Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

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This outing is a connection of the Jumolhari venture. We can get to see the National Animal (Takin) and the National flower (Blue Poppy) on this trip. This trek is one of the most loved trips in Bhutan that provides us with a great variety of Bhutanese landscapes and is sure one of those exceptionally attractive & unspoiled hiking zones throughout the Himalayas.

This one of a kind almost 02 week trip gives us rare chances to hike across some of Bhutans’s most favored spots and we also bask in the mind boggling diversity of the mountains and the natural ecosystems this area offers. We visit Takstang Monastery and this gives us the necessary acclimatization for a pleasant hike from Drugyal dzong towards our campsite at Shana at (2800m) and we then move on to Soi, Thangthangkha and then to Jangothang. A day to chill out in Jangothang acclimatizes us totally for our forays to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong and finally to Dodina.

Mount Chomolhari at (23,997′), as we know it, is the sacred abode of the goddess Chomo, which seems to tower as a mighty guard on Bhutan’s Tibetan frontier, ruling over numerous icy summits and deep, supernatural forests where snow leopards and Himalayan blue sheep wander around free. We hike through traditional hamlets, untamed rhododendron forests, and sublime alpine meadows laden with wildflowers to Jangothang at (13,250′), right at the foothills of Chomolhari, with a reverse route through the far flung Yaksa Valley (“Valley of Yaks”). The Bhutanese are ferociously conservative of their natural heritage, and their mountains say it all, preserving a wealth of flora and fauna unmatched in the Himalayas. With Tashi Delek Nepal’s camping and guidance, this is your gateway to savor an unforgettable experience of Himalayan trekking in an almost hypnotizing kingdom to remember for a lifetime to come…

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great holidays or proceed further to your destination of choice. Sayonara friends! We do hope to meet you some day again. Doing a trip to Bhutan is ideally started in Kathmandu, or ends in Kathmandu…Nepal has so many programs to give you holidays that only dreams are made off…get in touch with us at Tashi Delek Nepal…we’ll give you holiday options that are not only thrilling, but also pocket friendly with our no-frills costs.

Price Includes

  • Hotel accomodation on twin sharing basis; single suppplement is available upon request with extra surcharge as applicable.
  • Meals; B=Breakfast, L=Lunch; D=Dinner and evening tea with biscuits.
  • Transport within Bhutan.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bag, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Services of experienced licensed English speaking guides.
  • Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
  • supply of pack and riding ponies.
  • Bhutan visa fees.
  • Royalty and taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Departure Tax where applicable.
  • Air fare.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operations by helicopters.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Mineral water, soft drinks and any alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, laundry, telephone calls, tips and any other personal expenses.
  • Nepal Visa (if entering Bhutan through Nepal)
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cansellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air

Our Paro flight on a clear blue sky day is one of those fantastic mountain flights of a natural kind. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering Ghang. The first most welcome thing about Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the aircraft. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Later in the day take an exploratory walk getting acquainted with the local environment.
Overnight at your hotel in Paro – B. L. D

Day 2: Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Your can arrange Horses for an extra US $ 5/- The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure.
It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Hike back to our hotel for the night – B. L. D

Day 3: Drive to Drugyel Dzong And Trek to Shana Camp

We drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu River through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Our Walking time will be something like 5/6 hours. B. L. D

Day 4: Trek from Shana to Soi Thanthangkha

The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Our Walking time will be 7/8 hours. B. L. D

Day 5: Trek from Soi to Jangothang

We climb slowly for a while till we reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herder’s camp. An easy walk will reach us to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is just wonderful. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Our Walking time will be 4/5 hours. B. L. D

Day 6: A rest day to Jangothang

We haul up at Jangothang. This is a day for rest where we get to explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake, visit Yak herders or simply relax. And catch up on some reading. We could also do some washing if we like. B. L. D

Day 7: Trek from Jahgothang to Lingshi

The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. We then walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass at 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a gradual descend and through the valley with luvla views on all sides. Nearing the camp we will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. We Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Our Walking time should be for 6/7 hours. B. L. D

Day 8: Trek from Lingshi to Shodu

Today is a pretty tough day so we hit the trail at dawn. We begin our walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass it’s a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Our Walking time should be something like 7/8 hours. B. L. D

Day 9: Trek from Shodu to Barshong

Our trail follows the Thimchu River descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are dazzling. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. We reckon our Walking time to be 5/6 hours. B. L. D

Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dodina and drive to Thimpu

The route descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where our coach will be waiting for our return. The Walking time should be around 7/8 hours. We drive for one and half hour to Thimphu (the capital city of Bhutan). Overnight at Hotel – B. L. D

Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimpu and drive to Paro

We drive to Thimphu, stroll around the market place and maybe catch up on things we wanted to do earlier at Thimphu. We could even pick up a few souvenirs for the loved ones at home, and this will also help us to remember our sojourns to this great area in the land of the thunder dragon. Towards the afternoon, we head down for an excursion to Paro and visits some places of interest before we check into our hotel for a good rest after a wonderful holiday. B. L.

Day 12: Depature from Paro / Bangkok or Katmandu

The choice of destination is yours, we reckon.

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