Jomolhari Trek- The Most Popular Trekking Trail in Bhutan

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TREK TO JOMOLHARI 
Trekking Routes
Jomolhari Trek I
Duration 7 days
Max. Elevation : 4890 m
Season; April-June, Sept-November
Start: Shana Village (Paro)
Finish; Shana Village (Paro)

Jomolhari Trek II

Duration 7 days
Max. Elevation : 4890 m
Season; April-June, Sept-November
Start: Shana Village (Paro)
Finish; Dodena (Thimphu)

Background

Mountains are some of the most prominent natural geographic features of Bhutan. The kingdom has 18 mountains above 7000 meters, many of which is considered to be difficult, dangerous, challenging and above all sacred. Mt. Gangkar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan. At an elevation of 7570 meters a prominence of 2995 meters, it is considered one of the highest unclimbed mountains.

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Jomolhari Base Camp Jangothang

Bhutan is home to a near perfect ecosystem which harbors array of plants and wildlife all of which combine to make the Bhutan sojourn an enticing bargain to tourists traveling to rejoice serene Himalayas, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Jomolhari Trek.

Out of several famous trekking trails, Jomolhari Trek is one of the picturesque and most popular trekking trail in Bhutan. Hundreds of tourist’s trek to wake up at the base of Jomolhari (Jangothang) to see the most spectacular Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Tseringang and Mt. Jichu Drake.

Mt. Jomolhari with an elevation of over 7326 meters is the source of Paro Chhu (river). The mountains are considered sacred to Buddhists who believe it is the abode of one of the five Tseringma sisters-female protector Goddess (Jomo) of Tibet and Bhutan.

Trail
Type: Moderate Hike.

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Trekking Day 1

After driving through the rice terraces, fields of millet, apple orchard and Drugyel Dzong we reach Shana Village. The last road point is till Shana Village thus Jomolhari Trek starts from Shana Zampa (Bridge).

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Tourists rejoicing two traditional bridges over Pa Chhu River

The trail takes you into Jigme Dorji National Park, the largest protected area in Bhutan and follows the Pa Chhu river, ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest. During autumn season, the forest looks very vibrant with mixture of fall colored and patterns leafs.

On the day one, you hike about for about 6-7 hours to reach the first camp at Thangthangka.

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Thangtangkha Camp

Day two trek is more scenic than the day one and with the 3 hours hiking duration.  As you keep following the Pa Chhu river bank, you eventually see Mt. Jomolhari and other giant mountains vistas. If you are lucky, you might get to see blue sheep grazing on mountain top. Personally for me I didn’t find the trail difficult to walk compared to that of Gasa-Laya Trek.

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Pa Chhu River

After three hours of grueling hike we finally entered  Seo Gweog center , from there, it takes another 20 minutes’ hike to the Jomolhari Base Camp. From the school vicinity you can enjoy the stunning view of Mt Jichu Drake and surrounding peaks. As you get closer to the base camp, to your left will be the glories Mt. Jomolhari. The mountain which you viewed from the Drugyel Dzong.
Jomolhari Base Camp

Jomolhari Base Camp
Base Camp

The base camp at Jangothang sits by old ruined fortress beneath Mt. Jomolhari and its neighbor Jichu Drake and Tseringang. Most of the tourists make it till Jomolhari base camp and for those hikers who aspire to go beyond and climb higher altitude, They use Jangothang as the acclimatization point.

Mt. Jomo

In the morning tourists wake up to the great view of two colossal snow-capped mountains of Bhutan and this experience is felt only if you have trekked to the base of Jomolhari base camp.

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Base Camp during peak season

Jangothang is the place where you meet tourists from all over the world. Locals, trekking crews, guides, staffs and tourists get to exchange conversation. It is the meet point for people doing snowmen trek, GasaLaya Trek and many more.

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Tourists participating in TUG OF WAR during 7th Jomolhari Mountain Festival

This year in the month of October, coinciding with the 7th Jomolhari Mountain Festival,  the base camp was almost overcrowded with the tents and camps. According to the local people, during the mountain festival, Jomolhari Base camp receives the highest number of tourists.

FACTS ( JOMOLHARI TREKKING TRAIL)

· The trekking trail routes to Termola (Forbidden Pass) into Tibet.
· The divine mad man, Lam Drukpa Kuenley is believed to have taken the part of Jomolhari trekking Route to enter to Bhutan.
· One of the main income for Locals of Soe and nearby village is by catering pony service to the tourism industry.
· Jomolhari is sometimes known as ‘bride of Kanchenjunga’
· Jomolhari is considered sacred and home  of goddesses, those living nearby believed it was impossible to climb and that anyone who climbed too high would be thrown down.

 

Travel Arrangement

If you wish to plan your way uptake Jomolhari Trek, DrukAsia is a trusted name and travel specialist for in bound Bhutan. They’ve seasoned guides to help navigate your way up the treks and will arrange everything from ground to highlands for you.

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