Early drive 1 & 1/2hrs to Paro & transfer to the airport for departure.
Barshong to Dodina
The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where the ITT coach will be waiting for your return. Walking time 7/8 hours. Drive 1 hour to Thimphu (capital city). Overnight at Hotel River View or similar.
Shodu to Barshong.
The path follows the Thimchu river descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Lingshi to Shodu.
Today is the most difficult day so start early. Begin walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass its a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Jangothang to Lingshi.
The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Than walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched ontop of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours.
Halt at Jangothang
Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu lake, visit Yakherders or simply relax.
Soi to Jangothang
Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. A easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours.
Shana to Soi Thangthangkha
The trail again follows the Pachu river ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 7/8 hours.
Drive to Drugyel Dzong where the Chomolhari trek begins
The path goes upstream of the Pachu river through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5/6 hours.
Day hike to Taktsang monastery for acclimatization
The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort.
Attend Thimphu Tsechu Festival
Afternoon drive 1 & 1/2 hrs to Paro. Visit the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Overnight at Kichu Resort.
Attend Thimphu Tsechu Festival. O/n same.
Arrive by Druk air-A319, the only national carrier.
The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members and transfer to Thimphu (54 kms, 1 & 1/2 hrs). O/N at Hotel River View or similar.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Nett Tour Cost Per Person on Room Sharing based on -
3 & above: US$ 3190 per person ( inclusive of Airfare)
Single Supplement: US$ 520
Nepal: All Airport Transfers, 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on MAP basis. Farewell Dinner. Half Day City Tour.
Kathmandu- Paro – Kathmandu Airfare.
12nts accommodation in Bhutan on fullboard on room sharing, airport transfers in Bhutan, all other transfers & s/seeing with an English speaking guide as per the program, visa fee, entrance fees & trekking crew.
beverages, tips, expenses of personal nature, sleeping bag, down jacket, personal equipments of trekking & rescue/evacuation cost.
1. Maximum weight allowance on trek in 15 kgs.
2. Clients have to bring their own sleeping bag, down jacket & personal equipments of trekking.
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