Jomolhari Base Camp

The Challenge

Join our well-loved Himalayan guide Dayula Sherpa as we discover the Kingdom of Bhutan on this 8-day trek to Jomolhari Base Camp. Our journey begins at the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery and progresses through small villages, where you will gain an insight into local culture, and along the trail to Jomolhari Base Camp. Along the way you will spot ancient forts and grazing yak, trek through lush forests and of course enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks including Mt Jomolhari itself, considered by many to be one of the most impressive peaks in the Bhutanese Himalaya. This breathtaking adventure includes an important acclimatisation day to allow you to adjust to the increasing changes in altitude and to do some local exploring. Each day's trek is between 5 and 9 hours in duration.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 16th Feb 2019): London - Paro
Depart London on an overnight flight to Paro, via India or Nepal. Overnight: On flight

Day 2 (Sunday 17th Feb 2019): Paro (2235m)
Arrive in Paro and check into our hotel. The town of Paro is set within the Paro Valley, an area with many historical buildings and sacred sites, as well as Bhutan's only international airport. Depending on flight times there may be time for some independent sightseeing before enjoying a welcome dinner together and a briefing on the challenge ahead from our main guide. Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 3 (Monday 18th Feb 2019): Tiger's Nest Monastery - Sharna Zampa (2850m)
After breakfast we drive for around 1 hour to reach the starting point for our trek to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery (4-5 hours). (At 3,120m, on the side of the upper Paro valley, Taktsang Palphug (Tiger's Nest) Monastery is tucked into the cliffside high above the valley. Legend has it that the second Buddha arrived here flying on the back of a tigress. This is one of Bhutan's most iconic attractions. After our descent we return to the vehicles for a short drive (approx. 15 mins.) to reach the trail along which we will start walking, just for around 30 mins. this afternoon, to reach our first camp at Sharna Zampa. Trekking: Approx. 5 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 4 (Tuesday 19th Feb 2019): Sharna Zampa - Thangthangkha (3610m)
Today is a long day, starting with undulating terrain along the river valley until we reach a smaller path which descends to a meadow where we set up camp, with striking views of Mt Jomolhari in the distance. Trekking: Approx. 22km, 7 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 5 (Wednesday 20th Feb 2019): Thangthangkha - Jangothang (4,080m)
It's worth getting up early to enjoy the sunrise over Mt Jomolhari this morning. After breakfast we continue the trek up the Paro Chhu Valley, which widens into alpine meadow interspersed with patches of forest. This afternoon, as we climb higher, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks in the distance. We pass the villages of Soe, Takethand and Dangochang before reaching one of the most beautiful campsites in the Himalaya, at Jangothang. Trekking: Approx. 19 km, 6 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 6 (Thursday 21st Feb 2019): Jangothang (acclimatisation day)
There are several options today, but the most spectacular is to hike up to the lake view at 4,300m, from where there are stunning views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Trekking: Approx. 14 km, 6 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 7 (Friday 22nd Feb 2019): Jangothang - Bhonte La Pass (4,890m) - Lingshi (3,800m)
We follow the trail this morning leading to the last settlement in the valley, before crossing Paro Chhu and Lake Tshophu, at 4,380m. Carrying on we eventually reach the Bhonte La Pass, at 4,890m. before descending alongside the Dhumzo Chhu River to reach our camp at Lingshi. Trekking: Approx. 16 km trekking, 6-7 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 8 (Saturday 23rd Feb 2019): Lingshi - Yeila Pass (4,930m) - Shodu (4,080m)
It's all uphill this morning to reach the highest point of our trek, the Yeila Pass at 4,930m. On a clear day you will have excellent views across to the peaks of Tumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The climb is followed by a steep downhill to our campsite at Shodu. Trekking: Approx. 22 km, 8-9 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 9 (Sunday 24th Feb 2019): Shodu - Dolam Kencho (3,320m)
A stunning trail today takes us through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls and along a narrowing valley which gradually ascends to reach the ruins of Barshong Dzong. It is then a descent down to the Thimphu Chhu River, through forests of maple, birch and bamboo, before reaching pasturelands and our meadow campsite. Trekking: Approx. 16 km, 8-9 hours Overnight: Camping

Day 10 (Monday 25th Feb 2019): Dolam Kencho - Dodena - Thimpu (2,311m)
Continue to follow the train through the forest, winding up and down through a small pass before exiting the National Park and reaching the road, where our transport awaits. From here we drive to Thimpu and check into out hotel for a relaxing evening. Trekking: Approx. 8 km, 3-4 hours Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 (Tuesday 26th Feb 2019): Thimpu - Paro
Enjoy a final day of sightseeing including Changangkha Lhakhang (Buddhist temple), Motithang Takin Preserve (wildlife reserve for takin, Bhutan's national animal; a goat/antelope species), Tashi Chhoedzong (Buddhist monastery and fortress), and the huge Buddha Statue which stands at the entrance to the Thimpu valley. After lunch return to Paro and pay a visit to the Paro Dzong Fortress (aka 'Rinchen Pung Dzong' - meaning 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels') with its striking Bhutanese architecture and stunning views. We also visit the National Museum with its displays representing various elements of Bhutanese culture. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to celebrate your achievements! Overnight: Hotel

Day 12-13 (Wednesday 27th - Thursday 28th Feb 2019): Paro- London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK, arriving the following day.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airline taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • 2-3* hotels; tents on trek
  • Expert English-speaking guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Trek permits
  • Compulsory tourism royalty
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal kit and clothing
  • Bhutan visa

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Trip Dates

16th - 27th February 2019

Tour Price

£3850
(inc £400 deposit)

Trip Difficulty

Challenging to Extreme

This trip is graded as Challenging to extreme

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