Duration: 12 Days
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Be ready for this adventurous trek, the 12 days of Chomolhari Trek grant you the highest peaks ( Jomolhari) in the Himalayas. The Chomolhari trek is built for the adventurous traveller as it involves traversing through different forms of terrain. A perfect combination of high-altitude hiking and rugged trekking that can be completed in a relatively short time span is what amazing treks. Roaming through meadows where herdsman guides their yaks to pasture, sip tea as you watch the first rays of light strike the protector of Bhutan, Chomolhari, and ascend rugged hills to learn more about the kingdom that is the happiest in the world.
The escapade begins from diminishing hills and later reaches the freezing parts of the Himalayas. The trek assimilates a bit of culture as you’ll be visiting the famous Taktsang monastery. This monastery reposes on a cliff and grants factual views of the green ambience. Believe that Guru Rinpoche is here. From here, the real adventure begins meandering through the once glorious Drugyal Dzong and later pledge a picture of apple orchards. The rushing Paro river will be your companion as you cross rhododendron forests and campsites. The road sees glimpses of snow which will be a common sight once you arrive at the Jangothang base camp. The view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake is simply magnificent. The trail becomes thrilling as you conquer the dangerous Ngye La Pass. Battling the snow and strong winds will take you to the top and once you reach there, the feeling of achievement is overwhelming. Slowly head down and cross the Yeli La pass to admire amazing views of Gangchen Ta, Masang Gang, and Tshering Gang. The snowy terrain gives way to green hills and the warm sun provides some relief from the blistering cold. Unclench at the green meadows of the Barshong Dzong and understand the history behind this ruined fort. Arrive at the small camp in Dolam kensho and later catch a bus to reach the capital of Bhutan, ‘Thimpu’. The drive can be prolonged but the sights it furnished are splendid. End your thrilling trek by enjoying quality food at a restaurant there. This trekking experience is leapt to be one of the most memorable moments of your life so hurry up and grab this opportunity!
Chomolhari Trek is a cultural tour package designed for those adventure lovers who would love to add a spice of trekking experience to their Bhutan Tour. The best season for this trek is from March to May and Sept to November. Come and join this trekking and capture every moment to make this trip memorable for a lifetime.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
Admire the spectacular view during the flight to Paro, see the glance of awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. After arriving, you will be picked up by our representative and take you to Hotel. After some time the crew member will take you for visiting Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower now that is the National Museum. Explore the museum has a wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic display and “field of Buddhas”, helps to visualize while meditating. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. Overnight at Hotel.
Have your breakfast, then the short and sweet adventure begins about 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Allying blue pines and blue air, the religious residence perches miraculously on a drop-off nearly a pair of,700 feet higher than Paro’s depression floor. Take some breaks for tea and snacks in a tiny tea house, and therefore the read of each Taktsang religious residence and Paro depression is monumental. After having explored the monastery, hike down to the valley floor and return to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.
From today, the adventure starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2,580m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. Then climb gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,870m, just beyond Shana Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees. Camp at an altitude of 2,850m. Overnight at Tent.
Today's trail follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and after some time descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. The walkthrough of lush forests will be an amazing experience sometimes scary and sometimes it will be enjoyable. Have a hot lunch which will be served after crossing a bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, you have to follow the river, and then climb up through rhododendron forests and finally cross another bridge and reach our campsite at an altitude of 3,750m. Overnight at Tent.
The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. Then you will follow the river above the tree line, enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m). From here, the view of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superior. Overnight at Tent.
The day to take rest and acclimatize for the next day’s adventure. After breakfast, you have to get ready for a 4-hour trip to the northern side of our camp from where you can see the beautiful view of the Jichu Drake Peak. Enjoy having a picnic lunch on the way. This trip will help us with acclimatization and if you are lucky you may even encounter grazing yaks and blue sheep which makes this trip all the more awe-inspiring. Overnight at Tent.
The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then Walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La passes at an altitude of 4830m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Camp at an altitude of 4100m. Overnight at the Tent.
The Laya Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek here. Instead, the route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m/15,810ft). From the pass, = see Chomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Then descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to camp at Shodu (4,100m). Overnight at Tent.
At this place, one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch, the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of riversides. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,600m. Overnight at Tent.
Take a trail that descends gently through a lush forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chhu river. Walk along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where streams run down into the river. Later pon, climb around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chhu river, coming out onto pastureland at Dolamkencho. Overnight at Tent.
Get up early and walk from Dolam Kencho to Dodena then drive to Thimphu. Today, the trails start with an ascend of around 500m and descend around 930m. Our trail passes through forests, winding up and down through a small pass. After continuing in the southern direction we reach Dodena. From here we drive to Thimphu. In the evening, you may ramble through the streets of the capital city and get connected with the local lifestyle. Overnight at Hotel.
Bid farewell to the beautiful country after spending amazing 12 days. You will get transferred to the airport before the scheduled flight of 3hrs. Have a safe flight and we hope to see you again in near future.
All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
Single room surcharge when travelling 2 people in a group
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
Tented accommodation during the trek,
Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
Our office expenses and service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
Pony service and porters
Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated)