Jumolhari Trek

Jumolhari Trek
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration15 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude Yalila Pass (4820 m.)
  • Starts at Paro
  • Ends at Paro
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Time April-May / Oct-Nov
  • Jumolhari Trek, Bhutan
  • Highest access of trek Yalila Pass (4820 m.)
  • Jichu Drake 4500 m, Tshokha (lake), The sacred mountain Jhumolhari (7,314 meters), Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Den),  
  • thick forest of Rhododendrons and water falls, Thimphu River, 

An exceptional Jumolhari Bhutan trek for the active adventurer. Our 15-day Jumolhari trek is offered in the clear weather seasons of spring and fall. Jumolhari, at 7,314m, is one of the highest peaks in Bhutan and is the inspiring backdrop to several days of strenuous trekking, reaching a highpoint of 4,820m.

The kingdom is also spellbindingly beautiful. The land and people change from north to south and east to west. From the lowlands close to the Indian border, the land steps upwards to the Great Himalaya in the far north and the border with Tibet. Bhutan is also a deeply religious country. Bhutanese people are driven by their respect for the tantric strain of Mahayana Buddhism. Bhutanese practice their beliefs as an integral part of their everyday lives - with none of the fears so often associated with religious practice in the Western world. Almost all visitors approach Bhutan by air but but there are still land crossings to northern India in the south west through Phuentsholing and in the south east through Samdrup Jonkar. Few visitors leave uninitiated. The kingdom and its people cast a kind of spell: a luring, addictive potion that ensures they come back again and again.

A1 Excursion Adventure offers you 15 days Jumolhari Bhutan trekking and believes in providing excellent service with a tailor-made trip for you with popular route map and trekking itinerary as well as cost detail. We, A1 Excursion Adventure look forward to guide you challenging popular Jumolhari trek in Bhutan for a life time memory. 

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During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Peaks like the sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

    After breakfast, drive to Drugyel dzong, the ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley from Tibetan invasion. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic in Bhutan’s defence against Tibetan invasion. The sacred mountain Jhumolhari (7,314 meters) can be seen in the background on a clear day. On the way back we visit the National Museum. After lunch a half-day excursion to the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Den) to the viewpoint. Overnight Hotel.

      After breakfast, drive up to Drugyel dzong where the road ends and the Trek begins. Following the Pa Chu River gently uphill through a narrowing valley. Camp is just beyond an Army Post. Altitude: 2800 meters. Distance: 17 km. 5-6 hrs.

        Continue uphill through the river valley. It narrows and closes in and the trial winds up and down along the waterway. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter built for trekkers. Altitude: 3600 meters. Distance: approx. 21 km. (about 7-8 hrs).

          On up the Pa Chu River, passing a small Army post where the valley widens again. One can view the high ridges and then the snow-capped peaks located all around. You begin to see Yaks and the yak herders’ camp. Altitude: 4040 m. Distance approx.: 19 km. - 5-6 hrs.

            Trek up to Tsophu or there are stupendous day-hikes in three directions. Jhumolhari and its subsidiary are directly west. Jichu Drake to the north, unclimbed summits and ridges to the east.

              Wide Yak pastures on the way up and down the pass, possibly see some people in their Yak Hair Tents depending on the time of the year you are there. Great view of Lingshi dzong as you come down into the Lingshi basin if the weather is clear. Tserim Gang and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp is in a stone shelter built for trekkers. It has an inside fire pit and you can sleep on a wooden floor or in a tent. Altitude: 4150 m. Distance about: 19 km. 5-6 hrs.

                A day excursion to Tshokha (lake) i.e. base camp for Jichu Drake. During the excursion it is possible to see hundreds of Blue Sheep and Musk Deer. Altitude: 4500 m. Distance approx.15 km.  3-4 hrs.

                  The trail ascends up to the Yalila Pass (4820 m.) from the Mount Jhumolhari. On a clear day, Tserim Kang and Masagang can be seen. Camp is in a stone shelter. Altitude: 3963 m. Distance approx. 22 km. - 7-8 hrs.

                    Follow the Thimphu Chu River through the thick forest of Rhododendrons and water falls. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the waterway. Ascending up to the ruins of Barshong dzong, camp is just below the ruined dzong with a stone shelter. Altitude: 3785 m. Distance: 13 km.  3-4 hrs.

                      Descending down to meet Thimphu River following gradually through the forest of rhododendrons and ascending up to the pastureland. Camp in a meadow. Altitude: 3628 m. Distance: 11 km. - 3-4 hrs.

                        Continue up hill to a small pass. The trail winds up and down along the waterway. Wild animals, such as the Languor, can be seen. At Dodina, meet the transportation van to return to Thimpu and a comfortable hotel. Distance: 4-5 hrs. Overnight Hotel.

                          A full day sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu. Wander in the town, visit the Handicraft Development Center. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight Hotel.

                            Full day excursion to Punakha/Wangdue (1250 m.) valley across Dochula Pass. On a clear day a whole range of the northern snow capped Himalayan Peaks can be seen from the pass. Overnight Hotel.

                              Early morning drive to Paro Airport for departure. TASHI DELEK!

                                Cost Includes
                                • Airfare into Bhutan including taxes.
                                • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
                                • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
                                • Local English speaking trekking guide/tour leader.
                                • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
                                • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
                                • Experienced driver.
                                • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard goverment approved hotels & guesthouses.
                                • All meals in Bhutan.
                                • All entrance fees and permits.
                                Cost Excludes
                                • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
                                • Medical / Travel Insurance.
                                • Rescue charges.
                                • Tips, donations and chocolates.
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