Chomolhari Trek

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Chomolhari Trek

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Destination for this trip:

Bhutan; Paro, Bhutan; Thimphu, Bhutan

Length of trip:

13 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3500

Best travel dates to go:

March, April, May, September, October, November


Detailed Description of this trip:

Possibly one of the best treks you can do in Bhutan into the variety of Bhutanese landscape. Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, Paro this trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland, into deep and richly forested valleys. These valleys lead to a high alpine pasture land where yak herders graze their animals. This trek offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Paro

    Arrival at Paro.
    Commercial Flight

    Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Air Carrier. The green wall of hills known as dooars, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continuously higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silver rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up into the sky. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu(river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower, now the national museum, above it.

    Your escort, who will accompany you throughout the trip, will be waiting for you at the airport. After completion of airport formalities, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro to the hotel.

    Sightseeing

    Evening visit to Paro marker and take a stroll around town’s main street.

    Hotel

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • Day 2 - Paro

    Sightseeing

    Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast, drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong, though in ruins, holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above sea level. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 3 - Paro

    Paro - Shana.
    Hiking

    Distance 17Km 5-6hours. Altitude of camp-2,800mtrs. Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields of the Tsento Village.

    Camping

    Overnight in camp near the army outpost.

  • Day 4 - Bhutan

    Shana- Soi Thangthagkha.
    Hiking

    Distance : 17km. Trek time : 6 - 7 hrs. The trail winds uphill following the Paro River until the valley narrows and leads to the slopes. Then it descends down into another valley.

    Camping

    Camp in a meadow.

  • Day 5 - Bhutan

    Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang.
    Hiking

    Distance : 19 km. Trek Time : 6 - 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4040m. The trek is along a gradual uphill trail which passes an army out post. Pack lunch on the way. After lunch you will be passing through the bases of many snow peaked slopes.

    Camping

    Overnight in camp at the base of Mt. Jhumolhari.

  • Day 6 - Bhutan

    Relaxation

    A day of rest and acclimatisation.

    Hiking

    Hike to the beautiful lakes around Jangothang.

  • Day 7 - Bhutan

    Jangothang - Lingshi.
    Hiking

    Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6- 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4150m. Trek through wide yak pastures and beautiful snow clad mountains. As you approach the Lingshi basin, the breathtaking view of the Lingshi Dzong can be seen. The Tsarim Gang mountain and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley.

    Camping

    Camp near the stone.

  • Day 8 - Bhutan

    Lingshi - Shodu.
    Hiking

    Distance : 22km. Trek Time : 7-8 Hours. Altitude of Shodu : 3963m. The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4820m. Then it goes downhill all the way to the camp.

    Camping

    Camp beside a stone shelter for travellers.

  • Day 9 - Bhutan

    Shodu - Barshong.
    Hiking

    Distance : 13km. Trek Time : 4 - 5 hours. Altitude of Barshong : 3785m. The trail follows the Thimphu river through forests of Rhododendrons. It winds up and down the slopes and finally leads to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong.

  • Day 10 - Bhutan

    Barshong - Dolam Kencho.
    Hiking

    Distance : 12km. Trek Time : 4-5 hours. Altitude of Dolam Kencho : 3628m. Waterfalls and beautiful valleys can be seen along the way.

    Camping

    Camp in a meadow.

  • Day 11 - Thimphu

    Dolam Kencho - Thimphu.
    Hiking

    Distance : 14 km. Trek Time : 4 - 5 hours. The trail continues through forests winding up and down through a small pass. Monkeys can be spotted on the way.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 12 - Paro

    Thimphu - Paro.
    Sightseeing

    Visit the National memorial Chorten built in the loving memory of the Late King, His Majesty, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

    Sightseeing

    Also visit the National Library, Painting School (week days) and the Changangkha Lhakhang.

    Shopping

    Your guide will be able to take you shopping if you so desire.

    Private Car Service

    Evening transfer to Paro.

    Hotel

    Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 13 - Paro

    Departure.

    Your guide will take you to the airport and bid you bon voyage.

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