Jomolhari Base Camp Trek
It is a 7-day Trek from Paro to Jomolhari base camp at Jangothang, returning via the same route or by an alternative trail to Paro. The view of Jumolhari mountain (7314 M) from Jangothang is spectacular. This Trek also affords an excellent opportunity to see Yaks. The Trek is very popular. The highest point is 4115 Meters.
On the Bhutanese side is a Jomolhari Temple, toward the south side of the mountain about a half-day’s journey from the army outpost between Thangthangkha and Jangothang at an altitude of 4150 meters. Religious practitioners and pilgrims visiting Mt. Jomolhari stay at this temple. There are several other sacred sites near Jomolhari Temple, including the meditation caves of Milarepa and Gyalwa Lorena. Within an hour’s walk up from the temple at an altitude of 4450 meters is Tseringma Lhatso, the “spirit lake” of Tsheringma.
- Witness the mighty Jomolhari Mountains.
- Classic and most popular medium to hard level trek.
- Three almost five thousand meters high passes, Bonte La Pass (4,850 m), Nyilila Pass, and Yale La Pass (4,990 m).
- Jaw-dropping views of majestic Mount Jomolhari and other solemn mountain peaks.
- Two amazing nights at the spectacular Jangothang Campsite.
- A splendid trip to brown trout-filled Tshophu Lakes.
- Experience of trekking along the conifer and rhododendron flanked streams and in the primitive forests.
- Experience local life in far isolated Lingshi village
Jomolhari Trekking Map
Day 01 Arrival at Paro
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Excursion to the Himalayas will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.
Day 02 Trek Begins from Paro to Shana
Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro river and we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude 2,820 m; Distance 14 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours.
Day 03 Shana to Thathanka
Day 04 Thangthangka to Jangothang
Day 05 Jangothang
A rest day. A chance to walk up to the Jhomolhari glacier or to the Tsho Phu lakes in the opposite direction.
Day 06 Jangothang to Thangthaka
In the morning after passing a small army post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours.
Day 07 Thangthangka to Shana
The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. We pass a junction enroute, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter. Altitude 3610 m; Distance 21 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours.
Day 08 Shana to Paro
Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro river and we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude 2,820 m; Distance 14 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours
Day 09 Paro to onward journey
Today we drop you at the airport and our guide and driver will assist you to reach the port.
Frequently Asked Question
Weather and Climatic Condition during Jomolhari Trek
Autumn Weather: During the month of September to November, Bhutan experiences autumn/fall. The average temperature ranges somewhere between 10 degrees and 23 degrees Celsius across the country. It is that time of the year when the rain starts to go away and the weather becomes bright once again giving the trekkers the best of Bhutan Himalayas.
Spring Weather: Spring comes to the country with the first days of March. The level of temperature increases sharply and it is much warmer here at the beginning of March. The average temperature during the month is about 6 °C (43 °F) during the daytime and about 0 °C (32 °F) at night. Still in the south plains of the country, the hot and wet weather stays.In mountainous areas, the cold weather will stay until the end of the spring. The average temperatures in May are about 12-16 °C (53-61 °F) during the daytime. Precipitations in form of snow still occur in the north part of Bhutan and it is rainy enough in the south side.
Mountain Sickness during the Trek
Acute mountain sickness is caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get acute mountain sickness. The best way to prevent altitude illness is to ascend gradually.
How to Prevent Mountain Sickness?
Acclimatization: It’s remarkable how well we can adapt to altitude if we give our bodies time to do so. Your heart rate and breathing will speed up, and your blood will develop higher-than-normal amounts of red blood cells. The rest of your cells slowly change too, so that they use oxygen more efficiently.
If you give yourself at least two days to reach an 8,000- to 10,000-foot elevation and then limit daily ascents to 1,000 feet, your body will have a better chance to adapt. Note, too, that it’s your sleeping altitude that’s key: You can climb higher in a given day as long as you come back down to a snoozing elevation that’s within this limit.
Everyone adapts at a different rate: You might be able to acclimatize more quickly than the above rule of thumb, or less quickly. Age, gender, race—even your level of fitness—don’t correlate conclusively with faster or slower adaptation rates. Take your time and listen to your body.
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Quick Trekking Information
|Max Elevation||5, 005 m|
|Min Elevation||2, 250 m|
|Season||May, June, September, October, November|
|No. of Days||9 Days|
Things to Carry during the Trek
- Duffel Bag
- Day Pack (30-45 L)
- Sleeping Bag (-10 to 20F/-23C to 30C)
- Air Mattress
- Down Jacket
- Trekking Boots
- Running Shoes or Lighter Shoes (optional)
- Crocs (evenings + washing)
- Hiking Sandals (or Crocs – river crossings)
- Trekking Pants (2-3)
- T-Shirts (2-3)
- Long-sleeve Trekking Shirts (2-3)
- Trekking Jacket
- Wind + Waterproof Jacket + Pants
- Fleece or Thermal Top + Bottom (evenings)
- Lightweight Long Underwear (sleeping + layering)
- Socks (4-6)
- Gloves (lighter + heavier for passes)
- Wool Hat
- Baseball Cap or Wide-brimmed Hat
- Camp Towel
- Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
- Down Booties (optional, recommended)
- Sunglasses (+ extra pair)
- Water Bottles | Nalgenes (2-3)
- Bladder (optional, recommended)
- Toiletries, Sunscreen with SPF, Lip Balm with SPF
- Watch (or alarm)
- Extra Batteries
- Battery Chargers
- Head Lamp
- Yak Trax or Micro Spikes (for treks with icy passes)
- Small Water Filter or Steripen (optional, to carry in daypack)
- Camp Washing Bowl (optional, collapsible for clothes)
- Laundry Detergent or Bio-degradable Clothes Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Small Solar Panel (optional, recommended for iPods, iPhones, camera batteries, Kindles)
- Zip-Lock Plastic Bags (extra protection for electronics, and toiletries)
- Soft Toilet Paper | Tissues (we supply toilet paper but you will want something softer for blowing your nose)
- Baby-Wipes | Wet-Wipes (for personal cleaning)
- Handi-Wipes, J-Cloth, or Chux (optional – quick clean, fast drying)
- Rehydration | Electrolytes
- Personal Medical Supplies
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