Pur. Mt Jomolhari / Jhomolhari Bhutan

The Jomolhari trek

Trips/Discover Bhutan

9 days

The Jomolhari trek is a challenging trek in a remote section of the Himalayas. En route you stay in the famous Jangothang campsite by beautiful Mt Jomolhari. You also pass through rural villages, see chortens, dzongs and other signs of Tibetan Buddhist culture, cross mountain passes, and hopefully spot yaks, blue sheep and takins. In spring, you might be lucky enough to see blue poppies!

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Your local leader meets you at Paro International Airport and so your Bhutan adventure begins! You're driven to your hotel, where you can rest after your travels. Paro is a beautiful valley city that's more the size of a town, and already the dress, culture and scenery will have you feeling a world away from home.

Paro town Bhutan

Day 2: Trek to Thangthangka (6 hr)

Your first day of trekking involves plenty of ups and downs. Already, the scenery is sublime! The trail is in Jigme Dorji National Park, one of Bhutan's most beautiful reserves and known for its towering peaks. You overnight in the meadow campsite of Thangthangka.

Cat and camera on fence along Taktsang Trail in Paro, Bhutan

Day 3: Trek to Jangothang (5 hr)

Today you head to the campsite Jangothang, which offers an incredible view of Mt Jomolhari. It's incredibly busy in October, as it services more than one route, and locals joke that Jangothang is where you go to bump into all your mountain-loving friends!

Pur. Jomolhari peak from Chele La pass, Bhutan

Day 4: Acclimatisation and hike

To avoid developing altitude sickness, you take a rest day at Jangothang. A great day hike option is the four-hour trip that has you clamber up the slope to the north of the camp to see Mt Jichu Drake and also Mt Jomolhari. In springtime, the Jangothang area is decked out in many colourful flowers.

Pur. View of Jomolhari in spring with flowers, Bhutan

Day 5: Trek to Lingzhi (6-7 hr)

Today involves a big jump in altitude. The landscape is also markedly different, as it becomes more barren. The main challenge is the pass Nyile La, which is a stiff climb. But the peaks one sees are magnificent: Mt Jomolhari, Mt Jichu Drake and Mt Tserim Kang (6,789 m).

Pur. Nyele La, Nyile La, mountain pass, Bhutan, Jigme Dorji NP

Day 6: Trek to Shodu (8-9 hr)

You've been heading NE until this point, but today turn south and enter the deep Mo Chhu valley. Expect some strenuous trekking, especially when summiting Yeli La, a pass that's just a narrow cliff path. You overnight in Wang Chhu valley.

Himalayan blue poppies / poppy

Day 7: Trek to Barshong (5-6 hr)

It's an easier day of trekking today, with more descending than ascending. Early on you pass under some yellow cliffs that have meditation caves carved into them. You crisscross the river a few times today. Finally, to reach Barshong, you climb for around an hour.

Pur. Blue sheep on hillside in Bhutan

Day 8: Trek to Dom Shisa (2 hr)

Things wind down today as you trek the final miles to Dom Shisa, where a car is waiting to take you to Thimphu for a little explore of the capital city followed by a luxurious night's sleep in a soft bed!

Traditional masked performance in Bhutan

Day 9: Departure day, or more exploring

Today you can either head to the airport in nearby Paro, or continue on with us to explore more of the beautiful mountain kingdom of Bhutan. There's lots to see and do in and around Thimphu alone, so we encourage you to add some more nights to your trip!

Traditional homestead in Punakha, Bhutan

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Pur. Ruin in Jigme Jorji NP, Bhutan
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