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Mountain of Goddess - Jhomolhari Trek (14nights / 15days) - Bhutan Trekking
glimpse of bhutanThis trek can be done either in 10 days which starts at Drukgyel Dzong in Paro and goes into the remote village of Lingshi and ends in Thimphu or in 08 days which is a loop, starts at Druk gyel Dzong and goes via the village of Soe Yaksa and ends at Drukgyel Dzong. It crosses over 4930 m on the 10 days trek and 4890 m on the 08 days trek.
Itineray
Day 1: Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) - Transfer to hotel.
The flight into Paro (2280m/ 7524ft) on Druk Air, is spectacular. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks give way to the verdant greens of the Paro Valley. The first gift from Bhutan is the cool, clean fresh air as we step from the plane. After clearing customs and visa control we are met by our guide and then drive a short distance to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure with a walk through the main streets of Paro. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Paro - Hike to Taktsang.
Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We stop at Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger's nest). The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8 th century. We then walk back to the road point. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower built in the 17 th century as a watch tower for the Paro Dzong. This Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1967. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Evening at leisure and overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Paro - Shana (start of trek).
Morning drive the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhumolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong. At first you have to walk down to the level of the Paro river, the path runs on the left (western) side of the river. We then follow the Paro river up the valley through cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. Finally at "i Gunichawa", a military camp, which also junctions as a checkpoint for the army. Here the permits for the trek have to be produced and is checked by the army. Our camp site is located about 1 km above the military camp. Overnight at camp Shana. Altitude: 2,840 m; Distance: 15/16 Km; Time: 4/5 hours.

Day 4: Shana - Soithangka.
Starting at Shana (2,829mtrs) and camp at Soithangka (3,520mtrs). Today's walk is through rich forests of juniper, pine, conifers.Distance 16 Km and walking time 7 hrs.

Day 5:Soithangka - Jangothang.
In the morning after passing a small army out post, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Lunch will be served in one of these huts. Lots of yaks will be seen today before we arrive at the Jhomulhari base camp (4,115 m). High mountains including Mt. Jichu Drake overlook the camp and visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions. Altitude: 4,115 m; Distance: 11 Km; Time: 4/5 hours.

Day 6: Jangothang - Halt.
Today is a relaxing day and a chance to acclimatize and walk up to the Jhomulhari glaciers and the two beautiful lakes of "i Tshophu"i0 . Here the route offers spectacular views to the steep ice-slopes of Mt. Jhomulhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. Overnight at camp.

Day 7:Jangothang - Lingshi.
A good day's walk today with spectacular views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drakey and the Tserim Gang. We start climbing straight away and after some 3 to 4 hours reach the Nyelela pass (4,700-m). After the pass we descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we camp. Coming down from Lingshi we obtain our first views of the truly mystical Dzong atop a high hill. Altitude: 4010m; Distance: 17 kms; Time: 6 - 7 hours.

Day 8:Lingshi Halt.
Its worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can also make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) i.e. Base Camp of Jichu-Drake. During the excursion hundreds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer could be seen. Tsokha is at 4500 m. and the hike is about 4-5 hours.

Day 9:Lingshi - Shodu.
Start early and first half of the trek is mostly through treeless valley until you start ascending to Yale-la pass at 4950 m, from here Mt. Jumolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Most people (Nomads) traveling between Lingshi and Thimphu use the Yale la so the trail is well marked. The descent from the pass joins the Jaradinthang Chhu which becomes the Thimphu Chhu. At an altitude of 4150 m is a chorten (stupa) from where the trail takes an easterly direction following the river. The camp is at Shodu just after crossing the sandy slope. Altitude: 4080m; Distance: 22 kms; Time: 8 - 9 hours.

Day 10:Shodu - Barshong.
Today trial winds up & down following the Thimphu Chhu and follow the river through the limestone valley. Monks use the caves in the rocks and even Shabdrung is said to have mediated in these rocks when he fled from Tibet in the 17 th century. You will have the good opportunity to view the giant rock faces and waterfalls and trail gradually ascends 130m to Barshong Dzongs in ruins. Barshong is a small village with an inhabitant of half a dozen houses. Altitude: 3720 m. Distance: 14 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 11:Barshong - Dolamkencho.
Today we go to Dolam Kencho. Our trail descends gently back to the Thimchu River and then takes us through beautiful bamboo and pine forests. Our camp is at a comfortable large meadow at. Altitude: 10,892 ft (3320 m). Distance: 5/ 6 hours.

Day 12:Dolamkencho - Thimphu (end of trek).
Today our trail descends all the way to Dodina where your vehicle will meet you and drive you half an hour to Thimphu., the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check in at hotel Druk for a good shower and lunch will be served. In the evening visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 13:Thimphu - Punakha -Thimphu.
An early departure to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. Lunch at hotel in Punakha. After lunch take a hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten (45 minutes one way) through the terraced rice fields and over looking the village to Kabina. PM drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 14:Thimphu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast drive at Sangaygang, a field of Bhutanese prayer flags, perched high above the city. Colored flags send prayers to the heavens and white flags honor the dead. Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Walk to the Zilukha Nunnery. Thimphu sightseeing continues with the Folk Heritage Museum (a beautifully restored Bhutanese farmhouse from the last century) and the National Painting School. In the evening visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our 3rd king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (a wonderful opportunity to mix with the local population). Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 15:Thimphu - Paro - Departure ( by Druk Air).
After breakfast drive to Paro in order to catch your flight onwards where our representatives will bid you farewell and happy journey back home.

Note:
This itinerary is a sample itinerary intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. We have designed this itinerary including the best cultural and natural aspects of this country. We can further customize the itinerary to suit your specific interest and needs to our valued customers.
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