Himalayan Jomolhari Trek II

Himalayan Jomolhari Trek II

  • Camping
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
Himalayan Jomolhari  Trek II|Himalaya trekking agent|most popular trek in Bhutan
Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 11 Days
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Cultural Duration:4 Days
Trip Type: Cultural and Trekking
Difficulty Level: Medium
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude: 4890m
Max Elevation: 4890m
Highest Camp: 4890m
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro
Activities: Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


Himalayan Jomolhari Trek II can be booked through Himalaya trekking agent and the trek is the shorter one of the two Jomolhari routes and the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2500m (lowest) and nearly 5000m (highest) it offers a wide range of stunning landscape with diverse fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari base camp in Jangothang. The Jomolhari Trek II is meant for trekkers who want to avoid high passes and high altitude, while still having the majestic impressions of Mount Jomolhari.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip

Intinerary


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrive Paro International Airport by Druk Air
  • DAY 2: Paro – Paro
  • DAY 3: Drukgyel dzong- sharna Zampa
  • DAY 4: Sharna Zampa-Thangthangkha
  • DAY 5: Thangthangkha- Jangothang
  • DAY 6: Rest day at Jangothang
  • DAY 7: Jangothang-Dumzo
  • DAY 8: Dumzo- Tombushong
  • DAY 9: Tombushong-Sharna Zampa
  • DAY 10: Sharna Zampa-Drukgyel Dzong
  • DAY 11: International Departure

Detail Itinerary

1

Paro – ParoAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then take you to hotel to checkin. After lunch you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was built to commemorate the victory against the invading Tibetan army in 17th century.The Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m / 23,990 ft). From Drugyal Dzong, we will drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After that according to time we will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, which has collection of works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. We will take a short hike down to Rimpung Dzong. The short hike will take you through a traditional cantilever bridge and to your waiting car at the valley floor. Depending on time, we will hike up to the nearby hill to get a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.

Overnight at hotel.

2

PARO (EXCURSION TO TIGER’S LAIR)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger.Lunch will be served at the cafeteria

3

Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa(Distance: 17km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 360m, Descent: 80m, Camp altitude: 2850m).
Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2580m) where the motor able road ends, and the trek begins. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Paro Chhu passing through beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach the army check point at Gunitsawa village. At the check point your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

4

Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha(Distance: 22km, Duration: 7-8 hours, Ascent: 770m, Descent: 10m, Camp altitude: 3610m).
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of gentle climbs up and down. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. 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 Mount Jomolhari.

5

Thangthangkha – Jangothang(Distance: 19km, Duration: 5-6 hours, Ascent: 480m, Camp altitude: 4080m)
If you have not seen Mount Jomolhari last evening, you have a great chance in the early morning to get a great view. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow with scanty forest growths. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herders’ homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

6

Halt at JangothangThe day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on 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 acclimatisation. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains in the west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

7

Jangothang – Dhumzo(Distance: 16km, Duration: 7 hours, Ascent: 810m, Descent: 1090m, Camp altitude: 3800m)
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4890m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Dhumzo to arrive at your campsite.

8

Dhumzo – Thombu Shong(Distance: 11km, Duration: 4-5 hours, Ascent: 720m, Descent: 340m, Camp altitude: 4180m)
The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4520m) you descend to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.

9

Thombu Shong – Sharna Zampa(Distance: 13km, Duration: 5 hours, Ascent: 200m, Descent: 1650m, Camp altitude: 2850m)
Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and the campsite of your first night of this trek.

10

Sharna Zampa – Drukgyel Dzong(Distance: 17km, Duration: 4-6 hours, Ascent: 80m, Descent: 360m)
As you trek the valley opens, coming across the primary school and shop. From Mitshi Zampa you can see how the dzong is positioned and where the path takes you finally to Drugyel Dzong.

11

International DepartureAfter breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight. Your escort from Bhutan Creative Tours will bid you farewell. As the aircraft gains height and proceed, you will see the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappear behind its guardian mountains.

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Sun rise view on himalayaSun set photography on treekingView from paroView of snow caped HimalayaView on laya trekkingView on trekking in Bhutan

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FAQ

What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.


Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.


What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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