Bhutan | 10D /9N | 15,977 ft
September – November and March to May
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
All about the Chomolhari Trek.
Straddled between Bhutan and Tibet is the “Mountain of Goddess” known as, Chomolhari, which is 15,977 ft above the sea level. It is known to be the Goddess’s mount as the community of locals and Buddhists believe that it is the very place where one of the Five Tsheringma Sisters live. It is also pronounced as Jomolhari and provides an escape from the stressors of daily life. The stay at Basecamp will provide you a holistic beauty of the whole range. From various other peaks to fascinating forests and from grassy landscapes to the chilly glaciers, you’ll have a thrilling and peaceful time.
The trek to the mount’s peak is a peaceful and moderate one. You’ll be first made to acclimatize. We’ll start the trek from a crumbled ancient monastery, Drugkyel Dzong. You’ll further climb amidst the farming pastures then into the wilderness, blurring soon with the meadows. You’ll smell the aroma of juniper and rhododendrons, from where we will reach the Jomolhari Base called, Jangothang, from where we will trek towards the Tsho Phu, where you’ll walk along the twin lakes and ascend to Bonte La, which can be called one of the most beautiful valleys of the region. Lastly, we will move to pass Thombu La, ending through the actual path and reaching back to where we started the trek from.
Maximum Altitude – 15,977 ft
Duration – 10 Days
Difficulty Level – Moderate
- Drugkyel Dzong, Jangothang Base
- Juniper and Rhododendrons filled landscapes
- Tsho Phu’s twin lake
- Bonte La Valley
- Jigme Dorje National Park while descending back through the actual trail
Chomolhari Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Reach Paro 7,218 ft)
It’ll be good if you reach Paro two days before so as to adapt and adjust to Bhutan’s climate and culture. You can visit the Thimpu, the marketplace and the Palace of Tashichoedzong. Sleep early on the night before you’ll have to reach to the decided gathering point in Paru itself.
Altitude – 7,218 ft
Day 2 : Hike to Taktsang (10,170 ft)
This’ll be in a way your day one on the trek, where you’ll finally meet your guide and other group members. We will hike to the Taktsang monastery, which is also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is structured around the Guru Ringpoche’s meditative cave and hangs on the edge of it. Overnight will be at respective hotels.
Altitude – 10,170 ft
Day 3 : Drive to Dzong and Trek to Shana (9,383 ft)
We will have a short drive to Drukyel Dzong from where we will begin our trek towards the Shana region. You’ll see the peak’s summit for the first time while heading towards it. It’ll be five to six hours long climbing day. At Shana, we will spend the night at the campsite which is near the stream and on the green meadow.
Altitude – 9,383 ft
Day 4 : Trek to Soi Thangthang (11,811 ft)
Next day, we will go into the wilderness, where you’ll see the maple, oaks, birch, alders etc and further, the pines and rhododendrons, as we will reach higher altitudes. This is the trek through the National Park, Jigme Dorje. We will spend the night at Soi’s camp.
Altitude – 11,811 ft
Day 5 and Day 6 : Trek to Jangothang (13,415 ft)
Today, we will ascend towards the base of Chomolhari, that is, Jangothang, which have the landscapes of alpines, mountains, and glaciers. We will be spending the night and the next day at such a splendid landscape, where you’ll forget about all the chaos of life. We might also go for an excursion towards the Tsho Phu’s twin lakes.
Altitude – (13,415 ft)
Day 7 : Trek to Dumzo, Bonte La (15,977 ft)
We will resume our trek and from Tsho Phu we will continue further upwards towards the summit. You’ll experience the scenic beauty of Chomolhari, Jitchu Drake and also of one of the world’s greatest Kanchenjunga mountains. From there we will walk towards the Valley of Soi Yaksa. It’ll be a six to seven hours long climbing day.
Day 8 : Trek to Thombu Shong, Tagulun La (14,895 ft)
Today we will climb through forests of birch, rhododendron, and oak towards the Tagulun. You’ll be able to see the old views and adding to them will also be Makalu mountain. We will reach the campsite at Thombu Shong where we will spend the night.
Altitude – 14,895 ft
Day 9 : Trek to Shana Zam (9,481 ft)
After breakfast, we will start climbing back. We will again trek through the forest walking towards the Thombu and further to Shana Zam. We will cross a ridge and continuing from there, we will walk downwards towards the campsite near Paro Chu. We will spend our night here.
Altitude – (9,481 ft)
Day 10 : Trek to Dzong and drive back to Paro (7,218 ft)
Finally, we will spend our last day trekking towards the Drukyel Dzango through the stunning landscape of campsite at Peru Chu. We will have a relaxing drive back to the Paro, from where you are free to go back to your hotels and further towards the airport, bidding each other last adios.
Altitude – 7,218 ft
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation to Paro and Vice Versa from home city is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
Who can go for this trek?
If you are an individual looking for going exploring a bit adventurous a bit peaceful vacation or wish to explore the culture of Tibet-Bhutan, then this is amongst the few treks you can choose. Also, anyone who likes a bit challenging yet moderate climbing ranges, then this trek is a good option. This trek is also for the ones who have done beginner treks in the past.
What does the trek demand?
Acclimatization can’t be ignored or taken lightly in this trek as the altitude is above 9,842 ft and will gain a relatively higher altitude as the journey will move forwards. Also, you’ll be walking six hours almost on all the trek days. Thus, if you are through with the easy treks, then you can try this one.
Is it an easy trip?
This trek if not a difficult one considering the technical aspects of mountaineering. It is tough because its altitudes are high and temperatures are significantly colder than usual. Thus, it requires good acclimatization, patience, and an optimistic attitude. It will be more like a trip than a trek if you’ll have these few things.
What is the best time to go for this trek?
Most of the trekking trails in Bhutan are on higher altitudes, thus providing the people/tourists with very limited time-frame to really go for these treks. Months of Spring and fall, like from March to May and September to November, respectively. During these months, the temperatures are comparatively lower at particularly Cholmolhari trek and various alike. There are a few others which are better during winters.