Jhomolhari Trek

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Day 01: Arrive Paro
Trekking group assembles for briefing.  Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 02: Paro –  Shana
You are driven to Drukgyel Dzong where the road ends and the trek begins. You hike following the river gently uphill through a narrow agricultural valley, passing village houses.  Camp is just beyond an army post. Altitude 2,800m, distance 17km and takes about 5 hours

Day 03:  Shana – Soi Thangthangkha
The trek continues uphill through the river valley.  It narrows and closes in, and the trail winds along the drainage.  The trek is mostly downhill.  Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter for trekkers.

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
You continue the hike up the Pa Chhu (river). The trail passes a small army post where the valley begins to widen again.  Now views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen all around.  You may see yak herders’ winter homes. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jhomolhari.  Alt. 4,040m, distance 19km and takes about 5 hours

Day 05: Jangothang excursion
Trek up to Tsophu for fishing or do any one of the three hiking excursions. Mount Jhomolhari and its subsidiary are due west, Mount Jichu Drake is to the north, and the unclimbed summits and ridges are to the east.

Day 06: Jangothang  – Lingshi
Wide yak pastures are visible both on the way up and down the pass.  You may encounter some nomads in their yak tents depending on the time of year you travel.  Great views of Lingshi Dzong can be seen as you come down into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers are at the north end of the valley.  Camp is inside the stone shelter or in a tent. Alt. 4,150m, distance 19km and takes about 5 hours

Day 07: Lingshi excursion
On this day, you halt at Lingshi for one day excursion to Tsokha, the base camp of Jichu Drake.  Large herds of blue sheep and musk deer may be seen.  Alt. 4,500m, distance 15km and takes about 3 hours

Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu
The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass, altitude 4820 m. From the pass, Mount Jhomolhari, Tserim Gang and Mount Masagang can be seen on clear days.  Then, the trail descends.  Camp is in a stone shelter or in tents. Alt. 3,963m, distance 22km and takes about 7 hours

Day 09: Shodu – Barshong
You follow Thim Chhu through the forest with Rhododendrons and waterfalls, the river then narrows and closes in, and the trail winds along the drainage, ascending to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.  Camp is just below the ruined dzong in a stone shelter. Alt. 3,785m, distance 13km and takes about 3 hours

Day 10: Barshong – Dolam Kencho
The trail descends gradually to meet Thim Chhu, passing through forests of Rhododendrons then ascend once again into pastureland.  Camp is in a meadow.  Alt. 3,628m, distance 11km and takes about 3 hours

Day 11:  Dolam Kencho – Thimphu
You continue uphill through the forest to a small pass. The trail winds up and down along the drainage.  Wild animals may be seen.  At Dodina, you meet the transportation for drive to Thimphu. Overnight stay in hotel. Distance 14km and takes about 4 hours

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