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Chomolhari Trek

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  • Itinerary

The Chomolhari Trek follows the crystal clear trout rich upstream trail of Paro Chu along the verdant rhododendron canopied forests and salubrious green alpine meadows. Mt. Chomolhari, having one of the most beautiful peaks in the Eastern Himalaya, stands at a magnificent 7314 Mts. With age old frontier forts and sprawling yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding sight for the determined trekker. In the course of the trek, one will have sojourned through several places rich in history in Paro, Thimpu and Punakha valleys.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our representative and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel briefing about the program by our representative.

Day 02: Sightseeing
Kathmandu city, Swoyambhunath, Patan city.

Day 03: Flight Kathmandu-Paro

Day 04: Sightseeing in Paro
In the morning, drive to Drugyel and on the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and a sightseeing trip to Paro Bazaar.

Day 05: Trek to Shana. (2800m./5.5hrs)
Drive short distance up to Drugyel Dzong by end of the road and start trek by following the riverside gently uphill through narrow agricultural valley passing villages and numerous houses. We cam just beyond an army post Shana.

Day 06: Trek to Thangbu (3466m/6hrs)
Continue uphill through the river valley and the passage marrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. The trek is mostly down hill. We camp within a meadow with a stone shelter built for the trekkers at Thangbu.

Day 07: Trek to Jangothang (4040m/5-6hrs)
Continue the journey up the Pa Chu (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. You may also see yak herders winter shelters. We camp at Jangothang beneath a ruin fortress at the base of Mt. Chomolhari at an altitude of (4040m/5-6hrs).

Day 08: Jangothang
Hike up to Tsophu for fishing or excursions to Mt. Chomolhari or Mt. Jichu Drake and its near ridges for the exceptional views of the mountain peaks. Overnight and rest day at Jangothang.

Day 09: Trek to Lingshi (4150m/6hrs)
Descend down the wide yak pastures and encounter some of the wild nomads with their herds and fragile campsites. Exceptional views of Lingsi Zdong as you come down into Lingsi basin. Tserim Kang and its glaciers at the northern end of the valley. Camp inside the stone shelter here at Lingshi.

Day 10: Trek to Shodu (3963m/7hrs)
The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass (4820m) From the pass Mount Chomolhari, Tserim Gang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on a clear day. The trail descends briefly and we reach the camp at Shodu.

Day 11: We follow the Thimchu (river) through rhododendron forest and water falls and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. Ascending to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, we camp below this ruined fortress (3628m/4hrs).

Day 12: Trek to Dolam Kencho (3628m/4hrs)
The trail descends gradually to meet Thimpu Chu River through the rhododendron forests and ascend shortly to a undulating pasture and camp at Dolam Kencho.

Day 13: Continue the hike up hill through the thick forests to a small pass. The trail winds up and down along the drainage. Wildlife can be often sighted. After reaching Dodina, we meet our vehicle and drive to Thimpu and check into Hotel.

Day 14: After early morning breakfast, drive to Paro Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Kathmandu sightseeing
Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur.

Day 16: Transfer to the airport for international departure.

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