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This trek leads you to Jhomlhari Mountain and returns through Lingshi, Thimphu. Recommended timing is from April to June, and September to November. The altitude variation of this trek is from 2200 meters above sea level to 4930 meters above sea level.
Arrive 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.
Acclamatization and visit to Taktshang
Visit 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.
Paro to Thangthangkha
After 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.
Thangthangkha to Jomolhari base
The 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.
Acclimatization at Jomolhari base camp
Jangothang, 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.
Jomolhari base to Camp near Lingshi Dzong
After breakfast, start the trek with an ascend up the mountainside until reaching Nyelila pass situated at 4870m. During the ascend you will be seeing the Mt.Jhomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang all of them rising above 7000 meters apart from seeing folks of blue sheep grazing on the mountain slopes. Overnight at Tented Camp in Lingshi.
Lingshi to Zhodu
After breakfast, start ascending until we reach Yelila pass situated at an altitude of 4,930m, from where, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Masang Gang mountains. Then we have to make steep downhill trek until we reach at campsite. Overnight at Tented Camp in Zhodu.
Zhodu to Barshong
We start following the Thimphu Chu (river) passing through fir and hemlock forests until we reach at the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Overnight at tented Camp in Barshong.
Barshong to Dodena and to Thimphu
We start our day following the Thimphu Chu (river), passing through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos until we reach at the exit point of the route, where you will see the sign board of Jigme Dorji National Park (the boundary of park also ends here). You may see goral on the slopes. We will drive to Thimphu the capital city for about half an hour and overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Visit 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
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.
Notes on price
- 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,