Bhutan Chomolahari Trek

Bhutan Chomolahari trek explores the retained fascinating culture of Bhutan, still poorly known by the West. The Chomolhari trek is truly an excellent alpine trek to the far northwestern corner of Bhutan, near the Tibetan border. Chomolhari trek in Bhutan embraces an amazing opportunity to trek the hotspots of Bhutan but also get to feast on an incredible diversity of mountains and ecosystems. The wonderful rewards of this trek you can explore snow capped peaks, Turquoise-tinted lakes, high altitude wildlife, nomadic yak herders and ancient religious sites. The Laya-Ghasa trekking route passes through diverse geographical and cultural regions: from farmland to forests and to alpine highlands.

After arriving at Paro you will have full day sightseeing. Next day our Bhutan Chomolahari trek begins with trek to Shana. The trek passes through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River and encountering herds of Yaks. The Laya trail follows the Pachu River ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest to Soi Thangthangkha. We approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m that welcomes you with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Mt. Chomolhari. Crossing very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m), would be wonderful experience for you. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains and descend to valley of Lingshi.

The trail climbs up to the Yalila Pass at an altitude of 4,820m offering views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks to Shodu. We descend through rhododendron, juniper and mixed alpine forests along Thimpu River and ascend to Barshong Dzong. The final stage of the Chomolahari trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland Dolam Kencho and back to Thimpu via Dodina next day. Enjoy the full day visit of capital city Thimpu, its historical and religious attributes. The Bhutan Chomolahari trekking offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro and Transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Trek to Shana (2870m): 5-6 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3800m): 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Jangothang (4040m): 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Rest day at Jangothang
Day 6: Trek to Lingshi (4150m): 6-7 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Shodu (4110m): 7-8 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Barshong (3785m): 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Dolam Kencho (3290m): 4-5 hrs
Day 10: Drvie to Thimpu
Day 11: Full Day Sightseeing of Thimpu (2350m)
Day 12: Final Departure

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