- Hike up to Tiger Nest monastery
- We walk through an amazing landscape of Bhutan enjoying the views of mountains, river, villages and farmlands.
- Walk to the Jumolhari Base Camp and get blessed with stunning views of Mt. Chomolhari with Jichu Drake peaks along the way.
- Explore rich Bhutanese culture, religion and tradition as you walk through the Bhutanese terrain.
- Visit dzongs and monasteries on the trail
Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour takes you deep into the luscious beauty of nature and to see sky-piercing mountains. The lush hills, rivers, forests, valleys and above all the towering snow-capped mountains are the basic features of Chomolhari Trek. Other than that, a classic blend of Bhutanese culture sums up to make this journey more exciting and enriching.
Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour starts with an exciting flight above the sky stabbing mountains of Nepal to Paro. Upon arrival, you will meet our Bhutanese crew. At first, you will make your way to the Tiger Nest monastery. After visiting the monastery, you initiate your trekking journey from the ruins of the Drugyal Dzong. We follow the Paro river and pass many hamlets, forests, and farmlands to Yalila Pass. The herds grazing in the high altitude hamlets can be an exciting view. So can be the splendid views of mountains Tserim Gang, Cholmolhari, Jechu Darkey. And there are some other glaciers too that comes to our sight as we trek throughout the trail. Chomolhari Base Camp will also give you some enchanting views of mountains in Bhutan.
Chomolhari Trek with Cultural Tour is not just limited to the heavenly beauty of nature. But it is an extended form of natural to cultural exploration. The architectural richness that is still intact is the treasure that this place beholds. You can find the stupas, monasteries, temples, and dzongs in good condition. And the most important fact, Bhutan is the only country around the world which follows Mahayana Buddhism. It is the only Mahayana Buddhist state around the globe. The cultural dresses, prayer flags, monasteries and every other aspect of this place give a positive vibe which is lively and vibrant.
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Day 01: Arrive Paro
Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 03: Paro – Shana
Day 04: Shana – Sio Thangthangkha
Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Day 06: Halt day in Jangothang, Jumolhari Base Camp
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu
Day 09: Shodu – Barshong
Day 10: Barshong – Dolam Kencho
Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu
Day 12: Depart from Paro
A flight to Paro takes you across the Himalayas to Bhutan. The flight in itself is nothing less than a mountain flight. You pass above the Himalayas admiring the magnificence of snow-capped mountains standing tall one after another. The flight is also an opportunity to pass Jumolhari peak and Jichu Drake peak. As you arrive at the airport in Paro, your guide i.e. our Bhutanese crew will pick you up and escort you to a hotel for check in. Get refreshed and rest for a while. In the evening, walk round the city on your own will. Overnight at a hotel in Paro. (Lunch and dinner included.)
We start our day with a hike to Tiger’s nest monastery. Tiger’s nest monastery is one of the most popular monastery in the town that has its own importance. According to a mythology, Guru Rinpoche has fled on a back of tigress to meditate in a cliff and it is the place where the monastery stands now. It is also popular for its dramatic location at the edge of the cliff. After exploring the monastery and its rich crafts, we descend down to Paro. Overnight at a hotel in Paro. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Today, we start our trek from Drukgyal Dzong. We walk along the Paro River and follow it as it winds along farmhouses with cultivated fields of rice, millet, potatoes, etc. We walk for about five hours until we reach the village of Shana. We stay under a tent for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Today, we continue our walk up through the Valley of Paro River and ascend gradually as our trail narrows and winds up and down through the forest of pine, oak and juniper. Then we head towards our destination for the day – Sio Thangthangkha. As we move close to our destination, we will be rewarded with spectacular snow-capped summit of Mt. Chomolhari. This mountain has a sacred value amongst Bhutanese people. We stay under a tent for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
We follow the Paro River and continue the trail until the valley opens into a spectacular location surrounded by the majestic mountains. We can find only few people residing in this area who earn their living by rearing yaks and selling cheese. We set our tent below a ruined fortress that lies near the base of Chomolhari at Jangothang. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Today is a free day set aside for rest and exploration. You can either hike around or explore the area or rest inside your tent under the blue sky admiring the dramatic surrounding. It is recommended to hike around because it would help you to acclimatize with the elevation gain. We spend our night under a tented camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
We start walking up through a wide pasture land to the Ngye La pass. On the way, we may encounter some yak herders in their camping tents. Leaving the pass, we descend down to Lingshi basin with the views of the Lingshi Dzong on our sight. The view of the valley, Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley looks spectacular. We spend our night under a tented camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
We follow our trail up stream towards the valley opposite the Dzong and gradually ascend through the valley for about four hours until the stiff climb at the pass. We cross the pass and take a long and gradual descent to the Shodu camp at an altitude of 3750m. Overnight under a tented camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
We follow our path along Thimphu river and descend down through juniper, rhododendron and other alpine forests. As we walk along our trail, the view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfall is amazing. At the river side, you will be served with hot and delicious food. After lunch our trail ascends gradually to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. We set our tent for the night in the ruins of dzong. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Our trail descends down through alpine forests and joins Thimphu river. We walk along the river just for a while. Then we climb up to Dalamkencho camp at an elevation of 3,600m. Overnight under a tented camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)
Today, we descend down through bamboo forests all the way to Dalamkencho and finally join Thimphu river again. We walk ahead until we arrive Dodena. At Dodena, we will have our vehicle ready which will take us to Thimphu. In the evening, you can stroll around Thimphu city on your own. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Your guide will escort you to the airport for your journey ahead.
- Our package is inclusive of all ground transport which includes airport transfers as well.
- You will be assisted in acquiring visa to Bhutan.
- Accommodation in itinerary refers to three star hotel wherever available.
- Accomodation at tented camp and guesthouses where hotels are not available.
- The package includes full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
- All the permit fees during the tour
- An experienced local guide.
- Other government taxes and tourist service charges if any.
- First aid kit
- Insurance of Nepalese Staff
Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.
- Meals which are not specified in the itinerary
- International flights
- Accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
- Snacks, soft drinks and water during the trek.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Your personal expenses for shopping, internet, telephone expenses, laundry and other recreational expenditure.
- Personal trekking equipment if any.
- Tips to tour guide, porter or driver is not our responsibility
- Travel insurance and health insurance
Regarding your visa and arrival
You can obtain Bhutanese visa on your own by submitting an application to Bhutanese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence. However, you may also apply for visa through us. Once you book your trip with us, we take care of the process regarding visa. We apply for your visa on your behalf. All we need is photocopy of your passport and photographs. Once your application is processed and approved, you need to pay the applicable visa fees. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and escorted throughout the journey as per your itinerary.
Getting in Bhutan
You can enter into Bhutan via air or by road. You can catch a direct flight to Paro or enter into Bhutan via Phuentsholing through Indian border in West Bengal.
Best time to visit
Any season would be best for a traveler depending upon the motive of travel. However, Bhutan is mostly visited by travelers from March to May and September to November. These seasons are considered to best for visiting Bhutan.
Accommodation in Paro and Thimpu would be in a three star category hotel. For rest of the places, expect very normal kind of food and accommodation.
Meals and drinking water
During your travel to Tibet, we provide meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the itinerary. However, lunch and dinner while your stay in three star hotels is not included. The menus are limited therefore if you want to eat anything different then you should purchase it on your own.
The currency of Bhutan is denominated as Ngultrum (Nu).
Travel insurance is highly recommended as it insures your risk against any kind of uncertainties during the travel.
The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.
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