JOMOLHARI DODEYNA TREK

This is one of Bhutan’s most popular treks and takes you to the base of Mt Jomolhari (“Mountain Goddess”) at Jangothang. Apart from the scenic beauty of the trek, it will offer you an opportunity to interact with the people of Lingshi and get to know their life styles. Jomolhari  is the source of the Paro Chu (Paro river) which flows from the south side and the Amo Chu which flows from the north side. The mountain is sacred to Tibetan Buddhists who believe it is the abode of one of the Five Tsheringma Sisters; female protector goddesses (Jomo) of Tibet and Bhutan, who were bound under oath by Guru Padmasambhava to protect the land, the Buddhist faith and the local people.

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO

On your flight to Paro, if the weather permits, you will be able to spot snowcapped Himalayas including mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Our representative will be there waiting to receive you. You can drive to the hotel to check in and later in the day you can visit Ta Dzong, originally a watch tower now converted into a museum since 1968 under the command of our third king Jigme Dorji wangchuk since it is of no use as watch tower. Then visit 17th century old fortress called Paro Rinpung Dzong literal meaning-“fortress on the heap of jewels”. Next you can visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most divine temple in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 2: ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktshang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most popular Buddhist shrine in Bhutan perched on a cliff overlooking the valley, it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire in early 1998 and It has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktshang, or the “Tiger’s Lair.” Descend back to Ramthangka. If the time permits, drive further north to visit another symbolic structure, which is now in ruins. Drugyel Dzong, or “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 17th centuries. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: PARO – SHANA (TREK BEGINS)

17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2870M

In the morning you will drive to Drukgyel Dzong, the trek start point. You will trek along the Paro Chhu River, occasionally crossing it and passing through fields, rice paddies, apple orchards, blue pine and fir forests. Soon at 2810m you will reach the army post of Gunitsawa where the valley widens and few settlements are visible. Finally you will climb up to 2850m to Shana Zampa and camp here amid meadows surrounded by trees.

DAY 4: SHANA – SOE THANGKHA

22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3750M

Today you will begin your journey by climbing up and down through conifers and rhododendrons and crossing several streams. You shall reach a clearing at 3110m where you will have your lunch. After lunch, you will continue to ascend and descend a trail through forests of birch, fir, blue pine and maple trees. Further into the trek you will reach a valley above which is the beautiful view of mount Jumolhari. At 3750m is your campsite.

DAY 5: SOE THANGTHANGKA – JANGOTHANG

19KM | 5-6 HOURS | 290M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4040M

Today you will elevate to a high altitude, treading through muddy trails, meadows, plateaus and bridges. You will pass few settlements and people herding yaks near the river banks. The villagers grow barley, potatoes, turnips and radishes. After Soe, Takethang and Dangochang village, at 4080m, you finally reach camp at Jangothang. You can enjoy the stunning views of

Day 6: EXPLORATION OF JANGOTHANG

8KM | 4-5 HOURS | 855M ASCENT

This is a rest day at Jangothang for acclimatization. Trek on an open slope towards north for four hours to get an awesome view of Jichu Drake or ascend higher at 4750m for an exqusite view of Jumolhari. There are other options for day excursions to nearby places and lakes. You may also choose to laze around, either way be you will have a terrific time here.

DAY 7: JANGOTHANG – LINGZHI

18KM | 6-7 HOURS | 660M ASCENT | 660M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4010M

Leaving behind the last settlements, you will now ascend a trail following the stream. At 4470m you will traverse through moraines and might encounter blue sheep and marmots. Soon you will reach Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, you will descend till Lingzhi camp (4000m) and be back into the forest of rhododendrons, birches and people herding yaks with a good view of the Lingzhi Dzong.

DAY 8: LINGZHI – SHODU

22KM | 8-9 HOURS | 940M ASCENT | 920M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4100M

Your trek today must begin early. Above the camp you will turn south towards the Mo Chhu valley and then remain on the west side. Three hours from the camp you will cross Mo Chhu and then climb steeply to the top at Yeli La (4930m) where you can get a stunning view of Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang if the weather is in your favor. Then you will descend to your camping place at Shodu at 4080 m.

DAY 9: SHODU – BARSHONG

16KM | 5-6 HOURS | 400M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3700M

The trail to Barshong treads under sharp cliffs with few meditation caves etched into them. You will cross the river few number of times within three hours of your trek and wound back in cypress, juniper and other alpine forests. There are waterfalls along the way making the journey more serene. In the last hour, there is a gradual ascend to your campsite in Barshong at an altitude of 3710m.

DAY 10: BARSHONG – DOLAM KENCHO

15KM | 5-6 HOURS | 100M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3600M

Today you will descend gradually through thick forest and then make a sharp drop towards Thimphu Chhu. Follow the trail of the river left, climb to 3340m and after 30 minutes of walking through rhododendron forests, descend to Dolam Kencho at an altitude of 3320m.

DAY 11: DOLAM KENCHO – DODENA, THIMPHU (TREK ENDS)

8KM | 4-5 HOURS | 1000 DESCENT

Trek back to the main road from the camp. The trail descends to a stream and then climbs again to a pass, another short descend and climb through bamboo forest at 2720m. Your driver will be there to pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 12: THIMPHU

There are quite a few must-see tourist attraction in Thimphu. You will start off by visiting Have breakfast the King’s Memorial Chorten, the majestic Tashichhodzong and Kuenselphodrang (the giant Buddha statue). For lunch you will be taken to one of the local restaurants and if it’s the weekend, catch the buzz of the Weekend Market in the afternoon. Later visit the Nunnery temple, the School of Arts and Crafts where there are displays of ancient paintings and finally the Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 13: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA

Have breakfast and begin your drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3100 meters). The drive shall be a pleasant one through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. En route stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear weather you can get exotic views of the Himalayas. After tea you will continue driving and on the way stop at Metshina Village to take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

DAY 14: PUNAKHA – PARO

After breakfast, you will start your drive to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, you will stop to visit the Druk Wangyal Monastery. Stop at Thimphu for lunch and then head to Paro. In the evening you will visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and enjoy a nice meal with a local family. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 15: DEPART PARO

After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.

  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard
  • Best Season: March, April, May, June and Sept, Oct and Nov
  • Maximum Elevation: 4950m
  • Highest camp Elevation: 4100m
  • Highest Ascent of the trek: 950m
  • Average walking distance: 16 km
  • Average walking time: 6 hours
  • AttractionThis trek offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains such as mount Jomolhari and other high mountain ranges. The trail pass through high pasturelands where yak herders graze their yaks. Lifestyles of nomads in Lingshi .
  • Small Day bag
  • Trekking boot
  • Camp shoes
  • At least 3 pairs of trekking socks
  • Rain gears
  • Trekking pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat and Sun hat
  • A pair of shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • 2 non-cotton Trekking shirts
  • Warm down jacket
  • Thermal water bottle/ Water bag
  • Normal torch and Headlamp
  • Small towel
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Earplugs
  • Backup phone charger
  • Warm sleeping bag(negative 8-10 degree Celsius)
  • Medical Kits
    Diamox, Motion sickness tablets, aspirin, Small bandage, Cough drops, Anti-bacterial hand gel, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets(iodine or chlorine).
  • Energy Bars and snacks.
  • Medical Prescriptions.
    -Some books to read at campsites