Chomolhari trek – Itinerary

Chomolhari trek – itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro - (2250m / 7382ft)

Day 02: Paro – Takshang (tiger nest 4380 feet).

Day 03: Trek to Shana 9,300 feet

Day 04: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha 2,300 feet.

Day 05: Trek to Jangothang -13,200 feet

Day 06: Rest day at Jangothang 13,200 feet

Day 07: Trek to Lingzhi -13,100 feet

Day 08: Shodu -13,300 feet.

Day 09: Domshesa - 11,800 feet

Day 10 Dodina – Thimphu - 8,600 feet

Day 11: Thimphu – Paro - 4,383 feet

Day 12: final departure 

  • Day 01 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.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Paro
    • Altitude: 2250m
  • Day 02 Paro – Takshang (tiger nest 4380 feet).

    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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Takshang
    • Altitude: 4380 feet
  • Day 03 Trek to Shana 9,300 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.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Shana
    • Altitude: 9,300 feet
  • Day 04 Trek to Soi Thangthangkha 2,300 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.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Soi Thangthangkha
    • Altitude: 2,300 feet.
  • Day 05 Trek to Jangothang -13,200 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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Jangothang
    • Altitude: 13,200 feet
  • Day 06 Rest day at Jangothang 13,200 feet

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

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Jangothang
    • Altitude: 13,200 feet
  • Day 07 Trek to Lingzhi -13,100 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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Lingzhi
    • Altitude: 13,100 feet
  • Day 08 Shodu -13,300 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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Shodu
    • Altitude: 13,300 feet.
  • Day 09 Domshesa - 11,800 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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Tent
    • Place: Domshesa
    • Altitude: 11,800 feet
  • Day 10 Dodina – Thimphu - 8,600 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. 

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Thimphu
    • Altitude: 8,600 feet
  • Day 11 Thimphu – Paro - 4,383 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.

    • Meals: BLD
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Paro
    • Altitude: 4,383 feet
  • Day 12 final departure

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