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Jumolhari Trek

Travel Bhutan with Bhutan Travel Packages. Jumolhari Mountain has been restricted from being scaled for about three decades now. Local yak herders believed it to be the abode of their legendry Goddess.Bhutan Travel Packages will guide you to the base camp of this imposing and beautiful mountain. Bhutan Travel Packages will providewith experienced guides, cooks, crew and beast of burden.

Mount Jumolhari trek is one of the most popular trek in Bhutan, and yet it is one of the most exotic Bhutan trekking experience one can ever have in a life time. If trekking is your passion, then your life journal is incomplete before you do this trek in Bhutan.

Itinerary

Day 1:- Arrive Paro

Your Bhutan Travel experience starts much prior to your entering Bhutan’s air space. During the flight, you can see breath-taking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the Mount Everest, sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival in Bhutan you will be greeted by Bhutan Travel Packages representative and transferred to your hotel at Paro. In the afternoon after lunch and much needed rest from the long travel to Bhutan.Youwill visit The Ta Dzong, built in 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong (fortress) and the valley from invading Tibetan armies. This fortress was converted into a museum in 1968 and over a period it has gathered over 3000 fascinating artefacts, some dating back about 2000 years. Thereafter you will visit the Ringpung Dzong (Paro Dzong)meaning the “fortress of heap of jewels”. Later a visit to local Paro market. Dinner and overnight stay, at a hotel in Paro.

Day 2:- Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

This early morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Bhutan’s most revered monastery. The location and setting of this monastery standing almost a kilometre on a vertical rockface above the valley floor is absolutely breath-taking. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came here to meditate riding on back of a tigress from Tibet in 8th century. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant 25 minutes from the monastery. The Cafeteria also presents a beautiful view of the Taktsang. After reaching assigned vehicle you will leave for KyichuLhakhang one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Paro.

Day 3:- Paro-ShanaZampa (17 km, 5-6 hours) Trek starts

Early morning you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong from here your Bhutan trek starts. Paro Drukgyel Dzong to SharnaZampa (Distance a17km, trek time 4 to 5 hours, camp altitude 2,850m). The walk will start on a wide trail through rice and millet field and would gently climb into apple orchards. The trail follows Paro Chu (river). Soon you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. There are several meadows to camp in beyond Shana Zampa for the night.

Day 4:- ShanaZampa-SioThangthankha (16 km, 4-5 hours)

SharnaZampa- Thangthangkha (Distance 16km, 6 to 7 Hours, camp altitude 3,750m). The trail will again follow the Pa Chu (river) with lots of ups and downs, the trail will enter the Jigme Dorji National Park, you will be served lunch after crossing the bridge towards the left side of Pa Chu. Finally will reach Thangthankha, this place is also from where you will have your first view of the sacred Jamolhari mountain.

Day 5 Thangkhankha-Jangothang (19 km, 5-6 hours)

(Distance 19km, 6 to 7 hours,camp altitude 4,080m). Early morning have breakfast against the backdrop of Mount Jomolhari. The trek will continue up the Paro Chhu valley, which widen into patches of alpine meadows and scattered forest tree patches. Your lunch would be served in one of the many yak herder’s camp.The trek will continue and you will pass the villages SoeTakethang and Dangochang. You will eventually reach your camping site, Jangothang, one of the most beautiful camping site in the Himalayas. Again you will be graced by spectecular view of Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 6 Explore Jangothang

Today you will halt at Jangothang. It’s a great place to explore around, with multitude of lakes and small trails to visit. One can also spot blue sheep on the upper slopes of valley. You can also trek up to Tosoh. The possibility of a day’s trek are in three direction.

Day 7 Jangothang-Lingshi (18 km, 5-6 hours)

The trail follows the stream for about 20 minutes, and thereafter the ascend becomes more arduous for next half hour, after about 30 minutes of further trekking, you will reach Nyilia pass at 4,870m. Nyliia Pass presents you with a breathtakingly beautiful view of Jumolhari, Tshering Gang and Jichu Drake. Gradual descent to Lingshi, where you will be camping for the night, on way you will come across yak herder’s tents made out of sheep wool, where herders take shelter while on move to various pastures with their flocks. The campsite is next to a stone hut just before Lingshi Dzong (fortress).

Day 8 Lingshi-Shodu (22 km, 7-8 hours)

Lingshi – Shodu (Distance 22km, 7 to 8 hours, camp altitude 4,100m). The trail climbs towards a small white Chorten on the ridge above the camp.Aftercrossing the Mo Chhu (river), the trek climbs steeply for almost 2 hours to reach Yeli La Pass at an altitude of 4,930m. on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jamolhari, Ganchen Ta, Masanggang and Tserimgang. Then steep downhill trek to Shodu, the campsite.

Day 9 Shodu-Barshong (16 km, 6-7 hours)

Shodu – Barshong (Distance 16km, 5 to 6 hours, camp altitude 3,710m). We will back in the tree line. The trail will follow the Thimpu Chu (river) through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine tree forest. You will be treated to a striking view of cliff facing rocks and waterfalls. Lunch will be served by the riverside. Post lunch the trek gradually will ascend to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, you will be camping for the night next to these ruins at an altitude of 3,600m.

Day 10 Barshong-DolamKencho (15 km, 5-6 hours)

Barshong – DolamKencho (Distance 15km, 4 to 6 hours, camp altitude 3,600m).The trail descends gradually through a forest of rhododendron, conifers and birch, maple and bamboo and then descent steeply to meet ThimphuChu (river).Then go across steep cliff to DolamKencho, a camp on these meadows at 3,600m.

Day 11 DolamKencho-Dodena-Thimphu (8 km, 3 hours) Trek ends

DolamKencho – Dodena (Distance 8km, 3 hours)The trail will continue through the forested area zigzagging up and down and through a small pass. Some local wildlife can be seen on the trail. On reaching Dodena you will exit JigmeDorji National Park and reach the road ahead, where you will be picked up by BhutanTravelPackages.com in a transport to drive you to Thimpu. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Thimpu.

Day 12 Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the radio tower (to have a Birdseye view of Thimphu Valley), next you will visit The King's Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King of Bhutan JigmeDorjiWangchuk who reigned from 1952-1972. The zoo, which houses the national animal of Bhutan: the Takin.Next stop the School of Arts and Crafts, here you can see student learning various traditional crafts of Bhutan, The handmade paper making factory. In the evening you will start back to Paro. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Paro.

Day 13 Departure

We hope you come and experience Bhutan Trekking this we know that you will cherish the experience for rest of your life. What you will experienced in these 12 days is made available to a lucky few. We at Bhutan Travel Packages would like to serve you for any of your Bhutan travel or Bhutan trekking needs in the future. Goodbye from the land of Thunder Dragon.

While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need.

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