Nothing in the world can prepare you for an astounding panorama that awaits you when you embark on a Chomolhari trek in Bhutan. Along this trek, you will come upon stretches of spectacular scenery, unending expanse of fields, green hills filled with flowers and quiet hamlets below snowcapped mountain peaks. This is one of Bhutan’s finest treks that offer spectacular views of 7,314m Jomolhari with its companions Jitchu Drake and Tserim Kang. These trio peaks are Bhutan’s highly revered custodians that loom large on the Tibet-Bhutan border close to an ancient trade route from India into Tibet’s Phari Valley. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the whole length of the Himalayas. This trek has high chances of sighting the blue-sheep, Takin, and a wide variety of birds. In the spring, rhododendrons, azaleas, and masses of wildflowers carpet the high meadows, while pear and apple trees blossom in the valleys. In the fall, rice paddies ripen to a golden brown, and yak herders bring their charges down from high summer pastures. As a part of this small group journey, the some trip combines attending one of the joyous festivals of Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro . Arrive in Paro by flight. You are met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon begin a short tour of serene Paro valley, where we visit Rinphung Dzong, take a short walk and visit Dungtse Lhakhang to see some ancient murals. Later stroll through charming Paro town.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro – Punakha valley. After breakfast, drive east to Thimphu and continue further across spectacular Dochula pass to semi-tropical Punakha-Wandgdue valley. At Dochula pass, enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama and continue the drive descending nearly 1700m (5,500ft) in two hours to Punakha valley. After lunch, tour Wangdue Prodrang, visit Richengang village, and take a short easy walk to Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Bhutan’s famous Saint Drukpa Kuenley.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 3: In Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang. Drive to the idyllic countryside north of Punakha, and start a gradual hiking ascent through cultivated fields to visit Khamsum Yuelley temple with great views of the valley. Later walk along the ancient riverside trail through Sonagasa and visit impressive Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located on the confluence of two rivers. In the evening, tour Punakha area, visiting the town area and may be a nunnery nearby.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu. From Punakha retrace our drive to Dochula for one more opportunity to view Bhutan’s peaks that form the natural boundary with Tibetan Plateau. After enjoying the views over Cuppa and snacks at Dochula, begin 2hr ridge top walk to Lungchuzekha temple/ retreat center. The trail is through rich vegetation of moss laden birch, hemlock and rhododendrons trees, with excellent views of peaks and the valleys. This trail is adopted by Wind Horse since 2009. Our guides clean and maintain this trail. Picnic lunch around the monastery. The views are astounding on a clear day. Instead of returning to Dochula, walk 1hr downhill to another retreat and monastic center of Trashigang, located on a hilltop. Meet our vehicle and drive short distance to Thimphu, where we visit the great Tashicho Dzong, and the giant Buddha statue, as the sunsets in the valley.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5: Thimphu Valley Tour. Bhutan’s bucolic capital is nestled in a fertile valley at 2,350m (7500ft). The capital has lot to offer and if there are no events taking place, our agenda is to do a full day tour that takes in some of the highlights such as visiting view points, Takin Preserve, Zilukha nunnery, Traditional Art School, Memorial Chorten, and Changlimithang ground to see if archery is taking place. Visit institute of Traditional Medicine, stop briefly at the National Library, visit the Centennial Farmer’s market and more as per available time. We will also allow some time for you to stroll and shop in the city area if you need to pick up handicrafts or some gears or likes for your trek.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 6: Drive to Paro – Shana – begin trek to Thongdu Zam. From Thimphu, we drive to Paro and continue north till Drugyal Dzong (2hrs). Stop briefly to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong fortress. Then we drive for another hour or so along the rough road to Shana Zam (2850m). Meet our trekking crew (horseman, cook & assistant), hand over your luggage for the trek (others can stay in the vehicle to be met at the end of the trek). After lunch begin our 3-4hr trek gradually walking up the valley, following Pachu river’s bends deep into J.DW National Park to camp at Thongduzam (3150m). Approx. 8km. 3-4 hours trek, ascending about 300m. (1m = Approx. 3.28ft).
Overnight in tent camp.
Day 7: Trek to Soi Thangthanka Approx. 15Km. 4-6 hours trek, 480m ascent. (50m descent) Continue up through the valley, following Paro river, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine, cider and juniper, as we get closer to our camp for the night.
Overnight in tents at around altitude of 3600m
Day 8: Trek to Jangothang (Base Camp) Approx. 19km, 5 -6 trek. (480m ascent) Continue following Paro river as the valley begins to widen, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding villages are based in this area. Due to altitude gain, the pace is typically slower. Camp at Jangothang (4,080m) below a ruined fortress with Mt. Jomolhari seemingly nearby. There is a nice little trekker hut that can be used for dining and as fire place.
Overnight in tents.
Day 9: Rest Day or Explore. Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. You may wish to rest and enjoy views from your campsite or join-in for excursions towards the glaciers /moraines of Chomolhari or visit local village nearby.
Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Trek across Bhontela to Dumzo (Yaksa) Approx. 16km, 7 hours trek. (810m ascent &1090m descent) The trek is now more serious. The trail starts with a steep hike to Tshopu lakes and gradually climb up to Bhonte La pass (4,890m). Around these areas, we can often see blue sheep, fat marmots, and migrating Himalayan birds, as well as incredible views of Jichu Drake, a beautiful snowcapped peak alongside Jomolhari. After the pass, it is a steep descent downhill to small yak-herding village of Soi Yaksa or Dumzo at 3800m.
Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Trek to Thongbu Shong Approx. 11km 5 hours trek. (720m ascent, 340m descent) Our hike starts with a gentle uphill trail to the top of the eastern ridge of the Soi Yaksa valley. From here, enjoy an incredible view of the amphitheater of mountains to the north. Cross Takhungla (4,520m) and descend to our camp site in a wide grassy Thang by the valley at 4,150m.
Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Trek to Shana- Paro Approx. 13km 5hr (200m ascent and 1650m descent) After a short, steep climb out of camp, leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge to Thombu La (4,380m). From this vantage point we get a glimpse of the Paro valley to the south and mountain views all around. Start steep descent and rejoin our route to Shana, where we first began our trek. Bid farewell to trekking crew, meet the vehicle and, drive along the farm road to Paro. Arrive in the evening to the comforts of your hotel.
Overnight in hotel in Paro
Day 13: In Paro (Taktsang) Full day for hike to legendary Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, an quintessential Bhutan travel experience! As you will have covered more grounds on foot, we hope to take you beyond Takstang to visit more remote monasteries further uphill such as Zangdopelri, Ugyen Tshemo and other side of the Takstang that is not accessible from the usual side. This is a full day hike. Return to Paro, where we get chance for final stroll. Farewell dinner.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 14: Departure. After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.
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Trip Price From US$ $3000 | See Details
Trip AccommodationBest available tourists standard hotels and tents during trek
Trip SeasonsBest from March -May,Sept- Oct
Group SizeMax. 9 members
MealsAll meals plus evening tea. All beverages included during the trek.
RouteParo-Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, trek Shana, Thangthakha, Jangothang, Dumzo, Thongbu Shong, Shana, Ugyen Tsemo, Paro - Departure
Trip TypeTrekking - Moderately Streneous
Best MonthsApril, May, October
Good MonthsMarch, June, September, November
Lean MonthsJuly, August
Not RecommendJanuary, February, December