Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop - the most popular trekking route in Bhutan
Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop - the most popular trekking route in Bhutan
The Jomohari trek (also known as
Chomolhari) passes yak herders and lush meadow valleys on its way to Jomolhari
Base camp. Mount Jomolhari is one of Bhutan's most beautiful mountains and the
trek lets you experience the great diversity that the Bhutanese landscape has
to offer. There are yak pastures, flora and fauna such as
rhododendron, birch,, maple, wildflower, bamboo forests, conifer, apple, pear,
blue sheep, monkey, and birds. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly
5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. Jomolhari or
Chomolhari is sometimes known as "the bride of Kangchenjunga".
Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world; its traditional culture is strictly protected and visitor numbers are carefully regulated.
The trip starts with a visit to Temple Tiger, one of the most picturesque monasteries there is. The actual trek begins after a drive to Drugkyel Dzong at Shana, in the picturesque Paro Valley. It is filled with rhododendron forests The trek will take you across two high passes the Nyile La (4700m) and the Yale Pass (4950m) before descending to the Thimphu River and the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Although a shorter walk compared to some in Bhutan it offers a challenge with stunning scenery for those wanting a shorter trek. The trek takes you into remote highlands of the Lingshi, witnessing the lifestyles of the high altitude nomadic dwellers.
The trek Jomolhari base camp trek is rates moderate to strenuous.
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Overnight in tents while on trek
From 15 days but the tour can be shorted to return from Jangothang thereby avoiding the two high passes
Starts and ends in Paro and includes some sightseeing. A pre and post tour of Kathmandu can be included.
Scenic, rugged and not as steep as some of the other Bhutan Treks. It includes two high passes
Day-1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu
Upon arrival meet with our representative and after lunch transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
Day-2: Paro Sightseeing
Visit Kychu Lhakahang, National Museum and Paro Dzong. Later in the evening assemble the trekking gear. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
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. Overnight stop 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.
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 6 1/2 hrs.
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 its 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.
On this day, 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. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
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. Overnight at Hotel in Wangdi.
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. Overnight Hotel
Day-15: Final Departure.
Drive to airport for the final departure.
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Bhutan is nestled in between India and the Tibetan region of China. Bhutan was known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and often also referred as the last Shangri-la.
Yes a visa for Bhutan is required for every foreign traveler and has to be processed by a local tour operator, as no foreign embassy abroad grants tourist visas. The visa cost is currently $40 and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan.
Tap water is not safe to drink so you would need to buy mineral water which is readily available. Mineral water is readily available throughout the country. While on trek the guides will ensure that the water is boiled.
As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M, G. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, D, M. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types C, E, F, G.
The best to come to Bhutan for trekking is in the spring, from March to May, or the autumn, from September to November. Skies are clear and bright, the sun is usually shining, and the temperature is warm, though sometimes a little chilly in the evenings.
Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season in Bhutan, and while the rain mostly falls at night or in the evenings, there are times when it can rain all day long.
These two treks are different. the Jomolhari Loop Trek is called a “loop” trek, because the trek heads out to Jangothang and then comes back to Gunitsawa Village following a slightly different route that you went up on returning instead via Thongbu. The loop trek from Gunitsawa Village to Jangothang and back takes around seven days, and covers a distance of around 82 kilometers, or around 50 miles. By comparison the base camp trek is longer and also at higher altitude as it includes two high passes.
All meals on trek are prepared for by the support team. We can also cater for vegetarian and any other dietary requirements.
Bhutan has ‘High Value, Low Impact’ tourism policy to preserve its cultural heritages and environment. Thus, with a high rate, it welcomes responsible travelers and few visitors. The policy is built on a daily “visa” fee of US$250 during the high season (which runs March to May and September to November), and US$200 during the low season (all other months). The amount sounds alarming, but is actually a minimum spending requirement that includes meals, three-star (minimum) accommodations in city hotels or countryside resorts, land transport, and guide service for every day spent in the country.
The weather in the mountains is difficult to predict as it varies from one month to the next and also on altitude gain. Nights are generally colder (-2C to -15C) than the daytime (5C to 20C). It is also important to make sure that you stay warm and dry in all weather conditions.
The elevation gain is around 530m or 1700 feet so it is a substantial climb and takes around 5-7 hours in total. However it is well worth the effort. By doing this at the start of the tour it helps with acclimatisation.
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. 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.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
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