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11 Day Exciting Jomolhari Trek

11-day Exciting Jomolhari Trek is an epic journey that takes you to the majestic Mount Jomolhari, Bhutan's "Mountain of the Goddess." This trek is designed for the adventurous spirit, offering an unparalleled exploration of Bhutan's stunning landscapes, rich culture, and unspoiled wilderness.

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What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Paro, head to Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let us have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.

Activities

Night View of Buddha Point

The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful,, especially at night.

View of Trashi Choe Dzong

‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’ was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashi Chhoe Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Entrance may be granted to guests only after 5 pm but the nine-hole golf course alongside makes for a quirky photo opportunity.

Walk Around Thimphu Town

Shop and walk around Thimphu town.Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, shops and nightclubs. However, it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.

Day 2 Thimphu

As it is the 2nd day in Bhutan. We take it light and easy. Explore Thimphu. Attend the festival.

Activities

Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Dzong)

The “fortress of the glorious religion” was first constructed in 1641 and restored by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses the offices of some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monastic body. Opening hour: Weekday 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Weekend 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Winter 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Thimphu Tshechu Festival

The Thimphu Tshechu, as all Tshechu festivals, honors Padma Sambhawa, also known as Guru Rimpoche, the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The festival's masked dances are performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. The culmination of festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thanka, a sacred scroll, depicting Padma Smabhawa and imagery from Buddhist pantheon.

Buddha Point

Located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the 51.5-metre-tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma symbolises indestructibility, and is said to emanate peace and happiness to the world.

National Memorial Chorten

Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten. Chorten means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Treat yourself with the fantastic depiction of Buddhist teachings in the form of paintings and sculptures at this temple. As the name denotes this National Memorial Chorten was consecrated on July 28, 1974, in memory of the Third King.

Day 3 Punakha to Paro

The beautiful valley of Paro is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The country's only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley

Activities

Paro Town

Explore the main street of Paro town and check out if there's anything you will like to pick up as a souvenir!

Paro Valley

The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Kyichu Lhakhang

At 1,300 years old, this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Like the Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and vanquish an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Legend has it that all 108 temples were built in a single night. The Kyichhu temple’s name means “reservoir of peace”. Next to the temple is a museum dedicated to the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. You will see photographs and other personal artefacts belonging to the Rinpoche.

Paro Dzong (aka Rinpung Dzong)

Explore Rinpung Dzong, which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by a traditional cantilever bridge called the Nemi Zam over the Po Chhu. Walk up the stone paved path running alongside imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you will be welcomed by the monks, architecture and beautiful frescoes. This dzong is a highlight for art and history lovers.

Day 4 Start of the Trek; Shana to Thangthangkha

Shana Zampa (2890 m) - Thangthangkha (3610 m)

Activities

Shana - Thangthangkha

[Distance 22 km, duration 6-8 hours depending on the condition of the trail, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m] The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. As we go up the valley becomes narrow, wilder and steeper. The trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en route, where another path leads over the Tremo La to Tibet. Bhutanese people formerly used this route as a trading route to Tibet. We cross several traditional wooden bridges before finally arriving Thanthangka. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. From this, we can see Mount Jomolhari for the first time if the weather permit.

Day 5 Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Thangthangkha (3610 m) to Jangothang (4080 m)

Activities

Thangthangka - Jangothang

If you did not see Mount Jhomolhari last evening, you would have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning, the trek continues up the Pachu valley that widens into patches of alpine meadow and meager growths of a forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and yak herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Jangothang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jhomolhari. [Overnight Camp – Jangothang 4,090 m]

Day 6 Jangothang Halt

Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. There are a number of day hikes with great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains. One can also spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.

Activities

Jangothang Halt

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north, and there are some unclimbed peaks to the east.

Day 7 Jangothang to Soi Yaktsa

Jangothang (4080 m) - Soi Yaktsa (3800 m)

Activities

Jangothang - Soi Yaksa (via Bonte La)

[Distance 16 km, six to seven hours, 810m ascent, 1,090 m descent, camp altitude 3,800 m] The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380 m) you will climb steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp soon after.

Day 8 Soi Yaktsa to Thombu Shong

Soi Yaktsa (3800 m) - Thombu Shong (4180 m)

Activities

Soi Yaksa - Thombu (via Takhung La Pass)

[Distance 11 km, duration 4-5 hours, 720 m ascent, 340 m descent, camp altitude 4,180 m] The trail climbs 100 m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520 m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.

Day 9 End of the trek; Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa Village

Thombu Shong (4,180 m) - Gunitsawa Village (2,930 m), Drive to Paro (2,200m)

Activities

Thombu - Gunitsawa

[Distance 13 km, duration 4-5 hours, 200 m ascent, 1,650 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m] Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380 m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa where you can be collected. Then we will drive to Paro for the night

Day 10 Paro

Are you ready? We will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery

Activities

Taktsang Monastery

Also known as the Tiger’s Nest, this monastery set dramatically on the cliffs of Paro Valley, is Bhutan’s most famous landmark. In fact, some tourists would even say that “A trip to Bhutan is not complete without climbing to Taktsang.” According to local folklore, the Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves, before emerging in eight manifestations. A hike up to Taktsang draws people with different interests. It fills those who are spiritually inclined with a sense of peace, while avid hikers feel a sense of achievement upon reaching the monastery. Take time to process the mental and physical sensations that wash over you during the uphill climb as you ascend more than two thousand feet from the valley floor to reach the monastery.

Hot Stone Bath

After the trekking we special arrange Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath for you to relax your muscles.The process of a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath is unique. It uses Menchu (medicinal water) which is nothing but fresh river water mixed with Artemisia leaves. The water is heated using river stones that are roasted on fire till they are glowing red. The temperature of the water can be increased by adding more heated stones into a wooden chamber via a chute. This chamber is connected to the main tub (also made of wood) which contains the water. The holes in the chamber allow the heat to be infused into the bath (so there is no danger of being burned by the hot stones) and the stones are said to release key minerals into the water which are believed to have medicinal benefits. One can soak in the water for about half and hour after a tiring day. **additional charges USD 25 per person

Day 11 Depart Paro

Today we will bid a fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take a flight back home. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek

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What customers are saying about this itinerary

5.00/5 (5 reviews)
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Ryandall Lim

from Singapore, Mar 2018

5

My recent Bhutan adventure was made even more unforgettable from the many serendipitous experiences when I was there (these, on top of a totally well-organised and partially customised trip - yes I could actually plan part of my itinerary, with the help of a very knowledgeable agent, of course..)

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Michele Vicario

from Australia, Oct 2015

5

TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER: We are in a small Drukair plane flying over the flat plains on either side of the Ganges, when suddenly the Himalayan range comes out of nowhere with massive peaks covered with eternal snow. Mt Everest and Jomolahri which we will see from Jomolahri camp with its imposing icy mass in a few weeks during our trek.
We are in Paro and I have never previously in any airport seen travellers getting off a plane and stopping on the tarmac to admire the surrounding scenery and taking photos. My anticipation of being on the Bhutanese soil has been so long that a few tears of happiness start swelling up in my eyes. I straightaway know that this country is going to offer some special experiences and emotions.
Outside our guide Ugyen waits seriously for us holding a piece

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Gee Jen Foo

from Malaysia, May 2015

5

Dear Sangay,

It has been an eye opening experience for me with well trained support staff from porter, horseman, chef, Driver & most importantly our superb guide Kinza.

Though his knowledge of the Jomolhari Trek might note be comprehensive but Kuenzang always gave his best to explain or source for the right information.

Thanks again to all your superb crew in Paro & Thimphu.

Cheers,
Jen FOO

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Les & Judy

from Australia, May 2015

5

Hi Sonam,

Following 3 days hiked along the Paro river, among many of the 47 species of Rhododendron, & luckily spotting the national flower - blue poppy. Lucky with the weather, we had excellent views of Jomolhari from the base camp, then did an acclimatization hike from there up to 4800 m, & found a large herd of blue sheep and some marmots. Attempted to cross the Bonte La pass, however un-seasonal snow made it impossible for our pack animals, we waded into 1 m deep snow, then retreated the way we came in a sleet storm.

3 nights in the capital Thimphu visiting more temples, big surprise there was finding an excellent Irish coffee! Last full day hiked up to the famous tigers nest temple, scrambled down into a narrow slot within, to find some Buddhist porn.

Our guide Pema, taught me a lo

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Viesturs Koziols

from Latvia, Oct 2013

5

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