Recommended Season: Early March to Early May, September to Early-November
Max Elevation: 4800m
This Trek is comparatively a challenging trek taking you to a maximum elevation of 4,100m above sea level. This trek is a loop starting and finishing at Shana Zampa (Gunitsawa Village). This trek can also be done in another variation where you end at Dodeyna in Thimphu, which takes longer than the loop. The trek offers you an excellent opportunity to see the natural landscape including lakes, glaciated valleys adorned by yaks, blue sheep and blue poppy. The Jhomolari trek is also rich in sighting rare high altitude birds such as the Spotted Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and Himalayan Monal, in addition to marmots, blue sheep and Takins. It is said that Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. You can also have the closest view of the Mount Jhomolhari, Mt.Jichu Drakey and Tserim Gang. The actual number of days of trekking is nine days and there is a halt for one day at the base camp of Mount Jhomolhari. The Trek ends at northern part of Thimphu valley.
Note: The sighting of the flora and fauna is seasonal.
This is only a suggested itinerary and you can always customize the trip to suit your plans and needs.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Paro airport. Visit the sights within the valley. Halt in Paro.
Day 2: Paro
ACCLIMATIZATION DAY! Hike up to Paro Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest). Walk around Paro town and prepare for the trek. Halt in Paro
Day 3: Trek Day 1: Shana Zampa to Thang Thangkha
Distance: Approximately 17 km about 7-8 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 3800 meters.
The trail starts following the Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch we keep following the river and climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing a bridge to reach our campsite at Thang Thangkha.
Day 4: Trek Day 2: Thang Thangkha to Jangothang
Distance: Approximately 15 km about 6-7 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 4000 meters.
If we did not sight Mt. Jhumolhari the previous evening, we will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. The trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. The path ascends till you reach the army camp. You keep following the river down below the valley, walking above the tree line enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. A short walk through the valley will take you to your campsite at Jangothang. It is considered one of the most beautiful campsites in the Himalayas. Here you will have a spectacular view of Mount Jhumolhari.
Day 5: Trek Day 3: Rest Day at Jangothang
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jhumolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang has a perfect environment for your acclimatization. We can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jhumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
Day 6: Trek Day 4: Jangothang to Soi Yaktsa
Distance: Approximately 15 km about 6-7 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 3800 meters.
The trail leads to the last settlement in the valley and drops down to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) we will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890m, the highest point of this trek. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu, we trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo).
Day 7: Trek Day 5: Soi Yaktsa to Thombu Shong
Distance: Approximately 11 km about 5-6 hours. Campsite Altitude: Approximately 4100 meters.
The trail climbs up 100m over a ridge and drops to another stream. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) we descend to Thombu Shong, where we will camp next to a yak herders camp.
Day 8: Trek Day 6: Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa Village
Distance: Approximately 10 km about 5-6 hours. Overnight at hotel in Paro
Today is the last day of the trek. After which you will be in the comfort of your hotel.
The trail will lead us to Thombu La pass (4,380m) after which we will descend for one last time. Continuing on the trail we will finally reach Gunitsawa where our vehicle and driver will be waiting for.
Day 9: Thimphu
A slow and relaxed day to recuperate from the trek. Transfer to Thimphu in the afternoon. Halt in Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu
Sightseeing around Thimphu valley. Halt in Thimphu
Day 11: Punakha
Transfer to Punakha in the morning over Dochula Pass. If you wish you can go on a 3 hour hike from Dochula. Continue towards to Punakha. Halt in Punakha.
Day 12: Punakha
Short hike in the morning and continue with sights around the valley. Halt in Punakha.
Day 13: Paro
Transfer back to Paro through the same route. Stop at the botanical garden at Lamperi. After arriving in Paro you either have the option to do some sightseeing or walk around town to do some last minute souvenir shopping or just soak up the vibe. Halt in Paro.
Day 14: Departure
Depart from Paro Airport