Chomolhari Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Chomolhari trekking is one of the prevalent and uppermost trekking in Bhutan at an altitude of 7316 meter/24000ft and the Chomolhari base camp trekking at an altitude of 4115 Meter. Chomolhari Mountain is the spiritual mountain of Bhutanese. Without no doubt this trekking offers you the one of the beautiful untouched and pristine landscapes in the entire Himalayas. This trekking is quite somewhat challenging trek but lots of tourists come to visit this place do this grandeur trekking.

Key attraction of this trekking is you get the close view of Mt chomolhari including Jichu Drake (6,989m). You will be passing through beautiful alpine pastureland with herders grazing the yak and you will be spotting the beautiful flora like pine, oak and spruce and fauna like snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and other wild birds and animals during your trail. People who are nature lovers get to visit the exquisite remote villages, canyons, streams, waterfalls, turquoise lakes etc. This trek augments the splendid views of high peaks of Bhutan, Gangkar Puensum, Jele Khang, Masagang and Gangchey on this trail to your trek. Local culture and festivals are the flawless complement of this trip where you get to experience their Bhutanese lifestyles. On this trip as well as trekking you get to visit several chorten and monasteries.

This trek begins from exploring the Paro Ta Dzong, built in 1651 then hiking to the Taksang monastery 3180malso known as Tiger nest towards the campsite at Shana at 2800meter and head to the Soi, Thangthangkha and then to Jangothang.at here we will be resting for a while and adapting the acclimatization for the further trekking to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong where you get to visit several remote and finally descends to Dodina where you get the magnificence view of Chomolhari (7320m.), Jichu Drake (6900m.) and Tshrim Khang (6789m),descending down we will be exploring Thimpu like sightseeing the national art/painting school and visit the Dzong, ancient monasteries and do some shopping at the paro market where you will be observing different kinds of handicrafts and some authentic food / snacks where you have never tried in your lifetime.

The finest months for this trek are from March to May and September to November but our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) where you get to choose the detail itinerary according to your vacation plan. This trekking give s you both the trekking as well as tripping around the Bhutan valley where you get to know more about their culture and traditions etc. For further details about this trekking you can contact and email us in our GHHT agency.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. You will spend night at a hotel.

(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Sightseeing around Paro

Day excursion and sightseeing at the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, in a way also a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hrs for round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15km - 5 hrs

Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chillies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes and wheat.

The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hrs the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4- Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) - Distance: 22km - 7 hrs

Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops.

Following the river upstream from the campsite we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3,250m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear weather we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Trek to Jangothang, also called Chomolhari Base Camp (4,044m) - Distance: 17 kms - 5 hrs

After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Rest day in Jangothang

A rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp, and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) - Distance: 21km - 7hr

After breakfast a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4,890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8 - Trekking to Shodu (4,080) - Distance: 22km - 8 hrs

An early start as we have a long and a hard day to cross another beautiful pass. We travel through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above camp towards a small chorten (stupa). Below flows the No Chhu (Blue river). The climb rises to an altitude of 4,450m and crossing the main river into the side of the valley. The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switch backs. After 4-5 hrs (after leaving camp) we reach the big cairn on the top of the Yale La Pass (4,950m), with views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu River. Following the river until the camp Shodu. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 9 - Trek to Barshong (3,720m) - Distance: 14km - 5 hrs

In the morning we pass a deserted military camp which follows the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks used the caves in the rocks in the old days for meditation. Cross the bridges over the main river, which offers good views of the giant rock faces and waterfalls. The trail gradually ascends 130m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. The Park rangers recorded a tiger and a snow leopard moving in this same area for the first time. You could opt to carry on for 1.5 hrs to a better campsite. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 10 - Trek to Dodina then transport to Thimphu - Distance: 22 kms - 8 hrs

A steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Thimphu Chhu river. There are several ups and downs until Dolam Kencho 3,290m. The trail continues up to 3450 m and descends to a side stream and several switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. Descending through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river until it finally meets it again at Dodina, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 11 - Drive from Thimphu to Paro

Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops. Finally visit to Tashichho dzong which houses most of the Government office and King's Throne room. Evening depart to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 12 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

After breakfast our Airport Representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Visa fee for Bhutan
  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
  • Guided city tour in Paro by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.
  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.
  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
  • Monument and museums entrance fees for all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Government royalty (35% of $225), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
  • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Springs (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed..  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee etc It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 12 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,580

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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