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- Destination : Bhutan,Nepal
- Trip Duration : 15N / 16D
- Max Altitude : 4,930 M (16,175 ft.) M
- Group Size : 2 person Minimum
- Difficulty Level : Moderate to Strenuous
- Travel Season : March – May and September – November
World Heritage Site, Historic & cultural medieval capital city of Nepal:
Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu & Patan Durbar Square,
The most exiting Jomolhari Trekking in Bhutan
Traverse Alpine meadows with High Mountain passes, lakes, abundant wildlife and yak herder camps.
Experience Bhutan farmhouse & unique cultural village excursions
Explore high altitude lakes overflowing with trout and mystical history.
Capture a glimpse of the local nomadic lifestyle.
Discover Himalayan sacred Buddhist monastery & temples,
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Lhakhang - “The Tiger’s Nest”,
Visit the famous Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Kuensel Phodrang, Punakha Dzong & Chhimi Lhakhang,
Beautiful views of Himalayan range
Mesmerizing views of the terraced farmlands, forests & unique villages
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome & transferred to our Hotel, afternoon free for personal activities,
Day 02: Departure flight: Kathmandu – Paro: welcome & transferred to our Hotel,
Day 03: In Paro: visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), Drugyel Dzong, Kyichhu Lhakhang, Paro Rinpung Dzong
Day 04: Paro to Sharna Zampa
Day 05: Sharna Zampa – Soi Thangthangka
Day 06: Thangthangka – Jangothang Base Camp
Day 07: Jangothang acclimatization and exploration
Day 08: Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 09: Lingshi – Shodu
Day 10: Shodu – Barshong
Day 11: Barshong – Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
Day 12: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 13: In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, Transfer to Paro
Day 14: Flight: Paro – Kathmandu: welcome on arrival & transferred to our Hotel, afternoon free activities,
Day 15: Visits in Kathmandu: Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu, Patan/Lalitpur & Boudhanath,
Day 16: Final departure transfer to the airport. End of our service.
If we did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, we will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. We will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, we will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
This is one of the longest days of the trek. A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surroundings. We might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass we will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. It's a gradual descent to the camp where we will pass by some of the yak herder’s tents, made from yak wool. The herders use these tents while travelling to various pastures for their yaks. As we come down into the Lingshi basin, a beautiful U-shaped valley, we get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on clear days. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut we reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
Overnight at camping.
The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930m. From the pass, on a clear day we will get an excellent view of Jomolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill.
The trek route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, on a clear day, we can see Jomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to a camp at Shodu (4,100m), a meadow with a Chorten. Overnight at camping.
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
At this place, one comes back to tree line. The path follows Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of riversides. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, reaching the camp at an altitude of 3,700m.
Overnight at camping.
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langur (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, we will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge.
Jomolhari Trek - Finish
The trail goes in and out steeply to the river and follows it southward to the road head at Dodena, where we will be picked up by Sampurna Adventure’s transport & drive to Thimphu.
Overnight at hotel.
In the afternoon drive to Punakha, 77 Km/ 3 hrs. over the Dochula pass, (ht.10,000 ft.) from where one can see the beautiful view of eastern Himalayan range on the clear sunny day.
Overnight at hotel.
He was known as the "Mad Saint" or “Divine Madman” for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humor and outrageous behavior, which amounted to being bizarre, shocking and with sexual overtones. He is also the saint who advocated the use of phallus symbols as paintings on walls and as flying carved wooden phalluses on house tops at four corners of the eves. The monastery is the repository of the original wooden symbol of phallus that Kunley brought from Tibet. This wooden phallus is decorated with a silver handle and is used to bless people who visit the monastery on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to beget children. The tradition at the monastery is to strike pilgrims on the head with a 10 inch (25 cm) wooden phallus, traditionally symbols of an erect male organ, in Bhutan have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip.
Visit Punakha Dzong, stands at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, which is the winter home of the head of Central Monastic Body led by HH the Je Khenpo (the chief abode), this place is the old capital of the country and the seat of government until 1955, later the capital was moved to Thimphu.
The Dzong was constructed by Tuebi Zaow Balip in 1637; the country's most beautiful Dzong. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu School including the Rangjung Kasarpani, in 1907, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first King of Bhutan. Three years later, a treaty was signed at Punakha whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. Later transfer to Paro.
Overnight at hotel.
Rest of the day free for independent activities, overnight at hotel.
A place with old temples and palaces is the place where Kings of Nepal are crowned and have their coronations solemnized.
Visit Swoyambhunath Stupa with its 2,500 year history, UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the definitive experiences of Kathmandu. An ancient religious complex mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a lofty hilltop, the fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. Even the 2015 earthquake failed to topple Kathmandu's best loved temple, we could see ancient carvings everywhere and the smell of incense and butter lamps, the mystical atmosphere is heightened in the morning a devotees who make a ritual circumnavigation of the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels set into its base. The emperor Ashoka allegedly visited 2000 years ago, this famous stupa is surrounded by beautiful houses of priest, Chaityas and monastery.
Later we will visit the Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site), the city of fine arts & craft in metal, stone, terracotta, officially known as Lalitpur Metropolitan City, it is one of the largest cities of Nepal, It is famous for its rich cultural heritage, where we will see in its ancient palace with golden gate and window, temples of Krishna, Shiva, Golden temple (Hiranya Barna Mahabihar) as well as some monasteries & beautiful courtyard.
We will finish visiting Boudhanath, "UNESCO World Heritage site", its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical Stupa in the world, where many Tibetan refugees residing since 1960 in its premises have built more than 50 Buddhist monasteries. The Stupa is said to have buried the remains of Kassyapa Buddha.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.