Chomolhari Yaksa Trek
Chomolhari Yaksa Trek to Bhutan, you will explore both sides of this untouched world as you visit Bhutanâ€™s extraordinary dzongs (fortress-like citadels) and trek in a mountain world of snowy peaks, gorgeous trout-filled lakes, and pretty fields of wildflowers. Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a mystical and medieval kingdom situated along the southern slopes of the Himalaya range between India and Tibet. Our journey combines a world-class Himalayan trek to Chomolhari (24,000â€²), the Mountain Goddess, with a cultural immersion unique to Bhutan.We trek to over 16,000
Here Buddhist culture remains largely untouched by the outside world; its people and nature coexist in a sacred balance. The trek to Chomolhari is a sacred trek in a country where people look at the mountains as a divine power. In Bhutanese, Chomolhari is pronounced Jomolhari, and means the heavenly deity of animals.While trekking, you will witness the best of Bhutanâ€™s Himalayan grandeur, including the sacred mountain of Chomolhari (24,000â€²), search for snow leopards by following their tracks, and meet the farmers and yak-herding families of the highlands who meet the modern world on their own terms. The best times for trekking are in the fall and spring, often combined with a festival. The Bhutanese have long protected their natural surroundings and their mountains are truly pristine, with a wealth of flora and fauna unrivaled in the Himalaya.
Trip Highlights of Chomolhari Yaksa Trek
- Trek to Chomolhari, Bhutanâ€™s Mountain Goddess
- National Memorial Chorten;seat of faith also called mind of Buddha. See the famous painting,TashiChhodang; ministerial building, Simtokha Dzong-1st Dzong of BhutanParo: Rinpung Dzong- locally called Â Fortess of heap of jewels ,Ta Dzong National Museum,Kyichu Lakhang-7th Century Temple, it is called reservoir of peace you can really feel peace here.
- Punakha Dzong-massive woodwork, Coronationation Hall of King of Bhutan
- Wangdue Phodrang Dzong : most visible spot in the Wangdu Phodrang town Used to be the important center during premonarchy in Bhutan.
- Nestled in the lapse of mighty Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal are small in sizes but are large in terms of geographical variation, natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, rich cultural heritage, religion and all that it has to offer to their valuable visitors.
- Hike to Tshopu (14,300â€²), one of the two trout-filled glacial lakes we will pass on the way to Bhonte La (â€œLaâ€ means â€œpassâ€).
|Day 01:||Arrive Paro (B/L/D)|
|Day 02:||Paro (B/L/D)|
|Day 03:||Begin trek from Paro/Shana (B/L/D)|
|Day 04:||Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (B/L/D)|
|Day 05:||Trek to Jangothang (B/L/D)|
|Day 06:||Jangothang Halt (B/L/D)|
|Day 07:||Trek to Soi Yaksa|
|Day 08:||Soi Yaksa Halt (B/L/D)|
|Day 09:||Trek to Taybu (B/L/D)|
|Day 10:||Shana (B/L/D)|
|Day 11:||End trek Paro (B/L/D)|
|Day 12:||Drive to Thimphu, Sightseeing (B/L/D)|
|Day 13:||Transfer to Paro International Airport for onward flight (B)|
Day 01: Arrive Paro (L/D)
Fly to Paro (7,590′), Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. After visa formalities at the Paro airport, you will be driven to the hotel overlooking the beautiful Paro Valley. We’ll have a late afternoon visit to the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above Paro Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). The museum’s collections include displays of spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, Bhutan’s beautiful stamps, and the Tshogshing Lhakhang (Temple of the Tree of Wisdom), with its carvings depicting the history of Buddhism. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Paro (B/L/D)
Drive about nine miles north of Paro town to the trailhead where we start our 1-hour hike to a tea house, where we enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means “tiger’s nest”), perched on a cliff 2,700′ above the floor of the Paro Valley. Our hike follows a steep switchback trail and serves as a great warm-up for our trek. After a break with tea and cookies, you have the option to sit outside the building and admire the monastery and its beautiful surroundings or, if you feel energetic, to continue another thirty minutes to a closer viewpoint. After lunch at the tea house we descend to the valley floor. Drive back to Paro.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Begin trek from Paro/Shana (B/L/D)
We drive north of Paro town to the trail head near Drukgyel Dzong (8,462′), where our pack ponies are loaded up with all the gear for our trek. We begin the trek by walking along the Paro River, following it as it winds along past traditional farmhouses with cultivated fields of red rice, chilies, potatoes, and millet. In about five hours of walking, we arrive at our first campsite by the river near the village of Shana at 9,413 feet.Overnight in Tents
Day 04: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (B/L/D)
We continue up through the valley of the Paro River, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine, and juniper. As we get closer to our camp for the night, we begin to see the snowcapped summit of Chomolhari, a mountain that is sacred to the Bhutanese. We camp at Soi Thangthangkha (11,900′). (8-9 hours hiking.) Overnight in Tents
Day 05: Trek to Jangothang (B/L/D)
We continue following the Paro River as the valley widens again, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding families are based in this area, and we may be lucky to purchase some yak cheese from them or have lunch in one of their simple, traditional homes. Camp at Jangothang (13,450′) below a ruined fortress near the base of Chomolhari. (5-6 hours hiking.).Overnight in Tents
Day 06: Jangothang Halt (B/L/D)
Today is a free day to rest and explore. There are many optional hikes in the area where you can gain altitude quickly, which is good for acclimatization. Of course, you can also opt to stay at camp, take in the views, and rest for the challenging day ahead.Overnight in Tents
Day 07: Trek to Soi Yaksa
Our trail starts with a short steep hike to Tshopu (14,300′), one of the two trout-filled glacial lakes we will pass on the way to Bhonte La (“La” means “pass”). From here, we often see blue sheep, fat marmots, and migrating Himalayan birds, as well as incredible views of Jichu Drake, a beautiful snowcapped peak alongside Chomolhari. We continue for about one hour to our lunch spot below Bhonte La (16,000′). After lunch we cross the pass and make a long, steep descent to the yak-herding valley of Soi Yaksa (12,450′). There are only a few families living in the area and they produce some of the best yak-wool cloth we’ll see along the trail. Yak herders and their families will come to our camp as early as 6:00am with items to sell, such as cloth, yak tassels and ropes, jewelry, etc. (8-9 hours hiking.) Overnight in Tents
Day 08: Soi Yaksa Halt (B/L/D)
A free day at this campsite gives us a chance to relax and possibly visit a yak herder’s home, or take a hike in the surrounding remote mountain areas where large herds of blue sheep have been sighted. Overnight in Tents
Day 09: Trek to Taybu (B/L/D)
Our hike today starts with a very gentle uphill trail to the top of the eastern ridge of the Soi Yaksa valley. From here we can enjoy an incredible view of the amphitheater of mountains to the north. Little by little the very top of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake reappear on the distant horizon as we approach our lunch spot. After lunch, we cross Thombu La, a 15,000-foot pass with panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya (on a clear day, you can even see Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world), before descending to our camp at Taybu (13,700′) by the mid-afternoon. This area is rich pastureland for yaks, and we’ll probably see nomadic yak herders camped in their traditional woolen tents. (5-6 hours of hiking.) Overnight in Tents
Day 10: Shana (B/L/D)
After a short, steep climb out of camp, we leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge. From this vantage point we get a glimpse of the Paro Valley to the south before we start our steep descent (4,500′ of elevation drop) for most of the afternoon and return to Shana (9,413′), where we spent our last night of camping. (5-6 hours hiking.).Overnight in Tents
Day 11: End trek Paro (B/L/D)
A four- to five-hour walk brings us back to the trailhead at Drukgyel Dzong. Lunch upon arrival. We bid farewell to our staff and ponies and drive to your hotel in Paro.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Thimphu, Sightseeing (B/L/D)
Today you will drive the 1 road journey to Thimphu, the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals.In Thimphu, we will begin our sightseeing with a visit to a nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. We will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or “painting school”), where Bhutanese children can follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. Based on time availability, we may also visit the Traditional Hospital of Herbal Medicine or watch the Royal Silversmiths create relief work for the monasteries and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan’s administrative and religious center. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Transfer to Paro International Airport for onward flight (B)
Early morning transfer to Paro International Airport (1 hr) for onward flight.
Accommodation at 3***hotel and tent camp
Govt. licensed and experienced trekking and culture Guide service
Experienced driver and comfortable transport service
Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
High risk medical insurance
Purely personal nature expenses
Emergency rescue evacuation if needed