Bhutan Chomolhari Trek - 9 Days

Trip Fact

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Luxury Private Vehicle (Car/Van/Hiace)
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel + Tented Camp
  • Group Size: 1-16 pax
  • Max Elevation: 4,820m

About Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

Chomolhari is Bhutan's deeply venerated guardian peak. It rises on the Tibet-Bhutan border near the major trade route from India into Tibet's Phari Valley. In 1939, from a pass above Phari, F. Spencer Chapman, the mountain's first climber, saw Chomolhari and it's companion peak, magnificent Jitchu Drake. "Chomolhari gives a greater impression of sheer height and inaccessibility than any other mountain I know", he wrote in Living Dangerously. "It drops in a series of almost vertical rock precipices to the foothills beneath. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the whole length of the Himalaya."

Highlights

  • City tour in Paro
  • Impressive twin lakes of Tsho Phu
  • Ruins of Drukgyal Dzing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Spectacular Mountain views of Mt. Chomolhari
  • Bhutanese People and village life

Itinerary

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Day 01 : Arrival in Paro International Airport

Your flight to Paro, on this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Paro
  • 2,200m
  • 1/2 Hours

Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • paro
  • 2,200m
  • 5/6 Hours

The trail from Shana to Thangthangkha is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ½ hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet. 

  • Breakfast, Launch & Dinner
  • Tented Camp
  • Thangthangkha
  • 3,630m
  • 6/7 Hours

Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Jumolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tented Camp
  • Jangothang
  • 4,090m
  • 5/6 Hours

Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2h from Jangothang.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tented Camp
  • Jangothang
  • 4,090m

2 hours from Jangothang is the Tshophu Lake, which you probably visited yesterday. From the lake, it’s another 2 hours to the pass. Climbing up to the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tented Camp
  • Yaaks
  • 4,820m
  • 6/7 Hours

Climbing out of Yaksa, you will see the few houses that make up the Yaksa village across the valley, and the pass you came over yesterday. About 2 hours of gradual climbing and you will cross the tree line, entering another valley. The pass is 1 hours climb from here. From the pass, you can see the yak herders grazing grounds of Thombu, our camp. On a clear day, you can even see some houses in Tibet.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tented Camp
  • Thombu
  • 4,550m
  • 5/6 Hours

A short steep climb will take us out of the Thombu basin, traversing along a trail cut into a rocky cliff with a dizzying drop. 4 hours of steep and dusty descent (1 ½ k of vertical descent) will bring us to the army check post that we crossed on the first day of our trek. Our camp is a further 2 hours downstream from the army camp where our car will be waiting then drive to Paro after bidding farewell to our Trekking Staffs. In the evening we will walk around the town for shopping.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Paro
  • 2,200m
  • 6/7 Hours

 After breakfast our guide and driver will transfer to airport for your departure flight. 

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport by a private luxury vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 star standard hotels and camping (tents) during trekking on twin sharing basis.
  • Full board meal plan with all activities
  • English speaking tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private luxury vehicles
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • All internal taxes and fees
  • Bhutan entry visa/permit
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All government taxes and official expenses

What’s Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tips for the guide & driver. (Tipping is expected).

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Useful Information

Chomolhari is Bhutan's deeply venerated guardian peak. It rises on the Tibet-Bhutan border near the major trade route from India into Tibet's Phari Valley. In 1939, from a pass above Phari, F. Spencer Chapman, the mountain's first climber, saw Chomolhari and it's companion peak, magnificent Jitchu Drake.