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Chomolhari trekking

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Chomolhari trekking

Bhutan Chomolhari trekking passes through scattered hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valleys, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak headers graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

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Bhutan Chomolhari trekking passes through scattered hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valleys, which leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak headers graze their animals. The trek offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

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Chomolhari trekking itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro. Our airport representative will transfer to hotel. Overnight in Paro hotel.

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,433ft) then return to Paro

Day 03: Trek starts Paro to Shana (2,850m/9,348ft): 15 km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 04: Shana to Sio Thangthangkha (3,750m/12,300 ft): 20 km, 7 - 8 hours

Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,250 ft): 19 km, 7 - 8 hours

Day 06: Acclimatizion day at Jangothang Base Camp

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 18 km, 7 - 8 hours

Day 08: Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,450ft): 22km, 8 - 9 hours

Day 09: Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft): 16km, 6 - 7 hours

Day 10: Barshong to Dolam Kencho (3,600m/11,810ft): 15km, 5 - 6 hours

Day 11: Dolam Kencho to Dodena toThimphu (2,350m /7,710ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours:

Day 12: After breakfast, transfer to airport for onward destination.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m)

Arrival in Paro. Our airport representative will transfer to hotel. Overnight in Paro hotel.

Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,433ft) then return to Paro

After early breakfast, drive to the trail head, and begin the trek to famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang). Upon return to the valley, if time permits, visit National Museum and Rinpung Dzong. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Trek starts Paro to Shana (2,850m/9,348ft): 15 km, 5 - 6 hours

We starts trek from Drugyal Dzong at 2,580m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. We then climb gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 04: Shana to Sio Thangthangkha (3,750m/12,300 ft): 20 km, 7 - 8 hours

The trail follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Lunch will be served on the way. After lunch, we follow the river, climb up through rhododendron forests and finally cross another bridge. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 05: Sio Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,250 ft): 19 km, 7 - 8 hours

After breakfast, we follows the river above the tree line where we get to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Our picnic lunch will be served on the way. A short walk into the valley will take us to the camp at Jangothang. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Acclimatizion day at Jangothang Base Camp

Acclimatize day. After breakfast, we take a 4-hour trip to the northern side of our camp from where we get beautiful view of the Jichu Drake Peak. Our picnic lunch will be served on the way. This trip will help us with acclimatization and if we are lucky we may even encounter grazing yaks and blue sheep’s. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 18 km, 7 - 8 hours

After breakfast, we follows a stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right. We ascend a ridge and acquire breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang from the top. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,450ft): 22km, 8 - 9 hours

After breakfast, the Laya Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek. 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/15,810ft). From the pass, we see Chomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft): 16km, 6 - 7 hours

After breakfast, Our trail follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff-facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Barshong to Dolam Kencho (3,600m/11,810ft): 15km, 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, we descend gently through dense rhododendron, birch and conifer forests. Our trail stays on the left side of the river, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Hot lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Dolam Kencho to Dodena toThimphu (2,350m /7,710ft): 8km, 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast, We walk from Dolam Kencho to Dodena then drive to Thimphu. Our trail passes through forests, winding up and down through a small pass. Hot lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at hotel in Thimpu.

Day 12: Final Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport for onward destination.

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What makes this trip different?

Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

Financial support to direct beneficiaries:  In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.

Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.

Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.

For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org