Summery: Jumolhari Trek,
starts at Paro and ends at Thimphu, 10 trek days with an extra 4 days
and reaches a maximum altitude of 4890 m, rated moderate.
Extra days: the minimum number of days needed for sightseeings,
acclamatising and to drive to the starting place of the trek and pick up
at the end of the trek
Day 1 Arrival Paro by
Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu the
flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one
will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and
the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro
you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations
formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel.
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing,
over night at hotel
DAY 3 Paro - Sharna
Start of Trek. Day 1: Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Drukgyel(2580m) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2870m). Gradual
climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and
villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in
DAY 4 Sharna -
Trek Day 2 : Distance 22 kms and walking distance 6-7 hours.
Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m). The
trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer
forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari can
be seen from your camp site on clear days.
DAY 5 Thangthangka -
Trek Day 3 : Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6 hours.
Starting at Thangthangka (3630m) and camp at Jangothang (4090m)Todays
trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement
at Takethang. Yak herders live here . Camp beneath a ruined fortress at
the base of Mt. Jumolhari.
DAY 6 Jangothang - Halt
Trek Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. You can spend the day relaxing
or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes
would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are
interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at
DAY 7 Jangothang -
Trek Day 5 : Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting
at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter
your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views
of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.
DAY 8 Lingshi - Halt
Trek Day 6 : Halt. Its worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can
also make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) i.e. Base Camp of Jichu-Drake.
During the excursion hundreds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer could be seen.
Tsokha is at 4500 m. and the hike is about 4-5 hours.
DAY 9 Lingshi - Shodu
Trek Day 7 : Distance 22 kms and walking time 8-9 hours. Starting
at Lingshi (4010m) and camp at Shodu (4110m)The first half of the trek
is mostly through treeless valley until you start ascending to Yeli-la
pass at 4820 m, from here Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt.
Masagang can be seen on clear days. Camp in a meadow.
DAY 10 Shodu - Barshong
Trek Day 8 : Distance 16 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting
at Shodu (4110m) and camp at Barshong (3680 m) Todays trial winds up &
down following the Thimphu Chhu and crossing it six times. A final climb
for about an hour walk will bring you to Barshong. Camp just below the
ruins of a small Dzong.
DAY 11 Barshong - Dolam
Trek Day 9 : Distance 15 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting
at Barshong (3680m) and camp at Dolam Kencho (3430m) The trial descends
gently down to meet Thimphu Chhu through the dense forest of
Rhododendron, birch, conifer trees and across the pasture land. Camp in
DAY 12 Dolam Kencho -
Trek Day 10. End of Trek :Distance 8 km and walking time 3 hours.
Starting at Dolam Kencho (3430m) and end of trek at Dodina (2600m).
Today is an easy 3 hour descend till Dodina where your vehicle will meet
you. It is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 13 Thimphu -
sightseeing - Paro
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National
Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post
Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from
Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend
Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha
Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the
Kingdom and continue the journey following the Thimphu river till Chuzom
(Confluence) and taking the direction toward Paro following Pa-chu for 2
hours. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 14 Departure