JUMOLHARI TREK (13 Days)

Jumolhari Trek is one of the best and finest treks that Bhutan has to offer. Jumolhari Trek gives excellent opportunity to view the great Himalayan summits like Mt.Jumolhari, Mt.Tsheringgang, Mt.Jichu Drake, etc. It is also possible to view Mount Jumolhari from a close range at the base campsite Jangothang. Days are warm but cold at night especially beyond Jangothang. Starting point of trek is from the ruined fortress of Drukgyel Dzong at Paro.

Ideal Season: April to June & September to November. 

 Day 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO

  • Arrive at Paro International Airport and you will be received by a Himalayan Marvels representative.
  • After lunch drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jumolhari (7,314 Mtrs.).
  • Drive back to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the holiest and oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyampo.
  • Later, visit a traditional Bhutanese Farm House.
  • Evening at leisure in Paro town.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel.

Day 2: PARO SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING HIKE TO TAKSHANG MONASTERY

  • Following early breakfast, excursion to view & visit the spectacular Takshang Monastery; “Takshang” literally means Tiger’s Nest.  The Monastery is believed to have been built in 1684 on the spot where Guru Rimpoche (founder of Buddhism in Bhutan) flew on the back of a Tigress and meditated to subdue the demons in Paro valley. The trail to the Monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This incredible Monastery clings vertically to the edge of a granite rock cliff that plunges 900 meters above the valley floor.
  • Lunch at Takshang Cafeteria.
  • Later visit Taa Dzong, formerly a watchtower but now houses the National Museum. Taa Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient armor to textiles, Thangkha paintings, stamps, coins and natural history. Walk down the hillside terrain to visit Rimpong Dzong, built in 1646 during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses Paro’s monk body and offices of the civil administration. Rimpong Dzong is the venue for the famous Paro Tsechu festival, held annually in the spring.
  • Continue to walk down-hill and through the traditional cantilever wooden bridge to Paro town.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel

Day 3: DRUKGYEL DZONG TO SHANA (17km, 6 hours)

  • First day of the trek follows Paro Chu valley climbing up the ridges. The actual trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong, which is at an altitude of 2580 Meters.  After covering short distance you will find settlement of Chang Zampa; a further walk takes to settlement of Mitshi Zampa with small shops and local hotels.
  • The valley widens and you will reach an army post at Gunyitsawa, which is at an altitude of 2810 Meters. You will also find a primary school and small shops.
  • Distance is 17 kms; and takes approximately 6 hours to reach the campsite, which is beyond the army post.
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 4: SHANA TO SOI-THANGTHANGKA (22km, 7 hours)

  • The trek continuous along the side of Pa Chu (Paro River) through thick conifers and rhododendron forest which also falls under the demarcation of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. With a gentle climb on the rock through oak forests, crossing streams you will see Phari Dzong of Tibet.
  • Further climbing the ridge, cross the Paro Chu on a wooden bridge, you will reach Soi-Thangthangka at an altitude of 3630 meters.
  • Overnight camp.

Day 5: SOI-THANGTHANGKA TO JANGOTHANG (19km, 5-6 hours)

  • You will start to have a closer view of Mount Jumolhari from the campsite, especially early in the mornings. Today’s journey begins with a short and gentle climb across an army post and Takethang, a thinly populated village with stone made houses on a plateau at an altitude of 3940 Meters.  
  • Campsite at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 6: DAY HALT – JANGOTHANG

  • Day halt in the base camp for acclimatization. You can either make a day hike to Tsho Phu Lake, which is located at a slightly higher altitude, or go towards the base of the mountain. Both ways, you will get spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain ranges.
  • The ridge is endless, after an hour of climb you can view Mount Jichu drake (6989m) and Mount Jumolhari.

Day 7: JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI (18km, 5-6 hours)

  • Get up early for golden view of Mount Jumolhari, which looks like a heap of gold in the early sunlight rays. Also, very important that you should check your fitness today to proceed ahead towards Lingshi.  You should be careful and should not proceed ahead if you are feeling altitude sickness.
  • Trekking further you will go through Nyele La pass at an altitude of 4890 Meters. You will descend down to an altitude of 4450 Meters and stop for lunch. Trekking further, you will come across an army camp and reach Lingshi.  
  • Overnight at Camp.

Day 8: LINGSHI TO SHODU (22km, 8-9 hours)

  • The Laya-Gasa route leaves Jumolhari and climb opposite the camp towards Lingshi Dzong through a white Chorten. It climbs steeply to Yale La Pass at an altitude of 4820 Meters. From this pass on a clear day, you will have beautiful view of Mount Jumolhari, Mt. Gangchhenta, Mt. Tserim Gang and Mt. Masang Gang.
  • Trekking further downstream, come across Shodu at an altitude of 4110 m.  
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 9: SHODU TO BARSHONG (16km, 5-6 hours)

  • The trail today crosses the same river six times on a bridge built of huge logs. Within a short climb and a normal walk, you will reach Barshong.
  • Barshong has a small ruined Dzong. Camp is below the ruined Dzong at an altitude of 3680 Meters.  
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 10: BARSHONG TO DOLAM KENCHO (15km, 5-6 hours)

  • The trek continues over dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers and drops to Thimphu Chu (Thimphu River) to reach Dolam Kencho at an altitude of 3430 Meters. Distance is 15 kms, and takes approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 11: DOLAM KENCHO-DODINA AND DRIVE TO THIMPHU (8 km, 3 hours)

  • The trail goes in and out through conifers and high broadleaf species to a pass at an altitude of 3510 Meters.
  • The trail drop down and reaches the road at Dodina at an altitude of 2600 Meters.
  • You will be received by our representative and driven to Thimphu.
  • Overnight Hotel.

Day 12: FULL DAY THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING. EVENING DRIVE TO PARO

  • Following early breakfast, sightseeing of Thimphu – visit Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Zilukha Nunnery, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Zorig Chosum (Painting School), Post & Telegraph office to view Bhutanese stamps, Takkin (national animal) Preservation center, Sangyegang view point, Buddha’s Point, Handicrafts Emporium, Bhutanese Handmade Paper factory and Tashichhodzong (the central secretariat building).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Evening drive to Paro.
  • Dinner & overnight Hotel.

Day 13: DEPARTURE

  • Early morning drive to Paro International Airport for departure