Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
September -November, March - June
O1 DAY:JUMOLHARI TREK Starts (B,L,D)
Drukgyel Dzong to Sharna Zampa (Distance 17km, 4 to 5 hours, 360m ascent, 80m descent, camp altitude 2,850m). Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) where the hilly road ends and the Jumolhary trek Stars. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Paro Chhu passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach the army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
O2 DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Sharna Zampa- Thangthangkha (Distance 22km, seven to eight hours, 770m ascent, 10m descent, camp altitude 3,610m). On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jomolhari.
O3DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Thangthangkha – Jangothang (Distance 19km, five to six hours, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4,080m). If you did not see Mount Jomolhari last evening, you will have a great chance to get a great view this early morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
04DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Jangothang Halt. The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on 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 your acclimatisation. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and it’s subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
05DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Jangothang to Dhumzo (Distance 15 km, 5 hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m). Today 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 Dhumzo to arrive at your camp soon after.
06DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Dhumzo to Thombu Shong (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.
07DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK (B,L,D)
Thombu Shong to Sharna Zampa (Distance 13km, four to five hours, 200m ascent, 1,650m descent, camp altitude 2,850m). Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and the campsite of your first night of this trek.
08DAY: JUMOLHARI TREK ENDS (B,L,D)
Sharna Zampa to Drukgyel Dzong. (Distance 17km, four to six hours, 80m ascent, 360m descent). Coming across the primary school and shop the valley opens. From Mitshi Zampa you can see how the dzong is positioned and where the path takes you finally to DrugyeLDzong.
Later the vehicle will pick you up and will drive to the capital city Thimphu.(1 hour drive). Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level.
09DAY: DEPART FROM PARO AIRPORT (B, L, D)
Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the Airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.