Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 12 Days

Country: Nepal

 

This trek is one of the popular, unspoiled and untouched trekking regions as compared to other regions of the Himalayas. Though a bit challenging, nonetheless, this trek rewards you with the pure crystal air, amazing landscapes, splendid views of mountains, and much more.

We will be reaching the Chomlahari Base Camp at the altitude of 4115 meters. The Chomlahari peak (7315 m) is a sacred mountain where people of Bhutan worship this. This peak is also known as Jomlahari Mountain. This trek is ideal for those travelers desiring to experience - the exclusive cultural site, somewhat easy trekking trail, views of the beautiful Mount Chomlahari and Jichu Drake (6795 m), and explore the culture and lifestyles of this remote village.

During your flight to Paro, you will be viewing the spectacular panoramic views of Chomlahari and Jichu Drake. After landing at Paro, we will be exploring some of the landmarks like Rinpung Dzong, Kichulhangkhang and Tashi Dzong. We also hike to the famous and most visited site - Tiger Nest Monastery.

Our actual trekking begins from Drugyal Dzong, where we start ascending rice paddies, fields and further come across apple orchards and some forests. The next day, we ascend and descend through forests, and crossing a bridge, we reach Sio Thangthangkh. The next day following the Paro River through the forests, we reach Thangthangkha. And continuing trekking, the next day we reach Jjangothang. The following day, we head to the Jiangothang base camp and enjoy the views of beautiful peaks.

The next day, we head to Lingshi, where we get the magnificent view of Chomolhari, and Jichu Drake. Next, we cross several passes and reach Shodu, and then to Barshong, and head to Dolamkencho. Finally, we reach Dodena and from here, we drive to Thimpu. After reaching Thimpu, we wander around the streets of Thimpu exploring and end our trekking tour.

Chomalhari trekking tour to the beautiful Bhutan is a 12 days trekking, which can be attempted every season but we suggest in spring and fall. We Accent Himalaya, can customize the departure date and fix different itinerary as according to your holiday schedule. For more information about this trekking, please feel free to contact or email us.

Below we list the detailed itinerary for Bhutan Chomalhari Trek:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

During your flight near Bhutan you will get the picturesque view of the Himalayas including with the sacred peak Jomolhari and the Jichu drake peaks of Bhutan. Our representative will be there at the airport waiting for you and they will greet you and take you to the hotel. From the day one itself we will began our trip where we will first visit the Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646. Next we will visit the Kichu Lhangkhang ancient temple of Bhutan and then we will visit the Ta-cho Dzong and today this palace has turned into a museum inside the museum you will get to observe various ancient paintings, teachings of Buddha, armors and many more. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,433ft) then return to Paro

Today after the breakfast we will be hiking for around 2 hours to reach at Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger nest monastery which is the Bhutan eminent monastery. The monastery is high at the precarious cliff around 900 meters. It is believed that the Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of Tiger back to meditate into this cave which now stands as Taksang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the cafeteria restaurant which is located midway up to the mountain. After that we will retrace back to Paro valley. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 03: Trek starts Paro to Shana (2,850m/9,348ft): 15 km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we will began our trek from the Dyrugyal Dzong which is at an altitude of 2580 meter and trekking downhill and ascending slowly via rice and millet fields. After that we will be entering the path through lush forests and apple orchards. After that our trails widens and we will continue our trek and reach at the army camp on Gunitsawa at the altitude of 2810 meter. Continuing our trek we will reach at Shana Zampa which is best place for camping and the area is surrounded by huge trees. We will be setting our camp at the altitude of 2850 meter.

Day 04: Shana to SioThangthangkha (3,750m/12,300 ft.): 20 km, 7 - 8 hours

Today our tracks follows the Paro river and climbing and descending for awhile through oak, spruce and pine forests. Then we will cross the bridge and lunch will be served close to the river. After finishing having our lunch we will continue our trek following the river and ascend via rhododendron forests and again we will be crossing the bridge and then we will be reaching at our campsite which will be at an altitude of 3750 meter.

Day 05: SioThangthangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,250 ft): 19 km, 7 - 8 hours

Today we will be ascending for while and then we will reach at the army camp and following the river we will reach at the high hill and here we will get to relish the several peaks. We will be having our lunch at the yak herder camp. We will be walking for awhile to the valley and then we will reach at our campsite and from here we will get the stunning view of mount Chomolhari and the Jichu drake peak.

Day 06: Rest day at Jangothang Base Camp

Today we will be relaxing as well as adapting the altitude for our tomorrow journey. After having our breakfast we will be heading to the north side and from here one get the striking view of Jichu Drake peak. On the way we will stop on this site which is famous for doing picnic and here we will be doing picnic and have our lunch there. On the way you might also get the spot blue sheep’s and grazing yaks so, today trip will be enjoy full as well as acclimatizing the altitude.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 18 km, 7 - 8 hours

Today our path follows the river for an hour and then we will be crossing the bridge and then climb to a ride and from the top of the ridge we will get the breathtaking view of mount Chomolhari, Tshering gang and the Jichu drake peak. After that we will be walking to the valley and then we will ascend further and cross the Ngye La pass at 4870 meter. We will then descend down to Lingshi camp and on the way we will enjoy the amazing view of several peaks and the Lingshi Dzong. We will be setting our camp at 4000 meter.

Day 08: Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,450ft): 22km, 8 - 9 hours

Today our Laya gasa direction will be leaving the Chomlahari track and then we will be ascending to a small chorten above the camp and then we will be turning to the south side to the Mo chu valley. After trekking to the huge valley we will be ascending slowly above the Mo chhu and crossing the river and ascending steeply for around 2 hours we will reach at Yeli la pass which is at 4820 meter. We will get the breathtaking view of Chomolhari, Masang Gang, Gannchen Tang and Tshering Gang from the pass. After that we will descend down along the rivers and further descending we will reach at our camp site at Shodu at 4100 meter.

Day 09: Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft): 16km, 6 - 7 hours

Today we will be trekking following the Thimpu River and then descend down via juniper, alpine and rhododendron forests. On the way we will get to view cascading waterfall. We will be having our lunch close to the river side. After having our lunch we will be walking for awhile and then climbs slowly to the Barshong Dzong. We will be walking to the campsite at 3600 meter.

Day 10: Barshong to DolamKencho (3,600m/11,810ft): 15km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we will descend via lush birch, conifers and rhododendron forests. After that we will descend through the steep way and then we will reach at Thimpu chu –river. Continuing trekking alongside the river and further ascend and descend alongside the river. Then we will cross the cliff of Dolam Kencho and then we will be reaching at the camp situated in the beautiful sites with pasture lands at 3600 meter.

Day 11: DolamKencho to DodenatoThimphu (2,350m /7,710ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours: Trek ends

Today we will be hiking from Dolam Kencho and head to Dodena and from here we take a drive to Thimpu. As today we will be climbing about 500 meter and descending approximately 930 meter. We will be passing via dense forests and trekking up and down via small pass. Continuing our trekking to the south trail we will then reaching at Dodena. After that we take a drive to Thimpu. Evening hours we will be strolling Thimpu streets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 12: Final Departure

Today your Chomolhari trek finally comes to an end. After breakfast we will head to the airport as the Druk Air departs in morning because to avoid such harsh weather.

Includes and Excludes

 

What’s Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickup and drop from hotels and airport
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
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Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Packing List for Trek

Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two obligatory items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils, and first aid kit.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring eg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C) 
  • First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also  bring a Nalgene) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

 

Suggested clothing list

  • Down Parka 
  • Gore-Tex shell and pants 
  • Warm fleece jacket 
  • Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa) 
  • Lightweight shoes 
  • 4 pairs of trekking socks 
  • 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts 
  • 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight) 
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best) 
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better) 
  • 1 pair of shorts 
  • 1 bandana 
  • 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski) 
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

 

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands) 
  • 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!) 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan Chomalhari Trek with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 12 days for Bhutan Chomalhari Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan Chomalhari Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan Chomalhari Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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