Nepal Highpoint Trekking & Expedition

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Chomolhari Trekking- 12 days

Trip Overview

There is very little tourist traffic on the pristine trekking routes in Bhutan. This is primarily a positive offshoot of the Bhutanese government's policy limiting tourists to 5000 a year. Naturally one has a pleasant sensation of breaking fresh ground on treks in Bhutan.

Chomolahari trek explores a great variety of trekking conditions, including Bhutanese culture from remote farmland and blue pine forests, to alpine pastureland and breathtaking mountain views.

Bhutan Chomolhari trek introduces the range of traditional Himalayan culture, people, and landscape in Bhutan.  People can view the lushness of the foothills with beautiful subtropical, subalpine, and higher altitude alpine views. 

The Chomolhari trek follows the crystal clear trout-rich upstream trail of Para 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 st a magnificent (7314m) with age-old frontier forts and sprawling yak pastures in its foreground; a truly rewarding sight for the determined trekker. One the course of the trek, one will have sojourned through several places rich in history in Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha.

Itenerary

Depending upon the flight time to Paro, Bhutan either morning or in afternoon time, our staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport, after checking in boarding in Bhutan national carrier “Druk Air” a super scenic flight to Paro with amazing views of high snow-capped peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga and on reaching at Paro airport with mountains of Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive you and transfer to hotel. Depends on your arrival time, enjoys afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art, and handicrafts are offering an excellent orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening, visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets, and browse through the shops. Stay overnight at hotel.
Today is first day of our walk, we start from Drukgyel Dzong with a short downhill walk on a long train. The trek passes through a full, cultivated valley, forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River. We climb gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. It goes upstream of the Paro River, through villages, gradually ascending. You’ll also encounter local people who live a simple lifestyle herding yaks, gathering and drying herbs, making fresh cheese and butter, and weaving beautiful textiles. Just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. We stay overnight in Camp at an altitude of 2,850m.
Continuous trail follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), today we walk longer with the peaks along the Tibetan border, which we are approaching. The walk follows the Pachu River through pine, oak, and spruce forest. The path makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3250m; We take lunch at river side that is Thongo Zam. After lunch follows the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again and reaching the camp at Thangthangkha.
We can see the Chomolhari form here, after breakfast, we walk through army camp. We climb a beautiful river valley and hike along rushing streams through deep forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak. We meet with yak-herding families and try some of their dried yak cheese. We reach at Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, with a full-frontal view of the enormous bulk of Chomolhari. Stay overnight at Jangothang.
Today we take rest at Jangothang. We explore the area. Also you can utilize the day by hiking in open space. During your stay, you can explore the surrounding areas of Tshophu Lake. Have close up views of Chomolhari (7314m) and Jichudrake (6974m).
We start walk early in the morning through a broad open landscape. It is a long climb about 3-4 hours to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m). Further we climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Then we descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi. Enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Stay overnight in Camp.
Further we continue walk, today's path follows the stream up towards the valley opposite the Dzong, slowly we ascending through the valley for 4 hours. The trail stays on the west side of this mostly treeless valley, we climb a short distance above the Mo Chu. Then the path climbs up to the Yalla Pass at an altitude of (15, 810 ft) 4,820m. You can view snowcapped mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. We camp at Shodu.
Today our path goes to the course of the Thimphu Chhu (river). We walk through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests. We can view the rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. After reaching Barshong we stay overnight in a camp
Our trail goes through Thimphu river for a while ten steep us to a ridge at 3330m. We are walking through dense bamboo and pine forest. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland which is called Kencho, where we camp for the night.
Today is our last day of walk, From Dolemkencho, the trail descends to Dodina. The trail continues up to 3450 m and drops to a side stream and several switchbacks. Our transport meets us at Dodina, and we drive to Thimphu and spend our overnight at Thimpu.
Early morning After your breakfast, our guide will pick you from your hotel and start Thimphu Sightseeing. In the first hour visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 - 1972. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscript. After that drive to painting school, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. And visit handicrafts emporium. We take lunch in the local hotel and start visit in afternoon at pangri Zampa Monastery, that is located beyond Dechencholing Palace.
After breakfast, our representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

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What is Included?

    • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
    • All meals, tea and snacks
    • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle
    • English speaking, well trained and experienced guide
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan.
    • Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry.
    • Personal expenses such as a drink, beverages, tips, and gratitude.

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