Jomolhari Trek offers a broad range of landscapes with a variety of flora and fauna. The major attraction of the trip is the impressive view of Jomolhari you get from Jomolhari Base Camp (Jangothang). On your journey to Bhutan, you can explore the beautiful city of Paro, visit the gorgeous small town of Thimphu. Thimphu city is also the capital of the country. Likewise, you will visit the National Library in Thimphu. Visit Bhutan’s historical, cultural and religious benchmarks and climb to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ rested in a steep hill. For the adventure junkies and nature lovers, this Trek will be perfect as we will explore Bhutan’s rural life and pay a visit to many ancient monasteries and temples.
Jomolhari is also known as the “bride of Kanchenjunga.” Jomolhari is a peak in the Himalayan region of Bhutan, lying between the border of Yadong County of Tibet, China, and the Thimphu district of Bhutan. The north face of the peak climbs over 2700 meters above the barren plains. The mountain is also the origin of the Paro River that flows from the southern side and the Amo Chu, which flows from the northern side. Jomolhari is a peak sanctified to a female idol (Jomo); lhari means snow peak. In 1970, an Indo-Bhutanese team succeeded in reaching the summit of Jomolhari Peak. However, now the kingdom has restricted to climb this sacred mountain, making it the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. Jomolhari Trek is one of the most famed treks in Bhutan. The Trek takes place in the far north-west of the dragon land. Jomolhari trek’s path looks like a horseshoe with a couple of high passes over 4800 meters that offers its visitors a wide variety of sceneries, vegetation, and wildlife. Jomolhari Trek’s main highlight is the view of Mt. Jomolhari and its nearby peaks with stunning sceneries of the landscape form the Jomolhari Base Camp and high passes with the view of several other tall mountains.
We start the Trek from Drukgyal Dzong, from where we begin the Trek to Sharna Zampa. Here, we stay for the night. We will move through Gunitsawa village, a lovely town. Then, the next day we begin the Trek from early morning as the Trek takes for about seven to eight hours to reach Thangthangkha. Continuing the Trek, we move towards the Jomolhari Base Camp the very next day. The ultimate objective of this Trek is to reach the Jomolhari Base Camp and fest your eyes on the majestic impression of Mt. Chomolhari, JichuDrakey, and Jomolhari right in front of your eyes.
This trip is an ideal chance for adventure lovers to enjoy the natural beauty of this Himalayan kingdom. We spend a couple of nights at Jangothang, then make our way towards SoiYaktsa. The trail then passes through several hamlets and fields towards a deep and thick forested valley. The valley takes us towards high alpine pastureland, which yak herders use as a grazing spot for their animals. The Trek provides a taste of the wide variety of Bhutan’s topography.
Mostly, our Trek moves through a small part of the JigmeSingye National Park. We pass several Yak herder’s camps and the most isolated region of Lingshi. This Trek is of moderate level, so trekkers with any degree of experience can join the trip. However, every trekker should be physically fit to join the journey. The tour lets you enjoy the grandiose views, tranquil environment, impressive Himalayan peaks, serenity, beautiful forest, and terraces walk with the wilderness of the landscape. We will be walking while facing hurdles like rocks, boulders, and fallen trees on the way to Jomolhari Base Camp. We will be walking between the altitude of 2500 meters to 4930 meters, so it is a must to have a reasonable level of physical fitness.
The Jomolhari Trek offers travelers to relish the taste of a wide variety of Bhutan’s landscape. And the views from some of the major passes that we pass on the trip. We will get many spellbinding views from these passes, with some famous mountains and valleys below. The Trek enables you to interact with Bhutanese locals. Adore the untouched forest with a glimpse of rare wildlife, with the chance to visit many ancient architectures, enjoy ancient traditions, arts, and crafts. The Trek takes on a rarely frequented areas of Bhutan.
Trekking is available all around the year in Bhutan. However, it is best to trek during springs and autumn in this country. Spring lies the month from April to June, and autumn starts from September, ending by mid-November. If you can handle cold, you can take the Trek even during winter. The days during winter are warm, and the weather is mostly clear. So, you can get unobstructed views of the surrounding scenery. However, the night’s temperature goes below zero degrees. It is riskiest to trek during monsoon as there is a high chance of rainfall, which causes slippery trails. Natural disasters like landslide also occur frequently during monsoon season.
During the Trek
- Backpack with rain cover
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Water bottles with at least 3 liters total capacity
- Hiking poles (to lessen the impact of walking on your joints)
- Trekking shoes
- Winter hat and gloves
At the Camp Site
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Comfortable footwear
- Thermal underwear
Get the impressive view of Jomolhari from Jomalhari Base Camp
Explore the beautiful Paro
Visit the National Library in Thimphu
Feast your eyes on the majestic impression of Mt. Chomolhari, JichuDrakey, and Jomolhari
- Airport Transfer
- All meals during the trek
- All necessary paperwork and permits
- All applicable hotel and transport taxes
- Bhutan Visa
- Any cost not included in 'Cost Includes'
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, and trek to SharnaZampa (2850 m) via Guintsawa Village
We begin our trip to Jomolhari with a drive to Drukhyal Dzong. Drukgyal Dzong was formerly a fortress and Buddhist monastery that stood proudly in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. However, now, the famous Dzong is in ruins. The name “Drukgyal Dzong” translates to “Fortress of Victory,” as the memorial stands for the Shabdrung’s victory against allied Tibetan-Mongolian force’s invasion in the year 1649. This fortress is also famous for viewing a panoramic view of Mt. Jomolhari. Upon your arrival at Drukgyal Dzong, you will meet the trekking crew, and we begin our trip on foot as the motor road ends here. Be sure to check all your documents and trekking permits as you need to show them at the army check post at Gunitsawa village. Gunitsawa is a small lovely village. From here, we follow the Paro river and pass through some lovely meadows, paddy fields, and a beautiful farmhouse. We then move through a dense forest full of a variety of species of birds and charming butterflies. We will camp today on the opposite side of the river, in a small outpost.
Trek from SharnaZampa to Thangthangkha (3610 m)
Today, we will begin the Trek from the early morning as we need to cover a great distance to reach today’s destination. We walk through the river valley then pass by some abandoned farmhouse. Then, we move through a thick forest area, with lots of ups and downs on the way. Along the route, we can see the intersection point, from where the other path moves to the northern side from Tremo La to Tibet. Walking uphill from the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The national park is the largest protected area in the country. The park serves as a home to some of the most endangered species in the world, such as Takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. The park also houses more than 300 species of birds. From here, we continue the trip towards a slender path through the forest of Takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. There are many trails with wet and loose trail making the path even more strenuous. Here, mostly the government has designated the campsite depending on the area, access to water, and primarily to protect from deforestation and ruckus to wild animals. After passing a bridge and a few chortens, we climb towards our campsite. Today, we will set a camp in a lovely meadow with a stone shelter. We can see the stunning view of majestic Mount Jomolhari from here.
Trek from Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4080m)
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Jomalhari today. The destination for today is Jangothang. Jangothang is one of the gorgeous campsites in the Himalayas. We begin the Trek with ascends to the Paro Chhu valley. Initially, the Paro Chhu valley is a slender trail; however, it widens up gradually to a path that climbs up towards a meadow with few yak herder’s camps. The route here offers some of the beautiful scenery around. From here, the patch rise towards the army check post. After the check post, we will reach a ridge. From here, you can get spectacular views of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. We will also pass some of the pleasant villages of the region, such as Soe, Takethang, and Dangochang. We will also come across the ruins of an old fortress. This fortress was a defense for Bhutan against Tibetan invasions with wind flags. Eventually, we will reach Jangothang. From Jangothang, we can get some enchanting views of the Mount Jomolhari and its neighboring peaks.
Acclimatization day at Jangothang
Today, we need to rest at Jangothang. It is necessary to rest at this altitude so that you get accustomed to the high altitude environment and prevent altitude sickness. We also need to rest our body from strenuous fatigue of trekking on previous days. However, it is advisable to keep moving rather than staying idle. So, if you want, we can go for a short hike around the place as there are plenty of beautiful spots to explore nearby. Along the route, we can get striking views of several lakes and snowcapped peaks, including Jomolhari, TseringKang, and Jichu Drake. If luck is on your side, you might also encounter some blue sheep on the upper side of the valley. You can also trek up to the Tosoh or hike around the region. Other short, interesting hiking trail includes Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain ranges in the west. Jichu Drake to the north, and there are several unclimbed peaks to the east. During summer, you can also see attractive Himalayan blue poppy in this area. If yak herders are in the proximity, perhaps you can visit inside one of the big black smoky yak-hair tents.
Trek from Jangothang to SoiYaktsa (3800 meters)
On this day, we take a trail that leads to the last village of the valley. Then, we descend towards the Paro Chhu. From here, we pass the lake of Tshuphu, located at an altitude of 4380 meters. Crossing the lake, we ascend steeply towards the Bhonte La Pass at an elevation of 4890 meters. This pass is the highest point of our entire trip. From here, we reach the DhumzoChhu river, then drop downstream and pass a few houses of SoiYaktsa to reach the campsite.
Trek from SoiYaktsa to Thombu Song
On this day, we begin the trip with a climb down towards the Thombu Song. The trail from here ascends about 100 meters over the ridge to descend to another stream. Then, we reach Takhung La Pass. After crossing Takhung La pass, we descend towards Thombu Song. Here, we will see a few yak herders hut beside your campsite.
Trek from Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa village, then drive to Thimphu
This day is the final day of our trip. Our Trek today begins with the delicious breakfast at the camp. The walking distance from Thombusang to Gunitsawa village is around 13 kilometers. Along the route, we pass Thombu La Pass at the height of 4380 meters. From here, we walk for a few hours to reach Gunitsawa village. After we arrive at Gunitsawa village, we will transfer you to Thimphu. The drive from Gunitsawa village to Thimpu takes a couple of hours. After your arrival at Thimphu, check into the hotel and rest or enjoy exploring the town.