Chomolhari -Jomolhari Trek 12 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours, Trekking and Hiking,
  • Best Season March - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Min 2, max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Paro, Bhutan
  • Max Altitude 4,100m/13,450ft

Highlights

  • Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest ( Taktsang Monastery) in Paro
  • Jangothang Base Camp at 4,040 m with up close views of Mt. Chomolhari ( 7,326m).
  • Surreal views of Bhutanese Himalaya with mountains like Jichu Drake (6,989m) and Mt. Chomolhari
  • Crossing the high Himalayan passes like Nile La Pass at 4,890m and Yale La Pass at 4,820m.
  • Camping at alpine meadows, trekking along with herds of yaks, and passing through - beautiful Bhutanese countryside.

Chomolhari -Jomolhari Trek Overview

Chomolhari or Jhomolhari Trek is Bhutan’s equivalent to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp Trek- it is Bhutan’s most popular high-altitude trek and is worth all the hype. Approximately 40 percent of all trekkers who visit Bhutan cover this trek through one route or another. Our 12-day-long Chomolhari trek starts and ends in Paro. We begin our trek with an acclimatization hike at Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest.

The following two days follow the Paro Chhu Valley to Jangothang via Shana Zampa. Two more days of walking through alpine meadows with herds of yaks and the beautiful Himalayan landscape bring us to Jangothang Base Camp. We acclimatize for a day at the base camp with stunning views of Mt. Chomolhari, 7,326m. Mt. Chomolhari /Jomolhari is the third tallest mountain in Bhutan.

The next highlight of the Chomolhari trek is Nyile La Pass at 4,890m, the highest point of the trek. We cross the pass to arrive at the village of Lingzhi, a quaint and stunning village in the Bhutanese Himalaya. Crossing yet more passes, we make our way towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We cover a lot of distance and sceneries during the last four days of our trek. The trek ends with a flight from Paro to your respective destination.

The best months to do the Chomolhari trek are April and October. In the spring, the trek is favorable from April to early June. July and August bring rain to these muddy terrains making trekking the route quite miserable. September to November is a favorable time slot as well. The high passes close from mid-November and don’t reopen until April.

Adventure Club Trek has been organizing treks and tours to Bhutan for the past 10 years. Join our Glimpses of Bhutan Tour- 4 Days or Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days for a relaxed sightseeing trip in Bhutan. Or, embark on a 12-day-long  Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three day Bumthang Trek for a more in-depth trip.

Itinerary

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The air route to Paro offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges like Chomolhari (7,326 m) and Jichu Drake (6,662 m). Upon your arrival at Paro, you will be received by our representative from Adventure Club Trek who will take us to our hotel. We start the day after lunch, visiting the National Museum, Ta Dzong which was once a fortified lookout tower. We descend from the museum to Rinpung Dzong which means fortress of the heap of jewels. Our next stop is Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan followed by a visit to Drugyel Dzong, the fort built to signify the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsLunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

Today, we visit the most famous landmark in Bhutan, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Located 900 m above the Paro Valley, it takes around 2 hours to hike up and back. The monastery stands above a cave where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown in a tigress’ back and meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. After we explore the monastery, we head down and get back to our hotel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,180m/10,433ft

Time to put on your trekking shoes! Today, we first drive to Drugyal Dzong to start our trek from there. Our destination for the day is Shana Zampa. First, we walk downhill, after which the trail climbs up. Along the way, we pass rice and millet fields. The path then takes us through a forest which eventually opens up to a valley. Before reaching our campsite a little further from Shana Zampa we cross an army post at Gunitsawa.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,850m/9,348ft

We leave Shana Zampa and follow Pa Chu(Paro River) towards Sio Thangthangkha. Today we trek within the Jigme National Park, the largest protected area in Bhutan. The trail climbs up and down several times through pine, spruce, and oak forest. On the final stretch to our destination, we walk through a rhododendron forest and then cross a bridge over Pa Chu.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,750m/12,300 ft

Our trail climbs up towards the base of Mt. Chomolhari. Along the way, we are rewarded with magnificent views of Mt. Jichu Drake(6,794m). As we crossed the tree line, the vegetation is rhododendrons and juniper bushes. Bhutanese high altitudes are also a habitat for Himalayan blue sheep, so we might spot some on the way to our campsite. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks from the campsite.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,040m/13,250 ft

Today is set aside for acclimatization. As we are at an altitude above 4,000m, acclimatization helps our body to adjust better to the thinning air. It also plays a key role in avoiding Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A short hike is planned as part of the acclimatization. We climb up a small valley to a viewpoint for close views of Mt Jinchu Drake. We then walk towards Nyile Las Pass, enjoying the dramatic landscape and then head back to our camp.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,040m/13,250 ft

We cross the Nye La Pass situated at 4,890 m, the highest of our trek. But before we do that we have to climb up a ridge. From the top of the ridge, we get to enjoy the views of Jinchu Drake and Chomolhari peaks. We then walk along a leveled path until the Nyile La Pass starts. It is a steep climb up the pass. After conquering the pass we descend to Lingzhi village. As we near the village we see the Lingzhi Dzong, a fort that was built to keep the invaders from Tibet away, standing out proudly.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,000m/13,120ft

We have to cross Yale La Pass (4,820m), a difficult climb, today. The trail starts off with a climb up a ridge and then gradually climbs up towards Mo Chhu valley with Mo Chhu River below. After crossing the river the trail climbs steeply to Yale La Pass. The top of the pass rewards us with spectacular views of mountains like Chomolhari, Jinchu Drake, and Tshrim Gang. Then, we descend to Shodu.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,100m/13,450ft

We descend following the Thimphu River through rhododendron, pine, and juniper forests. Along the way, we are rewarded with beautiful waterfalls. After 3-4 hours of walking, the path gradually climbs up to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,600m/11,810ft

The trail climbs down through rhododendron, conifer and birch forests. Then, it climbs further down towards Thimphu River. We climb a few ridges and climb a steep cliff to reach Dolam Kencho.

  • AccommodationTented Camp
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,600m/11,810ft

We ascend and descend through forests and small passes to finally arrive at Dodena. Here we board a private vehicle that will take us to Thimphu. As there are no planned activities after we reach the capital city, you are free to take a stroll around the city.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,350m /7,710ft

Our 12-day-long Chomolhari Trek ends today. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will arrange for your drive to Paro and drop off at the Paro airport according to your flight schedule.

  • MealsBreakfas

Note: - Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfer in a private tourist vehicle.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee and snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Drinking water
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin- shared basis.
  • Tented camp during trekking on a twin- shared basis.
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bags, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
  • Porter services for trekking.
  • All city tour with permits, entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • All applicable Bhutanese government taxes/royalties and Company services charge.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days US$ 50 for 30 days.
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)

Useful Info

Visa Information

Indian, Bangladeshis, and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry by producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC). For other tourists, you will need to acquire visa clearance in advance. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Tourists are also required to book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

You are required to send the photo page of your passport (passport scanned copy) to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, and the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Accommodation

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grades A, B, and C. These government-approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, we will be accommodated in A-grade hotels in Paro and Thimpu and B-grade hotels in Punakha, Wangdue, and Bumthang. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request 

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

Weather Information

There is no appropriate season which is to say that Bhutan’s warm and temperate climate, never-ending festivals, and rich and abundant heritage sites provide visitors with a wide array of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude.

Spring (March, April & May)

This time is considered the most beautiful time of the year, resplendent and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is the time when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming – the time when locals are naturally mirthful and cheery; when visitors are most welcome. Also, you can witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.

Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is lovely with clear and crisp blue skies, providing a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate and you can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks, and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.

Monsoon (June, July & August)

During these months, Bhutan receives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas. Glorious sapphire skies and warm weather is a pleasant times to spend visiting places of cultural and historical interest though this season is not the best time for trekking. Enjoy a cup of warm, aromatic tea while watching the rainfall from your hotel window. Or if you possess an adventurous spirit, grab an umbrella/raincoat while it is raining and take a day tour through the town.

Winter (December, January & February)

Winter in Bhutan is sunny, cool, and agreeable to say the least. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to tour the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu, and Haa. One of the chief attractions in winter is the beautiful Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley where you can expect to see a wide expanse of rolling plain with bamboo shrubs.

Safety Guidelines

Credit cards are not a convenient source of payment in Bhutan as only a handful of hotels in a few places provide this facility. Also, only MasterCard and Visa. US dollars are the most convenient currency and are cashed by most banks.

You should avoid drinking tap water altogether, but it is okay to use it for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and is best for drinking. It is also wise to carry water purification tablets when trekking in remote locations of Bhutan.

The local currency is the Ngultrum, which is pegged to the Indian Rupee. Note: The Indian Rupee in denominations of 500 and 1000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being largely disallowed in public places. Having said that, consumption is not completely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. (seal opened pack only)

Tuesdays are considered the national 'dry day,' with the sale of alcohol prohibited.

When taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions, check with your guide whether it is permitted as some areas do not allow it.

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