Bhutan: Jumolhari Trek

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  • Trip Duration: 13 Nights 14 Days
  • Trip Type: Trek & Cultural
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer or Autumn
  • Elevation: 1200 m (3937 ft)- 4100 m (13451 ft)

Detail

The Jumolhari trek is a challenging trek in Bhutan that takes you from Paro to Thimphu, following the route of the highlanders.The trek offers the perfect opportunity to get insight into the life of highlanders. The trial is popular among botanists for its high-altitude wildflowers and plants. You’ll follow the Paro Chhu River for the first two nights until you reach Jangothang basecamp, which offers the breathtaking views of Mt. Jumolhari, the “Goddess of the Mountains”. 

This trek can be done in reverse from Thimphu to Paro and can be further customized.

During the trek, the tour highlights the following: 

  • Excursion to Tiger’s Nest monastery
  • The view of Lingzhi Dzong fortress 
  • The trek offers astonishing view of towering Himalayan peaks
  • Explore Thimphu and Punakha valleys
  • Discover different species of plants and flowers including (Blue Poppy- Bhutan’s National flower)  
  • Stop at Dochula Pass to admire the monuments and the beautiful valley view below

Trip Costs

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 5375 (Single Traveler)
$ 4945 (Couple -per person)
$ 4622 (3 – 6 Travelers -per person)
$ 4300 (7- 9 Travelers -per person)
$ 4031 (10 Travelers & above – per person)

Price Includes

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars can be upgraded at an additional fee)
  • All meals / Tea & snacks
  • All internal transport (excluding Domestic flights)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • An experienced English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF (Sustainable Development Fees/Government Fees) & Visa Fees

While on trek the following are included

  • Camp site Fees
  • Two person tents
  • All meals (Veg/Non-Veg as per your preferences)
  • Eating utensils  
  • Foam mattresses
  • Dining & toilet tents
  • Pack Ponies to transport equipment

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Additional personal expenses such as souvenirs, meals, snacks, alcohol, laundry, tips, and gratuities for the tour leader and staff.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Paro

Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft 

Paro sightseeing

Attractions

– Paro Dzong

– Ta Dzong (national Museum)

– Explore in Paro Town

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 02: Paro- Tiger’s Nest Hike

Driving duration: 15km/ 30 Minutes

Elevation: 2250m / 7382ft

Day Hike to Tiger’s-Nest (5-6 hrs round trip)

Attractions

– Tigers-nest Hike (one of the 10th Holiest places in the world)

– Visit Traditional Farm house

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 03: Paro to Shana– Trek starts from Shana - Soi Thangthangkha

Driving Duration: (17km/1hrs) from Paro to Shana.

Walking Distance: (20km, 8 hours)900m Acent

Elevation: 3750meters (12303ft) 

Attractions:

– Drugyal Dzong

– The trail follows Pachhu (Paro River), ascending through pine, oak, spruce, and Rhododendron forests

Overnight camp at Thangthangkha 

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Elevation: 4040m/ 13254ft

Attractions:

– Excursion to the twin Tshophu Lakes on the way to Bongtela Pass. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude, and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. 

– You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles, and the remarkable blue poppy.

– If you do not wish to hike then simply relax in camp, either way it will be a memorable day

Overnight camp at Jangothang 

Day 05: Jangothang Halt

Elevation: 4040m/ 13254ft

Attractions:

– After several days of trekking, halt for one day

– Explore the natural environment surrounded by Himalayan mountains

Overnight camp at Jangothang 

Day 06: Jangothang to Lingshi

Walking Distance: (18km, 7- 8 hrs) 800m Acent,730 Decent

Elevation: 4010m/ 13156ft

Attractions:

– view of Jhomolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tsherim Gang (6789m)

– You will be climbing to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,830m/16040ft

– Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and Lingshi Dzong

Overnight camp at Lingshi

Day 07: Lingshi to Shodu

Walking Distance: (22km, 8-9 hours) 940m Acent,920 Decent

Elevation: 4100m/ 13451ft

Attractions:

– From the Yeli La pass(4942m), you can be able to see Jhomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tsherim Gang and Masang Gang if the weather is clear

Overnight camp at Shodu

Day 08: Shodu to Barshong

Walking Distance: (16km, 6-7 hours) 250m Acent,670 Decent

Elevation: 3600m/ 11811ft

Attractions:

– The trail follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper, and other alpine forests.

– The stunning view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls

– The trail ascends 130m to the Barshong Dzong ruins (12200ft/3720m)

Overnight at the camp in Barshong

Day 09: Barshong to Dodena (drive on to Thimphu)

Driving duration: 39km/2hrs

Elevation: 2350m/ 7710ft

Attractions:

– Cheri Monastery

– Tango Buddhist University College

– Astrology learning Centre (Pangri Zampa Monastery)

– Explore Thimphu Town

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu

Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing

Elevation: 2350m/ 7710ft

Attractions:

– Buddha Point (Siddhartha Gautama in seated position)

– Takin Preservation Center

– Changangkha Lhakhang

– Hand Made Paper Factory

– Centenary Farmers Markets

– Authentic Bhutanese Crafts street

– Simtokha Dzong

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu

Day 11: Thimphu to Punakha

Driving Duration: 77km/2 hrs

Elevation: 1310 / 4300ft

Drive to Punakha and sightseeing in Punakha

Attractions:

– Dochula Pass (108 stupa)

– Chhimi Lhakhang Temple

– Punakha Dzong (Palace of Great Happiness)

– Suspension Bridge

– Rafting on Mo chhu River if you interested (Extra cost)

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha

Day 12: Punakha to Phobjikha/Gangtey

Driving Duration: 80km/2.5 hrs

Elevation: 2900 / 9510ft

Attractions:

– Astonishing view of Jhomolhari from Lawala pass

– Gangtey Monastery

– Nature walks through Phobjikha valley

– Black Necked Crane center Information

Overnight at Hotel in Phobjikha

Day 13: Gangtey to Paro

Driving Duration: 188km/5hrs

Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft 

Attractions:

– En-route Simtokha Dzong

– Visit Kyichu Temple ( oldest temple in Bhutan)

– Explore Paro Town

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

Day 14: Departure

Elevation: 2,350m / 7,710ft

After a delectable breakfast, time to check out from the hotel. Leave Bhutan behind you carrying only the good memories and experiences as you are accompanied by the representative to the airport for departure.

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