The Jhomolhari Mountain Festival is one of the ecotourism initiatives undertaken by Community Based Snow Leopard Conservation Committee which was formed during our…
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The Jhomolhari Mountain Festival is one of the ecotourism initiatives undertaken by Community Based Snow Leopard Conservation Committee which was formed during our founder’s tenure with Ecotourism Division of the Forestry and Parks Services in 2014 and since then has become a successful yearly programs.
He will have more to relate as he basically has done an intensive socio-economic studies across all section of community (including all the highland communities) of Bhutan.
This initiative was the joint collaboration of the Bhutan Foundation and Jigme Dorji National Park involving the local community to promote the co-existence of human and nature.
Jhomolhari Mountain Festival is one of the Community Based Ecotourism Initiatives which our founder has initiated during his tenure with government of Bhutan. It is a community based ecotourism initiative and the festival is undertaken by the local community. The festival venue of Giant Mount Jomolhari based has to be reached by undertaking hiking.
During the festival, you will be witnessing camera traps being set up by the local community apart from seeing the mask dances, folk dances, various highland produce being displayed.
The return trek will lead you through Soe Yaksa. The altitude variation of this trek is from 2250 meters above sea level to 4890 meters above sea level.
Date : October 13, 2020
Arrival ParoArrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and take you to hotel. Later you will visit Taa Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong which was built in 17th Century by Great Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and has served as a key strategic place to defend the external forces. Towards evening you can take a stroll in the town. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Date : October 14, 2020
Acclamatization and visit to Taktshang monasteryVisit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Date : October 15, 2020
Paro to ThangthangkhaAfter breakfast, drive around 2 hours to Shana, from where the actual trekking starts. Shana, the begining of the trek route also coincide with the boundary of the Jigme Dorji National Park. The entire trek falls with the park area. The trail is gradual and will passes through the conifer forest and Rhododendron following along the Pachu river. The features of the trek is when we reach at Tshenduzam, a magnificent view of Mt. Jhomolhari can be seen. Overnight at Tented camp at Thangthangka.
Date : October 16, 2020
Thangthangkha to Jomolhari baseThe route passes through the villages of Soe (semi-nomadic community) and will see some government establishments on the way until we reach to our campsite beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari (4090 masl) situated in place called as Jangothang. Overnight at Tented camps at Jomolhari base camp.
Date : October 17, 2020
Attend FestivalYou will attend the Jhomolhari Mountain Festival arranged at Dangojang village. The festival is be being organized by local community in collaboration with Jigme Dorji National Park and Thimphu Dzongkhag. There will be many activities such as traditional folk dance and songs, games, visit to camera trap sites to see if snow leopard is captured, short hikes to see wildlife sightings, etc. Overnight at Tented camps at Jomolhari base camp.
Date : October 18, 2020
Acclimatization at Jomolhari base campJangothang, where actual Jomolhari base camp lies is a perfect environment for acclimatization, as beyond which the trekkers have to pass through high passes. There are various options of taking day hikes, such as trek up to Tsohphu tsho (lake), day-hikes to see great views of Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake, and also interact with nearby herders. Also you will have good chances to spot some blue sheep and on rare occasion see Snow Leopard. Overnight at Tented camps at Jomolhari base camp.
Date : October 19, 2020
Jangothang to Soe YaksaStart early with an ascend for the first part passing through the beautiful alpine landscape and Tshophu lake, set against the backdrop of Jomolhari mountain. You will see herds of blue sheep grazing along with yaks, and if you are lucky you may come across Snow Leopard, an illusive and endangered high himalayan cat. We conquer Bonte La Pass at 4, 890m, the highest on our trek. From here it's a steep descend until we reach Soe Yaksa village, surrounded by impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, deep side valleys and snow capped peaks. Halt at Tented camp in Soe Yaksa
Date : October 20, 2020
Soe Yaksa to Thombu ShongThe trail climbs over a ridge to drop to another stream. Then we will pass the ruins of Soe Dzong and make steady climb to cross Takhung La pass (4520m). A gradual descend will take us to our camp side beside the yak herders camp. Overnight at Tentend camps at Thombu Shong.
Date : October 21, 2020
Thombu Shong to Shana and then to ThimphuWe ascend through rhododendrons forest up to Thombu La pass (4, 350 m), then a steep descend leads us to the military establishment of Bhutanese Armyat Gunitsawa. From here the vehicle will pick and drive you to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Date : October 22, 2020
Thimphu SightseeingVisit various places of historical, traditional and cultural sites as listed; Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve, Memorial Chorten (stupa), Changangkha Lhakhang (monastery). Towards evening visit some handicraft stalls. Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan), Tashi Chodzong ( the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body). Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Date : October 23, 2020
Thimphu to Paro (Departure)Depending on your flight timing our team will drop you to the airport for your onward journey.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.
i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).
2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.
- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,