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‘Once a trekker – always a trekker’. Trekking is the ultimate experience of a quiet, healthy and active holiday. And Bhutan is the ultimate destination for trekking. Conquering wading mountain passes, crossing crystal clear streams and rivers, and wandering through verdant forests, one can experience all of these in Bhutan.

Trails in Bhutan are quite remote, making the whole experience more enjoyable for you. Together with your guide and crew, you will hike through some of the most breathtaking areas of Bhutan. With large natural parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the land of Bhutan is home to thousands species, and some can only be spotted in the country. You will get a glimpse of blue sheep and Takin – Bhutan’s national animal, abundant birds and colourful rhododendron blooms along the way.

Bhutan is also known as the land of Buddhist culture, with ancient stories and mythology. Visiting the iconic dzongs, majestic monasteries and temples, you will learn to appreciate the rich culture of the country. These sites are also the place of daily worship, thus giving visitors a glimpse into life of the Bhutanese. When stopping at the villages, trekkers can spend their time meeting the village men, wandering around or trying the unique experience of taking a hot stone bath.

Treks in Bhutan cater for various levels of fitness: easy to tough, short to long, from lower to higher altitude. For example, the Druk Path Trek is suitable for beginners and the Snowman Trek is created for experienced trekkers. The ideal time to trek in Bhutan is in spring (March – May) and in autumn (September – November). This is when the view of the Himalayan mountains and the scenic valleys is the most astonishing.

Tour duration – 11 days/ 10 nights.

Trek duration – 7 days

Tour destination – Paro and Thimphu

Tour overview – Jomolhari trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. This trek offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora with altitude differences of 2500m and nearly 5,000m. The highlight of Jomolhari trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp. The trek begins at high altitude, so before the trek you will have two pleasure excursions in Paro to acclimatize. The best time to this trek from late March to May and September to November.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest you will start to discover beautiful Paro valley at 2280 metres by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Paro Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then we head to the Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. Afterwards we visit the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory, nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Discover Paro

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

On the way back the hotel, we visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Sharna Zampa– Soi Thangthangkha
  • Distance: 22km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3610m

In the early morning we drive to the starting point to start this trek. The trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you will you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4080m

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view in the early morning. The trek again follows the Paro Chhu which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the beautiful villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another highlight on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari.

Day 05: Jangothang – Lingshi
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Cam altitude: 4010m

The trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Tsherimgang. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. We camp in a stone shelter near Lingshi Dzong.

Day 06: : Lingshi – Shodu
  • Distance: 22km
  • Estimated time: 8-9hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4080m

Today is long and hard day. The trail climbs up to Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.

Day 07: Shodu – Barshong
  • Distance: 16km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3710m

The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through colorful rhododendron forests and beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Campsite near Barshong Dzong.

Day 08: Barshong – Dolam Kencho
  • Distance: 15km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3320m

The trail descends up and down to the rivers through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. Today you will camp in a lush meadow.

Day 09: Dolam Kencho – Dodena (Thimphu)
  • Distance: 8km
  • Estimated time: 3-4hrs

The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimphu to Paro

We will begin our day‘s sightseeing of the following sites:

The Folk Heritage Museum, restored three-storey, rammed mud and timber house replicates a rural household and is furnished as it would have been in the mid-19th century to provide an interesting glimpse into rural Bhutanese life.

The National Textile Museum, is the place to learn about Bhutan’s living national art of thagzo (weaving). Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. It displays Royal ghos and Kiras and introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men.

The Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, this small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper from the bark of two tree species, the Daphne and Dhekap tree. You can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper. It is named Deh sho paper, was originally used by monasteries for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books.

Before returning to Paro, we will visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Arts And Crafts School or the Painting School, operates four to six- year courses on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will be able to see students doing painting (thangkas- painted religious pictures, walls, and statues to the decorations on furniture and window-frames), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes) or clay arts (religious statues, pottery), wood carving (masks, statues).

Then we drive back to Paro and take an explorative stroll around main streets and market at Paro town.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Depart Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.

Peak Season
1 March, April, May, September, October and November
  • Single traveler: US$ 3,220 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 3,120 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 2,820 per person.
$15 January, February, June, July, August and December
  • Single traveler: US$ 2,720 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 2,620 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 2,320 per person.
  • If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
The cost includesThe cost excludes
Bhutan visa fee.Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing roomTravel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.Airfares.
All meals in day.Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip.Excess baggage charge.
A sustainable development fee.Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees.Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.
Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.


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