Chomolhari Trek

Duration: 14 Days
  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Tented Camp
  • Max Elevation: 4900m

Chomlohari Trek is perhaps one of the best and challenging treks in Bhutan. The trek is entirely a camping trek and passes through some of the most remote, isolated mountain terrain of Bhutan.

The trekking trail touches pristine wilderness of Bhutan covering Paro Chu valley and Jigme Dorji National Park. Walk through the forests of pine, oak and rhododendron that are home to many wildlife including Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. You will cross three highest Himalayan passes of Bhutan namely, Dochu La pass(3100m), Bonte la (4900m), Takang La pass (4500m), each offering great views of Jomolhari (7326m), Gungkhar Puensum (7570m), Jitchu Drake (6800m) etc. Hike up to Chomolhari Base Camp (4050m) for breathtaking views of Mt. Chomolhari and explore blue Tsophu Lakes and Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers.

Trekking aside this program also gives you a chance to pass through the three cities of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha allowing you visit Tatksang Monastery, Rimpung Dzong, National Library, Punakha Dzong mothers.

Global Adventure Trekking organizes this trek in close cooperation of our Bhutanese counterpart. We take care of all the logistics incuding visa, transportation, hotel accommodation and providing professional tour and trek guide. Following is the itinerary for the trek.

Highlights

  • Experience diverse landscape, flora and fauna of Bhutan
  • Visit Taktsang Monastery, Ta Dzong, Rimpung Dzong in Paro; Zorig Chusum, Memorial Chorten, National Library, and Painting School in Thimphu; and Punakha Dzong in Punakha among others
  • Cross three highest Himalayan passes: Dochu La pass(3100m), Bonte la (4900m), Takang La pass (4500m)
  • Great views of Himalayan peaks including Jomolhari (7326m), Gungkhar Puensum (7570m), Jitchu Drake (6800m) etc.
  • Explore Tsophu Lakes, Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers
  • Hike up to Chomolhari Base Camp (4050m)

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Thimphu

Upon your arrival in Thipmhu, Global Adventure Trekking trip leader will receive you and escort you to hotel. Overnight in hotel. 

  • BLD
  • Hotel

Enjoy full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit Zangdopelri temple, Dupthop Lhakhang, Memorial Chorten, Ta Dzong, Paro Rimpung Dzong and the famous Tatksang Monastery. History has it that Guru Rimpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan, landed at the monastery on a flying Tiger, hence the name. If time permits you can go to Changlimithang to see the sports of archery. Overnight in Thimphu. 

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  • Hotel
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  • Hotel

Have a warm breakfast and drive back to Thimphu which takes about 3-4 hrs. In the afternoon, after lunch, you can join sightseeing tour of Thimphu. Places you will visit include National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Museum of Herbal Remedies, Institute of Zorig Chusum, Memorial Chorten, National Library, and Painting School. Overnight in Thimphu. 

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  • Hotel

Today the trekking begins after a short drive to Paro river valley. While on the way you will encounter first impressive landmark of 17th century Drugyel Dzong. On a clear day the Dzong offers great view of Mt. Chomolhari or Jomolhari (7326m). The trek begins from the edge of Paro river, as you pass through pine and rhododendron forests, with few traditional farmhouses sprinkled here and there. The Buddhist chortens and prayer flags will captivate any trekker. You will arrive at Shana after 6hrs. Overnight in tented camp. 

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  • Tent
  • 2870m

Have a warm breakfast and then get on with the trek. It takes 6 hrs to reach Soi Thangthangkha. The trail goes through Jigme Dorji National Park which features forests of oak and rhododendron. En route you will pass by Paro Chu and cross a few streams. Overnight in a tented camp. 

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  • Tent
  • 3660m

The trail quickly ascends from Soi Thangthangkha. The goal today is to reach Chomolhari base camp situated at an impressive height of 4050m. The trail is through high mountain terrain that are mostly used as yak pastures. By midway you will be greeted by beautiful views of Mt. Chomlohari (7300m) and Mt. Jitchu Drake (6800m). Overnight in a tented camp at Chomolhari Base Camp. 

  • BLD
  • Tent
  • 4050m

Today is the rest day as you will spend time acclimatizing with climate and altitude. You can go on a short hike to nearby hills or village enjoying spectacular Himalayan landscape and scenery. Overnight in a tented camp.

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  • Tent
  • 4050m

After early morning breakfast, you continued your ascend beyond Chomolhari Pass. You will go to Bonte La (4900m), the highest point of the trek. The trail crosses the sacred Tsophu Lakes situated within Paro Chu valley. Located at an altitude of 4330m, Tsophu Lakes offers manificent views of Chomolhari, Chomolhari II and Jitchu Drake mountains. Once you reach Bonte La, decorated with mane wall and prayer flags, you will be rewarded with views of more beautiful peaks such as Basingthang and Chatarake. After taking in the scenery you will descend to Dumzo. Overnight in tented camp.

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  • Tent
  • 3800m

The trail continues on the mountain terrain and goes over Takang La pass at 4500m. The pass is a strategic vantage point to catch the panorama of Kanchenjunga (8530m) and Makalu (8410m) mountains. It will take at least 5 hours to reach Thombu Shong. Overnight in a tented camp.

  • BLD
  • Tent
  • 4100m

It takes 6 hrs to go from Thombu Shong to Punakha. En route you will pass the final Himalayan pass called Thombu La (4230m). The trail climbs up a ridge which gives great glimpse of Himalayan mountains that are home to lammergeyers or bearded vultures. The final stretch is a straing descent. Overnight in a tented camp. 

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  • Tent

You will have an easy and shortest trek today. The trail from Punakha to Drugyel Dzong, which takes about 4 hrs, crosses green valleys and farm fields. In no time you will reach the 17th century Drugyel Dzong, our rest spot for the night. The Dzong build Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. From here you take a car/jeep to Paro. Overnight in Hotel. 

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  • Hotel

Spend your day today by hiking up to the most popular Taktsang Monastery. But to reach there you need to drive to Satsam Choeten and then take a 2 hrs trek from there to the monastery. It was in this monastery that the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, Guru Rimpoche landed on a flying tiger. The monastery is best for views of Mt. Chomolhari and surrounding valley. You will also visit Ta Dzong, Paro Rimpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight in hotel

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  • Hotel

You will be transferred to Paro international airport for your flight back home.