Jumolhari Trek

Jumolhari Trek

Start Point

Paro

End Point

Paro

Duration

14N/15D

Grade

Easy

Max Altitude

4820 meter

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • Spectacular views of snow-capped mountains: The Jumolhari Trek offers stunning views of some of the highest mountains in the world, including Jumolhari (7,314 meters), Jichu Drake (6,989 meters), and Tshering Kang (6,789 meters).
  • Remote villages and traditional culture: The trek passes through remote villages where you can experience the traditional culture of Bhutan. You will also have the opportunity to visit monasteries and learn about Bhutanese Buddhism.
  • Challenging trek: The Jumolhari Trek is a challenging trek, but it is also a rewarding one. The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who are in good physical condition.
  • Camping in the wilderness: The trek involves camping in the wilderness, which is a unique experience. You will be surrounded by stunning scenery and have the opportunity to stargaze at night.
  • Chance to see wildlife: The trek passes through areas where you can see wildlife, such as takin, blue sheep, and snow leopards.

The Jumolhari Trek in Bhutan is indeed an exhilarating adventure that offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and stunning Himalayan landscapes. Your description of the trek highlights its unique features and the journey’s progression. Let’s break down the key points of this exciting trek:

1. Acclimatization at Tiger’s Nest:

  • Starting with an acclimatization hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro is a wise choice. This helps trekkers adjust to the altitude and experience the spiritual and historical significance of the site.

2. Historical Beginning:

  • The trek kicks off from Drugyal Dzong, a historic fortress that adds a cultural element to the journey.

3. Pachhu (Paro River) Valley:

  • The initial three days of the trek follow the Paro river valley. This part of the journey exposes trekkers to the countryside, including picturesque farmhouses, orchards, and rice fields.

4. Jangothang Base Camp and Mount Jumolhari:

  • Arriving at the Jangothang base camp rewards trekkers with a breathtaking view of Mount Jumolhari, which stands as a majestic backdrop to the campsite.

5. High Pastures and Yak Herders:

  • The trail’s progression through high pastures used by yak herders adds a cultural dimension to the trek, allowing trekkers to experience traditional Bhutanese animal husbandry.

6. Lingzhi and Unique Mountain Culture:

  • The encounter with Lingzhi, the highest settlement in the northern region, provides insights into a distinct mountain culture and lifestyle.

7. Spectacular Mountain Views:

  • Throughout the journey, trekkers are treated to spectacular views of peaks like Mount Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang, adding to the trek’s visual allure.

8. Varied Vegetation and Gorges:

  • The descent from Lingzhi to the lower valleys of Thimphu exposes trekkers to diverse vegetation and unique rock canyons, showcasing Bhutan’s diverse landscapes.

9. Thimphu Valley Finish:

  • The trek concludes in the north of Thimphu valley, providing a sense of accomplishment as trekkers journey from the high mountains to the valley’s more urbanized surroundings.

Overall, the Jumolhari Trek offers a holistic experience that combines physical adventure,

Detail Itinerary

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Peaks like the sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Drugyel dzong, the ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic in Bhutan’s defence against Tibetan invasion. The sacred mountain Jhumolhari (7,314 meters) can be seen in the background on a clear day. On the way back we visit the National Museum. After lunch a half-day excursion to the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Den) to the viewpoint. Overnight Hotel.

After breakfast, drive up to Drugyel dzong where the road ends and the Trek begins. Following the Pa Chu River gently uphill through a narrowing valley. Camp is just beyond an Army Post. Altitude: 2800 meters. Distance: 17 km. 5-6 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. Altitude: 3600 meters. Distance: 21 km. – 7-8 hrs.

On up the Pa Chu River, passing a small Army post where the valley widens again. One can view the high ridges and then the snow-capped peaks located all around. You begin to see Yaks and the yak herders’ camp. Altitude: 4040 m. Distance: 19 km. – 5-6 hrs.

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.

Wide Yak pastures on the way up and down the pass, possibly see some people in their Yak Hair Tents depending on the time of the year you are there. Great 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. Camp is in a stone shelter built for trekkers. It has an inside fire pit and you can sleep on a wooden floor or in a tent. Altitude: 4150 m. Distance: 19 km. 5-6 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. Altitude: 4500 m. Distance: 15 km. – 3-4 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. Altitude: 3963 m. Distance: 22 km. – 7-8 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. Altitude: 3785 m. Distance: 13 km. – 3-4 hrs.

Descending down to meet Thimphu River following gradually through the forest of rhododendrons and ascending up to the pastureland. Camp in a meadow. Altitude: 3628 m. Distance: 11 km. – 3-4 hrs.

Continue up hill to a small pass. The trail winds up and down along the waterway. Wild animals, such as the Languor, can be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation van to return to Thimpu and a comfortable hotel. Distance: 4-5 hrs. Overnight Hotel.

A full day sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in the town, visit the Handicraft Development Center. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight Hotel.

Full day excursion to Punakha/Wangdue (1250 m.) valley across Dochula Pass. On a clear day a whole range of the northern snow capped Himalayan Peaks can be seen from the pass. Overnight Hotel.

Early morning drive to Paro Airport for departure.

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