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  • Package Name :- Jomolhari Loop Trek
  • Duration :- 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Trip Difficulty Level :- Moderate

Jomolhari Loop Trek

Paro and Thimphu

Jomolhari Loop Trek

Trip Length:  10 Days / 9 Nights

Days

  Activities

Day One

  Arrive at Paro. Paro Sightseeing.

Day Two

  Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization.

Day Three

 Trek Starts: Shana Zampa to Soi Thangkha.

Day Four

Soi Thangkha to Jangothang.

Day Five

 Jangothang acclimatization and exploration.

Day Six

  Jangothang via Tshophu lake and Bhonte La Pass to Dhumzo.

Day Seven

   Dhumzo to Thombu Shong. 

Day Eight

  Thombu Shong via Thombu La pass to Sharna Zampa. Drive to Thimphu.

Day Nine

  Full Day Sightseeing in Thimphu.

Day Ten

   Depart

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1/Arrive at Paro. Paro Sightseeing.

On your Drukair flight to Bhutan, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by Boonserm representatives who will accompany the group throughout the journey. After checking in your hotel we will be doing some sightseeing by first visiting the National Museum of Bhutan, which showcases our rich flora and fauna, important antique thangkha/scrolls paintings, textiles, gallery of different masks and beautiful old statues. If time permits we will also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community. Towards the evening we can explore the charming town of Paro for shopping and leisure. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

 

Day 2/Hike to Taktshang “The Tigers Lair”- Acclimatization.

After breakfast we will hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang “The Tigers Lair”. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan. Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. He meditated at the site for three months, from where he subjugated the Eight Categories of Evil Spirits, and thus converted the region to Buddhism. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. The hike takes you about 4-5hours from the car park. Overnight at hotel, Paro.

Day 3/Trek start. Sharna Zampa- Soi Thangkha.

(Distance 22km, 7 to 8 hours, 770m ascent, 10m descent, camp altitude 3,750m).

Morning we will drive up to Sharna Zampa at 2,870m, from where we will be starting our trek. The trail follows Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After 2 hours of continuous hiking and crossing several streams, you will reach at Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. A hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. Little ahead is the trail junction – left an old trade route and invasion from Tibet and right leading to the wooden bridge (we follow the right). After climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, we reach our camp at 3750m, which is amidst beautiful meadows. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 4/Soi Thangkha – Jangothang.

(Distance 19km, 5 to 6 hours, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4,080m).

This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Although today is not a long trekking day, a significant height gain will take place as your trail goes above tree line. From the camp, your path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang ( 4,080,), one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, where you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari. Overnight in tent.

Day 5/Jangothang acclimatization and exploration.

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of 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. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east. Overnight in tent.

Day 6/Jangothang via Tshophu lake (4380m) and Bhonte La pass (4890m) to Dhumzo.

(Distance 16km, 6 to 7 hours, 850m ascent, 1090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m).

The trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and descends once again to the Paro Chhu (River), crossing it on a wooden bridge. Walk up to the Tshophu lake (4380 meters), which is inhabited by ruddy shel ducks. You will come across a second lake after you climb across a slope to a crest. Then descend into a hidden valley and climb steeply to Bonte La at 4890m, the highest point of the trek with great mountain views of Basingthang (5500m) and Chatarake (5570m). After the pass, the trail descends crisscrossing yak trails down to the Dhumzo Chhu and after walking downstream past few houses you arrive at a camp at 3800 meters. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 7/Dhumzo to Thombu Shong.

(Distance 11km, 4 to 5 hours, 720m ascent, 340m descent, camp altitude 4180 m).

The trail climbs over 100m over a ridge, and then drops to another stream. Crossing that stream, the trail heads up the hillside, dropping into a small side valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past few huts to Takhung La (4520 m). A short descend leads to wide and grassy Thombu Shong (4180m) with few yak herder’s huts. Overnight in tent.

Day 8/Thombu Shong via Thombu La pass (4380m) to Sharna Zampa.

(Distance 13km, 4 to 5 hours, 200m ascent, 1650m descent)

Climb out of the valley through rhododendron forests to Thombu La at 4380m. On clear weather, great views of Mount Jumolhari, Jicchu Drake, Teri Kang and even Kanchenjunga from the pass is rewarding and a treat for the hectic minds. Trail then drops gradually to about 4000m, as we hike down the ridge; you finally reach the helipad at Gunitsawa (2730m) where you will be received by our driver and then drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel,Thimphu.

Day 9/Full day Sightseeing in Thimphu.

Morning after breakfast we will visit the King's Memorial Stupa built in 1974, then we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang where the gigantic 51 meters tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue overlooking the valley resides. Then we take a short drive to see the takins, the unique national animal of Bhutan. After visiting the takin preserve we will visit the Folk heritage Museum founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The museum is one of a kind that portrays the lifestyle of a genteel family in the Thimphu valley in the olden days.Later we will also visit the paper making factory where the traditional Bhutanese paper is produced from Daphne plant using the very old typical traditional methods.  Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

 

Day 10/Depart.

Morning drive to Paro and depart from Paro International Airport to your destinations.

Accomodation Detail

Thimphu : Namgay Heritage Hotel or Tashi Yoedling

Paro : Tashi Namgay Resort or Hotel Gangtay Palace

Please note that the above hotel will be based on availability at the time of confirming your trip. In the event the above hotels are not available, we will provide hotel in similar catagory

Price Details

High Season(Mar,Apr,May,Sep,Oct & Nov)

  • One Person :  $2650.00
  • Two Person :  $2560.00
  • Three Person :  $2290.00

Lean Season(Dec,Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul & Aug)

  • One Person :  $2200.00
  • Two Person :  $2110.00
  • Three Person :  $1840.00

Cost includes:  

  • Bhutan Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Accommodation in Standard Tourist Hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All trekking arrangement and equipments except personal sleeping bag
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver with comfortable private vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Entrance fees to all museums & monuments
  • Mineral water
  • Evening Tea/Snacks

Cost does not include:  

  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratitude
  • Personal Insurance
  • Flight ticket To/From Bhutan

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