Chomolhari Trek

Duration: 12 Days   |   PhotosDownload

Chomolhari trek is one of the challenging and thrilling treks in Bhutan and we are organizing this trek as a camping trek with a highly experienced team. Mt. Chomolhari (23,997'), the sacred abode of the goddess Chomo, stands as a mighty sentinel on Bhutan’s snow-capped Tibetan frontier, reigning over countless icy summits and deep, magical forests where Himalayan blue sheep and snow leopard roam.

This amazing trek is one of our favorites, bringing us through traditional hamlets, wild rhododendron forests, and alpine meadows to Jangothang, our spectacular camp right at the base of Chomolhari, with a return trek via the remote Yaksa Valley (Valley of Yaks).

The Bhutanese have long protected their natural surroundings and their mountains are truly pristine, with a wealth of flora and fauna unrivaled in the Himalaya. This is a rare chance to experience superb trekking in an enchanting realm.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrive Paro - (2250m / 7382ft)

Flight from Kathmandu or Bangkok to Paro, crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Alpine Eco Trek’s guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we are taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Paro
  • Maximum Altitude:2250m

In the morning we will hike to Takshang Gompa, one of Bhutan’s most famous and picturesque monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The name means “tiger’s nest.” After lunch we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Takshang
  • Maximum Altitude:4380 feet

We start our trek from Drukgyel Dzong (2580 m), a small temple that overlooks the Paro Chhu valley. We descend slightly to the river and pass through a couple of small villages. The path then climbs through wheat, millet and rice fields. We eventually cross the Paro Chhu river and ascend uphill through a pine forest and apple orchards. We finally reach a meadow where we camp for the night. Hiking 5-6 hours.

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Shana
  • Maximum Altitude:9,300 feet

We continue along the river through a conifer and rhododendron forest. After lunch we continue along the river, climbing through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more. Our camping site is situated in a cedar grove with Jhomolhari, looming at the head of the valley. Hiking 7-8 hours.

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Soi Thangthangkha
  • Maximum Altitude:2,300 feet.

Today our route follows the river above the tree line. Along the way there will be opportunities for bird watching with a variety of birds to be seen. We enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks with magnificent views of sheer rock faces across the valley. Soon we enter wide-open pastures where Bhutanese allow their yaks to graze. We come to a small settlement of Takethang. After lunch it’s a short distance to our camp along a quaint river stream. Hiking 5-6 hours. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jangothang
  • Maximum Altitude:13,200 feet

Today is an exploration and acclimatization day. With a short hike in the surroundings area or to Tsophu Lake. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jangothang
  • Maximum Altitude:13,200 feet

From Jangothang, we leave the last of the settlements. There is a spectacular view of Jichu Drake that towers above the valley. After crossing a log bridge at 13,600 feet, we follow the river with views of the snow covered peaks above us. Soon the terrain becomes more alpine before crossing the Nyele-La pass at 15,400 feet. As we descend we have views of mountain peaks and Lingzhi Dzong, once a monastery-fortress protecting the trade route between western Bhutan and old Tibet. We pass through stands of rhododendrons and birch before coming to our campsite at 13,100 feet. Hiking 7-8 hours. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lingzhi
  • Maximum Altitude:13,100 feet

After an early breakfast we begin climbing toward a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp. The trail ascends the ridge to Mo Chhu valley and eventually reaching the Yeli La pass at 15,800 feet. We are rewarded with breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang. We descend back down the other side reaching a small alpine lake. The route then follows a river descending into another huge valley and another pristine alpine lake at 15,400 feet and continuing on to our campsite at 13,300 feet. Hiking 8-9 hours. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Shodu
  • Maximum Altitude:13,300 feet.

From Shodu, the trail traverses under steep yellow rock cliffs with a few meditation caves carved into them. Our path descends a stone staircase and through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of the rocky cliffs and beautiful waterfalls along the way. After lunch the trail continues upward to the ruins of Barshon Dzong. Dropping back down through dense forest towards the river, we find our campsite for the night. Hiking 7-9 hours. 

  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Domshesa
  • Maximum Altitude:11,800 feet

Our final day of the trek leads us uphill to a small pass before descending through a bamboo forest and back to the Wang Chhu. We then continue to the village of Dodina where we meet our transportation. We drive to the capital of Bhutan, the town of Thimphu. Hiking 7-8 hours. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thimphu
  • Maximum Altitude:8,600 feet

Visit a traditional paper factory, and do some last-minute shopping. After lunch, we drive to Paro for a final celebratory dinner! Driving 4-5 hours.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Paro
  • Maximum Altitude:4,383 feet

Morning transfers to airport for flight back to home via Kathmandu or Bangkok. 

    Inclusion

    • Airport pick up and transfer to the hotel.
    • Three-night accommodation in Paro on BB basis (3-star category hotel) on twin sharing as mentioned in the itinerary
    • An experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder trekking Guide.
    • Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Minibus / Bus 
    • Required Trekking porter /sherpa (two people will get one trekking sherpa/ porter)
    • Three-time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Bhutan visa fee
    • Bhutan travel permit 
    • Trekking permit as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
    • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
    • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties
    • All program as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Overland transportation
    • Insurance for  staff ( Trekking guide,  Driver and porters)
    • Guide and porter fares and taxes.
    • Government Tax and office service charge.
    • Airport drop
    • International flight ticket
    • High-risk medical insurance
    • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
    • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
    • Purely personal nature expenses
    • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).
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