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Bhutan Tours: Sacred Chomolhari Trek tour
Punakha Thimpu Bhutan Tours: Sacred Chomolhari Trek Trip

Bhutan Trekking Sacred Chomolhari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
12 days
From: $ 4,495 $ 375 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Thimphu
  • Experience Trek to Soi Yaksa
  • Trek to Shanawoma
  • Enjoy your day hike for views of Jichudrake, Tserimgang and Chomolhari camp
  • Discover Paro

Short Description

The trek to Chomolhari is a sacred trek. In Bhutan, people look at the mountains as some sort of divine power. In Bhutanese, Chomolhari is pronounced Jumolhari and means the heavenly deity of animals. Believing that the deity could be upset and their yaks, sheep and other livestock might perish, the nomads in the region will not allow any climbing on their mountain.

For trekking, spring and fall have the clearest weather, but if you are an alpine flower lover, consider the months of June to August. After mid-July, however, rain is more frequent, so there is a bit of a trade-off between flowers and showers.  

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Thimphu
End City Paro

Trip Includes

  • Flights to Bhutan – Broken out separately
  • Accommodations as listed, including all service charges and taxes
  • All ground transfers
  • Tents, cooking gear and other camping equipment and staff
  • All private excursions with expert English-speaking guides
  • All meals as indicated with B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
  • Bhutanese visa

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bhutan- Drive Thimphu

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Yodeling, Hotel Druk or Taj Tashi

From your entrance point to Bhutan, you need to check in at the Druk Air counter at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Bhutan. Be sure you bring your visa permit and e-ticket. On arrival in Paro, your visa is then finally stamped.

After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by your guide representing Myths and Mountains in Bhutan. The touring you do today will depend on your arrival time on Druk Air.

If you have time, you begin by visiting the Paro Museum, to get a sense of the country, its history and religion. Sadly, the National Museum was damaged in an earthquake and is being repaired. As such, the present museum is only a makeshift enterprise.

When you are ready, you can drive to Thimphu, stopping at the iron bridge along the way to learn about the builder. If available, you can also stop at an old farmhouse for tea or perhaps even lunch and sense of how people live.

Day 2: Explore Thimphu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Tashi Yodeling, Hotel Druk Or Taj Tashi

Today, you explore Thimphu. Thimphu contrasts sharply with most cities you have visited throughout the world. It is a capital city without traffic lights, where no cars existed until 1962, and where all stores are closed on  Tuesday. Although people lived and farmed the valley and hills bordering the Thimphu Chhu for many years, the town did not really develop until it became the capital city in 1961. Even then, the population growth was not huge until the 1990s. Today’s Thimphu is trying desperately to keep up with the growth of its population, increase in the number of autos, and ever reproducing  dogs! Today will be an introduction to the city.

Your first stop will be the Memorial Chorten. Here,  first thing in the morning many Bhutanese go to say their prayers and offer blessings to the deities. You can circumambulate the chorten with the locals and offer a prayer for the success of your journey.

From here you head to the Textile Museum and then to the traditional paper-making factory.

Lunch will be in town. Then you can head to a small village on the outskirts of town and take a short walk to the local School for Arts and Crafts. Here you can watch young children learning the techniques for thanks painting, bronze casting, wood carving and other religious arts.

Heading back into town, you drive up to the Motithang Thakin Preserve, to see the national animal of Bhutan. If time permits, you end the day at the Zilukha Nunnery.

Returning to town, you can wander some of the shops.

Day 3: Drive to Shana – Start Trek at Drukyel Dzong.

Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 10 Miles, Altitude: 9184’, Time: 5-6 Hours.

Today you leave Thimphu and head to Shana. Shana is one of the border army camps and is at an altitude of around 9,184 ft. The trek is roughly 10 miles and takes 5-6 hours.

You will start the trek at the ruins of the Drukyel Dzong. The name commemorates the Bhutanese victory over Tibet in 1644. In those days, the dzong had a false entrance, designed to lure invaders into an enclosed courtyard – a most successful ploy! Situated where the trail from Tibet across the Tremo La enters the Paro Valley, the dzong was at the heart of a major trade route. Although, in 1951, a butter lamp caught fire and destroyed the temple, the ruins are interesting; and on a clear day, you have wonderful views of Chomalhari, Bhutan’s tallest mountain.

Following the Pachu River, the trail starts with a little descent and continues on level ground near red-rice paddy fields until you reach a suspension bridge. After the bridge, you will start a gradual uphill through mixed temperate forest sprinkled with some lonely farmhouses.

At the end of the trek, you will arrive at the army camp and you camp in the woodlands just outside the camp.

Day 4: Trek Sindozam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 11-12 Miles, Altitude: 11,584’, Time: 6-7 Hours

The trek today will lead you from Shana to sindozam at an altitude of approximately 11,584’. The trek is about 11-12 miles and will take 6-7 hours.

The morning is a gradual climb, as you hike along the riverside through forests of mixed temperate hardwoods. After a few hours, you will reach a lone hut, which is used by locals as night halts.

After the hut, you will find a junction marked by a stone cairn where the left side leads uphill to the last army post. Our path is to the right side keeping close to the river. This is the junction where most trekkers take the wrong path to the left since it looks well-worn due to the caravan of army horses that carry rations to the border post. Continuing near the river, you will come across a wooden bridge. Lunch will be had at a spot just after the bridge.

After lunch, you will continue on through a dense forest of conifers and up some small hills. This is the day to have your power bars. The power bars supplied on the treks are not of the same standard to the ones from the states so it would be advisable to bring some of your choice. Having some chocolates on these treks is also a plus since it helps to combat altitude sickness.

Towards the end of your day, you will cross another two wooden bridges before arriving at your evening camp.

Day 5: Trek to Jangothang Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 11 Miles, Altitude: 13,251’, Time: 6 Hours

From SindoZam, you will trek to Jangothang Base camp. The base camp is at an altitude of 13,251’, and you need about 6 hours for the hike of 11 miles.

On the trail today, you will have ample opportunities to see musk deer, pheasants, and lammergeiers, an endangered bird of prey. There are also chances of seeing bharal, locally called the blue sheep even though they are actually grey in color.

You will begin the day crossing the wooden bridge ear the camp and follow a gradual rise along the river. After walking through some high-altitude hardwood trees and conifers, you will reach the old campsite of Soi-Thangthangka. From here you will see the first view of Mount Jumolhari.

Lunch today will be at the Tekaythang village, where nomads keep their children and older parents. After lunch, the trail continues on through a broad meadow where yaks graze.

Camp tonight will be in front of Mount Chomolhari.

Day 6: Expore Basecamp and Day Hikes

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Today will be spent exploring the area around base camp. With your packed lunch, you will walk northeast towards the Neylela Pass, which commands great views of the peaks of Jichudrakay, Tserimgang and Chomolhari. Remember to pack your windbreakers, since the pass can be chilly and the icy cold wind can blow across the hill. In the evening, you will pay a visit to some nomad’s houses.

Day 7: Trek to Soi Yaksa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 10 Miles, Altitude: 12,303’ Time: 6-7 Hours

From base camp, you will have a 6-7-hour trek to Soi Yaksa. (10 miles)

You start the day by crossing the river, and then have a gradual climb up to the two lakes of Tsophu. These lakes are full of fish planted by the Tourism Department, and you will see the snow-covered peaks of Jichudrakay and Tserimgang.

Trek between the two lakes, and then continue over the Bonte La pass at 15,840’. This is the highest point you will reach on the trek. After the pass, your trek is all downhill, past the rocky cliffs of Yaksathang and wildflower meadows. End your walk at the campsite, with a lovely waterfall near the end of the valley. Some nomad settlements are found here too. You may see more blue sheep and golden marmots on the trail. Look out for the rare snow leopard often seen in this area.

Day 8: Trek Thongbu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 6.8 Miles, Altitude: 14,829’ (13,714) Time: 4-5 Hours

Continuing on from Soi Yaksa, you will head for Thongbu about 4-5 hours away.

The trek will be a gradual climb above the tree line through hillsides covered with azalea and rhododendron. You cross another pass, Tagilung La, at 15,015’. The views of the surrounding peaks are stunning, and you will have plenty of time for flowers today. The camp is the second highest on the trip.

Day 9: Trek Shanawoma

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

Distance: 8.1 Miles, Altitude: 11,729’ Time: 4-5 Hours

Today you will trek 4-5 hours from Thongbu to Shanawoma. In the morning, you will have a steep climb above the valley to cross Memla pass at 14,025’. You will then traverse a gloriously beautiful garden of early summer wildflowers before a steep ascent through upland forest. After, it is all downhill to the army camp, where we will camp just outside the perimeter.

Day 10: Return to Paro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Gangtey Palace, Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa, Or Uma Paro, Amankora Or Six Senses

The trek will end following the same route you traversed on the first day. After 2-3 hours, you will reach a dirt road, where you will be picked up and transferred to lunch in Paro.

The afternoon is free for shopping, rest or a visit to the spa.

Day 11: Hike To Taktsang Monastery and Visit Kyichu or Relax

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Gangtey Palace, Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa, Or Uma Paro, Amankora Or Six Senses

This last day in Bhutan, you can walk or take horses up to Taktsang Monastery to offer thanks for your trek.

Taktsang is a sacred pilgrimage site where the great tantric mystic, Padma Sambhava, flew on the back of the tiger and brought theteachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. The monastery clings to a cliff soaring 3,000 ft. above the valley floor at an altitude of 10,000 ft. Sadly, Taktsang had been partly destroyed by a fire, and had to be restored.

Lunch will be at the cafeteria on the way. The way is steep and it is dangerous to ride the horses down the hill. As such, you willreturn slowly, walking downhill for approximately 2 hours. In the afternoon, you visit one of the oldest and most important of Bhutan’s temples – the wonderful old Kyichu Lhakhang, with its magnificent statues and carvings. Kyichu is one of the few remaining temples built in the 8th century by the great king Songtsen Gampo.

Tonight, you will have a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Fly out of Bhutan

Meal: Breakfast

This morning, you will head back to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Druk Hotel: From $235/Room/Night Based On A Double Occupancy
  • Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel And Spa: From $243/Room/Night Based On Double Occupancy
  • Uma Paro: From $777/Room/Night Based On Double Occupancy
  • Amankora: From $1550/Room/Night Based On Double Occupancy
  • Six Senses: From $1605/Room/Night
  • The Taj Tashi: $758/Room/Night (Deluxe Double)

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Standard Group - 25 + people

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11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners

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