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Maximum - 14 Days
About This Trek:
The well-known Chomolhari Trek
into northwestern Bhutan passes scattered hamlets, forested valleys andhigh
alpine meadows where Yak herders live in solitude. This trek beginning from Paro
and spending a day at the Chomolhari base camp at alt. 4090 meter / 13,415 ft.
crossing the highest point of the trek, Nyile La Pass at an elevation of 4890
meters / 16,040 ft. will make a turn from Lingshi Dzong to Thimphu the capital
city. During the trek the beauty of the landscape with Snowcapped Mountains, and
valleys dotted with varieties of alpine flowers, herds of wild animals such as
Takin, Blue Sheep and musk deer are memories that will enchant you forever. It
also includes sightseeing of a day each in the picturesque Valley of Thimphu and
I t i n e r a r y
Arrive Delhi and fly from Delhi to Kathmandu-Paro (Bhutan)
Kathmando – Paro
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2400 meter / 7992 ft) on Druk Air. . On arrival you
will be received by our representative, and then drive you to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Druk.
After breakfast, visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Rimpung Dzong,
Kyichu Temple and other places of interest. Overnight at hotel.
Drukgyal Dzong –
Shana Zampa, 17Kms, 5-6 hours.
After early breakfast we will drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (2,580m /
8,591 ft) 16 Kms from Paro town. Explore the ramparts, village and on a clear
day experience the spectacular view of Mt. Chomolhari (7,314 m / 23990ft). The
trek starts from here Your overnight camp will be at Shana Zampa, Alt 2,870 m
/9,557 ft, Overnight at camp.
Shana Zampa –
Thangthangkha, 22 Kms, 6-7 hours.
The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chhu through conifers
and rhododendron entering into Jigme Dorji National Park. Your camp for tonight
will be at Thangthangkha, elevation 3,630 m /12,088 ft.
Jangothang, 5-6 hours.
This is not a long day, but there is 450 m /1,498 ft elevation gain, and you
will be comfortably worn out when you reach camp. Your camp will be at
Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp, alt. 4,090 m /13,415 ft.
A day halt & exploration in Jangothang.Trek up to Tsophu Lake for trout fishing
or there is stupendous day-hike in three directions-Chomolhari and its
subsidiary is directly west, Jichu Drake to the north, un-climbed summits and
ridges to the east.
Lingshi, 18 Kms, 5-6 hours
Wide Yak pastures on the way up and down the pass, great views of Lingshi Dzong
as you come down into the Lingshi basin. If the weather is clear Mt. Tserim Gang
(6789m / 22268ft) and it's descending glaciers at the north end of the valley
can be vividly seen. Today, the highest point you will be crossing is the Nyile
La Pass, alt. 4890m/16050ft). The camp is at 4010 m / 13,153 ft, near a large
stone community hall that is used by both Bhutanese travelers and trekking
Halt at Lingshi. Today, you make an excursion to a lake near Tserim Kang base
camp. During the hike, you will encounter blue sheep and musk deer. It is very
important that you rest as much as you could for the following strenuous trek
Lingshi - Shodu,
22 Kms, 8-9 hours.
Today you have to start early because it is tiring and long journey. It is two
minimum of two hours of steep climb to Yeli La pass (4,820 m / 16,051 ft. From
the pass, on a clear day, you can see Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Gangchenta , Mt.
Tserim Kang and Masang Kang. Descend along side a stream to a shelter, then
further downstream to your camp at Shodu (4110 m /13,481ft.), a meadow with a
Shodu - Barshong,
16 Kms, 5-6 hours.
The trail winds up and down gently, along the Thimphu Chhu through a steep
walled canyon with cliffs to the north and a cypress forest to the south. The
route crosses the river six times on bridges built of huge logs, eventually
ending up on the left bank. It makes a gradual climb for one hour to Barshong,
where there is community hall and the ruins of a small Dzong. The designated
camp is just below the ruins at 3680 m / 12,254 ft.
Barshong – Dolam
Kencho, 15 Kms, 5-6 hours.
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and
conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chhu. It stays on river left,
climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. It traverses steep cliffs
to Dolam Kencho, a camp among pastureland at 3430 m / 11,422 ft.
Dolam Kencho –
Thimphu, 8 Kms, 3 hours.
The trail goes in and out of side valleys above the Thimphu Chhu, making a long
ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a
pass at 3510 m / 11,688 ft. The trail then drops steeply to the river and
follows it southward to the road head at Dodina, elevation 2600 m /8,658 ft,
just opposite the bridge that leads to Cheri Gompa. Drive to Thimphu 2500m /8200
ft. Overnight at hotel.
The day begins with visits to the Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery
for the nuns), National Library, painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Royal
traditional silver smiths, Bhutanese traditional paper factory and other places
of interest. Evening Drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning you will witness the Folk and Mask Dance performed by the Royal
Dance Academy. Lunch at Druk Hotel. After lunch, drive to Paro. O/N in Paro.
After breakfast, you are free as your own before your departure to Kathmandu.
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