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Chomolhari Trek

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Trip Overview of Chomolhari Trek

Chomolahari trek explores the retained fascinating culture of Bhutan, still poorly known by the West. The Chomolhari trek is genuinely an excellent alpine trek to the far northwestern corner of Bhutan, near the Tibetan border. Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan embraces a fantastic opportunity to trek the hot spots of Bhutan but also get to feast on an incredible diversity of mountains and ecosystems.

The tremendous rewards of this trek you can explore snow-capped peaks. Turquoise-tinted lakes, high altitude wildlife as well as nomadic yak herders. Ancient religious sites. The Laya-Ghasa trekking route passes through diverse geographical and cultural regions. from farmland to forests and alpine highlands.

Bhutan Chomolhari trek introduces to the splendor of the range of traditional Himalayan culture, people, and landscape in Bhutan.  One can see the lushness of the foothills with beautiful subtropical, sub alpine, and higher altitude alpine views. Walking past old fortresses, villages, monasteries. The terraced fields of paddy and barley is a lesson in the everyday. Lives of ordinary rural Bhutanese, in all its richness and difficulty.

Chomolhari is the best trek in Bhutan

After arriving at Paro, you will have full day sightseeing. The next day our Bhutan Chomolahari trek begins with the trek to Shana. The trek passes through a whole, fertile, cultivated valley. beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River and encountering herds of Yaks. The Laya trail follows the Pachu River ascending and descending through pine. Oak, and spruce forest to Soi Thangthangkha.

We approach Jangothang, Chomolhari trek in Base Camp at 4100m.  Afterward, it welcomes you with a full-frontal view of the massive bulk of Mt. Chomolhari. Crossing very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m). It would be an enjoyable experience for you. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, as well as  Tshrim Khang mountains. Aftwer we descend to a valley of Lingshi.

Chomolhari trek also climbs up to the Yalla Pass at an altitude of 4,820m. It also offers views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks to Shodu. We descend through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests along Thimpu River and ascend to Barshong Dzong. The final stage of the Chomolahari trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland Dolam Kencho and back to Thimpu via Dodina next day. Enjoy the full day visit of capital city Thimpu, its historical and religious attributes. The Bhutan Chomolahari trekking offers a taste of a great variety of Bhutanese landscape.


Chomolhari Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 12 Days

Grade: Moderate

Best Travel Time: Late September to Mid November & late March to mid-May.

Transportation: Private Car/Van.

Detailed Itinerary of Chomolhari Trek

You will have a spectacular scenic flight of the Himalayas, including Everest and Bhutanese foothills and the landscapes to the Paro Airport of Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch enjoys afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art, and handicrafts are offering an excellent orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets, and browse through the shops.

Today the trek begins from Drukgyel Dzong with a short downhill walk on a long train. The trek passes through a full, fertile, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River. We climb gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. It goes upstream of the Paro River, through villages, gradually ascending. You’ll also encounter local people who live a simple lifestyle herding yaks, gathering and drying herbs, making fresh cheese and butter, and weaving beautiful textiles. We continue upwards to Shana, where there are several right camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. Night in a camp.

We continue up through the valley of the Paro River. Today is a long day with occasional glimpses of the peaks along the Tibetan border, which we are steadily approaching. The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak, and spruce forest. The path makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3250m; crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. After lunch follows the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again and reaching the camp.

After enjoying the view of Chomolhari and breakfast, we ascend for a while till you reach the army camp. We climb a beautiful river valley and hike along rushing streams through deep forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak. A few yak-herding families are based in this area, and we may be lucky to visit them and try some of their dried yak cheese. The valley levels out as we approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, with a full-frontal view of the enormous bulk of Chomolhari. The look of Chomolhari (7320m) and Jichu Drake (6900m) is superb.

Today is our rest day and also a day for the excursion of the Jangothang area. You can hike to an open space where you can sit and watch the grazing blue sheep. You can explore the surrounding areas of Tshophu Lake. Have close up views of Chomolhari (7314m) and Jichudrake (6974m) – a spectacular peak only recently climbed.

Leaving the valley by a short steep trail, we ascend through a broad open landscape. It is a long climb about 3-4 hours to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m). Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi. Enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Overnight in Camp.

The path follows the stream up towards the valley opposite the Dzong, gradually ascending through the valley for 4 hours. The trail stays on the west side of this mostly treeless valley, climbing steadily for a short distance above the Mo Chu. The trail climbs up to the Yalla Pass at an altitude of (15, 810 ft) 4,820m. It offers views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. Once over the pass, there is a long descent to our camp at Shodu.

This is the place where one comes back to the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chhu (river). We descend through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. The trail gradually ascends 130 m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. Spend your night in a camp.

The path descends for a while joining the Thimphu river, and then a steep ascent brings us to a ridge at 3330m. We are walking through dense bamboo and pine forest. 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.

From Dolemkencho, the trail descends to Dodina. The trail continues up to 3450 m and drops to a side stream and several switchbacks. Our transport meets us at Dodina, and we drive to Thimphu where we spend our overnight.

Today we have full day sightseeing in Thimpu. Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5kms from Thimpu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. to visit the National Textile Museum, which is an excellent place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through the exhibition. The Memorial Chorten, which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wang, chuck. Visit the radio tower (for a great view of Thimpu Valley and the Thimpu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, the Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom), and the Folk Heritage Museum.

After breakfast, we will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Transportation on the comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size
  • full organized trek in camping, sleep on a tent, thermal pads, hollow pillow, medical kit box.
  • trekking guide, support staff, cook, horseman.
  • all meals & snacks.
  • All necessary travel permits & Bhutan visa fee.
  • sleep in the good hotel in the town, tent during the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan.
  • Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry.
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, beverages, tips, and gratitude.


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