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Jomolhari Loop Trek

11 Nights 12 Days

Jomolhari Loop Trek

$3000 per person

The Jomolhari trek is one of NAT’s handpicked treks that offer beautiful landscape and spectacular views of the majestic snow capped peak of Jomolhari standing at 7,314m and its two companions the Jitchu Drake and Tserim Gang. Jomolhari or the abode of goddess Jomo, is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful mountains and imposing mountain in the entire Himalayan region. The trek begins from Drugyel dzong village in Paro at an altitude of 2500m gently gaining height without having to cross high passes for the first three days, which is perfect for getting acclimatized to the elevation. Spring brings us bright sunny days and an assortment of rhododendrons, masses of wild flowers and blue poppy, along the way. This trek also presents you an opportunity to meet and interact with Bhutanese Yak Herders and learn /share in their life style.

This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy nature, meeting new people and take pleasure in hiking.

You need to be in decent physical condition for this trip, but not a major athlete. The altitudes at which the trek takes place (2500m-4760m) make them more strenuous. If you can comfortably do a 5-mile hike with some uphill portions, you’ll be fine.

Destinations

Thimphu, Paro

Duration

12 Days

Arival/Departure Location

Paro International Airport. Paro, Bhutan

Departure Time

Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

Include

  • Experienced Mountain Guide & leader
  • Transfer as per itinerary
  • Standard accommodation twin sharing basis
  • All meals
  • All monument/entry fees
  • Top quality Mountain Hardwear 2-men expedition tents
  • Spacious dining tents
  • Large toilet tents with comfortable seats
  • Shower Tent
  • Easy & comfortable camp chairs
  • Camp Tables
  • First Aid Kit

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services), as well as cancellation insurance. Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved in this package.  You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you in Bhutan.

ITINERARY NOTES

 

High Mountain Camps

Our tented camps offer trekkers the maximum in trailside comfort: hot meals, sturdy tents, comfortable mattress 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, 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

You will be woken with a cup of tea brought to your tent (around 6:30am), 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. This also enables you to do your washing in the warmest part of the day and catch up on your diary or reading. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3.30 – 4.30 pm. Once we have reached 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 rests.

On certain days our walk takes us into more rugged terrain. Please make sure that your footwear provides sufficient ankle support. If it is not possible to do a walk due to bad weather, an alternative will be organized. Any such decision is at the discretion of the Tour Leader.

What 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. All our itineraries are designed with easy days at the start while some become more challenging towards the end, after acclimatization has occurred.

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

In order to get the most from your trekking experience we recommend that you begin a fitness program as soon as you have decided you are going trekking. Hill walking, cycling, running and swimming are excellent exercises to help prepare you for a trek.

Health Requirements

We advise that all with a pre-existing condition consult their Doctor about their travel plans. We carry a medical kit on all of our journeys and recommend that each person carry a personal first aid kit covering the basics and a sufficient supply of any personal medication they are taking.

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Bhutan.

Useful Trekking Tips

Pack your clothes and sleeping bag in plastic garbage bags or different colored stuff sacks inside your kitbag. Not only will they help keep everything dry, no matter the weather, they’ll help keep your gear sorted too. It’s also a good idea to bring some Ziploc bags for organizing and keeping smaller items clean and dry.

Bring one or two bandanas or a similar size scarf. They are great to protect your head and/or neck from the sun, can serve as hand towels or handkerchiefs, and when tied so it covers your mouth and nose will help keep out dust from the trail or the cold, dry mountain air that can give people in high altitude a persistent cough.

If you are prone to blisters –or your boots are still not totally broken in, prevent blisters instead of treating them. Before you start hiking, put Compeed (from Band-Aid), Second Skin, or moleskin where needed.

Dressing for day Hikes/Treks

The key to being comfortable on hikes is to adopt a system of several layers rather than one item of bulky clothing. Layering is best accomplished by using several lightweight layers of clothing. With layering, warm air is trapped between the garments, and any moisture (perspiration) that you create when hiking is allowed to wick away from your body keeping you drier. Sun hats are an essential item, with a wide brim and something to protect your neck. A good pair of worn in water proof hiking boot is important, please make sure that your boots provide sufficient ankle support…Don’t forget your rain Jacket.

Climate

Like the rest of the Himalaya, Bhutan generally has a temperate climate with typical northern hemisphere seasons but altitude makes distinct variations. The two 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, light showers in the evenings.

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Trek Day 1: Drukgyel Dzong (2500m) to Shana (2820m)
  • Distance 17km, time 5-6 hours,
  • Total altitude gain 320m,
  • Level of Difficulty-Easy
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board basis

Starting from Drukgyel Dzong, the fortress that once guarded the Paro Valley against Tibetan invaders, the first day is a pleasant walk following the left side of the Pachu river.  The farm roads serve as the trek route and passes through a number of very small villages with traditional houses and rice and vegetable fields to the left and right of the trail.

After about an hour’s walk, the farm road ends at Mitsizampa.  Crossing a bridge to the right side of the river, the trail climbs very gradually for another hour through woods to Zakhapang (2600m) a nice lunch-break sport in an open and clean space.  There is a small shop selling basic necessities for the locals.

After lunch the trek continues through blue pine forests, following the river closely.  Gunyitsawa army outpost appears not long before the end of the first day’s trek.  The campsite at Shana, just beyond, is situated at an altitude of 2820m in a beautiful open space surrounded by blue pine forest.  Two traditional houses on the other side of the wide, fast flowing make up Shana Village.

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Trek Day 2: Shana (2820m) to Thangthangkha (3580m)
  • Distance: 22km,
  • time: 7-8 hours,
  • Total altitude gain: 760m.
  • Level of Difficulty: Long but not difficult. 
  • Accommodation: Luxury Camp
  • Full board basis

This is the longest trekking day, taking about eight hours to reach campsite.  The trail continues to follow the river gradually ascending through a mixed forest of blue pine and oak and later in the afternoon, tall rhododendron trees, birch, fir and maple.  Though the trail is rocky and bumpy, it is not strenuous.  There are several simple wooden bridges to cross.  The lunch break comes after about 4 hours of walking through an ever-narrowing valley.

Not long before reaching the campsite the trail leads you up a ridge to a chorten.  Beyond, in the distance, at the end of the valley the Jumolhari Mountain comes into view.  Finally, after about eight hours walk, you reach campsite.

The campsite is located in a spacious clearing and directly faces Mount Jumolhari.  The view of the early morning sun striking the top of Jumolhari is breathtaking.  Mount Jumolhari, at 7314m, is among the world’s highest mountains.

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Trek Day 3: Thangthangkha (3580m) to Jangothang (4000m)
  • distance: 19km,
  • Time: 5-6 hours,
  • Total altitude gain 420m,
  • Level of Difficulty: moderate
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board basis

Your climb today gains elevation and you will be comfortably worn out at day’s end. You are now entering “yak” country. Yaks are utilized for pack animals as well as supply cheese, milk, tea, meat and Yak hair for weaving of huts, blankets, clothes, backpacks and hats. Burley and huge, the yak plays an important role in Bhutan history, yesterday and today. Remote villages are dotted throughout this area. A stone and log bridge provides access to Jangothang.

The altitude at the base camp is 4000m and is a beautiful place to spend the night.  The imposing rounded bulk of the Jumolhari mountain fills the view to the northeast and in the evening the profile of the ruined jangothang Dzong, populated by huge ravens creates a mystical atmosphere.

Apparently a proud king once ruled this area from the Dzong.  Myth has it that the king had instructed his subjects to raze one of the mountains to the ground because it was blocking the sunlight.  In a meeting to discuss how this herculean task was to be achieved, an old lady suggested that it would be simpler to chop off the head of the king rather than the top of the mountain.  Thus, the deed was carried out.

This area is rich in bird life.  Birds sighted en route include the Fire-tailed Sunbird, Ibisbill, White throated Dipper, Yellow billed Chough, Rosy Pipit, Snow Pegion, Blue fronted Redstart, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Blook Pheasant, Show Partridge and many more…..

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Trek Day 4: Jangothang Rest day
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board basis

Today is a day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude and provides an opportunity to explore the valley and enjoy the wonderful views of the mountains.  A one-hour trek a little further up the valley to the right of the campsite takes you to a point from where you can view the majestic, cone-shaped Jichu Drakey piercing the clear blue sky.  Jichu Drakey cannot fail to remind you of the Matterhorn from this perspective.  It is a slight to behold.  Many rank this as the most beautiful mountain in Bhutan.  An hour’s leisurely trek will take you to the twin lakes of Thsophu.  Todays walk allows acclimatization in preparation for crossing the Bonte La on Trek – Day 5.

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Trek Day 5: Jangothang (4000m) to Dhumzo Chhu (3730m) via Tsho Phu Lakes (4310m) and Bonte La (4760)
  • Distance: 17km,
  • Time: 6-7 hrs,
  • Total Altitude Loss: 270m,
  • Level of difficulty : Strenuous
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board basis

Leaving Jangothang the trail climbs sharply and ascends about 300m in a very short distance to the twin lakes at Tshophu located at an altitude of 4310m.  This point in the Jumolhari Trek gives you unequaled views of Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. The two lakes are surrounded on both sides by rocky cliffs and they reflect the two peaks of Jumolhari to the left and the beautiful Jichu Drakey to the right.  The sight is breath taking.  Form this point on you can expect to see the balck yak hair tents belonging to the nomadic yak herders that live in this area.

Following the left side of the lakes, the steep climb continues, taking the trekker up to the top of the ridge.  Ruddy Shelducks and Common Mergansers are sighted swimming and wading along the shores of the lakes in which huge trout are said to be abundant.  This is also the territory of Blue Sheep with massive horns who graze in large groups of 70 or more.

Almost four hours of stady climbing brings you to the top of Boney La at an altitude of 4760m.  Bonte La is the highest pass of this trek.  Take time to enjoy the scenery.  The trail drops steeply to Dhumzo Chhu Valley where camp is arranged for the night.

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Trek Day 6: Dhumzo Chhu (3730m) to Thombu Shong (4070m) via Takhung La (4410m)
  • Distance: 11km
  • Time: 5 hrs
  • Total Altitude gain: 340m,
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board bais

The route today is through a nice wooded area.  For a while, only a gentle ascent is made through alpine meadows.  Once the climb to the Takhung La begins, the climb starts to get more strenuous.  The pass is reached about 4 hours later.  The altitude here is 4410m.

One hour downhill from the Takhung La is the campsite at Thombu shong.  The campsite is situated in a beautiful valley where you will see two yak herder’s dwellings built out of stone, with a wooden shingle roof.  You can still see the Takhung La peak to the back of the camp.

Yaks graze in this valley that stretches endlessly into the mountains beyond the campsite.  The Jho Drakey mountain is located to the left and can be seen if you trek up the mountain ridge to the left and right side of the campsite.

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Trek Day 7: Thombu Shong (4070m) to Shana (2600m) via Thombu La (14005ft)
  • Distance: 14.5km
  • Time: 4-5 hrs
  • Total altitude loss: 1470m
  • Level of difficulty: moderate 
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Full board basis

Cross the valley through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La.  From the pass, view Mt. Kanchenjunga on the Sikkim-Nepal border, as well as some smaller peaks in north Sikkim.  The ridge walk from the pass is one of the best parts of the trek: very high above the valleys on a good trail with a beautiful view.  From here it takes about an hour to reach a giant descent.  The trail ends at today’s night camp by the Paro Chhu.

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Trek Day 8: Shana (2600m) to Drukgyel Dzong (2500m)
  • Distance: 17km
  • Time: 4 hrs
  • Total altitude loss: 100m
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
Four hours hike through the lovely valley, finishing at Drukgyel Dzong.

Transfer to Hotel Zhiwaling, check in and rest of the day relaxing around the property, enjoying the facilities or perhaps trying some other activity like the Bhutanese national sport of archery or maybe a therapy such as the traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath.