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Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trekking, Tour
trip length
Total Days : 12 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 8 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Adventure
start end
Start - End : Paro, Bhutan-Paro, Bhutan
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 4,821m/15,813 ft
season
Season : Spring & Autumn

Bhutan Chomolhari Trek is the pleasant walk direct into the foothill of exquisite Chomolhari Mountain, Widely accepted as one of the best treks in Bhutan,  Chomolhari Mountain got its name after the most revered Mountain Goddess and the scenic landscape around this mountain justify the name. The trail progresses through the crystalline route that is located above Pa Chhu River and takes you through rhododendron and oak woods and alpine meadows. You will also get the chance to ascend some Passes of moderate heights. It offers the closest possible view of Chomolhari Mountain. Chomolhari Mountain is considered as the most beautiful peak of the eastern Himalayas. It rises up peacefully with its 7314m colossal height. The mountain is encircled by the vast expanses of pastureland. ‘Bhutan Chomolhari Trek’ at ‘Himalayan Recreation Treks’ is a 12-days package. The journey begins with a flight to Paro which then prolongs through many unspoilt villages. This is the must take trek if you are looking for acquainting yourself with the traditional lifestyle of yak- herders and highland farmers. Visiting time-worn monasteries that remain hung to the cliff sides, walking to fortresses, taking a stroll nearby Pa Chhu River are some major attractions of this trek. Contact us soon and join this engrossing trek.

Bhutan Chomolhari Trek Itinerary Outline: 

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

Day 02: Trek to Shana

Day 03: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

Day 04: Trek to Jangothang

Day 05: Jangothang Excursions

Day 06: Trek to Lingshi

Day 07: Lingshi Excursions

Day 08: Trek to Shodu

Day 09: Trek to Barshong

Day 10: Trek to Dolemkencho

Day 11: Drive to Thimpu

Day 12: Departure 

Itinerary Detail
  • Arrival at Paro:

    You will board a flight to the last Shangrila land of Bhutan. The scenic flight progresses high above mountains by brushing the clouds. Later, the craft takes a sharp bend to land at the only Airstrip of Bhutan that is located in Paro. Disembarking at the airfield of Paro, you will be greeted by our representative. 

  • Trek to Shana

    You will visit the magnificent Drukgyel Dzong(2580m) and then head towards Shana. In fact, Drukgyel Dzong is the check-in point for Shana. The trail escalates uphill through army post of Gunyitsawa(2810m). Your passport will be checked at the post. The route continues through a meadow which is located beyond Sharma Zampa. We will stay overnight at Shana. 

  • Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

    Leaving the lush green valley of Shana, you will lower down to arrive at the edge of Pa Chhu (Paro River). The trail stretches along the bank before encountering the bridge. You will cross the bridge and follow the steep hill upward through the lively rhododendron woods to arrive at Soi Thangthangkha where you will stay overnight. 

  • Trek to Jangothang:

    Difficult ascent will take us to Army Camps. Walking past the camp, you will continue your journey through the river that locates just above the tree line of spruce. The forest ends up at the valley where amiable locals that reside in small settlement greet you with a warm smile. Leaving the valley, the trail continues to Jangothang(4040m) where you will stay overnight. 

Include/Exclude

Included in the Cost

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin-shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties   

Not Included in the Cost

  • Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, the internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff/guide
  • Travel Insurance

Accommodations

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, A grade hotels will be provided in Paro and Thimphu. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro , Hotel Migmar in Thimphu and tent/camping during the trekking. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 378.

Meals

A variety of meals is available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan – pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in a season. For the actual trekking days, our company will send a wide assortment of food. We will be provided 3 meals a day – breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. Himalayan Recreation’s trekking cooks are well trained and can whip up delicious meals at any altitude. If any special dietary needs are required, then it is advised to let the company know about them prior to the trip. 
Equipment List

Types of equipment & Packing List

The packing list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum possible weight. Please bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and the field staff.

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11-pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17″ x 13″ x 8″.

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought to you)

Packing List for Trek

Be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack should be bought with you beforehand as they are two indispensable items for trekking. However, Himalayan Recreation does provide a few trekking equipment including tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils and first aid kit (which will be with your Trek Leader)

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring lg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade) 
  • SM first aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin &/or ibu, cough drops, tape)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, bring a nalgene, also) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

Suggested clothing list

  • Down parka 
  • Gore-Tex shell and pants 
  • Warm fleece jacket 
  • Comfy trekking boots (we like lowa) 
  • Lightweight shoes 
  • 4 pair of trekking socks 
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts 
  • 2 capilene bottoms (mid and heavy weight) 
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best) 
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better) 
  • 1 pair of shorts 
  • 1 bandana 
  • 1 pair of winter gloves (ie: ski) 
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (ie: fleece) 
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat 
  • Sun hat 
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Antibacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands) 
  • 10 or so energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!) 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhoea, headaches and cold  
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