CHOMOLARI TREK

The Chomolhari trek is seen as a classic in Bhutan even though it is under visited. So, we can walk in the high valleys of Bhutan and discover the country intimately. We can get out of the cultural travel and a bit aseptic framework desired by the regime. We can encounter inhabitants and discover a wild nature as was Nepal in the 70s.
HIGHLIGHTS
- 9 day trek with the nomadic pastors of Northern Bhutan
- Steady trek with the Nyele La Pass crossing (4 700m)
- Visit to the high cultural places of Bhutan: Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Taktsang
- Stunning views of Bhutan’s sacred peaks: Chomolhari, Jichy Drake etc.


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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: April - May & September - November
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 4 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Paro & Camp during trek

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Day

Morning transfer from Kathmandu airport to Paro (1h.30 flight). Welcome by a Bhutanese representative and transfer to hotel.
After lunch, visit to the National Museum. Originally, a watchtower, this building was turned into a museum by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1969. There are rare collections of thangkas (religious paintings) and statues. The visit of this museum is a good introduction to natural history and culture of Bhutan.
Then visit to the Paro Rimpong Dzong. Landmark of the Bhutanese culture, dzongs (fortresses) are the political and religious centers of the country. The Paro dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan. 200 monks live there around the district administration.
Descent by walk to the famous wooden bridge reaching Paro town.
- Free time in town.

Short transfer to the Drukgyal Dzong (15 km). Start of the trek along the Paro river. Passing through several villages, then reaching the Shana Camp at 2580 m.
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
Following the Paro River, the path goes up and down in the forest. We cross the river on a suspension bridge. Ascent in a rhododendron forest to reach the camp at 3750 m.
- Hours of walking: 9
After the forest, beautiful view of the Himalayas: Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. We reach the Jangothang camp (4,040 m).
- Hours of walking: 5
Acclimatization day at the same camp.
After the river, the path goes up to the ridge where the view of the peaks is amazing: Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshirim Khang. Ascent to the Nyele La Pass (4,700 m). Then, progressive descent to the village of Lingshi Dzong. Camp at 4000 m.
- Hours of walking: 7 to 8
Following the river above the Dzong, 4-hour climb to the Nyele La Pass (4,800 m), the highest point of the trek. Long descent to Shodu camp (3,750 m).
- Hours of walking: 9 to 10
Descent to the line of trees. We reach the Thimphu River in an alpine forest of rhododendrons and junipers. Nice view of the cliffs. After lunch, climb to the ruins of the Barshong Dzong. Camp at 3,600 m.
- Hours of walking: 6 to 7
Descent to the Thimphu River, then ascent to reach the Dolam Kencho Camp (3,600 m).
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
Walk across a bamboo forest and descent to Dodena where we find the vehicles. Drive to Thimphu (15 km).
Night and dinner in Thimphu.
Stop at the Dochu La Pass (3 150m). Panoramic view of the high Himalayan peaks of Bhutan.
As we descend the pass, we see spectacular changes in the semi-tropical vegetation. Lunch. Then walk to the Stupa of ..... , through the rice fields and villages.
On the way back, a short walk to Chime Lhakhang in a charming setting. Visit to the temple of one of the first saints of Bhutan, Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the Divine Fool.
Hours of driving: 3
Hours of walking: 2
This high place, symbol of Bhutan, is a very important place for pilgrimages and a place of refuge for more than 1200 years. Taktsang, also known as the Tiger's nest, is hung 600 meters high on a steep cliff in the Paro Valley. On the way back, visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, one of the oldest in Bhutan.
- Hours of walking: 3
(On the spot, possibility to rent mules for the climb)
Drive to the airport for the return flight.
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