Chomolhari - The Mountain Trek 14 Days / 13 Nights
Trip Code: HAT82
Hotels in the ciites and camping during trekking
Spring and Fall
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
Mount Chomolhari (also spelt as Jhomolhari), (23,996ft/7,316m) means the Goddess of the Mountain, and reign in glory over its five sister peaks. Chomolhari and its sister peaks are the source of Paro Chu (River) which nourishes the lush rice fields and an apple and peach orchards of Paro Valley. The sacred mountain is the object of great respect and veneration to Bhutanese people and is one of the most popular trekking routes in the eastern Himalayas.
The trail begins at Drugyel Dzong and follows the ancient caravan route, heading towards the base camp of Mount Chomolhari. It passes through scattered hamlets and farmland, into deep and richly forested valleys and leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the diverse Bhutanese landscape.
Despite being one of the high altitude treks, this trek is moderate graded and requires no previous experience other than a strong pairs of legs, determination and a spirit of adventure. You will traverse the remote highlands of the Lingshi people, witnessing the nomadic lifestyles of these high altitude gypsies. Sightings of yaks and the wild blue sheep on the mountains are awesome. Himalayan poppies, primulas, gentianas and the spectacular rheum nobile fill the mountain side in the summer. The trail follows the Wangchu River to Thimpu through rhododendron and pine forests. You will visit the ruins of the Barshong Fortress before reaching the upper Thimpu valley at Dodena.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro.
Day 02: Paro - Paro.
Day 03: Trek to Shana.
Day 04: Trek to Soi Thangthagkha.
Day 05: Trek to Jangothang.
Day 06: Halt at Jangothang.
Day 07: Trek to Lingshi.
Day 08: Trek to Shodu.
Day 09: Trek to Barshong.
Day 10: Trek to Dolam Kencho.
Day 11: Dolam Kencho to Thimphu.
Day 12: At Thimpu.
Day 13: Drive to Paro (40 miles, 2.5 hrs).
Day 14: Departure.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro
We meet our guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. After lunch, we stroll in the township. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: At Paro
Today is a full day sightseeing in Paro Valley including Drugyel Dzong, National Museum, Ripong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Trek to Shana
Distance 10 miles, trek 5-6 hours. Overnight camp at an altitude of 9,184 ft (2,800m).
Day 04: Trek to Soi Thangthagkha
Distance: 10 miles, trek 6-7 hours. Camp in a meadow.
Day 05: Trek to Jangothang
Distance: 12 miles, trek 6-7 hours, camp at altitude 13, 251 ft (4,040m) at the base of Mount Jhomolhari.
Day 06: Halt at Jangothang
A day to rest and get acclimatized. Hike to the beautiful lakes around Jangothang.
Day 07: Trek to Lingshi
Distance: 13 miles, trek 6-7 hours, camping at 13, 612 ft (4,150m).
Day 08: Trek to Shodu
Distance: 14 miles, trek 7-8 hours, camping at 12, 999 ft (3,963 m). The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of (15, 810 ft) 4,820m.
Day 09: Trek to Barshong
Distance: 13km, trek 4-5 hours. Camping at 12, 415 ft (3,785m).
Day 10: Trek to Dolam Kencho
Distance: 7.5 miles, trek 4-5 hours, camp at 11, 900 ft (3,628m).
Day 11: Dolam Kencho to Thimpu
Distance: 9 miles, trek 4-5 hours. The trail continues through forests winding up and down through a small pass. Monkeys can be spotted on the way. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: At Thimpu
Full day sightseeing at Thimpu, visiting the Memorial Chorten, National Library, Wood Craft and Painting Schools, handicrafts emporium and the Simtokha Dzong.
Day 13: Drive to Paro (40 miles, 2.5 hrs)
Drive to Paro. Spend the last of our Ngultrum buying handicrafts.
Day 14: Departure
Your guide will take you to the airport and bid you farewell.
- A level accommodation on twin sharing basis while in the cities.
- All camping gears that includes -2 person sleeping tent with floors and fly sheet, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dinning tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
- English speaking Guide.
- Cook and kitchen aides.
- All intercity transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Pack animals and animal drivers during trekking.
- All necessary supplies.
- 3 meals a day.
- Bhutan visa processing.
- Entrance fees.
- Bhutan visa fee
- International Airfare.
- Travel Insurance and emergency evacuation.
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.