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CHOMOLHARI TREK

chomolhari trek preparation

(Chomolhari Trek Preparation) Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan is the last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism, against the backdrop of majestic Himalayas Buddhist Spirit permeates almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and dzongs dot the landscape, and religious festivals are celebrated through out the year. Due to Bhutan staunch conservation policies, country forest and environment are in pristine condition. Bhutan is one of the biodiversity hot spots with greater than 200 mammals, 770 birds and more than 5400 plants. Visit Bhutan with Visit View Nepal Trek. Our experience, extensive contacts within the country and our personalized services would make your visit to Bhutan truly enjoyable and memorable one.

Our 15-day Chomolhari trek (Chomolhari Trek Preparation) is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall. Chomolhari, at 7,314m., is one of the highest peaks in Bhutan and is the inspiring backdrop to several days of strenuous trekking, reaching a high-point of 4,820m.

Chomolhari Trek Preparation

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Paro by flight.

Day 04: In Paro for Sightseeing Tour.

Day 05: Drive to Thimphu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 06: At Thimphu.

Day 07: Drive and trek to Shana.

Day 08: Trek to Soi Thangka.

Day 09: Trek to Jangothang base camp of Chomolhari.

Day 10: At Jangothang for day hike.

Day 11: Trek to Yaksa.

Day 12: Trek to Thongbu.

Day 13: Trek to Shana.

Day 14: Trek to Drugyl and drive to Paro.

Day 15: International Departure.

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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Bhutan and Nepal.


Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.


Day 03: Kathmandu to Paro by flight.

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Peaks like the sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.


Day 04: In Paro for Sightseeing Tour.

After breakfast, drive to Drugyel dzong, the ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic in Bhutan defense against Tibetan invasion. The sacred mountain Jhumolhari (7,314 meters) can be seen in the background on a clear day. On the way back we visit the National Museum, after lunch a half-day excursion to the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger Den) to the viewpoint.


Day 05: Drive to Thimphu and transfer to Hotel.

The whole afternoon is free to enjoy the Thimpu festival, which takes place in the courtyard of the Tashichoedzong Palace. Overnight hotel.


Day 06: At Thimphu.

We have either a second day at the festival or an excursion across the Dochu La to visit the stunning Punakha Dzong. In the late afternoon we make the return drive to Paro where we stay overnight in a hotel.


Day 07: Drive and trek to Shana.

After a transfer to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, we trek northwards beside the Paro River, passing through delightful farmland and forest to reach our camp at Shana (2820m.) 5 – 6 hours trekking. Overnight at Shana.


Day 08: Trek to Soi Thangka.

A longer trek, as we follow the river through lovely mixed forest. At a junction of 2 valleys, we turn north towards Chomolhari which is now visible. Camp at Soi Thangka. (3610m.).


Day 09: Trek to Jangothang Base Camp of Chomolhari.

Continue our trek towards Chomolhari, passing a small herding camp and entering more open country with grazing yaks. Camp at the meadow of Jangothang (4040m.) which is the base camp area for Chomolhari.


Day 10: At Jangothang for day hike.

A day for exploration above our camp at Jangothang. There are various options for walks to gain classic views above this camp. Alternatively this may be used as a rest day.


Day 11: Trek to Yaksa.

The trek leads to a steady climb through high pastures to reach the stunning Tsho Phu lakes. Beyond the lakes we begin a climb which is steep at first across scree slopes and then more gently to the Bonte La (4890m.) with sensational views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. We now descend to the less-trekked valley of Yaksa and our camp near the river at 3800m.


Day 12: Trek to Thongbu.

The path climb through rhododendron forest to the Tagun La (4520m.) where we gain yet more spectacular views of the Himalaya, before making a short descent to Thongbu. Located in yak pastures at 4180m., this has got to be one of the most beautiful campsites in Bhutan. It takes about 5-6 hours trekking to reach at Thongbu.


Day 13: Trek to Shana.

A great day of trekking among spectacular scenery, begin with a gradual climb to reach the Thombu La (4270m.) and then following a high ridge with sensational views of snow capped peaks. After almost an hour up on the ridge, descend steeply down for 2 – 3 hours to meet the outward trail at Shana.(2820m).


Day 14: Trek to Drugyl and drive to Paro.

A final day of trekking to reach the road at Drugyl. Here to meet the transport for the short drive into Paro. Then check into the hotel and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the ambience of this small town.


Day 15: International Departure.

As per the flight towards respective destination either back to Kathmandu or to Delhi connecting the flight back home.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities.
  • licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
  • All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees.
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expense
  • Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance

What are not included ?

  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and all a cart meals.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)

Equipment & Packing List

To get maximum comfort with minimum possible weight, we would suggest you to bring only what are necessary, which will be very helpful.

 Important documents and items

  • Valid Passport / Copy of the passport
  • Visa approval for Bhutan / Airline tickets

Packing List for Cultural /City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear, Socks, Sleepers
  • Warm jackets
  • 1 sweater or light weight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Packing List for Trek

Visit View Nepal can provide a few trekking equipment’s including tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, first aid kit and many more.

Day pack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s)
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade)
  • 2-liter water bottles
  • Headlamp, Camera and extra batteries
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in day-pack)
  • First aid kit.
  • Lightweight toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip screen,  Small towel

Suggested clothing list

  • Down parka, Gore-Tex shell and pants
  • Warm fleece jacket, Comfy trekking boots
  • Lightweight shoes, 4 pair of trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts, 2 capilene bottoms (mid and heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best), Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better)
  • 1 pair of shorts, 1 bandana, 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves, Flip flops, Warm hat, Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (Used for face and hands)
  • 10 or so energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!)
  • Prescription medications, over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold.