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Jhomolhari Trekking

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Difficulty : Comfort

Reference Code: JTBT

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Paro

Trek Days: 8 Days

Age: 20 years to 60 years

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Hotel and Camp

Service: Full board

Destination: Bhutan

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Dodina

Trip Durations: 12 Days

Physical Rating: Comfort

Group Size: 2-16

Theme: Walking and Observation

Meals: Standard

Jhomolhari trail is very little tourist traffic on the pristine trekking routes in Bhutan. This is primarily a positive offshoot of the Bhutanese government’s policy limiting tourists to 5000 a year. Naturally one has a pleasant sensation of breaking fresh ground on treks in Bhutan.The Jhomolhari trek follows the crystal clear trout rich upstream trail of Para Chu along the verdant rhododendron canopied forests and salubrious green alpine meadows. Mt. Jhomolhari, having one of the most beautiful peaks in the Eastern Himalaya, stands at a magnificent (7314m) with age old frontier forts and sprawling yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding sight for the determined trekker.

Jhomolhari Trekking is an only one place for true nature lover, who like to be wild in Himalayas. The Jhomolhari trekking area seems lifeless as nobody meet during the trek except some areas. Bhutan trekking offers pristine trails that lead through the Himalayan wildness trails with interesting flora and fauna. The landscape in Bhutan is rocky and challenging. The Jhomolhari trekking trails in Bhutan is not marked or mapped which may easily lost clients without guide. Our all guides are registered in Bhutanese Government and they are authorized licensed holder. They are very knowledgeable, friendly and professional, eco trained with mentally and physical fit. This is most enchanting way to explore the pristine beauty and natural wonder of Bhutan.

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Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, (KB) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from The Bhutan Travel will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the Paro town for refreshment. After all, we will visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. In evening time, we will stroll in Paro town. 

Day 02: Excursion to Paro Taktsang Monastery

Today, we will hike up to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) monastery; it is 2 1/2 hour hiking distance from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then, continue our journey to the temple, which was built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tigress. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. On our way back we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gempo. Dinner will arrange in farm house.

Day 03: Paro to Shana (2,820 m) 5-6hours trek

After having breakfast, checking out from Hotel and drive to starting point and there, we will have little religious ceremonies for good fortune and to get blessing from local deities to have very successful trip. The trek to Shana starts from Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro River gently and we pass through the cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies.

Day 04: Shana to Thangthangka, (3610m) 7-8 hours trek

The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction en-route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Day 05: Thangthangka to Jangothang (4,115m) 5-6 hours trek

We will continue the Pa Chhu River and after passing a small army post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Day 06: Jangothang (Halt)

Today is a rest day, a chance to acclimatize and walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the lakes in the opposite direction.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,150m) 6-7 trek

Today will be the finest day for trek with great views of the Mountain Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tserim Gang, start climbing straight away and after 3 to 4 hours reaches the Nyelela pass (4,700m). After this pass, we descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we camp. Coming down from Lingshi we obtain our first views of the truly mystical Dzong atop a high hill.

Day 08: Lingshi to Shodu(3,963m) 6-7 hours trek

The trail ascends up to the Yalila pass (4,820-m), from here will view Mountain Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Gang and Khangbum can be seen on a clear day. After the pass we descend to Shodu. Today is a fairly long day.

Day 09: Shodu to Barshong (3,610m) 6 - 7 hours trek

We will follow the Thimphu Chhu through a forest of rhododendrons and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closes in and the trail winds along the drainage, ascending up to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong, where we set our camp.

Day 10: Barshong to Dodina (Thimpu) 8 - 9 hours trek end

Today, will be long day, we descend down along the Thimphu Chu crossing forests of rhododendrons and green meadows. Our trail follows the river until we emerge at Dodina in Thimpu, where The Bhutan Travel's representative will be waiting for our reception and then drive to Capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. Dinner will be served with Bhutanese cultural program.

Day 11: Transfer from Thimphu to Paro

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of our late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then drive to the view point of Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and summer residence of the Central Monastic Body, including Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and visit to National Library House, Folk Heritage museum and Painting School, where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Stop for lunch, and there after visit to Bhutanese Paper factory, weaving center, textile museums and then to Handicrafts Emporium and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. In the early evening drive to Paro.

Day 12: Departure to your next destination

The Final day, you will have departure from Paro to your destination place (You could go back to Nepal or any other countries). Our representative will drop you to the Paro airport by privet Car/Van/Hiace.

Note: We could arrange you Druk air ticket (Kathmandu-Paro) weather on your request.


Full board basis


International flight with airport tax.
Bhutan Entry Visa fee
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges
Personal Medical and travel insurance
Personal Medicine
Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
All kinds of Tips...

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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