Chomolhari Trekking – A Journey of Cultural and Historical Insight and Nature wonders of Last Shangri La.
Chomolhari trekking is one of the most popular high altitude trekking in Bhutan. Chomolhari is a sacred peak with altitude of 7314m. in Bhutan. Chomolhari trekking is an inspiring hiking to the base of the peak. The trek is blessed with stunning mountain views and magnificent Bhutanese landscapes. Cholmolhari trekking explores nature wonders in remote northern Bhutan. The trek passes through farmlands, deep forests of rhododendron, pine, juniper, thunderous waterfalls, turquoise lakes and streams, rolling Meadows, scattered hamlets and leads to the alpine pasture land.
Crossing over two high passes, Nyele-la (4,700m) and Yeli-la (4,820m) rewards the stunning views of the sky piercing snow peaks Chomolhari and Jichu Drake and other in Chomolhari trekking. Visiting the historical and cultural sightseeing in Paro and Thimpu and trekking to the base of Chomolhari give the opportunity to get the insight of the rich cultural heritage of Himalayan kingdom and to experience nature wonders in the last Shangri La of the earth.
Chomolhari Trekking Route Details
We fly to Paro with great views of Himalayas of eastern Nepal. Before starting Chomolhari trekking, we explore the historical and cultural sites in Thimpu visiting Ta Dzong Bhutan’s National Museum, Rinpung Dzong ( Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”, Kyichu Lhakhang. the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan.
We commence Chomolhari trekking following Pa Chu ( Paro River ), passing through dense forests, beautiful meadows and valleys carved by river to Nyele-la pass (4,700m) and Yeli-la (4,820m) with magnificent views ( in clear weather ) of Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from the pass. We descend through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests with stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls to Thimpu to end Chomolhari trekking.
We visit 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 ) and Handicrafts Emporium.
Trekking: Chomolhari Trekking
Duration: 12 Days
Activities: Trekking and Tour
Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy
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Day 01: Arrive Paro
Arrival at ParoAirport and transfer to hotel. Stroll around Paro market and the the town.
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing
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. 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.
Day 03: Paro – Shana (17km, 5-6 hours)
Commence the trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail and climb gently through rice terraces and fields of millet to Gunitsawa (2,810m) which borders to Tibet. Continue upwards towards 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 follows Pa Chu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests to camp site (3,750m).
Day 05: Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang (19km, 7-8 hours)
The trail ascends for a while to the army camp and then follows the river above the tree line offering stunning view of the surrounding peaks. A short walk from here takes to a valley for the camp at Jangothang (4,040 m), which offers the magnificent views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.
Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi (18km, 7-8 hours)
Ascend to the first ridge and enjoy breathtaking view of Chamolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail takes across a fairly level valley floor and then starts ascending to Nyele-la pass (4,700m). Descend gradually from the pass to the camp site at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong.
Day 07: Lingshi – Shodu (22km, 8-9 hours)
Climb up towards a small white chorten on a ridge and then to the south to the deep Mo Chu valley and climb steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu and then climb steeply to Yeli-la (4,820m) for magnificent views ( in clear weather ) of Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from the pass. Descend downstream to Shodu (4,100m), for the camping on meadow.
Day 08: Shodu – Barshong (16km, 6/-7 hours)
Now back at the tree line, descend through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. Stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way make the hike enjoyable. Gradual ascend takes to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m) for camping.
Day 09: Barshong – Dolam Kencho (15km, 5-6 hours)
Gentle descend through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers and then further steep descend to Thimpu Chu. Climbing over ridges and descending into gullies, the final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu and then to the pastureland at an altitude of 3,600m.
Day 10: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu (8km, 3 hours)
The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimpu Chu. Aascend through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. and descend to Dodena (2,600m) and drive to himpu.
Day 11: Thimpu – Paro
Commence sightseeing tour in Thimpu valley visiting 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 ), Handicrafts Emporium. Drive to Paro.
Day 12: Depart Paro
Airport transfer for international departure.
Cost will be provided on request
The Cost Includes:
- Airport arrival and Departure.
- Accommodation on twin sharing on full board ( breakfast, lunch and dinner included )
- All land transportation
- Royalty and government taxes
- Visa fee
- Entrance fees for museum and monuments
- English speaking local guide
- Guided sightseeing tour as per the itinerary
The cost does not include:
- Druk Airfares
- Travelling insurance
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, camera Charges, bottle water, incidentals, portage, bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on trek, the cost includes:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- Camping trek arrangement on full board ( cook, kitchen helper, food, fuel, kitchen and camping equipment
- Ponies to carry luggage and supplies
- Trekking royalty fees