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Jomolhari Loop Trek 11 Days

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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Jomolhari Loop is the shortest of the Jomolhari trekking routes, which are the most popular treks in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang). Trekkers who want to avoid high passes and high altitude can chose an easier version of the Jomolhari Loop by retracing their steps from Jangothang (see days 1-3), while still having the majestic impressions of Mount Jomolhari.

Max Elevation:5,000 m

Min Elevation:2,500 m

Difficulty :Medium

Season :April, May, June, September, October, November

No. of Days: 11 Days

Tour Cost :

1 Person  : USD  2900  Per person.

2 Person : USD  2550 Per person.

3 Person – 8 Person : USD 2000 Per person.

9 Person – 15 Person : USD 1900  Per person.

 

Trekking Facilities Includes: 

First Aid Box (Medicine).

Sleeping tent (2 man tent) with carpeted floor, Air Mattress, Pillow and room light.

Dinning tent with dining set, Table, Chair and dining light.

Kitchen tent with kitchen set and light.

Hot water bag with cover.

Toilet tent with toilet pot.

Shower tent with shower bag and mat.

Trekking  staff.

 

What you needs to bring for trekking:

Sleeping Bag.

Good Trekking boots.

Touch light.

Sun screen lotion.

Hats or caps.

Water bottle.

Sun glasses.

Warm cloths.

Basis medical kit with medicines for high altitude purifying water, insects repellents.

Small backpack to carry personal belongings.

Highlights

  • Day 1 : Fly Paro Bhutan
  • Day 2 : Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Day 3: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa
  • Day 4: Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha.
  • Day 5: Thangthangkha – Jangothang.
  • Day 6: Jangothang Halt.
  • Day 7: Jangothang to Soi Yaktsa
  • Day 8: Soi Yaktsa to Thombu Shong
  • Day 9: Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa Village
  • Day 10 : Thimphu Local Sightseeing
  • Day 11 : Paro Airport drop

Day 1 : Fly Paro Bhutan

Fly into Paro by DrukAir / Bhutan Airline After completing your immigration formalities, you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour. Drive to hotel and check in latter you will visit the Rimpung Dzong, dating back to the 17th century. This building is an ancient fortress and center of civil and religious government in the Paro valley. From the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. From here, you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2 : Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery

5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m AscentAfter breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery, which stands at 3180m gives you acclimatization for the next day's trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. On the way, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa

Distance 40 mins Time 40 mins Ascent descent 80m Camp Altitude 2,850mThis trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

Day 4: Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha.

Distance 22 km Time 7-8 hours Ascent Ascent 770 m, descent 10m Camp Altitude 3,610mOn this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

Day 5: Thangthangkha – Jangothang.

Distance 19 km Time 5-6 hours Ascent Ascent 480m Camp Altitude 4,080mIf you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder's homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Day 6: Jangothang Halt.

Distance ........... Time ............. Ascent ...........m Camp Altitude.............mThe rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drakey to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Day 7: Jangothang to Soi Yaktsa

Distance 16 km Time 6-7 hours Ascent Ascent 810 m, descent 1,090m Camp Altitude 3,800mThe trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp soon after.

Day 8: Soi Yaktsa to Thombu Shong

Distance 11km Time 4-5 hours Ascent Ascent 720m, descent 340m Camp Altitude 4,180mThe trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.

Day 9: Thombu Shong to Gunitsawa Village

Distance 13km Time 4-5 hours Ascent Ascent 200 m, descent 1,650m Camp Altitude 2,850mCrossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa where you will be received by our driver with the refreshment Then drive further down to Paro and continue to Thimphu. Over night hotel in Thimphu

Day 10 : Thimphu Local Sightseeing

After breakfast we will visit following place :· Kuensel Phodrang and visit tallest buddha statue and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.· National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ' seat of faith' and Buddhists often call such monuments the 'Mind of Buddha'. Meet the elderly local in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.· Craft Bazaar -A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. At this Bazaar craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts. And also visit other handicraft stores.Institute for Zorig Chusum Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.Weekend Market Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's scant population and many valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where weekend market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provides opportunity to mingle with the local people.· Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.Over night hotel in Thimphu

Day 11 : Paro Airport drop

After breakfast we will drive to Paro airport which is about 1 hrs 30 minute drive.

  • US$ 40 per person (Single entry visa fee).
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel on twin bed sharing basis.
  • Daily US$ 200 Per pax / Night Government royalty and all the tax.
  • All meals (break, lunch & dinner).
  • Full time English speaking guide.
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Gov surcharge USD 30 per person / night for the FIT traveler
  • Airfare.
  • Any alcoholic, nonalcoholic beverages and any other personal expenses.
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Single room / tent supplement charges USD 30 per night
  • Luxury hotels/resorts are available on supplement cost.

Tour's Location

Do visitors need a visa to visit Bhutan?
1.1. Yes, all visitors will need a visa to visit Bhutan, except for visitors from India, who will require a permit.1.2. Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.1.3. Nationals of Switzerland and Thailand holding diplomatic and official passports shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.1.4. Visitors from India will need a permit to visit Bhutan. This applies to anyone holding an Indian passport, or an Indian voter ID card. For Indian nationals aged under 18 years, a passport or a birth certificate will suffice, and they must be accompanied by legal guardians.
How can visitors process their visa or permit?
2.1. Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage tourism service providers (see www.bhutan.travel for more details) to process the travel documents and plan a trip. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will also offer customer service to help answer questions regarding visa applications and to answer questions about travel within the country.2.2. Although visitors from Bangladesh and Maldives can process visas on arrival and visitors from India can process permits on arrival at the port of entry, it is recommended that these be applied online to reduce wait time and for faster clearance at the port of entry.
What are the documents required to process the visa?
3.1. A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom;3.2. Travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip; and3.3. A recent passport size photograph.
How much is the visa fee and how long does it take to issue?
4.1. The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process.
What are the documents required to process the permit (for Indian guests)?
5.1. Visitors from India can use a passport or voter ID card. Children under 18 years of age can use a birth certificate or passport, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian.5.2. Passport size photograph is also required.5.3. Travel insurance is required and should be valid for the whole duration of the trip.
How can I purchase insurance if I don’t have any?
6.1 There is also an option to purchase domestic travel insurance from Bhutanese insurance providers at the port of entry during arrivals. There are also tourism information officers stationed at all ports of entry who can assist travellers. Click here to get details on the insurance from Bhutan Insurance Limited.
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