Chomolhari Trek

Chomolhari Trek
Activity
Trekking & Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    4830 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Tented Camp 
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Dec 

Trip Overview

Chomolhari Trek takes you on a high-altitude walking adventure under the foothills of Bhutan’s sacred peaks. Explore alpine meadows, and pristine forests, and camp at seasonal shelters of the yak herders. Visit some of Bhutan’s iconic cultural landmarks and experience the Himalayan kingdom’s rich Buddhist culture and heritage.

Your trip begins in Paro, the only city in Bhutan with an international airport. Explore Ta Dzong, Paro or Rinpung Dzong, and Kichu Lakhang – the three major cultural sites in the city. Before embarking on your trek, you take an acclimatization hike to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest.

One of the most visited destinations in Bhutan, the sacred Taktsang Monastery is built on the face of a sheer cliff. According to local lore, Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche arrived here from Tibet riding a flying tigress. He meditated at a cave which is the present site of the Taktsang Monastery.  It takes around 4-6 hours to complete the hike and is a great warm-up for your upcoming Chomolhari adventure.

Starting from the ancient ruins of the Drugyal Dzong, you trek through terraced fields, apple orchards, and lush forests of pine, bamboo, and rhododendron. The trail takes you close to the Tibetan border and the sacred mountains of Bhutan – Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tshering Gang. Unlike in other Himalayan countries, mountaineering expeditions in Bhutan are banned as the Bhutanese regard the mountains are their spiritual guardians.

You will spend an extra day at Jangothang or Jomolhari base Camp hiking to vantage points and savoring the panoramic views of Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Tsophu, with its twin lakes filled with brown trouts, lies nearby.

The trail meanders along the Po Chu and Mo Chu rivers which are a lifeline for the farming communities. Crossing high mountain passes you walk past stunning glaciers and isolated settlements of nomadic yak herders. The highest point you will reach is 4950 meters at Yale La pass. At Lingshi you will camp amidst a dramatic landscape under the shadows of the magnificent Lingshi Dzong, an ancient fortress. Barshong Dzong is another grand fort you will come across en route.

Gradually descending from the Himalayan foothills you enter the lush valley of Thimphu where your trek ends. Spend your time in Thimphu discovering the city’s highlights and shopping for souvenirs at the lively local market. Unique handicraft items and hand-woven textile make up as great gift items you can take back home. You end your trip to Bhutan with an amazing drive across the lush countryside to Paro International Airport.

Chomolhari Trek is graded as a moderately difficult trek that takes you across high mountain passes above 4000 meters. This is a short high altitude trek that can be done by anyone who is physically fit and have a strong pair of legs. The trail follows an up and down route with no technical sections. You will find this trip much easier if you have done some high-altitude treks or hill-hiking. The best seasons to embark on the Chomolhari trek are spring and autumn.

This is a fully organized camping trek with support staff responsible for setting up tents and serving you nutritious meals. The heavy load (heavy baggage, camping equipment, and food supplies) will be carried by mules or horses. A local trekking guide will lead you through the wild trail while sharing his knowledge about the landscape and culture.

Chomolhari Trek is the right adventure for those seeking to explore Bhutan’s pristine landscape and rich culture. It takes you on an ancient trail to the base of Mount Jomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest mountain. If you want to discover Bhutan’s pristine nature, join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 03: Paro-Shana Trek starts

Day 04: Shana-Sio Thangthangkha

Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha-Jangothang

Day 06: Halt day at Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp

Day 07: Jangothang–Lingshi

Day 08: Lingshi-Shodu

Day 09: Shodu-Barshong

Day 10: Barshong-Dolam Kencho

Day 11: Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimphu Trek ends

Day 12: Depart Paro

Cost Includes

  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Entrance fees at the temple and monuments during the tours
  • 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)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

I was doing

LachlanAustralia

I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

Rick BelliveauPortland Oregon USA

Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!