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BhutanJhomolhari overnight trek and Bhutan discovery

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Bhutan is a haven for trekkers. The Himalayan peaks, most of them virgin and un-scaled, valleys, landscape, glacial lakes, flora and fauna make Bhutan a treat for lovers of adventure. Medieval Bhutan had several routes through which people moved. Unfortunately, most have not been used making them a part of the thick jungles. However, the Himalayan Kingdom offers several trekking routes, which prom...

Bhutan is a haven for trekkers. The Himalayan peaks, most of them virgin and un-scaled, valleys, landscape, glacial lakes, flora and fauna make Bhutan a treat for lovers of adventure. Medieval Bhutan had several routes through which people moved. Unfortunately, most have not been used making them a part of the thick jungles. However, the Himalayan Kingdom offers several trekking routes, which promises to enthrall you. 

The beauty of trekking in Bhutan is that you need not be a professional trekker to enjoy the delights of this adventure. There are trekking routes that average people can trek through. Additionally, we can customize some of the treks with the cultural or other packages, based on your interest. Additionally, you will not just be trekking throughout your stay in the country. You will also be visiting places of historic significances, observe the country’s culture and get to interact with the people.  

In a nutshell, we bring forth some of Bhutan’s trekking routes.

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  • Mountain
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching

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Day 1: Arrival at Paro

During this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jomolhari & Mt. Jichu Drake(7,000mts) in Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by the representative of Atlas Tour and Travel and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town. After a short stroll in town drive back to hotel for the night halt.

Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 2: Excursion Taktsang

After an early breakfast drive up to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous monastery Taktsang, the Tiger’s nest. This magical monastery clings to the vertical granite cliff 3,000 mts above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru meditated here in the 8th century by coming riding on a Tigress in a wrathful form, to subdue evil spirits obstructing the spread of Buddhism.

The disciples of Guru Padmasambhava built the temple, which was later enlarged by Zhabdrung in the 17th century.

After lunch we walk back and then drive towards the north to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. From there one can see Mt. Jomolhari (mountain of goddesses).

Paro, Taktsang Monastery
Gangtey Palace (Paro)

Day 3: The valley of Yaks

(Distance 22km, seven to eight hours, 770m ascent, 10m descent, camp altitude 3,610m). 

Drive to Shana and start trekking through the unpaved road to start your trek. The trail gradually ascends following the Paro river through conifers and Rhododendron. The path narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage.

Your camp is in the meadow with stone shelter built for trekkers surrounded by conifer and birch forest. On clear days one can have a magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari, which looks as if the Mountain is peeping at you through the clouds.

Overnight camp: Thangthangkha.

Soi-Thangthangkha, Paro

Day 4: The Nomadic village

(Distance 19km, five to six hours, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4,080m) 

The trail leads by passing the army post and the valley begins to widen and enters the winter houses of yak herder where hot lunch will be served.

We will camp beneath ruined tress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari.

Overnight camp: Base Camp.


Day 5: At the base of Goddesses of Jomo

The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jitchu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Overnight camp: Base Camp.


Day 6: The Lost Dzong

(Distance 18km, six to seven hours, 840m ascent, 870m descent, camp altitude 4,010m)

After your breakfast you start ascending up the mountainside towards Nyelila (pass 4,700m). 
During the ascend you will be seeing Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jitchu Drake and Tsherim Gang till Nyelila at which point you will be seen off by the former two mountains, with only Tsherim Gang visible. From Nyelila pass the trail leads you all the way down to the camp at Lingshi. 

Overnight Camp: Tsherzhithang.


Day 7: Over the High Pass 

(Distance 22km, eight to nine hours, 940m ascent, 920m descent, camp altitude 4,080m).

The trail is through a deep valley and ascends to Yeli-la pass (4,820 m). From here Mt. Jomolhari, Mt Tsherim Gang and Mt. Masagang (6,994m) can be seen on clear days.

Overnight Camp: Shodu.


Day 8: Ruins of Barshong dzong

(Distance 16km, five to six hours, 250m ascent, 670m descent, camp altitude 3,710m) 

The trail winds up and down gently following the Thimphu Chhu and gradually climbs to Barshong,

Overnight camp: Barshong.

Barshong, Thimphu

Day 9: Trail descends to Thimphu

(Distance 22km, 5 to 7 hours, 790m ascent, 940m descent) 

The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture land. 

The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langur’s (monkeys) can be seen along the way. You will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge.

It is the end of the trek. Our staff will meet you there who will drive you back to Thimphu. In the evening stroll around the town and drive back to hotel. 

Overnight: Le Meridian 5 star hotel

Barshong, Thimphu

Day 10: Thimphu Sightseeing

Bhutan’s capital Thimphu could be called mini Bhutan, for people from all parts of the country live here. It also houses some important national treasures. We will be visiting them.

Visit Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodang:  largest sitting Buddha in the world. From there you can get a 360 degree view of Thimphu valley. 

 National Institute for Zorig Chusum – or the school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student undertake a six year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

We will also be visiting Trashichhodzong, the seat of Bhutanese polity, which houses the King’s Office, Throne Room and is the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body.

Visit centenary Farmer’s Market is a two story building with about 400 stalls that provides farmers from around the country the opportunity to display their produce and people a chance to support the local agriculture.Vendors from throughout the region starts arriving on Thursday and Friday, and remain till Sunday night. The best time to explore the market is within these three days when the rush of trade is going on. It is also a great way to get acquainted with the locals and learn about the ingredients of a Bhutanese diet. Also watch the residents’ horde the market, choosing the best of the season’s product.

Overnight: Le Meridian 5 star hotel.


Day 11: Morning visit of Changangkha Lhakhang

In the morning visit Changangkha Lhakhang – A 12th century structure built on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo. Visit motithang Takin Preserve – It houses the rare national animal of Bhutan, Takin which is listed by international   conservation agencies as a vulnerable species. It is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.

After lunch drive to paro, on the way to Thimphu, stop at Ta- chhogagang temple and hike down to the 14th century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. The greatest engineer and Buddhist poet called Thangtong Gyalpo or Lama Chazampa built it.

Upon arrival at paro, we will check into a home stay, paro is famous for its Varity of food, dumplings either from meet or cheese, greens, datsi (cheese) and chili with different combination of vegetable and other ingredients. You can taste common Bhutanese dishes served with rice, such as pork, chicken, beef, and yak.  You can learn the few Bhutanese dishes and taste how it works.  Try hot stone bath very to recover your body after trek. It is believed that the heat of the water, the minerals released from the rock, and the local herbs all combine to produce medicinal benefits for joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders and arthritis.

Overnight in Dorji Dema home stay.


Day 12: Departure

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro international airport for your onward flight. Our representatives will see you off.


ParoParoTaktsang MonasterySoi-ThangthangkhaJomolhariJangothangPunakhaBarshongThimphu

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Approx. $3,120 / 12 days
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