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This is the most popular trek in Bhutan. Starting from Paro it goes into northern Bhutan to the land of yak-herders and to the base of Mount Cholomhari (7,320 meters), which is the most holy mountain for the Bhutanese. From there the trek goes on to remote Lingshi Dzong which once guarded the frontier with Tibet. This trek offers fabulous views of the mountains including Chomolhari, Jitchu Draake and Tsheringkhang mountains besides stunning Himalayan scenery and exceptional flora. The maximum altitude gained is 4,900 meters. Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek gives you with great variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. The trek begins at Drugyal Dzong passing through beautiful villages, scattered hamlets and farmland. Vegetations are different, from richly forested valley to high alpine pastureland where the Yak herders graze their animals. Trout fishing in the sky blue lake with magnificent view of three majestic peaks, other activities also can be done on a rest of day. You might also encounter rare species like the blue sheep & snow leopard.


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Trek Facts

Country: Bhutan

Grade: Moderate

Area: Paro

Group Size: 1/ 20 pax

Activities: Trekking

Total Duration: 11 days

Season: Mar - May, Sep - Dec

Altitudes: 4900m

 

Day 01: Arrival Paro:
Arrival Paro by Druk Air, this is the only carrier in Bhutan. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Our members. Rest of the time visit Ta Dzong, National Museum & walk in the local market. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Paro (2250m) : 
After breakfast day hike to Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2-3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Drive to Drukgyal Dzong – Shana (2800m) : 
After breakfast drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu river through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. (17 km. / 5-6 hrs trek).

Day 04 Shana- Soi Thanthankha (3520m): 
Shana to Soi Thangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachu river ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3520 meters near a stone shelter. (21 km/ 7-8 hrs trek)

Day 05: Soi- Jangothan Base Camp (4050m): 
Get up early morning to photographs the dawn colors on Mt. Chomolhari (7320m) Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. A easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. (18 km/ 5-6 hrs trek).

Day 06 : Jongothang-Lingshi (4100m): 
Good day’s walking with spectacular views of several stunning Himalayan peaks, The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Than walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. (19 km/ 7-8 hrs trek).

Day 07 Lingshi-Shodu (3750m): 
Probably the hardest day of the trek crossing the Yalela Pass (4980m) with wonderful views lakes and the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Begin walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass its a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. (22 km/10 hrs trek).

Day 08: Shodu-Barshong (Domshisha): 
The path follows the Thimchu river descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3-4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3320 meters. (20 km/ 8 hrs trek).

Day 09: Barshong-Dodina- drive to Thimpu : 
Early in the morning short climb to Dolamkencho, than all the way downhill to Dodina, through thick bamboo and pine forests. Dodina where the Our coach will be waiting for your return. (26 km/ 8 hrs trek) later one hrs drive till our hotel at Thimpu (2300m). Dinner and overnight hotel.

Day 10: Thimpu: 
After an leisure breakfast visit full day sightseeing of capital city of Thimpu, visit the View Points, Taking Zoo, Tibet logy, Library, Textile Museum, Memorial Chortan, and Hand made paper factory. After 4 pm visit the Thimpu Dzong. Rest of the time free for shoping etc. dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Thimpu-Paro Dep. : 
Early in the morning drive 2 hrs to Paro airport. End the journey. ETD 1355 hrs.