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Bhutan Chomolhari Trekking

Bhutan Chomolhari Trekking

Group size: 

Min 1 Pax

Max-Altitude: 

4,000 meters

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Bhutan

Best Season: 

All Year Around

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
Twin Shared Basis

Overview

Chomolhari trekking is one of the prevalent and uppermost trekking in Bhutan at an altitude of 7316 meter/24000ft and the Chomolhari base camp trekking at an altitude of 4115 Meter. Chomolhari Mountain is the spiritual mountain of Bhutanese. Without no doubt this trekking offers you the one of the beautiful untouched and pristine landscapes in the entire Himalayas. This trekking is quite somewhat challenging trek but lots of tourists come to visit this place do this grandeur trekking.

Key attraction of this trekking is you get the close view of Mt chomolhari including Jichu Drake (6,989m). You will be passing through beautiful alpine pastureland with herders grazing the yak and you will be spotting the beautiful flora like pine, oak and spruce and fauna like snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and other wild birds and animals during your trail. People who are nature lovers get to visit the exquisite remote villages, canyons, streams, waterfalls, turquoise lakes etc. This trek augments the splendid views of high peaks of Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum, Jele Khang, Masagang and Gangchey on this trail to your trek. Local culture and festivals are the flawless complement of this trip where you get to experience their Bhutanese lifestyles. On this trip as well as trekking you get to visit several chorten and monasteries.

This trek begins from exploring the Paro Ta Dzong, built in 1651 then hiking to the Taksang monastery 3180malso known as Tiger nest towards the campsite at Shana at 2800meter and head to the Soi, Thangthangkha and then to Jangothang.at here we will be resting for a while and adapting the acclimatization for the further trekking to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong where you get to visit several remote and finally descends to Dodina where you get the magnificence view of Chomolhari (7320m.), Jichu Drake (6900m.) and Tshrim Khang (6789m),descending down we will be exploring Thimpu like sightseeing the national art/painting school and visit the Dzong, ancient monasteries and do some shopping at the paro market where you will be observing different kinds of handicrafts and some authentic food / snacks where you have never tried in your lifetime.

The finest months for this trek are from March to May and September to November but our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) where you get to choose the detail itinerary according to your vacation plan. This trekking give s you both the trekking as well as tripping around the Bhutan valley where you get to know more about their culture and traditions etc. For further details about this trekking you can contact and email us in our GHHT agency.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)

You can take a flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. You will spend a night at a hotel.

(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2
Sightseeing around Paro

Day excursion and sightseeing at the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, in a way also a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to the monastery’s viewpoint takes about 5 hrs for a round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3
Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15km - 5 hrs

Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15km - 5 hrs

Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chilies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes, and wheat.

The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hrs the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4
Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) - Distance: 22km - 7 hrs

Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops.

Following the river upstream from the campsite, we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by the major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in the 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3,250m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb, we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear whether we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5
Trek to Jangothang, also called Chomolhari Base Camp (4,044m) - Distance: 17 km - 5 hrs

After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6
Rest day in Jangothang

A rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes, there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7
Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) - Distance: 21km - 7hr

After breakfast, a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4,890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8
Trekking to Shodu (4,080) - Distance: 22km - 8 hrs

An early start as we have a long and a hard day to cross another beautiful pass. We travel through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above camp towards a small chorten (stupa). Below flows the No Chhu (Blue River). The climb rises to an altitude of 4,450m and crossing the main river into the side of the valley. The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switchbacks. After 4-5 hrs (after leaving camp) we reach the big cairn on the top of the Yale La Pass (4,950m), with views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu River. Following the river until the camp Shodu. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)

Day 9
Trek to Barshong (3,720m) - Distance: 14km - 5 hrs

In the morning we pass a deserted military camp which follows the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks used the caves in the rocks in the old days for meditation. Cross the bridges over the main river, which offers good views of the giant rock faces and waterfalls. The trail gradually ascends 130m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. The Park Rangers recorded a tiger and a snow leopard moving in this same area for the first time. You could opt to carry on for 1.5 hrs to a better campsite. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)

Day 10
Trek to Dodina then transport to Thimphu - Distance: 22 kms - 8 hrs

A steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Thimphu Chhu river. There are several ups and downs until Dolam Kencho 3,290m. The trail continues up to 3450 m and descends to a side stream and several switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. Descending through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river until it finally meets it again at Dodina, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)

Day 11
Drive from Thimphu to Paro

Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses most of the Government office and King's Throne room. Evening departs to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)

Day 12
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

After breakfast, our Airport Representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Included in the Price

    • Visa fee for Bhutan
    • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
    • Guided city tour in Paro by private tourist vehicle.
    • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.
    • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
    • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
    • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.
    • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
    • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
    • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • Monument and museums entrance fees for all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
    • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
    • Government royalty (35% of $225), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
    • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.

Not Included in the Price

    • Services Not Mentioned in Incuded Section

Fixed Departures - 2018



Departure DateAvailable Space
 Jan 4th YES
 Jan 12th YES
 Feb 2nd YES
 Jan 19th YES
 Feb 14th YES
 Feb 20th YES
 March 8th YES
 March 14th YES
 March 19th YES
 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
 4th August YES
 17th August YES
 2nd September YES
 8th September YES
 12th September YES
 17th September YES
 22nd September YES
 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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