight canceled less than 3 days from your departure date, you will be liable for fee of US $20 per ticket. For any hotels cancelled on arrival in Bhutan, you will also be liable fees as per the cancellation rules of respective hotels.
Altitude sickness can hit any trekkers irrespective of age, experience and time. For all our trek some level of experience is required but not mandatory. Some trekkers who were even without an experience have fared well in our treks. We had children doing ours treks and people as old as 72 years completing Snowman Trek. You must cooperate with your guide and be honest in confiding any symptoms you develop. Our guides are trained to handle any situations on the mountains. As a precautionary measures, you will have to walk slow on gradually ascending trail, eat well, drink lots of water and fluids on trail.
You must take care of your own personal belongings and equipment supplied by the company. To keep our horses light, we maintain weight limit on trek and do not carry any extra tents and equipment. If you tear your tent out of sheer carelessness or ignorance, you will have to do the trek with holes on your tent. Always ask your guide and assistants for help if you need to clean your tents or get rid of lump of snows on your tent.
Prior to confirmation of a trip, we specify whats included in the package and what is not. Sleeping bag is not included in our package cost. We do not supply sleeping bags. You must bring in your own sleeping bag. There is a rental house that rents out sleeping bag. Please check rental fee with us before you confirm your trip. The reason why we do not supply sleeping bag is because the quality of bags that are found in our market does not match those of yours. So we suggest you bring your own from your country. Most of our trek demands sleeping bag minimum of 8-10 degree celsius.