Chomalhari Trek

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Trip Overview

Follow Wang Chhu through the forest of rhododendron and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closed in and the trail winds ascending to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Camp just below the Dzong. Atl: 3,785 m dist: 13 kms. 6 to 7 hours.

Places Covered : Paro - Thimphu. - Shana - Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Lingshi - Shodu - Barshong - Dolam Kencho - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro

Duration : 15 Days - 14 Nights

Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive Paro - Thimphu

    Upon arrival meet with our representative and after lunch transfer to Hotel.    

    Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 2
    Paro Sightseeing

    Visit Kychu Lhakahang, National Museum and Paro Dzong. Later in the evening assemble the trekking gear.    

    Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

  • Day 3
    Paro - Shana

    Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong where the road ends and trek begins, follow the river gently uphill through a agricultural valley and the village.
    Overnight Camp at height of 2,800 m. Dist. 17 km. 5 to 6 hours. 

  • Day 4
    Shana - Thangthayka

    Continue uphill through the alpine forest. It narrows and closes in and the winds along the drainage. The trek is mostly through the deep forest. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. Alt. 3750m. Dist. 20 km. 8 to 9 hours. Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 5
    Soi Thangthayka - Jangothang

    Continue up the Pa Chhu (river). Pass a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. Now views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen all around. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. Alt: 4,040 m, Dist: 19 km, time about 51/2 hrs.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 6
    Jangothang Halt

    Trek up to Tsophu for fishing or do any one of the three hiking excursions. Mt. Jhomolhari and its subsidiary are due west, Mt. Jichu Drake is to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges are to the east.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 7
    Jangothang - Lingshi

    Wide yak pastures are visible both on ways up and down the pass. You may encounter some nomads in their yak tents. You can see the Lingshi Dzong. Tserim Kang and is descending glaciers are at the north end of the valley from the Nyuele la pass alt. 4700m. Camp at alt: 4150 m, dist: 19 km. 7 to 8 hours.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 8
    Lingshi Halt

    On this day, halt at Lingshi for one-day excursion to Tsokha, the base camp of Jichu Drake. Large herds of blue sheep and musk deer may be seen. Alt: 4,500 m, dist 15 km.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 9
    Lingshi Shodu

    The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass, altitude 4820 m, from the pass, Mt. Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Then descend. Camp at ht: 3,963 m, 22 km. 9 to 10 hours.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 10
    Shodu - Barshong

    Follow Wang Chhu through the forest of rhododendron and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closed in and the trail winds ascending to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Camp just below the Dzong. Atl: 3,785 m dist: 13 kms. 6 to 7 hours.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 11
    Barshong - Dolam Kencho

    Descend gradually to meet Wang Chhu, passing through forests of Rhododendron, then ascend once again onto pasture land. Camp in meadow. Atl: 3,628 m, dist: 11 km. 5 to 6 hours.
    Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 12
    Dolam Kencho - Thimphu

    Continue uphill through the forest to a small pass. The trial winds up and along the drainage. Wild animals may be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation for drive to Thimphu. Dist: 14 km. 6 to 7 hours.
    Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 13
    Thimphu - Punakha

    Morning Thimphu sightseeing, visit Memorial Chorten, Painting School, National Library. After lunch drive to Punakha/Wangdi across the Dochula Pass ( Alt: 3050m ) where once can see the beautiful views across the Dochula Pass (Alt: 3050 m) of Eastern Himalayan Range.
    Overnight at Hotel in Wangdi. 

  • Day 14
    Punakha - Paro

    Visit Wangdi Dzong and Punakha Dzong, which is the winter home of Central Monk body (Je-Khenpo). After lunch transfer to Paro.
    Overnight Hotel

  • Day 15
    Paro departure
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