Approximately 16km, 7 hours trek. 810m ascent and 1090m descent.
Our trail starts with a steep hike to Tshopu (4380m), one of the two trout-filled glacial lakes we will pass on the way to Bhonte La. From here, 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 Jhomolhari. The meadows are carpeted with flowers and there are usually some Yak herder’s tents around here. We continue for about one hour to our lunch spot below Bhonte La (4890m). On a clear day, the views from the pass are really spectacular in all directions. You can even see Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world to the west. After lunch we cross the pass and make a long, steep descent to the yak-herding valley of Soi Yaksa. There are only a few families living in the area and they produce some of the best yak-wool cloth which we'll see along the trail. Yak herders and their families will come to the camp as early as 6:00am with items to sell, such as cloth, yak tassels and ropes, jewelry, etc. Campsite is usually near Dhumzo Chu river (3800m)