Jomolhari Loop Trek ITINERARY NOTES

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High Mountain Camps

Our tented camps offer trekkers the maximum trailside comfort: hot meals, sturdy tents, comfortable mattresses, and all the natural splendor of the country’s most remote regions. Trekkers are looked after by top-notch Bhutanese trekking crews who travel ahead of the group to set up camp in the most spectacular locations and then stay behind to break it down and ensure we’ve left no trace. On treks, the camp is set in a different location each night. Trekkers sleep in tents comfortably outfitted with sleeping bags and pads and wake up each morning to a piping hot cup of tea or coffee and a delicious, hot breakfast – not to mention those stunning Himalayan views!

Typical Trekking Day

Wake up with a cup of tea brought to your tent (around 6:30 am), followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. After a wholesome breakfast, we are usually on the trail by around 7.30 – 7.45 am and walk for around 3-4 hours. Lunch is usually a 1-2 hour break to allow for the group meal followed by the staff meal. The afternoon walk is generally shorter, and camp is usually reached by around 3.30 – 4.30 pm. Once we reach the camp and the kitchen is set up, afternoon tea will be prepared (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and biscuits), and from then until dinner, there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff and local people. Dinner is usually served between 6-7 pm. This period of your trekking day is a nice time to relax and enjoy your surroundings, the wilderness, mountains, and people among it, group members, crew, and people you have met along the way. Much of the enjoyment of an expedition is in the journey itself.

Walking

Hours of walking, which may vary from person to person, means hours of actual walking and does not include stops for lunch, Sightseeing, and rest. On certain days our walk takes us into more rugged terrain. Please make sure that your footwear provides sufficient ankle support.

What do you carry?

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-screen etc.

The Effects of Altitude

At 2,300 meters above sea level, Paro lies just below the height where Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can begin to affect people. Very few people are incapable of acclimatization, given sufficient time. Our itineraries begin with easy days and progress to more difficult days in the end, but they are all designed for your unique travel experience in Bhutan.

The following is important in adjusting to high altitude and staying healthy during your holidays in Bhutan:

  • Get in the best possible shape you can before the trip
  • Begin your trip in good health
  • Drink lots of water – more than you feel you need to.
  • Eating is important. Diet should be high in carbohydrates and protein.
  • Understand the concept of altitude acclimatization.
  • Recognize – and never ignore – the symptoms of altitude illness.
  • Take it easy and try not to overexert.

Fitness Requirements

We recommend that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before traveling. On all our journeys, we carry a medical kit and recommend that each person carry a personal first aid kit covering the basics and a sufficient supply of any personal medication they take.

Useful Trekking Tips

Pack your clothes and sleeping bag inside your kit bag in plastic garbage or different colored items. Not only will they keep everything dry, regardless of the weather, but they will also keep your gear organized. It’s also a good idea to bring some Ziploc bags with you to organize and keep smaller items clean and dry.
Bring one or two bandanas or a scarf of similar size. They are excellent for protecting your head and neck from the sun, can be used as hand towels or handkerchiefs, and when tied so that it covers your mouth and nose, they will help keep out dust from the trail or the cold, dry mountain air that can cause high-altitude coughing.
If you are prone to blisters or your boots have yet to be broken in, prevent blisters rather than treat them. Place Compeed (from Band-Aid), Second Skin, or moleskin where needed before hiking.

Dressing for day Hikes/Treks

The key to being comfortable on hikes is wearing several layers rather than one bulky item. Layering is best achieved by wearing several light layers of clothing. Layering traps warm air between the garments, and any moisture (sweat) produced while hiking is allowed to wick away from your body, keeping you dry. Sun hats with a wide brim and something to protect your neck are essential. A good pair of worn-in waterproof hiking boots is essential; please ensure that your boots provide adequate ankle support… Don’t forget to bring your rain jacket.

Climate

Like the rest of the Himalayas, Bhutan generally has a temperate climate with typical northern hemisphere seasons, but the altitude makes distinct variations. The main visiting seasons in Bhutan are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), avoiding the summer rain and the winter cold. Expect warm days and light showers in the evenings.

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