Jumolhari Trek

(11 Nights / 12Days)

Places Covered:

(Paro-Shana - Thangthaka - Lingshi - Shodu - Barshang - Dolem kencho - Dodena-Thimphu)

Tourist Attraction:

(Laxmi Narayan Temple, India Gate, President House and Parliament Street, Humanyu, Qutub Minar, City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyo ki bari, Megrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Bikaner Fort, The Lalgarh Palace, Fort's, Haveli & Temple.)

ITINERARY

  • DAY 01: Paro arrival (-/L/D)
    • Morning:

      On the arrival in Phuntsholing, you will be received by humble representatives of Bhutan Raewa Travels who will be waiting outside the Phuntsholing gate holding a placard with your name on it. The representatives will be your guide for the duration of the tour and will welcome you in a traditional manner by offering a khadar (greeting scarf). After that, our journey stats by driving towards Thimphu.

      Afternoon:

      Visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.

      Get a glimpse of the Ugyen Pelri Palace in a secluded wooden compound south of the river which was built by the Paro Penlop, Tshering Penjor, in the early 1900s. It is designed after the Second Buddha’s celestial paradise, Zangtopelri and one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.

      The National Museum: rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages – those depicting Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance. el inspection.

      Evening:

      You will have a free time to walk around the Town.

      Accommodation at Hotel.

      Meals Included: Lunch at restaurant. Dinner at hotel.

  • DAY 02: Paro Day Hike (B/L/D)
    • Morning (08:30 hours)

      The day begins with a short drive towards the road point for start of hike to see the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.

      Lunch will be served during the return hike back to the road point. The afternoon will comprise of a following visits:

      In the evening visit a local Farmhouse to see first-hand how rural Bhutanese live. The Farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style. The houses are normally three stories; the ground floor is used for cattle, the top floor for drying hay, while the family live in the middle floor.

      Accommodation at hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Hotel.

  • DAY 03: Paro - Shana (B/L/D)
    • Morning

      The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide track. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and field of millet. Later on we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2870m), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

      Overnight at campsite.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 04: Shana - Thangthaka (B/L/D)
    • B/F AT HOTEL AND VISIT

      Morning (09:00 hours)

      The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for lunch. Then continue along the river, climbing upwards through Rhododendron forest, and crossing the river once more before reaching the campsite (3750m). Overnight at campsite.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 05: Thangthaka - Janothang (B/L/D)
    • Morning (08:30)

      The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4040m). From here the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are Superb.

      Overnight at campsite.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 06: Janothang - Lingshi (B/L/D)
    • Morning:

      The trail follows a gentle stream for half an hour and crosses a bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la Pass (4700m). We descend gradually enjoying a panoramic view of the mountainous peaks and Lingshi Dzong from the pass until we reach our campsite at Lingshi (4000m).

      Accommodation at camp.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 07: Lingshi - Shodu (B/L/D)
    • Morning (09:00 hours)

      Our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the West side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-La (4820m). On clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. The trail then descends alongside a stream to a rock shelter in a cliff face. It then continues on downstream until reaching Shodu (4100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

      Accommodation at camp.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 08: Shodu - Barshong (B/L/D)
    • Morning

      Our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through Rhododendron, Juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3600m), near which we camp for the night.

      Accommodation at camp.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 09: Barshong - Dolem Kencho (B/L/D)
    • Morning (08:30 hours)

      The trail descends gently through a dense forest of Rhododendron, Birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto Pastureland where we camp for the night at 3600m.

      Overnight at campsite.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at Camp.

  • DAY 10: Dolam Kencho - Dodena - Thimphu (B/L/D)
    • Morning (08:30 hours)

      The trail winds in and out of a side valley above the Thimphu chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2600m). Bhutan Travel Bureau transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimphu.

      Evening

      Evening is at leisure.

      Accommodation at hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Camp. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at hotel.

  • DAY 11: Thimphu - Paro (B/L/D)
    • Morning (09:00 hours)

      Enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the third King who passed away in the year 1972.

      Other highlights include the 12th Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. In the early evening depart for Paro.

      Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

      Accommodation at hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. Dinner at hotel.

  • DAY 12: Paro - departure (B/-/-)
    • Morning (09:00 hours)

      After breakfast your guide will escort you to drive back to Phuentsholing.