Chomolhari Trek with Cultural tour is a package designed for those adventure lovers who would love to add a spice of trekking experience to their Bhutan cultural tour. We initiate our journey from the ruins of Drugyal Dzong and follow a river to Yalila Pass. On the way, we pass various hamlets, farmlands, deep forest valleys to alpine pasturelands. Chomolhari Trek with cultural tour offers some spectacular views of snow-capped mountains like Jholmolhari, Jechu Darkey, Tserim Gang and glaciers.
Bhutan is a land of heavenly beauty. The snow-capped mountains, lush hills, forests, rivers, valleys and its long treasured architecture are the assets that makes Bhutan so special. As you walk by the streets of Bhutan, you will find the influence of unique and unadulterated Buddhist culture. Talking about its uniqueness in religion, it is the only country that has been able to sustain itself as a Mahayana Buddhist state. Also, popular as the Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is a sacred land located in the Eastern Himalayas in between two giant nations India and China. The colourful monasteries, prayer flags, places of cultural importance, cultural dresses, lifestyle and many other aspects of Bhutan makes the country lively and vibrant.
Chomolhari Trek with cultural tour includes hike to Tiger’s monastery and sightseeing tour to Memorial chorten, Wangditse monastery, Nunnery temple, School of Art and Crafts, Changangkha monastery and many more. It an opportunity to know about the unique Buddhist culture prevalent in Bhutan. The temples, monasteries and dzongs are truly artistic and resembles the Tibetan Buddhist culture. The art, crafts and culture preserved in the museums of Bhutan will enlighten you about Bhutanese history and culture. Therefore, are you ready to experience this mix of culture and nature? Nepal Hiking Team is here to make your journey delightful.
- Day 1: Arrive Paro
- Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Day 3: Paro-Shana Trek starts
- Day 4: Shana-Sio 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-Thimphu Trek ends
- Day 12: Depart Paro
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
- Single room surcharge when travelling 2 people in a group
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
- Tented accommodation during the trek,
- Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
- Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
- All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
- All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
- Our office expenses and service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary”
- International flights
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
- Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
- Pony service and porters
- Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 1: Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic display and “field of Buddhas”, which helps one to visualize while meditating. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight stay at the hotel, lunch and dinner included.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery, which stands at 3100m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. The 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the Monastery hike back to Paro. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 3: Paro-Shana Trek starts
17KM / 5-6 HOURS / 300M ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 2850M
The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2300m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,850m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4: Shana-Sio Thangthangkha
21KM / 5-6 HOURS / 900 ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 3750M
The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to the campsite at the altitude of 3,750m. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5: Sio Thangthangkha-Jangothang
19KM / 5-6 HOURS / 300M ASCENT / CAMP ELEV 4050M
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,050m. From here, the view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 6: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp
Today is a day of acclimatization. You may choose from four day hikes: a 3-4 hours hike up to a ridge that gives a good view of Jichu Drake; a hike up to the end of the valley, toward Jumolhari; a trek up the main valley toward Jichu Drake or a hike to Tsophu, a pair of lakes with a good supply of brown trout. Altitude 4050m. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 7: Jangothang–Lingshi
19KM / 6-7 HOURS / 800M ASCENT / 730 M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 4100M
The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then Walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4830m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4100m. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu
22KM / 8-9 HOURS / 940M ASCENT / 920M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 4100M
The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4,100m), a meadow with a Chorten. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 9: Shodu-Barshong
16KM / 5-6 HOURS / 250M ASCENT / 670M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 3600M
At this place, one comes back to tree line. The path follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of riversides. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,600m. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Barshong-Dolam Kencho
15KM / 5-6 HOURS / 280M DESCENT / CAMP ELEV 3320M
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet Thimphu Chhu. It stays on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Then traverses steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland at 3320m. Overnight stay at the tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimphu Trek ends
8KM / 3-4 HOURS / 680M DESCENT
The trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, elevation 2,640m where you will be picked up by Bhutan Travelers transport to drive to Thimphu. Later in the afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Depart Paro
After breakfast, drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.