Jomolhari Trek II (13 Nights/ 14 Days)

Outline of the Tour

Day 01: Paro (arrival)

Day 02: Drugyal (Paro) to Sharna Zampa (trek starts)

Day 03: Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha

Day 04: Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Day 05: Jangothang (sightseeing)

Day 06: Jangothang to Dhumzo

Day 07: Dhumzo to Thombu Shong

Day 08: Thombu Shong to Sharna Zampa

Day 09: Sharna Zampa to Drugyel (trek ends) drive to (Thimphu).

Day 10: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 11: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Day 12: Thimphu to Paro

Day 13: Paro (sightseeing)

Day 14: Paro (departure)

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 8 days

Max. Elevation: 4,890m

Seasons: April to June & Sept. to Nov.

Start: Drugyal Dzong (Paro)

Finish: Drugyal Dzong (Paro)

 

Detailed Itineraries of 4 days Bumthang Cultural Trek:

Jomolhari Trek II is the shorter one of the two Jomolhari routes and the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route) it offers a wide range of landscape and fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Base camp in Jangothang. Trekkers who want to avoid high passes and high altitude can chose an easier version of the Jomolhari Trek II by going back the same way down from Jangothang (see days 1-3), while still having the majestic impressions of Mount Jomolhari.

1st Day: Drugyal Dzong to Sharna Zampa (distance 17km, time 4 to 5 hours, 360m ascent,   80m descent, camp altitude 2,850m).

Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) where the road ends and the trek begins with a gradual climb the trail follows the Paro Chhu passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach the army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army check post your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

2nd Day: Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha (distance 22km, time 7 to 8 hours, 770m ascent, 10m descent, camp altitude 3,610m).

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path, which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jomolhari.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

3rd Day: Thangthangkha to Jangothang (distance 19km, time 5 to 6 hours, 480m ascent,       camp altitude 4,080m).

If you did not see Mount Jomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

4th Day: Jangothang Halt.

The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and it’s subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

5th Day: Jangothang to Dhumzo (distance 16km, 6 to 7 hours trekking, 810m ascent,             1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m)

The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Dhumzo to arrive at your camp soon after.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

6th Day: Dhumzo to Thombu Shong (distance 11km, 4 to 5 hours trekking, 720m ascent,       340m descent, camp altitude 4,180m).

The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

7th Day: Thombu Shong to Sharna Zampa (distance 13km, time 4 to 5 hours, 200m ascent, 1,650m descent, camp altitude 2,850m)

Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and the campsite of your first night of this trek.

Overnight Tented Campsite.

8th Day: Sharna Zampa to Drukgyel Dzong (distance 17km, time 6 hours, 80m ascent,          360m descent).

Coming across the primary school and shop the valley opens. From Mitshi Zampa you can see how the dzong is positioned and where the path takes you finally to Drugyel Dzong.

NOTE: FOLLOWING ITINERARIES WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN 8 DAYS JOMOLHARI TREK II. IN TOTAL YOU HAVE TO HOLD 13 NIGHTS FOR THIS TREK.     

Day 01: Paro (arrival) directly check-in hotel.

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

Day 02: Drugyal (Paro) to Sharna Zampa (trek starts)

Campsite in Sharna Zampa.

Day 03: Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha

Campsite in Thangthangkha.

Day 04: Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Campsite in Jangothang.

Day 05: Jangothang (sightseeing)

Campsite in Jangothang.

Day 06: Jangothang to Dhumzo

Campsite in Dhumzo.

Day 07: Dhumzo to Thombu Shong

Campsite in Thombu Shong.

Day 08: Thombu Shong to Sharna Zampa

Campsite in Sharna Zampa.

Day 09: Sharna Zampa to Drugyel (trek ends) drive to (Thimphu).

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 10: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Trashichho Dzong, Semtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Largest Buddha Statue, National Library, Changangkha Lhakhang, Painting School, Textile Meusum, Folk Heritage.

Overnight  in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 11: Thimphu (sightseeing)

Tango & Chari Lhakhang, Vegetable Market, Botanical Garden.

Overnight in Thimphu Hotel.

Day 12: Thimphu to Paro

After reaching Paro Valley Visit Ta – Dzong, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang.

Overnight in Paro Hotel.

 

Day 13: Paro (sightseeing)

Today will be your last day to stay in Bhutan and also the foremost sightseeing in Bhutan. Hike to the Tiger Nest, where you could find amazing the Monastery built in the hill of the rock. This Monastery is the 10th holiest place in the world.

You will have Supper with the President/Representative of SNG Tours & Treks and bidding farewell to the Guest(s).  Hold night at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m).

Day 14: Paro (departure)

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