This trek passes through two famous peaks, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, as well as the beautiful twin lakes of Tshophu.
Going up to as a high as 4,900m, the trail passes through rhododendron and birch forests, sheer rocky formations and waterfalls and farms creating a mix of culture and customs and unique natural settings of rich biodiversity. The alpine vegetation is home to the rare red panda and the royal Bengal tiger.
The trail also crosses over two challenging passes, Yeli La (4,820m) and Nyele-la Pass (4,700m) and the treeless landscape beyond Mo Chu valley.
|Grade/Difficulty||ModerateModerate to strenuous routes involve walking for more than four hours in a day and there will a noticeable change in altitude of the route. These routes will also involve going over one or two mountain-passes with a number of steeps ascents thrown in. to HardStrenuous and hard routes are extremely challenging and demand walking through harsh terrain for more than seven hours a day. Altitude of the route changes significantly and can up to and beyond 5,000m. The route will have numerous steep climbs and mountain passes to cross. These treks meant only for seasoned and professional trekkers normally lasts more than a week and can stretch to three weeks or more.|
|Group size||2-20 max|
|Seasons||Mid April – May & Mid September-November|
|Departure Dates||Twin Share||Single Supplement||Booking||Remarks|
|24th March 2016||US$2608||US$2743||Open||Arrive earlier to attend Paro festival 19 -23 March|
|15th Oct 2016||US$2608||US$2743||Open||Arrive earlier to attend Thimphu festival 11 -13 Oct|
Jomolhari Yaksa trek detail itinerary
Day 1~Arrive Paro
On arrival you will receive by Bhutan Bokar Tours at Paro Airport who will escort you to hotel. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum, is the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the centre of administration and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge.
Day 2~ Hike to Taksang (Tiger Nest) then Paro valley sightseeing
Hike to Tiger’s nest. This hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 2 hours through pine forests at average pace.
The tiger’s nest monastery clings to a huge rocky cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The great tantric saint Padmasambhava is said to have come here on a flying tigress and meditated for three months in the eighth century. It is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. Overnight in hotel, Paro.
After having visiting the monastery, hike downhill to Paro. Drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, Visit kichu lhakhang built in 7th century AD, Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops.
Day 3~ Paro – Shana (Start of Trek) Distance 14 km – time approx 5 – 6 hours
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong to start the trek to Shana. From the starting point, at 2580m, you can see distance views of Mount Jomolhari. Follow the old route along the Paro River through fields and beautiful villages till the campsite at Shana at 2,820m not far from the army out post. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 4~ Shana-Soi Thangthangka Distance 21 km – time approx 7 – 8 hours
The route goes through thick forests and a few settlements to a place called Shingkarap. The route continues through forest crossing several small wooden bridges. Close to the campsite the route opens to a meadow where camp will be pitched at 3,610m.
Day 5~ Soi-Thangthangka-Jangothang Distance 15 km / time approx 5 – 6 hours
After crossing the small army check post the route passes through meadows leaving the tree line where you will see few yaks. Walk through a valley where there are a few houses, pass by a health center and a school. After a few minutes reach Jomolhari base camp and soak in the awesome view of Jomolhari and ruins of old fort near your camp at 4,080m.
Day 6~ Jangothang – Yaksa, Distance 16KM / time approx 6-7 hours
The route goes north crossing a wooden bridge. The path then ascends to a small meadow goes up along a ridge to reach Tshophu Lake. Pass a second lake after going across a mountain. Descend into a valley and climb steeply to Bontey La pass at 4890 m. After the pass, the route descends through yak trails to Dhumzo Chu River. After walking downstream below few houses arrive at camp at 3800 m.
Day 7~ Yaksa – Thongbu, Distance 11KM / time approx 4-5hours
The route ascends to the top of hill and then crosses a stream. After crossing the stream, the route ascents to a hillside dropping into a small valley close to a ridge. The route ascends through few huts to Takhung La pass 4,520 m. A short descent leads to Thombu Shong, the campsite at (4180 m) near a few yak herder huts.
Day 8~ Thongbue – Shana. Distance, 13KM / time approx 4-5 hours
Today you will walk a clear trail through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La pass 4,270m. The walk from the pass is one of the best parts of the trek. Walk downhill steeply for 2 to 3 hours till you reach the campsite along the Paro Chhu at Gunitsawa.
Day 9~ Shana – Drugyel Dzong (2580m)
Hike through the picturesque valley, completing the trek at Drugyel Dzong where a car waiting will take you to your hotel in Paro.
Day 10~ Paro – Thimphu (Sightseeing)
Morning drive to Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity; Mothithang zoo to see the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan; nunnery; school of thirteen traditional arts and crafts. After lunch visit Changangkha temple built in the 12th century, drive to Buddha point see the 138.6 foot tall statue of Buddha Sakyamuni seated on a 62 foot tall throne. In the evening visit Tashichoedzong built in 1641.
Day 11~ Thimphu-Paro
Drop to Paro airport for your onward journey………………TASHI DELEK