Destination: Bhutan – Chomolhari
Activities: Sightseeing & Trekking
Start/End: Paro/ Paro
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Accommodation: standard hotel in cities
and tented camp whilst trekking
Max. Altitude: 4600 Meters
Day 01: Arrive Paro - (2250m / 7382ft)
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we are greeted by the guide and transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we are taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Paro – Takshang 4380 feet.
In the morning we will hike to Takshang Gompa, one of Bhutan’s most famous and picturesque monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The name means “tiger’s nest.” After lunch we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet.
Day 03: Trek to Shana 9,300 feet
We start our trek from Drukgyel Dzong (2580 m), a small temple that overlooks the Paro Chhu valley. We descend slightly to the river and pass through a couple of small villages. The path then climbs through wheat, millet and rice fields. We eventually cross the Paro Chhu river and ascend uphill through a pine forest and apple orchards. We finally reach a meadow where we camp for the night. Hiking 5-6 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha 2,300 feet.
We continue along the river through a conifer and rhododendron forest. After lunch we continue along the river, climbing through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more. Our camping site is situated in a cedar grove with Jhomolhari, looming at the head of the valley. Hiking 7-8 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Jangothang -13,200 feet
Today our route follows the river above the tree line. Along the way there will be opportunities for bird watching with a variety of birds to be seen. We enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks with magnificent views of sheer rock faces across the valley. Soon we enter wide-open pastures where Bhutanese allow their yaks to graze. We come to a small settlement of Takethang. After lunch it’s a short distance to our camp along a quaint river stream. Hiking 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Rest day at Jangothang 13,200 feet
Today is an exploration and acclimatization day. With a short hike in the surroundings area or to Tsophu Lake.
Day 07: Trek to Lingzhi -13,100 feet
From Jangothang, we leave the last of the settlements. There is a spectacular view of Jichu Drake that towers above the valley. After crossing a log bridge at 13,600 feet, we follow the river with views of the snow covered peaks above us. Soon the terrain becomes more alpine before crossing the Nyele-La pass at 15,400 feet. As we descend we have views of mountain peaks and Lingzhi Dzong, once a monastery-fortress protecting the trade route between western Bhutan and old Tibet. We pass through stands of rhododendrons and birch before coming to our campsite at 13,100 feet. Hiking 7-8 hours.
Day 08: Shodu -13,300 feet.
After an early breakfast we begin climbing toward a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp. The trail ascends the ridge to Mo Chhu valley and eventually reaching the Yeli La pass at 15,800 feet. We are rewarded with breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang. We descend back down the other side reaching a small alpine lake. The route then follows a river descending into another huge valley and another pristine alpine lake at 15,400 feet and continuing on to our campsite at 13,300 feet. Hiking 8-9 hours.
Day 09: Domshesa - 11,800 feet
From Shodu, the trail traverses under steep yellow rock cliffs with a few meditation caves carved into them. Our path descends a stone staircase and through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of the rocky cliffs and beautiful waterfalls along the way. After lunch the trail continues upward to the ruins of Barshon Dzong. Dropping back down through dense forest towards the river, we find our campsite for the night. Hiking 7-9 hours.
Day 10 Dodina – Thimphu - 8,600 feet
Our final day of the trek leads us uphill to a small pass before descending through a bamboo forest and back to the Wang Chhu. We then continue to the village of Dodina where we meet our transportation. We drive to the capital of Bhutan, the town of Thimphu. Hiking 7-8 hours.
Day 11: Thimphu – Paro - 4,383 feet
Visit a traditional paper factory, and do some last-minute shopping. After lunch, we drive to Paro for a final celebratory dinner! Driving 4-5 hours.
Day 12: final departure
Morning transfers to airport for flight back to home via Kathmandu or Bangkok.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made program to suit your equipments. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as trekking in Nepal and cultural tour in Nepal, overland tour in Tibet, etc...
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Throughout your time in Bhutan you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Bhutanese way of life. All our Bhutan trekking trips are run in cooperation with our Bhutanese counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.
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Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek
My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....
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New York, USA