Arcadia Bhutan Travels | Jumolhari Trek
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Jumolhari Trek

DAY 01 Arrive in Paro

Paro Rimpung Dzong
The majestic Dzong sits on a hill overseeing the Pa Chhu (river) it was built as a defense fort and now serves as the central of government and monastic body for Paro.

Kichu Lhakhang
It is the oldest temple in Bhutan built by famous Tibetan King Song Sen Goenpo in the seventh century. It’s one of the 108 temples believed being built in a single day.

Later evening we will walk around the street of Paro, and check out if there’s anything that interests you.

DAY 02 Paro

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Temple)
Acclimatization hike. It’s the most sacred monastery in Bhutan built in 16th century by the fourth secular ruler Desi Tenzin Rabgye. It is the most beautiful monastery located in the center of rocky cliff. The Monastery is 900 meters above the parking lot, thus it needs a hike about 2 to 3 hours up hill. It’s the most visited tourist and pilgrimage spot in the country.

DAY 03 Trek Day 1 –
 Paro - Shana – Thangthangkah

Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa
40mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m.

This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed.

Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha
Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours,  770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m.

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

Day 04 Trek day 2 Thangthangka - Jangothang (Base Camp of Mt.Jumolhari)

Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m.

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Day-05 Trek Day 3 Jangothang (Base Camp of Mt.Jumolhari)

Elevation 4,080 m

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

DAY 06 Trek Day 4 Jangothang - Soi Yaksa (via Bonte La)

Distance 16km, six to seven hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m.

The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp soon after.

DAY 07 Trek Day 5 Soi Yaksa - Thombu via Takhung La Pass

Distance 11km, four to five hours, 720m ascent, 340m descent, camp altitude 4,180m.

The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.

DAY 08 Trek Day 6 Thombu - Gunitsawa and then drive to Thimphu

Distance 13km, four to five hours, 200m ascent, 1,650m descent, camp altitude 2,850m.

Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and then drive to Thimphu.

DAY 09 Thimphu - Punakha

Before heading to Punakha we will make a visit to following places: –

Buddha statue
(Made of Bronze glided in gold) it will be perhaps the eight wonder in the world, the seated bronze Buddha is 169-foot in height (51 meters) approximately.

Memorial Chorten
It’s a magnificent chorten built in a memory of the Third King of Bhutan, the father of modernization/modern Bhutan. It also serves as a place for religious practice for people of all ages. Here we will see mostly elderly citizens walking and talking to each other with prayers beats and prayer wheels in their hand.

Trashi Chhoe Dzong
‘fortress of glorious religion” constructed in 1641 and restored in 1960s. It’s the office of His Majesty the King and the secretariat, and houses two ministries and other offices. The coronation of the present King took place in this fortress in 2008. The Dzong is open for tourist only after 5:00 PM on working days and weekends it is open all day long.

Dochula Pass
It is located approximately 3,140m above sea level and it is a mountain pass to go to Punakha. It’s a breath-taking viewpoint where you can see panoramic view of Himalayan ranges that fall in Bhutan. There are also 108 Chortens (Stupas) built beautifully to mark the spot.

Chimi Lhakhang/ Temple of fertility
A 15th century temple believed to behold the blessings of fertility. The temple is founded by, the divine madman; popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly, a teacher, who the phallic symbol is associated. It’s a pleasing 20 minutes walk to the temple through terrace/field and village. While passing through the village we can also interact with the locals…

DAY 10 Punakha - Paro

Punakha Dzong
(originally known as Punthang Dechen Phodrang: the palace of great happiness/bliss), arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Built in 1637 and the current winter residence of the monastic body.

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten
An hour’ hike leads to the chorten. The chorten is dedicated to the King and serves to protect the country and also to bring peace and harmony in the world. We will enjoy the mesmerizing beautiful view of the valley below.

Day 11 Departure

We will see you off at the airport and bid farewell to each other.