Bhutan Chomolhari Trekking – Chomolhari trekking information

Bhutan Chomolhari TrekkingBhutan Chomolhari trekking is one of the popular trekking trail in Bhutan. Chomolhari trekking tour offers you a wonderful variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. Chomolhari trek begins at Drugyel Dzong passing through beautiful Bhutanese villages, scattered hamlets and farmland. Bhutan's most serene vegetation zones differ from richly forested valleys to high alpine pastureland where Yak herders graze their animals. Delicious and a rare trout fishing in the vicinity of the sky blue lake with magnificent views of three majestic peaks are some activities which can be done on a rest day. On this trek you will also encounter some of the rare species like the blue sheep, and if lucky, possibly even the Snow Leopard. Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition, Nepal arrange the Bhutan chomolhari trekking with professional trekking guide and staff with unforgettable life time experience.

Bhutan Chomolhari trekking trail goes into northern Bhutan to the land of yak-herders and to the base of Mount Cholomhari (7,316 meters / 24,000 feet), which is the most holy mountain for the Bhutanese. From there the trek goes on to remote Lingshi Dzong which once guarded the frontier with Tibet . This trek offers fabulous views of the mountains including Chomolhari, Jitchu Draake and Tsheringkhang mountains besides stunning Himalayan scenery and exceptional flora. You will encounter many yak-herders with their hairy wards and their camps but few villages. The maximum altitude gained is 4,900 meters (16,000 feet). One could savour upon the fabulous views of the mountains and exceptional flora along the trekking trails. There are few villages but you will encouinter with many yak-herders on the way to Bhutan Chomolhari trekking.

Chomolhari trekking itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Paro
During the journey, the traveler will experience from the left side of the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition airport representative and transfer to hotel. Discuss the Tour Programme with the Tour Guide. Evening walk around the town.Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Day 02: Paro – A Day Excursion To Taktshang
Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest ". The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river (Paro chu – Chu means river or water). It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.
Lunch at the Yak herders’ cafeteria. The round hike takes about 4 Hr.
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple). Which was built in 659 AD by the King Songtsen Gompo of Tibet as one of the 108 such monasteries he built in various places to spread Buddhism in the Himalayas. It is located between Paro Town and Drugyal Dzong. It is one of the holiest place for the people of the kingdom, as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country.
Overnight: Hotel in Paro.
Day 03: Paro - Shana (Start of Trek)
Alt. 2800m, Distance - 17 km and 5-6 Hr walk
After breakfast, drive up to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress), 16 kilometers away from Paro town. Although it has been in ruin but this Dzong has its great historical importance for the people of Bhutan. It was a place where the Bhutanese finally defeated the Tibetan invasion and drove them back. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess). Its altitude is 7,329m, and where the road ends and begins the trek by following the river gently uphill through the wonderful narrow agricultural valley of paddy fields and you will come across with many of traditional farm houses in a purely rural setting.Over night: Camp site is just beyond an army outpost.
Day 04: Shana – Thangthangkha
Alt 3,860 m. Distance - 15 km. 6 -7hrs walk.
The trail continue to ascents uphill through the spectacular view of river valley, deep conifers and rhododendrons forests and after sometime the trail narrows and closes in some distance. On the way, there is a wonderful view of Mt. Jhomolhari.
Over night: Camp will be set up in a meadow with stone shelter.
Day 05: Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Alt 4,240m. Distance - 19 km. 5 - 6 hours walk The trail follows the river valley and gradually descends through a mere path to a meadow and where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the spectacular view of high Himalayan Mountains ridges and the snow-capped mountains all around and also see the winter home for yaks and the yak herders’.
Over night: Camp will be set up beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jhomolhari.
Day 06: Jangothang - Halt
Alt 4,240m. Distance - 19 km. 5 - 6 hours walk
Trek up to Tsophu for fishing or hikes around, there are good short hiking trails in three directions. Mt. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake towards the north.Over night: Camping
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
Distance - 19 Km. 5 - 6 hours walk. Alti 4150 m.
The trail accents gradually to Nyilila Pass (Alt. 15354 ft / 4,680 m). Wide yak pastures can be seen all along the trail. If the weather is clear, one can get a spectacular view of the Lingshi Dzong as one descends into the Lingshi basin. Tsarim Kang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley.Over night: Camp in a stone shelter or a tent.
Day 08: Lingshi – Halt
Distance 15 Km. 3 - 4 hours walk. Alt 4500 m.
A day excursion to Tsokha (Lake) which is the base camp for Jichu Drake. During the excursion you can see many of the blue sheep, musk deer and other wild birds and animals.Over night: Camping
Day 09: Lingshi – Shodu
Distance 22km. 7 - 8 hours walk, Alt 3963m
The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4820 m. From the pass, you can get spectacular view of Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Tserim Gang and Mt. Masagang on a clear day. The trail follows the steep down hill to Shodu.Over night: Camp in a stone shelter or in tent.
Day 10: Shodu – Barshong
Distance - 13 Km. 3 - 4 hours walk. Alt 3785m.
The trail continues to follows the ThimChu river through the dense rhododendron forests and waterfalls are great views along the way. The valley narrows and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Over night: Camp can make in stone shelter or tent.
Day 11: Barshong - Dolam Kencho
Distance - 11 Km. 3 - 4 hours walk (3628m.)
The trail descends through thick rhododendron forest to meet the Thimchu and then ascends to pasture lands.Over night: Camp
Day 12: Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
Distance - 14 Km. About 4 - 5 hours walk
The trail continues to follow through the forest areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) and other wild animals can be seen along the way and you are ending up your trek and your car will be waiting at Dodena for you.Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu
Day 13: Thimphu - Sight Seeing
Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Lunch in hotel in Thimphu.
Afternoon: Visit the Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the mini Zoo where the national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley. Visit nunnery in Zulikha. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the instructions of painting and curving. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Over night: Hotel in Thimphu
Day 14: Thimphu – A Day Excursion To Dochula Pass – Paro
Morning drive to town for shopping, you might want to take gifts to your friends back home. Drive to Dochula Pass (3150m) and stop for a photo stop at Dochula Pass which is 26km away from Thimphu valley, for Tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of eastern Himalayan snow capped Mountains and also the great view of Gasa Dzong at a distance. Lunch in Dochula Pass. Afternoon drive to Paro, on the way visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Kingdom. It was built in 1629 AD, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country.Overnight: Hotel in Paro
Day 15: Paro – Paro International Airport
Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition’s airport representative will drop to you airport for onward journey.

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