10 Days Bhutan Jhomolhari Trek–II

Code: NB4-10
Min 2 To Go (Depart Every Thursday) or 01/10/2020
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Jomolhari Trek:
Jomolhari Trek II is the shorter one of the two Jomolhari routes which is the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route) it offers a wide range of landscape and fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Base camp in Jangothang as well as awesome views of Jitchu Drake and Tsheringkhang.
Trek Difficulty:
This trek is a moderate to strenuous trekking and camping between 2,800m and 4,150m with crossing of passes above 4,000m. Hiking daily between 5 to 8 hours in mountain trails in varied conditions involving frequent ascends and descends. Fully supported trek with cook, helpers, meals and camping equipment led by experienced local guides. All equipment and luggage will be carried by ponies with pony-men. Trekkers only need to carry a light daypack and walk at your own pace.
Thimphu
Dordenma Statue Changangkha Temple
Simply Bhutan Museum
Paro
Tachogang Temple Dzongdrakha Temple
Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Shana Camp
Sharna Zampa
Pachhu (Paro river) Shingkharap
SoiThangkha
Jangothang Base Camp
Dhumzo
ThombuShong

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Day 1: Singapore – Paro – Thimphu (2,300m) (D)

KB 541                      SIN/GAU               1255/1455
KB 541                      GAU/PBH              1535/1655
Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Paro on Druk Air via Guwahati. On arrival, warm welcome by our Bhutanese representatives and proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan for overnight stay.

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Day 2: Thimphu – Paro (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit the largest grand Dordenma statue, offering magnificent view of the entire Thimphu valley follow by visit to Changangkha Temple built in the 15th century AD. Also visit Simply Bhutan Museum, an interactive ‘living’ museum that gives a good guided introduction into various aspects of Bhutanese traditional life. After lunch, drive to Paro and enroute visit Tachogang Temple &Dzongdrakha Temple.

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Day 3: Excursion to Tiger Nest Monastery (3,120m)–Shana Camp (2,820m) (B/L/D)

Early morning proceed for trek up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most revered temple in the country. The monastery literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. It is said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region. Rest and have lunch in the cafeteria before descending to your waiting vehicle. Thereafter, drive to Shana Camp for overnight in camp.

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Day 4: Sharna Zampa – SoiThangkathangka (B/L/D)

22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3,750M
Today’s trail follows the Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After 2 hours of continuous hiking and crossing several streams, you will reach at Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. A hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. Little ahead is the trail junction – left an old trade route and invasion from Tibet and right leading to the wooden bridge (we follow the right). After climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, we reach our camp at 3750m, a small stone shelter and a Bhutanese-style house in cedar grove at the edge of the meadow.

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Day 5: SoiThangkha -Jangothang Base Camp (B/L/D)

19KM | 5-6 HOURS | 290M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4,040M
Although today’s not a long trekking day, a significant height gain will take place as your trail goes above tree line. From the camp, your 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. We walk through a very muddy section of trail, pass a mani wall and enter yak country. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. After lunch, we walk past yak herder settlements of Soe and Takethang. Common crops that people grow here are barley, potatoes and turnips. We walk our final approach across a plateau and up a stream bed and Dangochang village to the awesome campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

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Day 6: Jangothang Base Camp(B/L/D)

Today, you will spend the day of four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your camp. There is practically no trail but you will climb on an open and endless slope till you see the view of Mt Jichu Drake (6,989m). You can scramble further up till 4,895m (higher than Mount Blanc) to see amazing view of Mount Jumolhari. You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles and the remarkable blue poppy. Jangothang base is a flat grassy land with an old ruined fortress on a hillock in the foreground, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and its neighbor Jitchu Drake. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. If you do not wish to hike but simply wish to just relax in camp, whichever option you choose, it’s certainly going to be a memorable day.

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Day 7: Jangothang Base Camp to Dhumzo (B/L/D)

(ViaTshophu lake at 4,380m and Bhonte La pass at 4,890m)
16KM | 6-7 HOURS | 850M ASCENT | 1090DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3,800M

The trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and descends once again to the Paro Chhu (River), crossing it on a wooden bridge. Walk up to the turquoise Tshophu lake (4,380 meters), which is inhabited by ruddy shelducks. You will come across a second lake after you climb across a slope to a crest. Then descend into a hidden valley and climb steeply to Bonte La at 4890m, the highest point of the trek with great mountain views of Basingthang (5,500m) and Chatarake (5,570m). After the pass, the trail descends crisscrossing yak trails down to the DhumzoChhu. Continue walking downstream past few houses before arriving at your campsite at 3,800 meters.

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Day 8: Dhumzo to ThombuShong(B/L/D)

11KM | 4-5 HOURS | 720M ASCENT | 340M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4,180M
Today’s trail climbs a 100m over a ridge, and then drops to another stream. As we cross the stream, the trail heads up to a hillside, dropping into a small side valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past few huts to Takhung La (4,520 m). A short descend leads you to a wide and grassy ThombuShong (4,180m) with few yak herder’s huts for overnight stay in camp.

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Day 9: ThombuShong to Sharna Zampa – Paro (B/L/D)

(Via Thombu La Pass at 4,380m)
13KM | 4-5 HOURS | 200M ASCENT | 1,650M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 2,730M

Climb out of the valley through rhododendron forests to Thombu La at 4,380m. On a clear weather, great views of Mount Jumolhari, Jicchu Drake, Teri Kang and even Kanchenjunga from the pass are rewarding. The trail then drops gradually to about 4,000m down the ridge as you finally reach the helipad at Gunitsawa (2730m). After crossing the river and continue trekking upstream, we reach back to our starting point of Sharna Zampa. On arrival, vehicle pick up for transfer to hotel for overnight.

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Day 10: Paro – Singapore

KB 540                  PBH/GAU            0805/0830
KB 540                  GAU/SIN             0910/1610
After breakfast, proceed to airport for your flight back to Singapore, with wonderful memories from Land of the Dragon.

Tours Info

Airline Druk Air (KB)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore-Guwahati – 4 hour 20 minutes
Guwahati-Paro – 1 hour 10 minutes
Paro-Guwahati – 1 hour 10 minutes
Guwahati-Singapore – 4 hour 20 minutes
Time Difference Guwahati is 2.5 hours behind Singapore
Bhutan is 2 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six (06) months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS Visa is required for entry to Bhutan. Visa clearance will be done prior to your departure by us and a visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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