JUMOLHARI SOE YAKTSA TREK
Jumolhari Trek, one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan which offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari from Jangothang basecamp.
Day 1: Arrive Paro, 2280m
Welcome to the Land of Thunder Dragon. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our guide and take you to one of the restaurants for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Rimpung Dzong, dating back to the 17th century. This building is an ancient fortress and center of civil and religious government in the Paro valley. From the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. From here, you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m Ascent
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3100m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
DAY 3: PARO – SHANA
17KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 2850M
In the morning you will drive to Shana campsite via ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. You will drive through farm road for 1 ½ hours and reach the army check post of Gunitsawa(2810m), 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 THANGTHANGKA (TREK BEGINS)
22KM | 7-8 HOURS | 690M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3650M
Today you will begin your journey by climbing up and down through conifers and rhododendrons and crossing several streams. After 2 ½ hours walk from Shana you shall reach at Shingkarap, a small stone house shop and a clearing at 3110m. You will have your lunch at Thongdu Zam after one hour walk from Shingkarap. After lunch, your trail will continue to ascend and descend through the forests of birch, fir, blue pine and maple trees. Further into the trek with few ascends and descends you will reach at your campsite ‘Thangthangka’ with beautiful view of mount Jumolhari.
DAY 5: SOE THANGTHANGKA – JANGOTHANG
19KM | 5-6 HOURS | 290M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4100M
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 Mount Jumolhari from here.
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 TO SOE YAKTSA
16KM | 6-7 HOURS | 810M ASCENT| 1090M DESCENT| CAMP ALT 3800M
After breakfast, we will begin our trek. The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley, take right trail after reaching the first two rangers residence. Climb steeply to the ridge about 30 minutes after crossing the wooden bridge of Paro Chhu that comes from Jichu Drakye and your trail becomes flat until you reach the lake. Dont forget to turn back and enjoy the amazing views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drakye. Passing the lake of Tshophu(4280m) you will climb up steeply to Bonte La pass(4890m), the highest point of this trek route. On reaching Dumzo chhu, you trek downstream passing the few houses of soi Yaktsa(Dumzo) to arrive at your camp.
Day 8: Soe Yaktsa to Thongbu Shong
11KM|4-5 Hours| 720M ASCENT| 340M DESCENT| CAMP ALT 4180M
Today’s day begin with climbing about 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
Day 08. Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa Village. (End of the trek)
13KM|4-5 Hours| 200M ASCENT| 1650M DESCENT
After crossing Thombu La pass (4380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa village after making extensive descends. Our driver will be waiting for us at the road point to transfer us to the hotel and enjoy the hot shower after few days off in the mountain. We will bid farewell to our trekking staffs and overnight in the hotel.
Day 09. Paro International Airport (Departure)
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard
- Best Season: March, April, May, June and Sept, Oct and Nov
- Maximum Elevation: 4890m
- Highest camp Elevation: 4160m
- Highest Ascent of the trek: 810m
- Average walking distance: 7 km
- Average walking time: 6 hours
- Attraction: This trek offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains such as mount Jomolhari and other high mountain ranges. Lifestyles of nomads in the village of Soe yaktsa.
- Small Day bag
- Trekking boot
- Camp shoes
- At least 3 pairs of trekking socks
- Rain gears
- Trekking pants
- 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
- 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