Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

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Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek starting point is from Paro trail pass through Yak- Herders and to the base camp of Mt. Chomolhari of Northern Bhutan. Mountain Chomolhari (7,320 meters) is holy mountain “Mountain of the Goddess” which is off-limits to climb. As per the mythology it is believed to be the abode of one of the five sisters of Long Life- Five Tsheringma Sister who is bound by a solemn promise of Guru Padmasambhava to protect the land and faith of Buddhist religion along with local people. The trail passes through into the remote area of LingshiDzong which guarded the borderline with Tibet. The trail offers fascinating views of mountains, glaciers, stunning forest and alpine pasture land. Journey to Mount Chomolhari begins from Drugkyel Dzong which used to be an ancient fortress cum monastery which lies in ruins.

Normally the maximum altitude is 4,900 meters on this trek. The trail passes through farmlands, forest, unique landscape, juniper and rhododendron which leads towards Jangothang base camp of Chomolhari. We will proceed towards the twin lakes of Tsho Phu and ascend to Bonte La (4890 m) which offers a magnificent view of mountains like Chomolhari, JitchuDraake, and Tsheringkhang besides stunning Snow-capped mountain vista, it is enriched with different kinds of flora. The wild animal like Blue Sheep & Snow leopard can be encounter during the trek. Therefore it has a great variety of Bhutanese landscape which is wonderful. Beside this, it is pristine trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. The trek often leads to beautiful villages, farmland, forest and to high alpine pasture land. We cross over the Thombu La Pass and join the original route near Jigme Dorje National Park ending our trek from where we started. This trekking is filled with the blend of adventure, culture, traditions, enchanting Himalayas which allows participants to witness trekking wilderness and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek


Day 01
Arrival Paro

Arrival Paro by Druk Air, this is the only carrier in Bhutan. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Our members. Rest of the time visit Ta Dzong, National Museum & walk in the local market. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02
Paro (2250m)

After breakfast day hike to Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2-3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03
Drive to DrukgyalDzong – Shana (2800m)

After breakfast drive to DrugyelDzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachuriver through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. (17 km. / 5-6 hrs trek).

Day 04
Shana- SoiThanthankha (3520m)

Shana to SoiThangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachuriver ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3520 meters near a stone shelter. (21 km/ 7-8 hrs trek)

Day 05
Soi- Jangothan Base Camp (4050m)

Get up early morning to photographs the dawn colors on Mt. Chomolhari (7320m) Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. A easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. (18 km/ 5-6 hrs trek).

Day 06
Jongothang-Lingshi (4100m)

Good day’s walking with spectacular views of several stunning Himalayan peaks, The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and TshrimKhang mountains. Than walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the LingshiDzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. (19 km/ 7-8 hrs trek).

Day 07
Lingshi-Shodu (3750m)

Probably the hardest day of the trek crossing the Yalela Pass (4980m) with wonderful views lakes and the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Begin walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass its a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. (22 km/10 hrs trek).

Day 08
Shodu-Barshong (Domshisha)

The path follows the Thimchuriver descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3-4 hours to the ruins of BarshongDzong reaching the camp at 3320 meters. (20 km/ 8 hrs trek).

Day 09
Barshong-Dodina- drive to Thimpu

Early in the morning short climb to Dolamkencho, than all the way downhill to Dodina, through thick bamboo and pine forests. Dodina where the Our coach will be waiting for your return. (26 km/ 8 hrs trek) later one hrs drive till our hotel at Thimpu (2300m). Dinner and overnight hotel.

Day 10

After an leisure breakfast visit full day sightseeing of capital city of Thimpu, visit the View Points, Taking Zoo, Tibet logy, Library, Textile Museum, Memorial Chortan, and Hand made paper factory. After 4 pm visit the ThimpuDzong. Rest of the time free for shoping etc. dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11
Thimpu-Paro Dep

Early in the morning drive 2 hrs to Paro airport.

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  • Trip profile
    Stunning Chomolhari Base Camp Trek
  • Trip Level
  • Duration
    11 Days /10 Nights
  • Trip Type
  • Best Season
    March/May - September/November
  • Altitude
    4870 m
  • Transportation
    Flight/Private Vehicle
  • Group Size
    1-15 pax above
  • Start/Enf of Trek

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