Bhutan Chomolhari Trek
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:
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.