Bhutan Jumolhari Trek - 17 Days

Enjoy stunning mountain views, riverside walks and relax in flower-filled meadows on a trek of Jomolhari in Bhutan.

Overview

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Our 15-day Jumolhari trek is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall. Jumolhari, at 7,314m, is one of the highest peaks in Bhutan and is the inspiring backdrop to several days of strenuous trekking, reaching a highpoint of 4,820m.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Bhutan and Nepal.

Day 2
A day in Kathmandu.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Paro by flight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Peaks like the sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4
In Paro for Sightseeing Tour.

After breakfast, drive to Drugyel dzong, the ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic in Bhutan’s defense against Tibetan invasion. The sacred mountain Jhumolhari (7,314 meters) can be seen in the background on a clear day. On the way back we visit the National Museum, after lunch a half-day excursion to the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Den) to the viewpoint.

Day 5
Drive and trek to Shana 2,800 meters. Distance: 17 km. 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, drive up to Drugyel dzong where the road ends and the trek begins by following the Pa Chu River gently uphill through a narrowing valley. Camp is just beyond an Army Post.

Day 6
Trek to Soi Thankthangka 3,600 meters. Distance: 21 km. - 7-8 hrs.

Continue uphill through the river valley. It narrows and closes in and the trial winds up and down along the waterway. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter built for trekkers.

Day 7
Trek to Jangothang 4,040 m. Distance: 19 km. - 5-6 hrs.

On up the Pa Chu River, passing a small Army post where the valley widens again. One can view the high ridges and then the snow-capped peaks located all around. You begin to see Yaks and the yak herders’ camp.

Day 8
At Jangothang for local hike.

Trek up to Tsophu or there are stupendous day-hikes in three directions. Jhumolhari and its subsidiary are directly west. Jichu Drake to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges to the east.

Day 9
Trek to Lingshi Altitude: 4150 m. Distance: 19 km. 5-6 hrs.

Wide Yak pastures on the way up and down the pass, possibly see some people in their Yak Hair Tents depending on the time of the year you are there. Great view of Lingshi dzong as you come down into the Lingshi basin if the weather is clear. Tserim Gang and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp is in a stone shelter built for trekkers. It has an inside fire pit and you can sleep on a wooden floor or in a tent.

Day 10
At Lingshi for local excursion up to 4,500 m. 15 km. - 3-4 hrs.

A day excursion to Tshokha (lake) i.e. base camp for Jichu Drake. During the excursion it is possible to see hundreds of Blue Sheep and Musk Deer.

Day 11
Trek to Shodu 3,963 m. Distance: 22 km. - 7-8 hrs.

The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass (4820 m.) from the Mount Jhumolhari. On a clear day, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Camp is in a stone shelter.

Day 12
Trek to Barshong 3,785 m. Distance: 13 km. - 3-4 hrs.

Follow the Thimphu Chu River through the thick forest of Rhododendrons and water falls. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the waterway. Ascending up to the ruins of Barshong dzong, camp is just below the ruined dzong with a stone shelter.

Day 13
Trek to Dolam Kencho 3628 m. Distance: 11 km. - 3-4 hrs.

Descending down to meet Thimphu River following gradually through the forest of rhododendrons and ascending up to the pastureland. Camp in a meadow.

Day 14
Trek and drive to Thimphu 4-5 hrs.

Continue up hill to a small pass. The trail winds up and down along the waterway. Wild animals, such as the Languor, can be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation van to return to Thimpu and a comfortable hotel.

Day 15
At Thimphu for guided tour and sight seeing.

A full day sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in the town, visit the Handicraft Development Center. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery.

Day 16
At Thimphu for a tour to Punakha & Wangdue.

Full day excursion to Punakha/Wangdue 1,250 m. valley across Dochula Pass. On a clear day a whole range of the northern snow capped Himalayan Peaks can be seen from the pass.

Day 17
Drive to Paro for the final departure from Bhutan.

Early morning drive to Paro Airport for departure towards respective destination.

Incursions

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan Airport transfers
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle Entry fees & road permits Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
  • Camp tent, Cooking utensils, Horses, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mats, Blankets

Excursions

  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

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Bhutan Jumolhari Trek

Trip Facts

  • Hotel-Guest-House and Camping
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 9 - 10 days
  • 14 - 15 days
  • 16 - 17 days
  • 4150m at Lingshi
  • From September to November
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