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Jhomolhari Trekking

Trip Introduction

Jomolari Trek is the best known trek done in Bhutan as it takes you to Eastern Himalayan Range of Bhutan. This trek takes you to an altitude range up to 5000 M which tells you that you can taste various Bhutan landscapes. In this trekking activity you will be experiencing several natural heritages, small villages, typical Eastern Himalayan lifestyle, cultural highlights and many more. The main highlight of this trek will be spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari (7326 M) including surrounding peaks.

 

This, Jomolari Trek, moderate high, trek begins cultural hub of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu with sightseeing of this valley. You will fly to Bhutan next day in Druk airways from Kathmandu enjoying several peaks of Himalayan range including Mt. Everest (8848 M) of Nepal. After your landing in Thunder Dragon Kingdom at Paro airport you will be escorted hotel and following day you will start trekking. You will trail to Shana, Thangthangkha, and Jangothang, lingsi, Jomolhari base camp all the way to Thimpu and back to Paro to finish this trek.   You will visit Drukgyel Dzong, Taktshang Lhakhang, forest areas with rhododendron flowers, green pasture lands, meadows and pass through passes like pa Chu pass, Yali La pass (4820m) and other.

 

This is an adventurous journey which has both natural and cultural highlights with our goal to head Jomolhari base camp of Jangothang and observe spectacular vistas of Mt. Chomolhari including Jyichu Drakey and Jomolhari. This trek is moderate which offers various landscapes and diversity in altitude. So, this is very suitable for altitude lovers and adventure travelers. April to June and September to November are very best for trekking in this route.

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade: Moderate Trekking

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  Trekking : 5 to 6 hours

Tour Type: Lodge,Tea house and Tent

Max Altitude: 4,820m

Route: Paro – Thangkha – Lingshi – Shodu - Paro

Duration :18 days including four nights in Nepal

Region:  Jomolari Trekking Region

Mode of Travel: Ground Transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival(1360m)

You will be warmly greeted by well Nepal at your arrival at Tribhuwan Intrenational Airport Kathmandu. Our representative will picked up you and about a 45 minut bus journey to the heart of the city and check in to Hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 2:Kathmandu Sightseeing(1360m)

This is your Kathmandu  sightseeing day and prepatation day too. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar square, a in-createable wooden house, palace and temple,(a world heritage site) and Swayambhunath (a world heritage site) which a Buddhist stupa and Monastery,  which over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkey and begin to learn about  this fascinating ccountry. If you need anything  before heading  out then you have to shopping on this day. Here is short briefing about trip in given  and pre tour discussion is done with your leader and members. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your tour.

 

Day 3:Kathmandu to Paro(2280m)

and Explore You will have scenic flight over the Himalayas of Nepal. In the clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the verdant greens of Paro valley.On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

Day 04: Paro

Morning visit to Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Below Ta Dzong is Rinpung Dzong ( Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”, built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body. In the afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

Day 05: Paro to Shana (17km, 5-6 hours)

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2,810m). This is the last stop before Tibet. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

Day 06: Shana to Soi Thangkha (20km, 7-8 hours
The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

 

Day 07: Soi Thangka to Jangothang (19km, 7-8 hours)

The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning view 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 (4,040 m). From here, the view of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

 

Day 08: Halt at Jangothang

Today is a relaxing day and a chance to acclimatize and walk upto the Jhomolhari glaciers and the two beautiful lakes of ‘I Tshophu’. Here the route offers spectacular views to the steep ice-slopes of mount Jhomolhari and mount Jichu Drake. Overnight at camp

 

Day 09: Jangothang to Lingshi (18km, 7-8 hours)

The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right bank. We 
now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking view of Chamolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our camp site at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

 

Day 010: Halt at Lingzhi

It is worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can also make an excursion to Tshokha(Lake) i.e. to the base of Juchu Drake. During excursion you will also come across many Blue Sheeps and Musk Deer. Tsokha is about 4500m and hike will take us 4-5hours.

 

Day 11: Lingshi to Shodu (22km, 8-9 hours)

The Laya-Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek route here. 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 (4,820m). On a clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

 

Day 12: Shodu to Barshong (16km, 6/-7 hours)

We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimpu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls 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 (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

 

Day 13: Barshong to Dolam Kencho (15km, 5-6 hours)

The trail decends gently through a dense forest of rhodendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimpu 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 3,600m.


 

Day 14: Dolam Kencho to Dodena – Thimpu (8km, 3 hours)

The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimpu Chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2,600m). Etho Metho transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimpu. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Thimpu.

 

Day 15: Excursion to Punakha

An early departure to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula Pass (3050m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for the tea we descend along the series of hair-pin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong which is remarkably located between the rives of Pho Chhu and Mo chhu. Lunch at a hotel inPunakha. After lunch take a hike to Khasum Yoeley Namgyel Chorten through the terraced rice fields and overlooking village of Kabina. PM drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 16: Thimphu to Paro

After breakfast drive to Buddha statue built on hill overlooking the Thimphu valley. The statue is one of biggest in the country built with budget of 15 million dollar. Visit Memorial stupa built in 1974 for the late king Jigme Dorji Wangcuk and to bring peace and prosperity in the world and Visit Texile Museum, where the art of tradition weaving is still kept alive and preserved though exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its colors and design. After lunch visit painting school where Bhutan student are learning 13 different arts and preserve their culture and visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see national animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. In evening drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight:Hotel in Paro.

 

Day 17: Departure from Paro (2235m) to Kathmandu

Today your journey in the land of Thunder Dragon ends. You will have breakfast and be drive to Paro Airport. If you have got time before flight enjoy shopping at Bhutan otherwise gather your luggage’s, collect equipments and memorial events and say good bye to Bhutan and leave for Kathmandu.

 

Day 18: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today is your free day at Kathmandu  you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu  like sports, Game, shoppings, restaurant and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory  of Nepal. You will be organized a great Nepali Dinner program with your crew memember and them. Enjoy

 

Day 19: Fly to Home

Depature Home Your Jomolari Trek Via Nepal come to an end today! There is nothing to do than trade emails to travel friends and agencies, also organize your photos, On our wy to home  we will have plently of time  to plan our next adventure trip in the wanderful country of Nepal. Enjoy B service.


IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

 

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.  

 

This price includes the following:

Four  nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the Two nights  before trek and Two nights after trek.

Airport arrival and Departure with private tourist vehicle.

Applicable Airport Taxes.

Accommodation with all meals in 3 star hotels and on trek.

Transportation during the Tour as well as on trek.

Professional guide, driver chauffeur, cooks, waiters.

Mineral water throughout the Trip.

Royalty and taxes.

Cost Not Includes

COST NOT INCLUDES:

Travel Insurance charges and other emergencies fee.

Cost of foreign exchange for personal expenses;

Expenses of personal nature, personal trekking aids, mini bar in the room,
Laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc.

First Aids Kids (personal)

Surcharges applicable during Conventions, Special Events and Trade fairs.

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    Equipment Check – List

     

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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