Jomolhari Lingshi Trek, 12 days

  • Moderately difficult high altitude trek
  • 2 almost five thousand meters high passes
  • Great views of Jomolhari and other peaks
  • Two nights in beautiful Jangothang campsite
  • Side trip to Tshophu lakes on Yaksa trek trail
  • Experience life in remote Lingshi village
  • Sightseeing in Paro and Thimphu
US$ 2030 / person ?
# Itinerary Program
1 Arrival, Paro Arrival by plane to Paro or crossing border from India in Phuntsholing/Jaigon and drive to Paro. Sightseeing subject to the arrival time.
2 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 make detour to Lhadi Gompa just before military camp. First night camping just above military camp at the elevation of 2,890 m.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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. Great acclimatization trip.
6 Trek: Jangothang – Lingshi Distance 13 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m. This is one of the longest days of the trek. A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surroundings. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. It's a gradual descent to the camp where you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tents, made from yak wool. The herders use these tents while travelling tovarious pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, a beautiful U-shaped valley, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on clear days. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
7 Trek: Lingshi – Shodu Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 940 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,080 m. This will be quite long difficult day, crosing Yale-la pass in elevation of 4,990 meters. Luckily, the trail is well marked as it’s main route for people of Lingshi to reach Thimphu. Camp in Shodu after crossing sandy slope.
8 Trek: Shodu – Barshong Distance 14 km, 4-5 hours, 130 m ascent, 360 m descent, camp altitude 3,720 m. Cross deserted military camp and continue through the limestone valley with meditation caves. There will be nice view of waterfalls coming. Finally you will climb to the ruins of Barshong dzong below which you will set today’s camp.
9 Trek: Barshong – Dolam Kencho, drive to Thimphu Distance 15 km, 4 hours, 430 m descent, camp altitude 3,290 m. Last day of trekking will be going through the river valley with lot’s of up and downs finally reaching rough road on Dolam Kencho where the cars will be waiting to take you to Thimphu. Enjoy the night in comfortable hotel after 8 days trekking!
10 Thimphu Early morning drive to Buddha Dordenma, the gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and walk to striking city viewpoint. Walk in Norzin lam street and see the traffic police signaling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. Finish walk at handicraft market where many interesting Bhutanese souvenirs can be seen and bought for reasonable price. Continue with visit to Folk Heritage Museum with the exhibition on traditional village life in Bhutan (closed on Sunday, alternatively visit Simply Bhutan museum). Drive to Changlimithang stadium to see archery match, traditional sport of Bhutan (depends on luck if the game is going on). From Friday to Sunday you can also visit to Centenary market where local people go to shop for food supplies. Market also has interesting handicraft section. Otherwise, you can enjoy some free time in the town, exploring it on your own. Evening visit of Tashichho dzong, the castle, which serves as seat of the king and government.
11 Thimphu – Paro Early morning drive to Dochu-la pass with interesting 108 stupas and royal Chapel dedicated to Bhutan’s fourth king. Form pass we will start 4-5 hours round hike to the Lungchusey gompa with 360° mountains panorama viewpoint. Descend to Tashigang gompa and reaching back to road in Hontsho. Drive to Paro and evening in leisure.
12 Departure from Bhutan  
Tour variants, extensions and combinations: 
  • Halt in Lingshi (+1 day): Lingshi is small but interesting village located below the ancient castle. It’s good idea to visit local farmhouses and interact with welcoming people. You should also visit the castle which serves as Buddhist monastery. Finally the demanding but rewarding hike will lead you to stunning view point from which you can clearly see Tserming Kang, Jichu Drakye and other surrounding peaks.