Jhomolhari- Yaksa Trek is the shortest of the Jomolhari trekking routes, which are the most popular treks in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang). Trekkers who want to avoid high passes and high altitude can chose an easier version of the Jomolhari Loop by retracing their steps from Jangothang (see days 3-5), while still having the majestic impressions of Mount Jomolhari(7314m/24,137ft).
Best Season:- April to June and Mid-Oct to Mid-Nov.
Start:- Paro, Gunitsawa Finish:- Paro,Gunitsawa.
|Number of travelers in the group||High season (Mar,Apr,May &Sept,Oct,Nov)||Off-Season (Dec,Jan,Feb &Jun,July,Aug)|
|01||USD 2280/per person||USD 2190/per person||+Air fare (to & from Bhutan)|
|02||USD 2260/per person||USD 2170/per person||+Air fare (to & from Bhutan)|
|03 and more||USD 1870/per person||USD 1780/per person||+Air fare (to & from Bhutan)|
Bhutan have only two Airlines which fly in/out of country. Below mentioned airfare are average air fare for the flight to/from Bhutan as it fluctuates.
Round trip Fare(USD)
|Bangkok –Paro- Bangkok (Thailand)||730|
|Kolkata- Paro-Kolkata (India)||390|
As we fly to Bhutan we can get a spectacular views of the Himalayas .At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from A Bucket list Adventure who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit National museum (a best start to know about the culture, history, People and biodiversity of Bhutan), Visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built in 17th century which now house a administration and monastic body of the Paro district . In the Evening stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. In 8th century Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley We will drive to North of Paro passing by Drugyel Dzong, (a ruin fortress built in 17th century to commemorate the victory over Tibetan and Mongolian tribes ) to Sharna Zampa, where we and our trekking crew will be camping for overnight.
Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m.
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up.We will have a great view of Mt. Jhomolhari from the camp site.
Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m.
If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, we will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growth of forest.We will cross an army check post along the way before we reach a village of soe, Takethang and Dangothang. We will camp at Jangothang (Jhomolhari base camp) with a spectacular view of Mt.Jhomolhari(7314m).
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for our acclimation, we can go for day hike(2hrs) to Tshophu(4500m) , a glacier twin lake on the north -east of camp site.From Tshophu, we can get a great View of Mt.Jhomolhari and Mt.Jichu Drakey (6898m).
Distance 16km, six to seven hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m.
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) and make a short climb to arrive at your camp at 3800m.
Distance 11km, four to five hours, 720m ascent, 340m descent, camp altitude 4,180m.
The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
Distance 13km, four to five hours, 200m ascent, 1,650m descent, camp altitude 2,850m.
Today we will ascend to Thombu la pass(4,380m) and Crossing Thombu La pass you will finally reach Gunitsawa where our Vehicle will be waiting for us. In the evening we will visit farm house for traditional hot-stone bath and typical dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Today after breakfast, we will drive to Airport and our representative will bid you farewell at the Airport. If you have enough time before flight, probably you can discuss with your guide and visit some places around.