Chomolhari Trek - 12 Days

Chomolhari Trek

Chomolhari Trek is one of the best trekking packages to visit wonderful amazing places in Bhutan. The trek comprises trekking through adventurous offbeat paths and the view of some amazing snow-capped mountains. A 12 days long Chomolhari trek with the cultural tour will take you to some scenic popular monasteries of Bhutan as well.

After you will be visiting Bhutan’s popular monastery, Tiger’s nest and count some ancient ruins of monasteries that hold great significance. Crossing raging rivers and dense forests time and again through the trekking trails will keep you captivated and excited throughout the trek.

Trekking is the best way to explore the culturally rich Bhutan in an adventurous way. Heaven Nepal Adventure will make your trip easy and wonderful exactly the way you want so, let’s dive into extraordinary Bhutan with the Chomolhari cultural, religious Bhutan trek and garner as many memories as we can.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 3: Paro-Shana Trek starts
Day 4: Shana-Soi Thangthangkha
Day 5: Sio Thangthangkha- Jangothang
Day 6: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp
Day 7: Jangothang-Lingshi
Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu
Day 9: Shodu-Barshong
Day 10: Barshong-Dolam Kencho
Day 11: Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimpu Trek ends
Day 12: Depart Paro

Best Time for Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

The spring season (March-May) is suitable for this trek as the weather will be clear, the rhododendron forest will be dense and various flora fauna will be flourishing our trek in Bhutan. Similarly, the autumn season (September-November) is also suitable for Chomolhari trek as the weather will be due fresh and clear and the mountain view will be can see stunning amazing around.

Day 1
Arrive Paro

On the first day, we will depart Kathmandu towards Paro. A joyful 1 hour and 10 minutes flight from Kathmandu will take you to Paro. Paro is a small yet beautiful valley in Bhutan where the only international airport of Bhutan is situated. It will also be the place where we will take rest and get ready for a hike the next day.

Day 2
Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

The second day of Chomolhari trek is marked as an acclimatization day. Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) is a popular monastery located at a cliff of Paro valley. The path to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a little tough one so, hike to Paro Taktsang will be a good way to acclimatize. The amazing construction of this monastery is a treat to the eyes. You can photograph it from the outside but cameras and mobile phones are prohibited inside. There are a number of huge rooms, beautiful paintings, astonishing statues inside the Tiger’s Nest monastery which you can view from the vicinity.

Day 3
Paro-Shana Trek starts

The journey from Paro to Shana encompasses the striking beauty of Drugyel Dzong which is an ancient ruin that served as a Buddhist monastery in the past. It has been declared as UNESCO world heritage site as it is the witness of Bhutan’s long victorious history. A downhill walk across Drungyel Dzong takes us to the dense forest, serene rivers, rice and millet fields, and the view of high mountains. After a 5-6 hrs long trekking, we will reach Shana. The people at Shana has a simple lifestyle that includes herding yaks, collecting herbs, making milk products, etc. We can have camping experience at Shana as well.

Day 4
Shana-Soi Thangthangkha

The journey from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha will bless your eyes with the beautiful scenario of Mt. Chomolhari. We will enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. We will be spending 7-8 hrs walking forest paths up and down. The winding paths will eventually lead us to our camp at Soi Thangthangkha.

Day 5
Sio Thangthangkha- Jangothang

After the majestic view of Mt. Chomolhari and quick breakfast, we will ascend to the army camp through dense forests, tranquil villages, and roaring river streams. You can try the tasty yak cheese and fruit wine at Jangothang and experience the warm the hospitality of Bhutanese there.

Day 6
Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp

The sixth day at Jangothang is a resting day for us. It will be an opportunity to stretch our legs to Jichu Drake Peak. You can even see blue sheep on the way. We can also go to an adventurous trek to Tshopu. As we approach Jumolhari Base Camp, we will get a glimpse of vistas of Jumolhari or Chomolhari mountain and Jichu Drake.

Day 7
Jangothang-Lingshi

We climb a height of 4850m to reach Nyele La Pass and witness the high peaks by the vicinity. We gradually descend the pass through the dense rhododendron forest and reach Lingshi. A 7-8 hrs long trek from Jangothang to Lingshi will leave us tired so, we will rest the night at Lingshi.

Day 8
Lingshi-Shodu

On the 8th day, we will trek the Chomolhari route towards Mo chu valley at the south. The trekking trials are mostly bare lands so you won’t see much trees around. Crossing a stream we will elevate towards Yele La Pass (4950m). Mountains like Chomolhari, Gangchhenta, Tserim Khang and Masang Gang are the major attractions during the trek from Lingshi to Shodu. We will descend down alongside a stream to reach Shodu which is our destination for today. After 8-9 hours long trek, we will call it a day.

Day 9
Shodu-Barshong

The path from Shodu to Barshong encompasses dense rhododendron forest and Thimphu chhu river. A gradually elevated 6-7 hours will take us to the ruins of Barshong Dzong monastery. Barshong Dzong, probably some three centuries old, now serves as a shelter for 300 monks. Monks reside at the ruins of religious Barshong Dzong monastery because there is no proper concrete monastery around. We will spend a night at Barshong.

Day 10
Barshong-Dolam Kencho

We’re again crossing Thimpu chhu river and dense rhododendron forests to make our way to Dolam Kencho (3600m). We will cross dense bamboo, alpine, juniper, and pine forest as we descend. Within 4-5 hours, we will reach Dolam Kencho where we will stay overnight.

Day 11
Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimpu Trek ends

The trekking trials from Dolam Kencho stretches to Dodena from where we will trek down to Thimpu. Once we reach Thimpu, our Chomolhari trek will come to an end. After a 5-6 hours trek to Thimpu, we will take rest and rejuvenate ourselves for the departure.

Day 12
Depart Paro

The 12th day is the departure day which also marks the last day of Chomolhari trek. We will travel from Thimpu to Paro and take a flight from Paro to Kathmandu.

Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Two-night hotel in Kathmandu on the 3* boutique hotel.
  • Transportation on the comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace.
  • Accommodation in Paro on 3-star hotel.
  • All the meals during the trip (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
  • All city tour with Sightseeing and entrance fees as per our itinerary.
  • Well-experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide.
  • After Paro all is camping in the tent.
  • All necessary travel permits.
  • All government taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa fee.

Excludes

  • Bar bill – can be paid for directly.
  • Personal extras such as phone calls, laundry, shopping, spa use etc.
  • Luxury Hotel. ( additional surcharge applies ) .
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Reading/writing material
  • Binoculars
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, passport photo (4 copies min)
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Money pouch
  • Swiss army knife
  • Spare Boot Laces
  • Down Sleeping bag/down jacket-provided by Mountain Mart Trek
  • Duffel bag
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle – Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves – wool or fleeced and gore tex
  • Scarf
  • Sarong a multitude of uses
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided with each trekker for trekking)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination – ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt – Long Sleeved
  • Pants – lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing – thermals.

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