Bhutan Jumolhari Trek with Cultural Tour

 
  • Days: 15
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 15 Days

Country: Nepal

Price: USD 3,800

 

This Jumolhari Trek with Cultural Tour leads your way to close views of the 10th highest peak - Jomalhari (7315 m). As we pass through two main high passes from Jangothang, we get the stunning views of the sacred Mount Jomlahari.

Some of the trails are a bit challenging where we will reach the maximum altitude of 4155 meters. This trek is known as classic trek and also named as Chomalhari trek which is one of the popular trekking in Bhutan. Plus this tour rewards you to explore the rich culture and visit the well-known landmarks like several Dzongs, monasteries, heritage museums, memorial chortens, hike to the Taktsang monastery and many other spots.

Likewise, during our trekking, we will also be crossing many dispersed settlements and vegetation land heading through deep forests leading to the high alpine pastureland where we get to observe the yak herders.

This tour starts from with a scenic airstrip to Paro and here we visit the Rinpung Dzong and other few heritage sites. The next day, we hike to the Taktsang monastery (also called as Tiger Nest Monastery) which is one of the famed monasteries of Bhutan located on a high cliff.

The next day we will be trekking through various terraced fields, pine, oak, spruce forests following the Parochu River and as ascending and descending through the various forest, crossing several bridges - we reach Jangothang. From this place, we get to view the splendid views of the sacred mountain Mount Chomolhari. At the point of Jangothang, we will be acclimatizing and next, we trek to Lingshi passing Ngye La pass.

Next, we trek to Shodu passing chorten. On the trails, as we pass Yeli La pass, we get the panoramic views of Mount Chomolhari and following the Thimpu River and passing many forests, we reach Barshong, then to Dolamkencho and finally, our trekking ends at Dodena. From here, we drive to Thimpu, explore landmarks of Thimpu, then drive to Punakha and lastly roam and explore Paro.

The ideal month to do this trek is from April to June and from September to November. This trekking is not that challenging, so even the novice trekkers can attempt this. For more information about this trek, please feel free to email or contact us.

Here we list tour detailed itinerary for Bhutan Jomlahari with Cultural Tour:

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Itinerary

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

Throughout your flight to Bhutan you will be enjoying magnificence view of the Himalayas plus with the sacred peaks of Bhutan Jumolhari and the Jichu Drake peak. When you arrive at Bhutan airport our representative from the Accent Himalaya will welcome you and drive us to the hotel. Afterwards we will be visiting Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646. After that we will be visiting Kichu Lhankhang the prehistoric temple of Bhutan. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Lunch and Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,430 ft)

Today after breakfast we will be hiking to the most prominent monastery of Bhutan known as Taktsang monastery which is also identified as Tiger nest monastery. This monastery is located at the 3180 meter at the high cliff which is 900 meter over from the Paro valley. It is believed that the Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tigress back to meditate into the cave which now called as Taktsang which means the tiger nest. We will have lunch at the restaurant which is located midway up to the mountain. After having our lunch and exploring the monastery in depth we will retrace down to the valley and we will retrace back to Paro. We will be spending our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Trek starts: Paro to Shana (2,870m/9,413ft): 17km, 5-6 hours

We will begin our trek from Drugyal Dzong at the altitude of 2580 meter and we will be trekking all the way via downhill after that we will ascend slowly via well preserve rice and millet fields. After that we will be entering forest and apple orchards. Continuing our trek we will reach at army post and after a few while trekking we will reach at Shana Zampa fully bounded by huge trees where we will be setting our camp. We will spend our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Shana to SioThangkha (3,750m/12,300ft): 20km, 6-7 hours

Today we will trek following the Pa Chu which means Paro River and climbing and descending for a short time via pine, spruce and oak forests. We will then cross the bridge and head to the left- side of river. Then we will have lunch and continue our trek following the river and ascend via rhododendron forests. Once again we will be crossing the bridge and finally we will reach at our campsite. We will spend our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: SioThangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,251ft): 19km, 5-6 hours

Today we will ascend for a moment unless we arrive at army camp and from here we continue our trek following the Paro River enjoying the breathtaking view of snow capped peaks. We will have our lunch at yak herder camp. After few moments of trekking we will reach at our camp site at Jangothang and from this camp site one can get the marvelous view of mount Jomolhari and the Jichu drake peak. We will spend our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Jangothang: Rest Day

Today we will be taking rest as well as adapting the altitude but instead of staying still we will be hiking up to the valley and we will hike at least 3-4 hours as we hike up to the ridge we will get the excellent view of the Jichu Drake peak or we can even hike to the Tshophu a beautiful tranquil lake with a fine supply of brown trout. We will spend our night in camp.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 19 km, 6-7 hours

Today we will be following a stream and then ascend a ridge and from the ridge one get the stunning view of mount Chomolhari, TsheringGang and Jichu Drake peak. Then we will move to the valley and after that we will ascend Ngye La pass which is at 4700 meter. Later we will be crossing the pass and descend down to Lingshi and enjoy a picturesque view of Lingshi Dzong and several peaks. We will spend our night in Lingshi.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

The Layagasa path leaves the jumolhari trek here and we will ascend up to the tiny white color Chorten- stupa and then turn to the south alongside the Mo Chhu River. After that we will be crossing the pass named Yeli la pass which is at 4820 meter and from here one can relish striking view of several mountain named Jumolhari, Masang Gang, Ta Tsehering and Ganchen. We will then descend towards our camp. We will spend our night in Shodu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

Following the Thimphu River and descending down via alpine, rhododendron and juniper forests. During our trail we will get the spectacular view of cascading waterfall and high cliff. We will be having our lunch close to the river. After that we will climb to reach at Barshong Dzong. We will be spending our night in Barshong.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

Today we will descend via lush birch, conifer and rhododendron forests until we reach at Thimpu River. We will then hike alongside the river and ascending high ridges and descending down near to the river. Then we will cross steep cliff towards Dolam Kencho. We will spend our night in Dolam Kencho.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

We will be hiking on steep as well as winding path towards Thimpu River and head to south to reach at Dodena. From here we can observe our vehicles waiting for us and then our drive will drive us to hotel of Thimpu. Later in evening we will be wandering around the Thimpu streets and get familiar with the local people and their lifestyles. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Sightseeing in Thimpu

Today in the morning after breakfast we will visit some of the landmarks of Thimpu where we will first visit and explore the nunnery temple, mini zoo of Thimpu and radio tower and from here we will be rewarded with striking view of Thimpu Dzong and Thimpu valley. After that we will be having our lunch and visit traditional national institute of medicine center, museum, traditional painting school, tashi Cho Dzong and paper factory. As some of the landmarks are closed during weekends so if reach during the weekends we will then explore the Thimpu markets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today after breakfast we will be visiting memorial chorten constructed in the memory of the late third king who ruled the country from 1952- 1972. Then we will have lunch and continuing our drive to Punakha through Dochu La Pass which is at 3100 meter. Then we will descend via superb rhododendron and pine forest and head to the rice fields alongside the river banks. We will spend our night in Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours

Today we will be exploring Punakha by visiting Punakha Dzong which showcases Bhutanese typical architecture and this beautiful Dzong is constructed in 1637- 1638 and it is also the Bhutan second largest Dzong and second ancient.  After exploring the Dzong we will drive to Paro through Dochu La Pass and then we will stop and visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple after that continue our drive towards Paro as for the lunch we will stop at Thimpu. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner

Day 15: Final Departure

Today it is time to say goodbye to this tiny Himalayan kingdom and after the breakfast we will be heading to the airport as our representative from the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • 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)

 

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 Jomlahari with Cultural Tour 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 15 days for Bhutan Jomlahari with Cultural Tour 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 Jomlahari with Cultural Tour (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 Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan Jomlahari with Cultural Tour 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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