Bhutan Jumolhari Trek is trekking to an untouched area of Bhutan where one can experience solitude and wilderness along with breathtaking mountain peaks including Jumolhari, Bhutan’s Mountain Goddess. Passing through lush rhododendron and pines, picturesque traditional villages and hospitable peoples, terraced fields of rice, wheat and barley will be a striking experience. We also pass via settlements inhabited by migratory yak herders then ultimately we get to Base Camp of Jumolhari and its neighbor Jichu Drake. Jumolhari Base Camp is a vantage point to witness stunning mountain peaks and awe-inspiring landscapes.
We begin our Bhutan Jumolhari Trek from Paro. Then, we start our real hiking through beautiful traditional villages visiting hospitable people in the locality. We also pass via lush vegetations capturing diverse species of flora and faunas including, blue sheep, Takin and variety of birds, perhaps under the surveillance of the elusive snow leopard. This remote wilderness and solitude will, of course, please you all tremendously. Besides, one can witness Himalayan freshwater lakes with serene and virgin nature which have remained unspoiled for the past thousands of years. The holy and historical monasteries you encounter with during the trek encompasses spiritual happy life of Bhutanese people. If anyone is interested, they can learn Buddhism. And ultimately get to Jumolhari Base Camp which provides us an opportunity to seize splendid views of snow-fed peaks. The fluttering prayer flags will equally stun you inner and outer cameras.
At the ending section of this Bhutan Jumolhari trek, we have plenty of time to explore the serene capital city of Thimpu with no traffic light. Here, our optimum utilization of time in exploring traditional culture and civilization, art and architecture, friendly and patient people and also interested can do shopping of some souvenirs. We end this trip again at Paro.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding trip to Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trek with full information as per the itinerary.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trek.
Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
As per the flight time for Paro, Bhutan, Team Himalaya staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for a nice and scenic flight to Paro on reaching at Paro airport after immigration and visa formalities our Bhutan guide will meet and receives you in a Bhutanese traditional way and for the drive to respective hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 04: In Paro 2,280m / 7,524 ft for sightseeing tour.
Soon after breakfast our Bhutan guide will receive you at the hotel, for a nice and pleasant walk with an hour or less climb up on slow easy pace to a famous Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). Offering amazing views of Paro and distance snow capped peaks, after a wonderful time here descend by the same route, afternoon visit of 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967.
Day 05: In Paro visit Druk Gyaldzong.
In Paro one of the major town of Bhutan with full of historical and cultural and heritage sites, our guide will take you on a full day tour of Paro visiting ruined fort built to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in the 17th century. After an interesting of Druk Gyaldzong, late afternoon tour of National Museum which displays rich collections of fine arts weapons.
Day 06: Drive and trek to Shana 2,800 m (17 k.m.) – 06 hrs.
After breakfast, drive up to Drugyel dzong where the road ends and the trek begins by following the Pa Chu River gently uphill through a narrowing valley. Camp is just beyond an Army Post.
Day 07: Trek to Soi Thankthangka 3,600 meters (21 k.m.) – 08 hrs.
Continue uphill through the river valley, it narrows and closes in and the trial winds up and down along the waterway. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter built for trekkers.
Day 08: Trek to Jangothang 4,040 m (19 k.m.) – 06 hrs.
On up the Pa Chu River passing a small army post, where the valley opens and widens again, with beautiful view of the high ridges and then the snow-capped peaks located all around. From here on begin to see Yaks and the yak herders’ camp.
Day 09: At Jangothang for local hike.
Trek up to Tsophu or there are stupendous day-hikes in three directions. Jhumolhari and its subsidiary are directly west, Jichu Drake to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges to the east.
Day 10: Trek to Lingshi 4,150 m (19 k.m.) – 06 hrs.
Morning walk on the wide yak pastures all the way up and then down the pass, possibly see some people in their Yak Hair Tents depending on the time of the year you are there, stunning view of Lingshi dzong as you come down into the Lingshi basin if the weather is clear. Tserim Gang and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley.
Overnight camp in a stone shelter built for trekkers, it has an inside fire pit and you can sleep on a wooden floor or in tents.
Day 11: At Lingshi local excursion up to 4,500 m (15 k.m.) – 04 hrs.
A day excursion to Tshokha (lake) i.e. base camp for Jichu Drake. During the excursion it is possible to see hundreds of Blue Sheep and Musk Deer.
Day 12: Trek to Shodu 3,963 m (22 k.m.) – 08 hrs.
The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass (4820 m.) from the Mount Jhumolhari. On a clear day, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Camp is in a stone shelter.
Day 13: Trek to Barshong 3,785 m (13 k.m.) – 04 hrs.
Follow the Thimphu Chu River through the thick forest of Rhododendrons and water falls. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the waterway. Ascending up to the ruins of Barshong dzong, camp is just below the ruined dzong with a stone shelter.
Day 14: Trek to Dolam Kencho 3,628 m (11 k.m) – 04 hrs.
Morning walk leads to a long descend to meet Thimphu River following gradually through the forest of rhododendrons and ascending up to the pastureland for overnight camp in a meadow.
Day 15: Trek and drive to Thimphu 2,320m – 05 hrs.
Our journey continues with an uphill to a small pass and then the trail winds up and down along the waterway. Wild animals, such as the Languor, can be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation vehicle for the drive to Thimpu and a in a nice comfortable hotel.
Day 16: At Thimphu for guided tour and sight seeing.
At Thimphu with full day sightseeing and shopping, wander in the town, visit the Handicraft Development Center, afternoon time visit of Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery.
Day 17: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.
Depending upon the flight time to Kathmandu or other respective destination route, our Bhutan guide will transfer you to Paro airport for the flight back to respective destination to connect with your other international flight to Delhi onwards or back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu airport Team Himalaya staff will meet for a transfer back to respective hotels.
Day 18 : International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in the Himalaya of Bhutan and Nepal with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.