Mount Chomolhari Trek

This is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. You will get to witness the mighty Mount Chomolhari at it’s most magnificent form. Starting at Drugyal Dzong, Paro, this trek passes through scattered hamlets and farm houses in deep and richly forested valleys. It reaches the base of Mount Chomolhari, at 7,320 meters and on to the remote Lingshi Dzong. There are fabulous views of the mountains and exceptional flora. You will encounter herds of Blue sheep and yak herders with few villages. The maximum altitude on this trek is 4950meters at Yali La peak between Lingshi and Shodu.

Mount Chomolhari Trek – 13 Days

Day 1
 Arrival at Paro.

On arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by the representative of Merik Tours who will then take you to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2
Paro – Paro.

Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong though in ruins holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interest  include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3
Paro – Shana.

Distance 17Km 5-6hours. Altitude of camp-2,800mtrs. Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields of the Tsento Village. Overnight at the camp near the army outpost.

Day 4
Shana- Soi Thangthagkha

Distance : 17km. Trek time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp. The trail winds continues uphill following the Paro River until the valley narrows and leads to the slopes. Then it descends down into another valley. Camp in a meadow.

Day 5
Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang.

Distance : 19 km. Trek Time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4040m. The trek is along a gradual uphill trail which passes an army out post. Pack lunch on the way. After lunch you will be passing through the bases of many, snow peaked slopes. Overnight in camp at the base of Mt. Chomolhari.

Day 6
Jangothang – Jangothang.

A day of rest and acclimatisation. Hike to the beautiful lakes around Jangothang.

Day 7
Jangothang – Lingshi

Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6- 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4150m. Trek through wide yak pastures and beautiful snow clad mountains. As you approach the Lingshi basin, the breathtaking view of the Lingshi Dzong can be seen.  The Tsarim Gang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Camp near the stone shelter.

Day 8
Lingshi – Shodu.

Distance : 22km. Trek Time : 7-8 Hours. Altitude of Shodu : 4000m. The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude  of 4820m. Then it is down hill all the way to the camp. Camp beside a stone shelter for travelers.

Day 9
Shodu – Barshong

Distance : 13km. Trek Time : 4 – 5 hours. Altitude of Barshong : 3700m. The trail follows the Thimphu river through forests of Rhododendrons. It winds up and down the slopes and finally leads to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong.

Day 10
Barshong – Dolam Kencho.

Distance : 12km. Trek Time : 4-5 hours. Altitude of Dolam Kencho : 3628m. Waterfalls and beautiful valleys can be seen along the way. Camp in a meadow.

Day 11
Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimphu.

Distance : 14 km. Trek Time :  5 – 6hours. The trail continues through forests winding up and down through a small pass. Monkeys can be spotted on the way. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 12
Thimphu – Paro.

Morning do the sightseeing of Thimphu valley and in the afternoon drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 13
Departure

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination