Chomolhari Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan that offers spectacles of mountains, high passes, lakes, high pasture lands, gorges, valleys and other forms of mother nature in its divine attire. It is a combined version of natural exploration and cultural tour where you can relish the captivating beauty of this Himalayan nation and get some insightful knowledge on authentic Bhutanese culture. The heavenly beauty of Bhutan has been explained by many writers and travelers in their books and journals. Being isolated from the rest of the world till 1974, this nation has been opened for the rest of the world since that period. But still, due to its strict tourism policy, it has been able to preserve its natural and cultural glory intact. Bhutan is an only Buddhist nation that has been able to sustain its identity as a Mahayana Buddhist state. This fact reflects how this nation is unique in terms of its unique Mahayana Buddhist culture.
Chomolhari Trek With Tiger’s Nest monastery Places!
Chomolhari Trek starts right after your arrival at the Paro airport in Bhutan. At Paro, you can visit the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery places in a dramatic location on a top of a hill. After that, you will be driven to Jumolhari Base Camp via the wonderful landscapes of Shana, Sio Thangthangka and Jangothang. The trek takes you to some varieties of places from the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, along a river to Yalila pass. Throughout your journey, you will be revitalized with the incredible views of valleys, pastures, farmlands, hamlets along with the inspiring views of Mt. Chomolhari, Tserim gang, Jechu Darkey and other neighboring glaciers.
Chomolhari Trek is not just natural scrutiny but a cultural perusal where you will get an opportunity to visit places of cultural importance. You can immerse yourself into the glorifying Bhutanese culture by exploring museums, dzongs and famous monasteries like Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan. So, get set for this insightful journey with Everest Hiking Service Pvt. Ltd. We are already excited for the journey ahead!
- Scenic flight over the Himalayas to Paro
- Paro Sightseeing/ Hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery
- Jumolhari Base Camp
- Astonishing views of mountains that includes Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and many others
- Walk along a wonderful and diversified landscape i.e. from the forested to treeless barren mountainous terrain
Fly to Paro above the scenic Himalayan ranges down below. As you arrive in Paro airport, a representative of our company will pick you up and escort to your hotel for check in. Freshen up and enjoy your lunch for a sightseeing journey ahead. First of all, you will be escorted to Ta dzong museum, a treasure of many historical and religious antiques and art crafts. Next we head to Paro Rinpung dzong and then to Kichu Lhakhang. Kichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temple of Bhutan. Last we head to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, an old fortress and stay at the hotel for the night.
Today is an exciting day as we will visit the famous – Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro. It is a beautiful monastery perched on the top of a cliff, in a dramatic location. We should hike up to the monastery for one to one and half hours until we reach the monastery. From the cliff, you can get some spectacular views of Paro city as well. The monastery lies on the place where the great Guru Rinpoche had flown in the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave. After visiting the monastery, you will be escorted to some important visiting sites in Paro if you weren’t able to visit it in day 1 due to time constraints. You can then enjoy rest of the time on your own.
Early in the morning, we visit Drugyal Dzong and visit the ruins of fortress and walk downhill until we reach a wide trail. From here, our trail ascends up gently through the well paved path along the rice and millet farmlands. Leaving the farmland, we enter into the apple orchards and forested area. Slowly the valley widens up and you reach an army camp in Gunitsawa. Further we walk until we reach our camping site in Shana.
Leaving Shana, we follow the path of Paro river – Pa Chhu that ascends and descends down through the laush forests of pine, fir and rhododendron. We cross a bridge over the left side of the river and again climb up through the rhododendron forests. We cross a bridge again to reach our camping site in Sio Thangthangka at an altitude of 3750 meters.
We leave our camp at Sio Thangthangka and ascend up to an army camp. From the camp, we follow a river above the tree line with the magnificent views of mountain peaks in the backdrop. We rest at a yak herder camp and enjoy our lunch, we further continue our journey ahead with a walk into a valley until we reach our camping site in Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. From this point, you can admire the magnificence of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu peaks.
Today is a day set aside for acclimatization purpose. As you are already in higher elevation region, acclimatization is a must. You can hike for three to four hours today and you have four different options for hike. You can either opt for hike to ridge that offers some fantastic views of Jichu Drake, second option is to hike towards end of the valley. Third, you can towards main valley towards Jumolhari and fourth, you can hike to Tsophu lakes. After the hike, you return back to the camp for overnight stay.
Today, we follow the streams on our way for half an hour until we cross a bridge. After that we start our climb up with astonishing views of Jumolhari peak, Jichu Drake peaks and Tshering gang on our sight. With these wonderful views on sight, we walk towards a valley and climb up to Ngye la pass that lies at an altitude of 4830 meters. Appreciating the wonderful views of mountains from the pass, we descend down to our camp at Lingshi. We stay at our camp for the night.
Our trail ascends up to a white chorten right above the camp to a ridge and continues south deep towards the Mo Chhu valley. As we have come to height, we will see a barren valley right in front of us. We then cross a river and climb up steep to Yeli La pass for two hours. We can get magnificent views of mountains from the pass. Leaving the pass, we descend down along a small stream to our camp at Shodu.
Once again, we come to our track where we follow a path along the Thimpu river. We descend down through the alpine forests of fir, rhododendron and juniper with wonderful views of cliffs and waterfalls on the way. Our trail tehn ascends up gradually to the Barshong dzong that lies at an altitude of 3600 meters. We stay at our camp near the dzong for the night.
We further descend down along the forests of fir, birch and rhododendrom to Thimpu Chu. We then follow the river that ascends and descends down the forests and traverses to a steep cliff to Dolam Kencho. We further climb up to our camp at Dolam Kanchu and stop there for the night.
We further descend down to Dodena where we will be picked up by a vehicle. We jump into our ride and drive towards Thimpu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and stay there for the night.
- Airport pick up and drop
- All the ground transportation during the trip
- Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide
- Necessary travel permits, entry fees to different sites during sightseeing tour
- Accommodation in a three-star category hotel as approved by the Bhutanese government.
- Three board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
- Applicable government taxes and service charges
- Surcharges to be paid to government for travelling solo or in group
Price Not Include
- International flight fares
- Personal refreshment expenses like soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, etc.
- Personal Utility expenses like telephone, internet, laundry, etc.
- Travel insurance
- Tips for support crew members
- Airport taxes