Jumolhari Trek 8days | 7nights
The tour offers experience on both wilderness and cultural aspects of Bhutan. The tour begins from Paro, a picturesque valley dotted with farmhouses and turquoise colored Pachu River meandering through the valley. After an active day hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, you will travel to Thimphu and venture into 5 days Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. This is a short trek passing through picturesque high altitude lakes. The trek is off the beaten track and offers ample opportunity to witness birds and flowers in spring. Besides you can have spectacular views of high mountains in Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. The trek is medium-hard with mostly short trekking days but few steep climbs. After the trek, we will also explore some cultural highlights of Thimphu and Punakha valleys.
8days / 7nights
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The quality of care of myself when ill was professional and excellent. The guide revised the trek plan to cope with this illness and allowed for a wonderful cultural holiday plus opportunity to hike another day once i was better.I really appreciated his care and expertise.
DAY 1 : PARO TO SHARNA ZAMPA
17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2870M
You will drive 12km north of Paro valley from your hotel to the historic Drugyal Dzong ruins at 2,580m, from were your trek starts. Your trekking crew will be waiting here for you. After a brief meeting, you will walk downhill on a wide trail following the Pachhu (river), which then climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Soon the valley widens and the route enters an area of apple orchards, traditional farmhouses and the tiny settlements of Mitshi Zampa and Sangatan. You reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810 after walking for a while through blue pine forest. Here your trekking permit will be checked and stamped. This is the last stop before Tibet and border close to it. You will then cross Pachu River on a wooden bridge and then climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,870m. Just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several meadows surrounded by trees where you will camp for tonight.
DAY 2 : SHARNA ZAMPA TO SOI THANGKHA
22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3750M
The trail again follows Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After 2 hours of continuous hiking and crossing several streams, you will reach at Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. A hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. Little ahead is the trail junction – left an old trade route and invasion from Tibet and right leading to the wooden bridge (we follow the right). After climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, we reach our camp at 3750m, which is amidst beautiful meadows.
DAY 3 : SOI THANGKHA TO JANGOTHANG BASE CAMP
19KM | 5-6 HOURS | 290M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4040M
DAY 4 : JANGOTHANG ACCLAIMATIZATION AND EXPLORATION
8KM | 4-5 HOURS | 855M ASCENT
Today, you will spend a day by doing four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your camp. There is practically no trail but you will climb on a open and endless slope till you see the view of Mt Jichu Drakye (6989m). You can scramble further up till 4895m (higher than Mount Blanc) to see amazing view of Mount Jumolhari. You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles and the remarkable blue poppy. Jangothang base is a flat grassy land with an old ruined fortress on a hillock in the foreground, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and its neighbour Jitchu Drake. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. If you do not wish to hike but simply wish to just relax in camp, whichever option you choose, its certainly going to be a memorable day.
DAY 5 : JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI
18KM | 6-7 HOURS | 660M ASCENT | 660M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4010M
DAY 6 : LINGSHI TO SHODU
22KM | 8-9 HOURS | 780M ASCENT | 720M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4100M
DAY 7 : SHODU TO BARSHONG
16KM | 5-6 HOURS | 400M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3700M
DAY 8 : BARSHONG TO THIMPHU
15KM | 5-6 HOURS | 100M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3600M
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet Thimphu Chhu. It stays on river left, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Then traverses steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, at 3,600m. Then the trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, elevation 2,600m where you will be picked up by Bhutan Travelers transport to drive to Thimphu.