Jumolhari Trek

Tour Highlights:

             •   8 days trekking passing through high altitude passes, streams, rivers and villages

             •   Explore Paro Valley and Thimpu

             •   Tiger's Nest Monastery, Drukgyal Dzong, Ta Dzong

             •   King's Memorial Chorten, Punakha Dzong and  Druk Wangyel Monastery

             •   Changangkha Monastery, traditional paper factory and Nunnery Temple

             •   School of Arts and Crafts and Folk Heritage Museum

             •   National Institute of Traditional Medicine, majestic Tashichho Dzong and giant Buddha

             •   Stunning views of Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang.


 

Trip Cost Includes:

             •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
             •   6 Nights in twin sharing government approved accommodation

             •   8 Nights in tented camps during trekking days

             •   14 Breakfast, 14 Lunch and 14 Dinner.

              •   Bhutan Visa and Visa Processing assistance

              •   Drinking water for the duration of the tour

              •   Equipment during the camping trek. (We provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents,

                  kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)

              •   Government Royalty (35% of 200USD), that goes to health and education project of the country
              •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places.
              •   Licensed English speaking Bhutanese tour guide 
              •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
              •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by our representative and escorted to your pre booked hotel after immigration formalities After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels). Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and from there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery stands now. Lunch will be served in a restaurant located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. You will hike down to Paro for overnight stay

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 3: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong & trek to Shana

17km / 5-6 Hours / 360m Ascent 80m Descent
Drive up to Drukgyal Dzong where the road ends and start the trek by following the river gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will find plenty of traditional farmhouses in a purely rural setting. The campsite is just beyond an army outpost.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 2800m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 4: Trek from Shana to Soe Thangthangkha

22km / 7-8 Hours/ 770m Ascent 10m Descent
Continue uphill through the river valley, which narrows and closes after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage. Most of the trail actually is downhill after the initial climb. The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3400m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 5: Trek from Soe Thangthangkha to Jangothang

19km / 5-6 Hours / 480m Ascent
Walking up along the Paro River we pass a small army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow-capped mountains along with the winter homes of yak herders. We camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Jumolhari Mountain.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 4040m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang (Base Camp)

Today is a rest and acclimatization for tomorrow’s highest climb on this trek. You will hike to explore nearby mountains and lakes.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 7: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi

18km / 6-7 Hours / 840m Ascent 870m Descent
Walk up towards the pass through a wide pastureland. As you come down after the pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong, Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. We camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent.

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 4150m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 8: Trek from Lingshi to Shodu

22km / 8-9 Hours / 940m Ascent 920m Descent
The trek route of Laya Gasa and Jomolhari separates from today. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4100m), a meadow with a Chorten.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 9: Trek from Shodu to Barshong

16km / 5-6 Hours/ 250m Ascent 670m Descent
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 lunch 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

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3600m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dolam Kencho

15km/ 5-6 Hours / 290m Ascent 640m Descent
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 we traverse steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland

Overnight: Tented Camp at an altitude 3600m

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 11: Trek from Dolam Kencho to Dodena to Thimphu

8km / 3-4 Hours / 500m Ascent 930m Descent
Trek ends today. The trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena at an elevation of 2600m where you will be picked up to drive to Thimphu. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 12: Thimphu

Sightseeing in Thimphu includes the King's Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972, Changgangkha Monastery, nunnery temple, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichho Dzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Statue in the world.

Overnight: Hotel in Thimpu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 13: Drive from Thimpu to Punakha

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La at an elevation of 3100 meters, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship.

Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 14: Drive from Punakha to Paro

This morning you will return to Paro via Dochu La Pass. On the way, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. In the evening, you can tour the village in Paro to learn about daily life – perhaps visiting a farmhouse or two for a cup of butter tea or an “ara” local wine produced by a brewery of wheat or rice.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 15: Departure flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for trekking in Bhutan. So please contact us for your desired dates.

Maximum Altitude: 4820m at Yeli La pass 

 

Best Time
Spring (March to April) and autumn (September to November) are the best times for trekking in Bhutan. The day temperature is warm while the night temperature can go between 20 degree celsius to minus 10 degree celsius in high altitude areas


 

Trekking in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan is different than in Nepal. In Nepal, most of the trekking trails run through spaced villages, encountering diversified ethic groups. On the way, you can find lodges or small tea house for your shelter for the night. While trekking in Bhutan is a complete wilderness experience. You will be on a trek sleeping at tents on designated place where there is water supply for your camp meals. Your equipment and supplies will be carried by horses and by yaks on higher altitudes.


 

What to pack for Bhutan trek
You must bring all your personal equipment with you as trekking gear is not widely available in Bhutan. While packing for the trek, limit your baggage to 15kg. Each pack animal carries 30kg, and it’s expected that one animal will carry the luggage of two trekkers.
We provide 2-men tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils, kitchen equipment, a kitchen tent, dinning tent and a toilet tent. Sleeping bags are not provided. So bring your own because it is difficult to find sleeping bags of your specification in Bhutan.


 

Unforeseen events
Despite all the preparations, sometimes itineraries can be disrupted due to unforeseen factors such as blockage of route due to heavy snow or breakage of bridges due to unexpected heavy showers or sometimes trails become too icy for the horses due to rapid temperature fall.


 

Trekking trail conditions in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan is physically demanding as it involves a vigorous long walk up hillside and through mountains with harsh terrain with drastic changes in elevation. The average daily gains is about 500m spread over 8km to 12km, with an odd 1000m ascent.
Campsites are sometime spaced out over long distance, requiring you to walk seven to nine hours in a day. However sometimes, it may be just three or four hours of brisk walking. You will often come across rocky terrain and long stretches of round river rocks, which is hard on your feet. Trails could also be muddy, and diversions are quite common. On high passes, it’s always possible to encounter snow.


 

Trekking Crew for Bhutan trek
A trekking party typically will consist of a guide, a trek chef, a helper and a horse man with his animals. The guide plays an important role in arranging and coordinating the trek by teaming up with trek chef and other members.


 

Accommodation in Bhutan trek
Standard government approved accommodation in cities like Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. But during tented camp stay trekkers will sleep in tents with foam pads placed on rubber mats acting as an insulator. We provide best quality Nepal made A-shaped or North Face dome tents. Your guides and helpers have their own tents as well. Your campsites will be at a designated place where there is water to cook your meals.
In some places, there is a stone building where staff can use for cooking and trekkers can also use it for dinning and shelter in emergency.


 

Food supplies in Bhutan trek
During hotel stay in cities such as Paro, Thimpu and Punakha, you will be eating in restaurants and during tented camp stay you will be supplied with large assortment of food items and our trek chef can cook pampering meals at any height and weather. All our trekking chefs are trained and certified by Bhutan tourism bureau and they can prepare variety of western and Asian dishes, and they often add interesting local touches. All food supplies are carried from the start of the trek, and food is cooked over stoves fuelled by LPG.


 

Transportation used
We use comfortable and reliable vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable assuring comfortable journey. You will have a vehicle, an English speaking Bhutanese guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times during drive


 

Pack animals for Bhutan trek
You will not find porters in Bhutan. Instead of porters, horses and yaks (at higher elevations) are used in while trekking in Bhutan. They are used for carrying all food supplies, trekking gears and equipment leaving you only with a day pack. Your day pack will consists of items you require daily such as cameras and batteries, toiletries, energy bars, and water bottles.


 

Preparing for trek in Bhutan
Trekking in Bhutan is challenging. So, you must train intensively before coming for a trek in Bhutan. Walk up and down hills or inclines as much as possible with a backpack weighing 4-5kg to increase the strength. If you do not have time take walks over weekends, try riding a bicycle, jogging or training intensively with exercise machine.


 

Health and safety
People wishing to do a trek in Bhutan should not worry about altitude and potential heart problems. There is no evidence that altitude is likely to bring on previously undiagnosed heart diseases. If you can exercise and train maximum at home, you should not have an increase risk while trekking. However if you already have a known heart disease and your exercise is already limited by symptoms at low altitude, you must consult your doctor before coming for a trek.


 

Rescue
In Bhutan, there were only few incidences (once in a year or so) where people had to be rescued because of altitude. There are horses and men to carry back to the lower place but on higher passes, evacuation has to be done by helicopter as land evacuation will not be possible. Rescue helicopter come from Indian Air Force bases in Hasimara or Bagdogra airport, after a request sent out by guide to the tour operator reaches the Indian forces through TBC and the Royal Bhutan Army. Fortunately communication between the trekkers and base office has been made quicker due to introduction of mobile networks.


 

Bhutan Visa
We handle the visa procedures for you. The Bhutanese government sanction visa only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included in our tour price. You need to email us the copy of your passport for visa procedures. Actual Bhutan VISA is stamped in your passport on arrival to Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.2 copies of original passport-sized photographs are required on arrival in the country.


 

Vaccination
No vaccinations are compulsory in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


 

Credit Cards in Bhutan
Only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments . In Bhutan there are only few ATM's for credit card (Master card / Maestro) . US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euro Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 and 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency


 

Insurance Coverage
A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended.


 

Departure Dates
The tour will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


 

Contact Us
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 1 6915029


 

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