Jomolhari BC trek


Jomolhari BC trek

Itinerary:

1    Arrival, drive to Thimphu    Arrival by plane to Paro. Drive to Thimphu with stop at Tashog lhakhang to see the bridge reconstructed with old chains smithed by ancient saint and bridge builder Thangton Gampo.Sightseeing subject to the arrival time.

2    Thimphu    Drive to gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and walk to striking city viewpoint. Visit to School of traditional arts, where the young men and women learn the arts and craft of their forefathers. Excursion to Takin zoo, where the national animal, the mysterious takin, is kept, After that Changankha lhakhang, the oldest place of worship in the valley. Evening visit of Tashicho dzong, the castle, which serves as seat of the king and government. Or instead, we can spend afternoon with drive to the north of Thimphu valley and do rewarding hike to Cheri monastery, school for higher Buddhist education.

3    Thimphu – Wangdue    Today you will take the motorbike, the famous Royal Enfiled for drive to Wangdue, crossing the Dochu-la pass. In clear weather, you have great chances to see panorama of while snowy mountain peaks to the north. You can also visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, dedicated to Royal Family of Bhutan. This will be tough ride, negotiating some 600 meters up to the pass and then descending 1600 meters back to Thimphu. On arrival to Wangdue, visit to Chimmi lhakhang, temple dedicated to 16th century saint who did spread Buddhism by drinking, singing and rampant sexual behavior. Time permitting visit another sights. 

4    Wangdue – Paro    Early morning hike to Khamsum monastery with wonderful view of the valley and it‘s terraced paddy fields. Optionally you might like to pursue rafting on Mo chu (easy) or Po chu (thrilling) rivers. Visit of Punkaha dzong, which counts as the most intricately decorated castle in the kingdom. After lunch drive back to Paro and get ready for trek.

5    Paro – Gunitsawa    Morning visit of Kyichu lhakhang, the temple built in 8th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Climb to Taktsang gompa (Tiger's Nest), most venerated and holy place in Bhutan overlooking valley from the steep cliff.  After lunch drive to Drukyel dzong. This used to be a place where the trek started before. See ruins of the old dzong (castle) and continue further to military camp of Gunitsawa on the new built road. Possibility to stop at Hedi Gompa. First night camping just above military camp at the elevation of 2,890 m.

6    Trek: Gunitsawa – Thangthangkha    Distance 16 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m. On this long day there is a lot of up and downs. After going uphill around the river, the valley finally narrows 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 Jomolhari.

7    Trek: Thangthangkha – Jangothang    Distance 10 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m. If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early 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 Jomolhari.

8    Halt: Jangothang    Trek to Tshophu lakes, from here you can see the aerial view of summits all around and herds of blue sheep. If you are strong, you can even continue to Bonte-la pass (4.850 m) and a great view Jichu Drakye over the lakes.

9    Trek: Jangothang – Gunitsawa, drive to Paro    Trek: 25 km, 8-9 hours, 1,240 m descent. Today is long and bit exhausting day, going all the way back to Gunitsawa. We will go the same way we ascended so at least we will go most of the time gently down. It's better to start early so we reach Gunitsawa by mid-afternoon. Here the vehicle will be waiting to take us to hotel in Paro. You may consider taking traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath after the trekking (need to be ordered in advance).

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