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Tour Name Incredible Jumolhari around Trek
Activities Trekking & Hiking
Best time Mar – May & Sept – Nov
Expedition Type Trekking 
Duration 13 days.

This 9-day challenging trek starts at Drugyal Dzong in the north of Paro Valley. The trek begins through rice field and apple orchards gradually entering beautiful alpine forests and meadows eventually getting above tree line and into the paradise of mountain goddess. As you finally approach Jangothang base camp mount Jomolhari(7315m) itself towers above affording stunning view.  More accomplishing facts on this trek are the climbs to Nyile la pass (4,890m) and Yali la pass(5,100m).The glimpse of high pastureland at Lingshi and yak headers daily life style and activities will remain in your heart for ever. You will have some spectacular views of the high ridges, sacred lakes and snow-capped mountains, Yaks, blue sheep, musk deer and elusive marmots on this trek.

The last few days of trek goes through conifer forests, canyons and streams and finally arrive at Dodena, where your car is waiting to transfer you to Thimphu. Take a hot shower in the hotel and relax for the next day’s tour in the capital city.

TOUR OUTLINE


Day 1: Arriave Paro(2280 meters)
Day 2: acclamitizatio hike to Tiger Nest in Paro(3000 meters)
Day 3: Drugyal to Shana(2870meters,15 Km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 4: Shana - Thongthanka(3600 meters, 20km, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 5: Thongthanka- Jangothang(4100 meters, 12km, 4 to 5 hours)
Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang
Day 7: Jangothang - Lingshi(4050 meters, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 8: Lingshi - Shodu(3900 meters, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 9: Shodu- Barshong(3500meters, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 10: Barshong - Dolamkencho(3000 meters, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 11: Dolamkencho - Dodayna- Thimphu(2300 meters, 4 to 5 hours)
Day 12: Thimphu sightseeing and drive to Paro in the evening
Day 13: Departure from Paro


DETAIL ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrive Paro:
During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, built in 17 th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong (fortress) and the valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan's renowned postage stamps. Below Ta Dzong, is fascinating Ringpung Dzong meaning "fortress of heap of jewels". Next visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
This morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is absolutely breathtaking, situated at 10,400 feet and perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. Guru Rinpoche (great spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch is served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. Explore the monastery and, if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before we hike back down to the valley floor. Overnight hotel in Paro.   

Day 3: Drugyal - Shana(2870m,15km, 5 to 6 hours)
The trek starts from Drukgyal Dzong at 2,580 m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley narrows and you reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.


Day 4: Shana-Sio Thangkha (20km, 7 to 8 hours)
The trail again follows 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 follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge to left, where the campsite is situated at an altitude of 3,750m.

Day 5: Sio Thangkha-Jangothang (12km, 4 to 5 hours)
The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang
Acclimatization. Explore near by mountains and lakes.

Day 7: Jangothang-Lingshi (4040m, 6 hours)
The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then Walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4000m.

Day 8: Lingshi-Shodu (3900m, 16km, 6 to 7 hours)
The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to yali La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, you can see Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (3900m), a meadow with a Chorten.

Day 9: Shodu-Barshong (16 km, 6-7 hours)
At this place, one comes back to tree line. The path follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of riversides. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,600m.


Day 10: Barshong-Dolam Kencho (15 km, 5-6 hours)
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, a camp among pastureland at 3,600m.

Day 11: Dolam Kencho-Dodena-Thimphu (8 km, 3 hours) Trek ends
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. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.


Day 12: Thimphu
After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the afternoon you will catch a busy weekend market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their farm products. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. In the evening drive to Paro Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 13:Departure at Paro International Airport.
This morning your guide and driver will drive you to Paro international Airport for your onward departure.


ACCOMMODATION


Camping