9 Days Jomolhari Bhutan Adventure Travel Tours
This is a classic 9-day Trek starting from Drukgyal Dzong at Paro and ends at Dodena near Thimphu. The 9 days Jomolhari Bhutan adventure travel tours route passes through two high passes from Jangothang.
This is the most well known trek in Bhutan. With elevation ranging from 2,500m to almost 5,000m, it offers an extensive variety of scenery, flora and fauna. An important feature of this trek is the staggering perspective of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Base camp, Jangothang. Almost the entire trek experiences a little piece of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, passing a couple of the Yak herder’s settlement up in the highlands and the remote settlement of Lingshi.
Actual trek duration 9 days, Total tour duration 13 days.
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Facts about the Tour / Trek:
Duration: 12 nights / 13 days.
Trekking Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax.
Best Months to do this Trek: March – June, September – 2nd Week of December.
Trek distance: 137 Km.
Highest altitude: 4930m.
Start Point: Shana
Finish Point: Dodina Valley (Thimphu).
Day 01: Arrive Paro – sightseeing.
Day 02: Paro sightseeing – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest).
Day 03: Paro Sightseeing – Shana
Day 04: Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek) (8hrs).
Day 05: Thangthangka – Jangothang (6hrs).
Day 06: Jangothang (Rest Day).
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi (7hrs).
Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu (9hrs).
Day 09: Shodu – Barshong (6hrs).
Day 10: Barshong – Dolamkencho (6hrs).
Day 11: Dolamkencho – Dodena – Thimphu.
Day 12: Thimphu sightseeing.
Day 13: Departure.
Detail Itinerary for 9 Days Jomolhari Bhutan Adventure Travel Tours
Day 01. Arrival at Paro 2280 meters: Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by the Representative from Yak Holidays and transfer to the hotel.
After lunch, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “The Victorious Druk”. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or Similar.
Day 02. Paro sightseeing – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest): Day hike to Taktsang monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. The hike which is all uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or Similar.
Day 03. Paro Sightseeing – Shana: After breakfast, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan followed by visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. After lunch, drive to Shana. Overnight at camp Shana.
Altitude 2,850 m; Distance 17 Km;
Day 04. Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek): The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction enroute, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.
Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours. (Ascent 770 meters, Descent 10 meters)
Day 05. Thangthangka – Jangothang: In the morning after passing a small army post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.
Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Kms; Time 5 – 6 hours. (Ascent 480 meters)
Day 06. Jangothang: Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.
For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.
- Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
- Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
- Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
Day 07. Jangothang – Lingshi: The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, JichuDrakey and Tsrim Ghang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Nyeley la pass at an altitude of 4,700 meters. After the pass it’s a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panorama view of the peaks and Lingshi dzong.
Camp altitude is 4010 meters. 18 kms, Walking time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 840 meters, Descent: 870 meters.
Day 08. Lingshi – Shodu: The trail today climbs to Yalila Pass (4930 m), from where on a clear day, impressive views of Mount Jumolhari, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Dinner and over night in Camp.
Camp at Shodu: 4080 meters. Distance: 22 kms, 8-9 hours walk. (Ascent 940 meters, Descent 920 meters).
Day 09. Shodu – Barshong: This is the place where one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. Hot lunch will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong dzong, reaching the camp. Dinner and over night in camp
Camp at Altitude: 3710 meters. 16 kms. Walking time 5-6 hours, Ascent 250 meters, Descent: 670 meters.
Day 10. Barshong – Dolamkencho: The road descends through alpine forest and we once again join Thimphu river for a while. After lunch climb up to Dolamkencho camp
Camp at the altitude 3320 meters. 15 kms. Walking time 4-6 hours, Ascent 290 meters, Descent 640 meters.
Day 11. Dolamkencho – Dodena – Thimphu: The path descends through bamboo forests finally joining Thimphu River again. Arrive at Dodena where you will be picked up for the drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Distance 8 km, 4 hours walk. Ascent 500 meters, Descent 930 meters.
Day 12. Thimphu sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).
After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Day 13. Thimphu – Paro Airport (Departure): Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.
- Hot stone bath.
- Cycling around Paro valley.
- Practice Archery.
- Bhutanese cooking class.
- Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
- Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
- Consulting an Astrologer.
- Practice Dart.
- Performing religious ceremony.
- Marriage ceremonies.
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- Village walk
- Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
- Hike to Kila Gompa.
- Excursion to Chelila Pass.