Jomol Hari Trek (11 Days)
The name of the mountain itself translates as the queen of divine mountains, which stands majestically among other peaks. One can view from Drugyel Dzong situated at the end of Paro valley. Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, Paro, this trek passes through scattered villages and farmland, into deep and richly forested valleys. This gives way to high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of the immense variety of Bhutanese landscape.
Day 1: Arrive at Paro
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong. It was built in the 17th century, as a watchtower from the invasion of Tibetans to defend Paro Dzong and the valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique Thanka paintings, textiles, weapons, and Bhutan's renowned postage stamps. Below Ta Dzong is the fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels" which has a fascinating history. Later in the evening, visit to Paro market and town. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro
To check your resistance, we shall begin with a small hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk uphill will be no more than two hours. The trail is broad. At the viewpoint, there is a cafeteria. Have a cup of tea or some juice here and then take a walk a little higher to a closer viewpoint of Taktsang. Then walk back for lunch into Paro town. Afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro – Shana (17 km, 5 to 6 hours walk)
The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at 2580 m with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa at 2,810 m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,870 m, just beyond Sharma Zampa, there are several good camping places in the meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 4: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha 20 km, 7 to 8 hours
The trail again follows Paro river, ascending and descending through pine, oak, and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the other side of the river. After lunch, follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to the campsite at the altitude of 3750 m.
Day 5: Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang 19km, 7 to 8 hours
The path ascends for a while until you reach the army camp. Then follow the river and above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040 m. From here, you will see the fascinating view of Mt Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.
Day 6: Jangothang - Lingshi 18 km, 7 to 8 hours
The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsherim Gang. Then, walk towards the valley that is almost flat for a while. Then you reach the limb to the Nyele La pass at an altitude of 4700 m. After the pass, it's a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at the altitude of 4000 m.
Day 7: Lingshi - Shodu 22 km, 8 to 9 hours
The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jhmolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the mostly treeless valleys, climbing a short distance above Mo Chhu steadily. It then crosses the river and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli la pass (4,820 m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Mount Jhomolhari, Gangchhenta, Tserim Khang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4,100 m), a meadow with a chorten.
Day 08: Shodu - Barshong 16 km, 6 to 7 hours
At this place, one comes back to the tree line. The path follows Thimphu river, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunch will be served at the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at the altitude of 3,600 m.
Day 9: Barshong - Dolamkencho 15 km, 5 to 6 hours
The route descends through alpine forests and once again joins the Thimphu river for a while. After lunch, climb up to Dolamkencho camp at the altitude of 3600 m.
Day 10: Dolamkencho - Dodena - Thimphu 8 km, 3 hours
The trail goes in and outside valleys above Thimphu River, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3510 m. The trail then drops steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, elevation 2600 m where you will be picked up by our transport to drive to Thimphu. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu - Paro
A full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley visiting Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute, Handicrafts Emporium. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 12: Paro Departure
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for a flight to onward destination.