Jumolhari trek

TREK HIGHLIGHT

This is a classic 9 days Jumolhari round Trek which starts from Drugyal Dzong in Paro and ends at Dodena just close to Thimphu. The trail goes through two high passes from Jangothang. The view of Jumolhari Mountain (altitude 7,314 m) from Jangothang is spectacular. This is strenuous trek but a very popular.

TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Paro
Day 2: Paro Taktsang. 6 hours hiking
Day 3: Paro-Shana, 15 km/5 hrs/altitude 2,890 m
Day 4: Shana-SoiThangThangkha, 22 km/8 hrs/altitude 3,575 m
Day 5: SoiThangthangkha-Jangothang, 17 km/6 hrs/altitude 4,044 m
Day 6: Jangothang
Day 7: Jangothang-Lingshi, 21 km/6 hrs/altitude 4,150 m
Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu, 22 km/9 hrs/altitude 4,080 m
Day 9: Shodu-Barshong, 14 km/5 hrs/altitude 3,720 m
Day 10: Barshong-DolamKencho, 9 km/4 hrs/altitude 3,290 m
Day 11: DolamKencho-Thimphu, 7 km/3 hrs/altitude 2,615 m
Day 12: Thimphu
Day 13: Thimphu-Paro
Day 14: Departure
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Day 1: Paro
After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet the representative from White Umbrella, who will drive through Paro valley and check in to your hotel.

Day 2: Taktsang Monastery
Today, we hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the ‘Tiger's Nest'. This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend says that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This site is known as one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the country. No wonder that some monks have chosen this place to meditate for the rest of their lives!

Coming back, we are following a different path that takes us through the pristine thick forest of oaks and Rhododendrons festooned with Spanish mosses.

Day 3: Paro-Shana
Drive to Drugyel Dzong from where our trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields. The night's camp is just beyond an army outpost.

Day 4: Shana-SoiThangthangkha
Today after breakfast we will continue our trek - the trail will continue uphill through the river valley. The valley narrows so much that the path takes to the slopes. There is quite a lot of descending along this stretch. Camp in a meadow.

Day 5: SoiThangthangkha-Jangothang
Though this is not a long day trek but it is a bit stressful trail as one needs to do bit of climbing. Today the trail goes up beyond the camp, and then will pass through an army camp at 3,730 m then the trail crosses a wooden bridge over a fast flowing stream a short distance beyond the army post. A short climb leads to a small chorten on a ridge. The valley begins to widen again. All around high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks come into view. Yaks and yak herders' winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. The night camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt.Jumolhari

Day 6: Jangothang
Trek up to Tsophu or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly West, Jitchu Drake to the North and a number of unscaled peaks to the East. Overnight halt at camp.

Day 7: Jangothang-Lingshi
Trek through wide yak pastures and up and down passes. You have to cross Nyele-la 4900m as you come down into the Lingshibasin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tsarim Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Night halt is a choice between a stone hut and the tent.


Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu
The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4,820 m. From the pass, you can get an excellent view of Mt. Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Massaging on a clear day. The trek from the pass to camp site at Shodu is steep downhill. Camp can be made in a stone shelter or in a tent.

Day 9: Shodu-Barshong
The trail follows the Thim-Chu through forests of Rhododendron. Waterfalls can be seen along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to reach the ruins of BarshongDzong. Camp can make in stone shelter or in a tent.

Day 10: Barshong-DolamKencho
The trail descends through thick forest of Rhododendron to meet the Thim-Chu and then ascends to pasture lands. Camp is in a meadow.

Day 11: DolamKencho-Thimphu
The trail makes a long ascent through conifers forest areas to a pass at 3,510 m. From here then the trail goes down to the river and follows it southward to the road opposite the bridge that leads to Chari Goemba. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Thimphu
Visit Tashichho Dzong - the main Secretariat Building. It is from here that the country is administered. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive. Also we take a tour of the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. We also visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 AD and houses the largest monastic school in the country. Evening walking excursion to the memorial stupa.

Day 13: Thimphu - Paro
Today enjoy sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan's historical and cultural past.

Next, visit the Rinpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong's are large monasteries and district administrative center, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards walk to the beautiful Cantilever Wooden Bridge still in use.

Overnight: Paro.

Day 14: Departure
Drive to Paro airport and see you off.
 

Tour date

Only by request
14 days / 13 nights (9 days trek, 5 days cultural program)

Group size & price

from 4-12 pax per person:
3.290 USD

Grade

moderate-demanding

Price includes

  • accommodation in standard hotels (certified by TCB). DBL occupancy.
  • 3 meals per day
  • transfers and transportation
  • road permit fees
  • all taxes
  • entrance fees to all monuments
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • visa fee

Not included

  • airfares (as listed separately)
  • personal expenses such as beverages, spa or message
  • travel & medical Insurance
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