Jomolhari Trek / BHT – 06

Two Valleys Tour lets you to discover the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. During the trip you will visit to ancient dzongs (forts), monasteries, museums, cultural centers, along with the excursions of picturesque villages of bhutan.

Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan. Your journey starts at Paro, after landing here. This travel package offers you to experinence Bhutanese village life at Wangduephodrang. Opportunity to observe the traditional art of healing to cure diseases at the Indigenous Hospital and learning more about the rich Bhutanese art and culture by visiting the Art & Craft School, National Library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and Handicraft centers are really lifetime experiences.

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Brief Itinerary

Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Paro
02 Hike to Taktsang Gompa
03 Drive from Paro to Drukgyel Dzong
04 Trek Shana - Thangthangkha
05 Trek Thangthangkha - Jangothang
06 Acclimatization & Exploration in Jangothang
07 Trek Jangothang – Dhumzo or Chora (Soi Yaksa)
08 Trek Dhumzo or Chora - Thongbu Shong
09 Trek Thongbu Shong - Shana Zampa
10 Trek Shana Zampa - Drugyel Dzong
11 Sightseeing tour in Paro Visit Dungtse Lhakhang
12 Departure

Day 01:

Arrive in Paro. Visit Ta-Dzong or the National Museum, located on a ridge, overlooking the Rinpung Dzong. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is conical, more like that of a European castle, since 1967 the Dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, relics thangkha paintings and Bhutans’s Exquisite stamps.

Rinpung Dzong, also known as the “ fortress of the heap of jewels.” It was built during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 after the small Hungrel fortress built by Lam Drung Drung was offered to Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.

Day 02:

Hike to Taktsang Gompa. This monastery is built on a cliff, it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and mediated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as most sacred and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The Monastery built in 1692 caught fire on 19th April 1998, it was renovated later.From the road point the hike up to Taktsang, on a well maintained path, is quite uphill and it takes 4-5 hours at an average walking speed for to & fro journey.

Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, this is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan Songtsen Gyampo in the 7th Centuryto subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. This temple has a orange tree that bears fruits, which is quite amazing because no where in the valley you can find orange tree bearing fruits.

Drugyal Dzong Drugyal Dzong this Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetans invasions. The Dzong caught fire in 1951 and now it only remains as ruin.

Day 03:

Drive from Paro to Drukgyel Dzong and commence trek to Shana Distance 17 Kms. About 5-6 hours journey. Alt. of Shana 2800 m. Drive upto Drugyal Dzong where the road ends and begin the trek. The trail follows the river gently uphill through the narrowing valley and agricultural fields. The night’s camp is just beyond an army outpost. O/n camp

Day 04:

Trek Shana - Thangthangkha distance 22 Kms. About 7 - 8 hours journey. Alt. of Soi Thangthangkha 3610 m.The trail continues through the river valley. The valley gradually narrows so much that the path takes to the slopes. There is quite a lot of descending along this stretch.Camp site is in a meadow. O/n camp
Day 05: Trek Thangthangkha - Jangothang Distance 19 Kms. About 5 - 6 hours journey. Alt.of Jangothang 4080 m.The trek starts up the Pa chu( Paro river ). An army outpost is crossed along the way. The valley begins to widen again. You will begin to see snow capped peaks on the high mountains all around you. Yaks and Yak herder’s winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. The night’s camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Mt. Chomolhari. O/n camp
Day 06: Acclimatization & Exploration in Jangothang You can either trek upto Tsophu lake which takes about 1-2 hours journey and do some trout fishing in the lake or hike upto Mt. Chomulhari to take a closer look of the mountain as well as other famous mountains such as Mt. Jichu Drake to the North and Mt. Tserim Gang and other un-scaled peaks. O/n camp
Day 07: Trek Jangothang – Dhumzo or Chora (Soi Yaksa) 16 km/ 6-7 hrs.3800 m. The trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro chhu,crossing it on a wooden bridge.Climb high above the eastern side of the lake, passing a second lake as the trail climbs across a scree slope to a crest.Descend into a hidden valley and climb steeply to Bhonte La at 4890m.From the pass the route descends a scree slope, then winds down a ridge with a lot of crisscrossing yak trails. It finally switchbacks down to the DhumzoChhu.Trek down stream below the few houses of Dhumzo to a bridge,cross to the south side of the river and make a short climb to a camp in a meadow at Chora,3800m
Day 08: Trek Dhumzo or Chora - Thongbu Shong 11 km / 4-5 hrs. The trail climbs 100 m over a ridge, then drops to another stream. Crossing that stream, the trail heads up the hillside, droping into a small side valley before emerging onto a ridge.Here the route turns south, ascending past a few huts to Takhung La(4520 m).Ashort descent leads to Thombu Shong(4180 m), with three yak herder’s huts.
Day 09: Trek Thongbu Shong - Shana Zampa .13 km /4-5 hrs. Climb out of the valley to Thombu La at 4380 m, then drop gradually to about 4000 m. The trail then make a steep descent, switch backing down the ridge, finally reaching the helipad at Gunitsawa(2730 m). Camp here or cross the river and go upstream to camp at Sharna Zampa.
Day 10: Trek Shana Zampa - Drugyel Dzong and drive back to Paro
Day 11: Sightseeing tour in Paro Visit Dungtse Lhakhang it was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It is said to have been built on the head of demoness, who was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 1841 and is a unique repository of Kagyu lineage arts. You may or may not be permitted inside but can walk around this three-storey Chorten-type building.Further do some sightseeing if any.
Day 12: Departure
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- All applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
- All camping equipments where applicable
- Bhutan visa and TDF Fee
- Monument entrance fee
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
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- Two Valley Tours
- Glimpse of Bhutan
- Bhutan Cultural Tour
- Textile Weaving Tour
- Round Bhutan Tour
- Jomolhari Trek
- Laya - Gasa Trek
- Mountain Bike Tour
 
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