Jumolhari Round Trek 12 Days
 
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Bhutan’s most popular trek offers spectacular views of the 7314m-high Jomolhari from a high camp at Jangothang. It crosses a high pass and visits the remote village of Lingzhi, then crosses another high pass before making its way to towards Thimphu.

This tour is suitable for anyone who is moderately active. There are portions of the trip that require extended periods of walking over uneven dirt trails or paths, possibly crossing moving bodies of water and climbing.


ITINERARY
Day 1
1 Hours
Arrive Paro
 
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Bhutan Dragon Adventures representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2
1 Hours
Paro
 
Morning visit to Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Below Ta Dzong is Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”, built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body.
 
In the afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3
6 Hours
Paro – Shana 17km, 5-6 hours
 
The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on, we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2,810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Shana Zampa (2,870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

Day 4
8 Hours
Shana – Soi Thangthangkha 20km, 7-8 hours
 
The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

Day 5
8 Hours
Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang 19km, 7-8 hours
 
The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m). From here, the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

Day 6
8 Hours
Lingshi 18km, 7-8 hours
 
The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

Day 7
9 Hours
Lingshi – Shodu 22km, 8-9 hours
 
The Laya-Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek route here. Our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la (4,820m). On a clear day, you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass.
Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

Day 8
7 Hours
Shodu – Barshong 16km, 6/7 hours
 
We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

Day 9
6 Hours
Barshong – Dolam Kencho 15km, 5-6 hours
 
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.

Day 10
3 Hours
Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimphu 8km, 3 hours
 
The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimphu Chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2,600m). Bhutan Dragon Adventures transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 11
1 Hours
Thimphu – Paro
 
A full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley visiting the following, as time permits:
National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (“the fortress of the glorious religion”); National Library; Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school); National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only); Handicrafts Emporium. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12
1 Hours
Depart Paro
 
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.


WHAT'S INCLUDED
    • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
    • Mineral drinking water.
    • 3 times meals a day.
    • 3-star hotels rated by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Fluent English spoken certified guide.
    • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum.
    • All taxes and fees.
    • Transportation.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
    • One time visa fees US$40
    • Airfare should be paid by tourist themselves.
    • Travel insurance and medical
    • Other personals expenses.
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