Jomolhari Yaksa Trek, 10 days

View from Bonte-la pass
Trekking Tours
  • Moderately difficult high altitude trek
  • Great views of Jomolhari and Jyichu Drakye peaks
  • Two nights in gorgeous Jangothang campsite
  • 4,850 meters high Bonte-la pass
  • All important sights of Paro and Thimphu
From: 
US$ 1660 / person ?
Dates: 
Flexible
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# Itinerary Program
1 Arrival, Paro Arrival by plane to Paro or crossing border from India in Phuntsholing/Jaigon and drive to Paro. Visit of National museum of Bhutan and Paro dzong, castle where Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha film was shot. 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 stop at Hedi Gompa. 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 This is the rest day in order get proper acclimatization for high altitude. The best way how to spend it is to climb in direction of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks for spectacular viewpoint, around 800 meters higher. The hike takes little bit more then half day and will help you to adjust to the thin air.
6 Trek: Jangothang – Chore (Dhumzo) Trek: 16 km, 6-7 hours, 810 m ascent, 1,090 m descent, crossing Bonte-la (4,890 m), camp altitude 3,800 m. Start steep climb of 300 m in short distance. After strenuous climb, you will be rewarded with flat or mildly ascending path around beautiful lakes. The views of Jomolhari and Jiychu Drake are breathtaking. Continue ascent to Bonte-la pass. It's quite likely, that there will be some mild snow here. After crossing the pass with prayer flags, it will tak about 3-4 hours descending through steep gully to Soi Yaksa valley.
7 Chore (Dhumzo) – Thombu shong Trek: 11 km, 4-5 hours, 720 m ascent, 340 m descent, camping at 4,120 m. Climb through the rhodendron forest and along the ruins of the old castle monastery Sey Dzong to Tagulung-la pass (4,540 m). From the summit you can have a spectacular views of the Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and even Kanchenjunga and Makalu peaks in great distance to the west. After some walk you descend to the Thombu valley, the last camp of the trek.
8 Trek: Thombu shong – Gunitsawa, drive to Paro Trek: 15 km, 5-6 hours, 150 m ascent, 1380 m descent. Short and steep climb through rhododendron bushes to the summit of Thombu la pass (4,270 m) and continue on the ridge with great views of surrounding and distant mountains. Shortly after you start descending steeply for about 2-3 hours until you reach military camp of Gunitsawa, where the whole trek started. From here you'll drive to Paro for hotel accommodation.
9 Paro – Thimphu Morning drive to Thimphu with stop at Tachog lhakhang to see the bridge reconstructed with old chains smithed by ancient saint and bridge builder Thangton Gampo.  Drive to gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and walk to striking city viewpoint. Visit to School of traditional arts, where the young men and women learns the arts and craft of their forefathers. Excursion to Takin enclosure, where the national animal, the mysterious takin, is kept. After that Changankha lhakhang, the oldest place of worship in the valley. Evening Visit of Tashicho dzong, the castle, which serves as seat of the king and government. Or instead, we can spend afternoon with drive to the north of Thimphu valley and do rewarding hike to Cheri monastery, school for higher Buddhist education.
10 Thimphu – Paro, departure Early morning drive to Paro and departure by flight or drive to land border in Phuntsholing.
Tour variants, extensions and combinations: 
  • Combine with Phobjika cultural sightseeing (+4 days): This trek is nicely combined with cultural sightseeing programs like the Phobjika tour. This will result in total 14 days during which you will visit Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Punakha and pristine Phobjika valley. See details of this program.
  • Continue to Lingzhi and finish in Thimphu (+2 days): The second and longer variant of Jomolhari trek will take you from Jangothang to Lingzhi valley overt the Niyle-la pass (4,870 m). This scarcely populated village with centuries old castle-monastery is definitely worth of visit. Another day, you'll cross 4,930 m high Yeli-la pass with rewarding views and in 2 days you'll reach to Bhutan's capital Thimphu. See Jomolhari Lingshi program.