Chomolhari Trek Bhutan

Chomolhari Trek Bhutan is one of the most popular treks and a favouravle with trekkers. It is a truly amazing trek amidst the beauty of the himalayas that leaves one with an ultimate satisfaction and fulfilment. The trek starts off from the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, follwoing a river at 2500 meters to an altitude of 4820 meters at Yalila Pass. The Chomolhari Trek is consider as Bhutan's most spectacular trek and it offers spectacular views of the 7314m JHOMOLHARI, JECHU DARKEY (6989m) and TSHERIM GANG (6789m).

The Chomolhari Trek passes through scattered hamlets and farmland into a deep and richly forested valley, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The Chomolhari Trek offers a sampling of the diverse variety of the Bhutanese landscape. The best seasons to roam around are April to June and September to November.

The Chomolhari Trek is probably one of the most beautiful and un-spoilt trekking areas in the entire Himalaya. Rich and varied vegetation from richly forested valley to high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals, trout fishing in the sky blue lake, magnificent views of snowy mountains and the Himalayan blue sheep and snow leopard can be encountered on this trek.

The Chomolhari Trek takes you through narrow fertile valleys to wide open yak pastures, across high passes to close-in winding river valleys, through villages and old ruins of dzongs to yak herd camps, from high alpine mountains to semi-tropical forests. You can catch spectacular views of the high ridges and snow -capped peaks, of crashing rivers, feeder streams and waterfalls, of the majestic grandeur of Mount Chomolhari Trek and Tserim Kang and its glaciers while having theChomolhari Trek . The day rest at Linghi takes you on an excursion to Tsokha, the base camp of Mount Jichu Drake.

Details Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel to settle in. After lunch visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Paro.
 Day excursion of sightseeing to Taktsang Monastery/Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, in a way a symbol of Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Paro to Shana (start trek) Distance 15 km approx 5 hours.
Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motor-able road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hour through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chillies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes and wheat.

The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hours the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Altitude of Shana: 2890 Meters Overnight at tented camp.

Day 4: Trek to Thangthangka Distance 22 km Approx 7-8 hour.
Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops.

Following the river upstream from the campsite we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3250 m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear weather we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow. Altitude of Thangthangka: 3575m. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 5: Trek to Jangothang Distance 17 km Approx 4-5 hour.
After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Altitude of Jangothang: 4044m. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 6: Rest Day in Jangothang.
A rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp, and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 7: Trek to Lingshi Distance 21 km Approx 6-7 hour.
 After breakfast a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hours to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Altitude of Lingshi: 4010m Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Trekking to Shodu Distance 22 km Approx 8 hours.
An early start as we have a long and a hard day to cross another beautiful pass. We travel through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above camp towards a small chorten (stupa). Below flows the No chhu (Blue river). The climb rises to an altitude of 4450 m and crossing the main river into the side of the valley. The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switch backs. After 4-5 hours (after leaving camp) we reach the big cairn on the top of the Yale La Pass (4,950m), with views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu River. Following the river until the camp Shodu. Altitude of Shodu: 4080m. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9: Trek to Barshong Distance 14 km Approx 4-5 hours.
In the morning we pass a deserted military camp which follows the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks used the caves in the rocks in the old days for meditation. Cross the bridges over the main river, which offers good views of the giant rock faces and waterfalls. The trail gradually ascends 130 m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. The Park rangers recorded a tiger and a snow leopard moving in this same area for the first time. You could opt to carry on for 1.5 hour to a better campsite. Altitude of Barshong: 3720m.Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Dodina then transport to Thimphu (trek ends) Distance 22 km Approx 7-8 hours.
A steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Thimphu Chhu river. There are several ups and downs until Dolam Kencho 3290 m. The trail continues up to 3450 m and descends to a side stream and several switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. Descending through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river until it finally meets it again at Dodina, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Drive from Thimphu to Paro.
Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally visit to Tashichho dzong which houses most of the Government office and King's Throne room. Evening depart to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
 After breakfast our Airport Representative will drop you to the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

The Cost Includes During the Trip:

01. Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus (all airport transfers).
02. Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms) for the duration of tour.
03. Service of licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
04. All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum entrance Fees as per itinerary.
05. All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee for whole duration of your stay in Bhutan.
06. Country Presentation & Tour Briefing on Day 1 evening with welcome drinks.
07. Cultural afternoon/evening consisting of traditional mask dances & folk dances (with beverages) ~ For Group Tours
08. Mineral water supply for the trek or tour.
09. Government Royalty (which is 35% of $200) this goes to the country's health & education projects.
10. Private Transport & Driver within Bhutan. (Imported Prado’s, Micro Buses & Toyota Coaster Buses)
11. Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
12. All our government taxes.
13. Tourist service charge, vat.
14. Official expanse.
15. Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance
16. Tented accommodation and equipments during the camping trek. (You will be provided water proof two-three man dome tents, sleeping mattress, air pillows, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
17. All trekking arrangements and required number of staff.
18. All trekking permits logistics & fees.
19. Route Permits & monument access permits
20. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.

Cost Does not Include During The Trip

1. Druk air fare from/to Kathmandu.
2. Your travel insurance.
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.) (US$ 40 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival atTribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You required 2 passport size photos & your password copy.
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal clothing and equipments.
7. Tips for guide and driver.
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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Trip Facts

Tour Code:
NHTBT 06
Trip Duration:
12 Days
Max. Altitude:
4950m.
Tour Grade:
Strenuous
Activities:
Tour/Trekking
Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge/Tent
Transportation:
Toyota Car/Hiace
Group Size:
2 (Minimum)
Best Time:
March - May, Sept - Nov
Trip Cost:
USD 2400.00 Per Person
S. Supplyment:
USD 480.00

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