Trek BHT/13: 12 days Chomolhari Trek Tour

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Bhutan Trekking Tours

Trekking in Bhutan is a truly amazing experience. From the warmth and lush vegetation of the river valleys to the icy slopes of the eastern end of the Himalayas, you will encounter some of the most stunning scenery and friendly people imaginable.

All our treks offered here are designed to let you discover pristine nature, and offer an insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of the people. The trail on each trek passes through traditional ancient villages with a unique and traditional lifestyle. You will get the chance to mingle with the locals, observe their custom and tradition, see the differently styled buildings, and the ancient monasteries.

All treks are fully serviced. You will get tents, with field toilets and all meals. The Bhutanese crew lead by your English speaking Guide and trek boss, will provide kitchen, dining facilities, and ponies/yaks for logistics.

TOUR DETAILS

Includes sightseeing at Paro and Thimphu

Trek starts and ends at Paro
Trek grade: moderate to strenuous
Max Altitude 4820 m
Open April to June and September to November.

Trek from the river valleys to the uplands, across high passes to the isolated Lingshi dzong, offering superb views of Chamolhari, Jichu Drake and lesser peaks forming a chain on the Tibet border.

Starting from the Paro valley this trek follows the course of the Paro river, towards the Tibet border through rich forests of pine, oak ,spruce, and. rhododendrons, leading to high alpine pastureland where yak headers graze their animals. The crossing over the 4,700 m high Nye la pass to Lingshi, 4000m, offers superb views of Mt Chomolhari and other peaks. There is also a grand stand view of Lingshi Dzong. For the return trek we cross the Yeli-la, 4,820m to join the course of the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls.

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Day 01: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro

Morning visit to Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Below Ta Dzong is Rinpung Dzong ( Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”, built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body.

In the afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Shana (17km, 5-6 hours)

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2,810m). We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

Day 04: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha (20km, 7-8 hours)

The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

   

Day 05: Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang (19km, 7-8 hours)

The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m), which offers superb views. of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi (18km, 7-8 hours)

To get to Lingzhi, we have to cross Nyele pass at 4890 m. Before the main pass there is a false crest at 4680 m. As you start the ascent there are breathtaking views of Mt Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang. We now descend into an almost flat valley until the climb up to the Nyele la pass. Part of the trail is through moraine and scree. We are now above the tree line with only grass, tundra and juniper bushes. After the pass, it’s a gradual long descent to the Lingshi camp. There are good panormic views of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Our camp is set at 4,000 m.

Day 07: Lingshi – Shodu (22km, 8-9 hours)

Early morning look at the view of Lingzhi Dzong, 4220 m, perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of the winding trails and magnificent peaks. It commands the route to Tibet through the Lingshi La (pass). We continue our trek cimbing up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la (4,820m). On a clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

Day 08: Shodu – Barshong (16km, 6/-7 hours)

We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimpu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

Day 09: Barshong – Dolam Kencho (15km, 5-6 hours)

The trail decends gently through a dense forest of rhodendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimpu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.

Day 10: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu (8km, 3 hours)

The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimpu Chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2,600m). Our transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimpu.

Overnight at hotel in Thimpu.

Day 11: Thimpu – Paro

Full day of sightseeing in Thimpu valley visiting the National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (the fortress of the glorious religion’); National Library; Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school); National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only); ad Handicrafts Emporium.

Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12: Paro Depart

After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination. TREK TOUR ENDS

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