Chomolhari Trek of Bhutan

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

Max Altitude: 4820 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private Vehicle

Trip Grade



12 Days

Trip Overview

This is a trek for your life time; it is classed as the finest trek in Bhutan. This trek gives great opportunity to view great Himalayan summits like Mt. Jumolhari, Mt.Tsheringgang and more. The best time to trek is from April to June and September to November. Days are warm but become cold above Jangothang. Snows are near and road are muddy in the rain.


Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport (2280 m)

You can take a flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors. 

Our airport representative from Firante Treks and Expedition will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. You will spend a night at a 3 Start hotel.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Sightseeing and Explore Paro

Todays day excursion is started early by sightseeing Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery), the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, also a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name.

The excursion to the monastery’s viewpoint takes about 5 hrs for a round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Drive from Paro to Shana (2890 m / 5 Hrs)

Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river).

The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chilies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes, and wheat.

The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hrs the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance.

After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Overnight at tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Trek to Thangthangka (3575 m / 7 Hrs)

Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above slighly above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops.

Following the river upstream from the campsite, we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by the major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in the 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and ferns.

After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3250 m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine.

After a short climb, we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear whether we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow. Overnight at tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5: Trek to Jangothan (Chomolhari Base Camp (4044 m/ 5 Hrs)

After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp.

This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at tented camps. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6: Rest day in Jangothang

A rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. 

From the lakes, there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. We might also get a chance to watch herds of gazing Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7: Trek to Lingshi (4010 m / 7Hr)

After breakfast, a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890 m).

From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east. 

Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Overnight at tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8: Trekking to Shodu (4080m / 8 Hrs)

We start early today as we have a long and a hard day to cross another beautiful pass. We travel through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above camp towards a small chorten (stupa). Below flows the No Chhu (Blue River). The climb rises to an altitude of 4450 m and crossing the main river into the side of the valley.

The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switchbacks. After 4-5 hrs (after leaving camp) we reach the big cairn on the top of the Yale La Pass (4950 m), with views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks.

The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu River. Following the river until the camp Shodu. Overnight at tented camps. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 9: Trek to Barshong (3720 m / 5 Hrs)

In the morning we pass a deserted military camp which follows the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks used the caves in the rocks in the old days for meditation. Cross the bridges over the main river, which offers good views of the giant rock faces and waterfalls.

The trail gradually ascends 130m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. The Park Rangers recorded a tiger and a snow leopard moving in this same area for the first time. You could opt to carry on for 1.5 hrs to a better campsite. Overnight at tented camps. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 10: Trek to Dodina & transport to Thimphu (8 Hrs)

A steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Thimphu Chhu river. There are several ups and downs until Dolam Kencho 3290 m. The trail continues up to 3450 m and descends to a side stream and several switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina.

Descending through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river until it finally meets it again at Dodina, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 11: Drive from Thimphu to Paro

Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops.

Finally, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses most of the Government office and King's Throne room. Evening departs to Paro. Overnight at hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 12: Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

After breakfast, our representative from Firante Treks and Expedition will drop you at the Paro International Airport for you to fly your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Airport Drop Off in a PriateVehicle.


Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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