Jomolhari Trek - 11 days

Jomolhari Trek - 11 days

Jomolhari Trek is one of the most sought-after trekking destinations in Bhutan. This trek is also known as Chomolhari or Jumolhari Trek in Bhutan. The panoramic views of the Jomolhari mountain are a major highlight of this 11-day trek. The trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the true monastic life and remarkable landmarks with amazing architecture. Even the ruins of the age-old monasteries throughout the trek take you back in time and introduce you to the true Bhutan. 

The trek that takes an average of five to six hours a day is not as difficult as others in Bhutan. However, the Jomolhari trek difficulty is observed as you cross Nylie La pass and Yeli La pass. However, the trek is worth it as you get the opportunity of viewing high-standing snowcapped mountains like Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tshering Gang. 

Most of the trekking destinations pass through farmlands, pastures, and forests. On the way to Jangothang, you observe the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people living in small villages of Sio, Takethang, and Dangochang. The villages have traditional houses that reflect the rural side of Bhutan. The trail even passes wooden bridges above swift-flowing rivers. But the best of all is perhaps the cool mountain wind that blows on your face as you reach the highest point at Nylie La pass at 4,830m on the way to Lingshi from Jangothang. These experiences along the trek take you a little closer to the natural beauty, culture, and traditions of the Land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan.

Contrarily, Paro and Thimphu offer a change in the scenery as modern buildings melt in ancient architecture. The Jomolhari Trek is a perfect package to explore Bhutan to its fullest.

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Trip Highlights

  • The trek commences from the valley town of Paro and concludes at the modern city of Thimphu.
  • Visit Bhutan's mystical and most prominent landmark- Tiger’s Nest Monastery, sitting on the edge of a cliff.
  • Learn about the ancient beliefs and myths surrounding various monasteries throughout the trek.
  • Enjoy walking by the rice terrace and millet field as you pass by small villages with traditionally built houses on the way to Shana.
  • Savor the beauty of the snowcapped Jomolhari mountain at a distance from your campsite at Thangthagkha.
  • Observe the way of life of the Bhutanese people in the small village of Sio, Takethang, and Dangochang.
  • Get a chance to spot birds like Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-throated Dipper, Yellow-billed Chough, and more.
  • Relish the panoramic views of mountains like Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang.
  • Experience trekking to the high pass of Nylie La at 4,830m/15,846ft and Yeli La at 4,820m.
  • Walk beside the Pachu river in the first few days and Wang Chhu river through the last few days of the trek.
  • Walk past rhododendron, blue pine, birch, and conifers rich forest mostly throughout the trek.
  • Get a chance to spot the Langur monkeys on the trees in the Jigme Dorji National Park.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Paro (2,235m/7,331ft)
Day 2 Sightseeing and Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,433ft) - 5 to 6 hours hike
Day 3 Drive to Shana (2,850m/9,350ft) & Trek to Sio Thangthangkha (3,750m/12,303ft) – 30 minutes (17km) drive & 6 to 7 hours (21km) trek
Day 4 Sio Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,050m/13,287ft) - 5 to 6 hours (19km) trek
Day 5 Acclimatize at Jangothang
Day 6 Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4,100m/13,451ft) - 6 to 7 hours (19km) trek
Day 7 Trek from Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,451ft) - 8 to 9 hours (22km) trek
Day 8 Trek from Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft) - 7 to 8 hours (22km) trek
Day 9 Trek from Barshong to Domshisa & Drive to Thimphu - 30 minutes (about 500 m) trek & 2 to 3 hours (35 km) drive
Day 10 Thimphu Sightseeing Tour & Drive to Paro – 1 hour (54 km) drive
Day 11 Final Departure

Trip Overview

The Jomolhari Trek encircles around Paro and Thimphu while touching the most rural settings in Bhutan. The trip sets its bar high from the time you set foot in the beautiful Paro Valley. On the first day of your arrival, you get a chance to intermingle with the lovely Bhutanese people as you walk the streets of Paro.

No trek to the Land of Thunder Dragon can complete without a visit to the most popular landmark, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, built in 1684. The trip not just gives you a chance to visit the Monastery sitting on the edge of the misty cliff but also introduces you to the legend of Guru Rimpoche. Not just a place of worship, the monastery is also a popular tourist destination in the present day. You can watch the monks engaging in meditation and continuing with their day-to-day chores.

The actual trek starts from a walk past the Drukgyal Dzong at Paro. The trail allows you to walk through the terrace and millet fields alongside the Pachu river and the apple orchards to Gunitsawa and eventually to Shana. Most of the campsites from hereon are nestled in between pine forests. The trek gets even more interesting and challenging as you head to Thangthangkha at 3750m, a sudden altitude change. The main highlights of this day are entirely the views of one of the highest mountains in the world, Jomolhari mountain (7326m/24,035ft), that first come to sight in this trek. This is one of the biggest attractions of the trek.

Thereon, the major attraction as you pass from Thangthangkha to Jangothang is the small villages of Sio, Takethang, and Dangochang. It is amazing to witness the way of life in those rural areas. You might even spot some fairly rare species of birds along the way. The next day is allocated for acclimatization. However, you can enjoy the nearby natural beauty by hike further upwards to get an even clear view of the surrounding Himalayas.

After one day of acclimatization and sightseeing of the nearby area in the campsite at Jangothang Base Camp, the trek passes through glacial moraine on the next day. As you move on, the panoramic views of Jichu Drake, Jomolhari, and Tshering Gang never leave your sight. This day is marked special as you cross the first high pass of the Jomolhari trek, Nylie La pass, at the altitude of 4830m. Reaching Lingshi campsite offers you a chance to view the Lingshi Dzong, housing the office of Drungpa.

From the serenity of Lingshi, the trail the next day leads to Shodu through the Mo Chhu valley. This day marks a special one as the trail reaches the second-high pass of Yeli La at4820m. You will feel a sense of joy to have successfully crossed the high pass with the strong cold mountain wind blowing all over you. After this triumph, the walk continues to Jimenameshing, followed by the campsite at Shodu.

Walking alongside the Wang Chhu river throughout the day gives you a sense of peace and serenity. Crossing wooden bridges, the trail takes a halt at Barshong campsite. The highlight of the trek is the ruins of the Barshong monastery, which is claimed to have been built around the time of Zhabdrung. Next on the trail is Dolam Kencho which is open pasture land. The journey towards Kencho is an interesting one as you walk through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch, and conifers. The Wang Chuu river stays a companion as you eventually reach your campsite.

As the trekking days gradually come to an end, the final attraction is most certainly the amazing sight of Langur monkeys hanging on the trees on the way towards the exit point of Jigme Dorji National Park, Dodena. The trek ends at Dodena, and a ride takes you to Thimphu, the economic center of Bhutan, where you spend a lovely evening strolling around the streets.

The entire trekking experience gives you a sense of gratification towards Bhutan for offering an experience of a lifetime. Nowhere in the world can you find this mystic, adventurous, and naturally rich place to explore.

Route Map

Jomolhari Trek Route Map Jomolhari Trek Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Paro (2,235m/7,331ft)

Your Jomolhari trek begins with a scenic flight to the valley town of Paro, Bhutan. Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan. Your wanderlust will only amplify as you observe the mesmerizing views of Paro Dzong and the snowcapped mountains from your window. Upon your arrival at Paro, our Bhutanese guide will pick you up at Third Rock Adventures, who will drive you to your hotel for your stay. You will be briefed about the entire Jomolhari trek by our guide after refreshment. 

After having some lunch, you will visit Rimpung Dzong. Rimpung Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress of the Drukpa Lineage dating back to the 17th century. The monastery stands for high value as it houses the district's monastic body and the government administrative offices. You will cross a wooden bridge into Kichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most sacred shrines.  

Paro is a beautiful town with ancient architecture displayed in the buildings around the street. You should not miss out on walking through the streets of Paro as the sun goes down.

Overnight hotel in Paro. 

Day 2
Sightseeing and Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,433ft) - 5 to 6 hours hike

Tiger’s Nest Monastery- Also called Taksang Monastery, one of the most popular landmarks in Bhutan Tiger’s Nest Monastery- Also called Taksang Monastery, one of the most popular landmarks in Bhutan

Today is a special day as you get to visit one of the most popular landmarks in Bhutan. The hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery begins early in the morning after breakfast. On the hike to the monastery, you will find a forest of pine where you can hear the sounds of birds chirping and prayer flags fluttering. 

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known locally as Paro Taktsang or Taktsang Palphug, is a mystical place sitting on the edge of a high cliff surrounded by mist. As per the mythical belief, Guru Rimpoche/Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress and identified the caves of the monastery as a place of solitude. It is believed that he then meditated for 3 months in this monastery. Padmasambhava is known to be the mystical tantric that introduced Buddhism to Bhutan. The monastery was built in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro and has since become a place of worship for Buddhist pilgrims. After the one-of-a-kind experience, you will head back to your hotel at Paro for an overnight stay. 

Overnight hotel in Paro. 

Day 3
Drive to Shana (2,850m/9,350ft) & Trek to Sio Thangthangkha (3,750m/12,303ft) – 30 minutes (17km) drive & 6 to 7 hours (21km) trek

Today morning, you will drive to Shana on unpaved road for about 17 km. Meet your trekking crews and then start the trek. On this long day, the trail goes through 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 at the altitude of 3750m. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jumolhari.

Overnight campsite in Sio Thangthangkha.

Day 4
Sio Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,050m/13,287ft) - 5 to 6 hours (19km) trek

Tshophu Lake- Altitude 4100 metres near Jangothang, Bhutan Tshophu Lake- Altitude 4100 metres near Jangothang, Bhutan

Today the trek leads to Paro Chuu Valley. The trail passes through an alpine meadow and leads towards the forest. As you reach the army outpost, you’ll have to stop and register at the entry permits. The entry permit to Bhutan will be taken care of by your guide. 

You walk beside the Pachu River and pass some small villages of Sio, Takethang, and Dangochang. This is one of the most special days of the trek as you reach the Jangothang Base Camp at 4,050m. The views of Mt. Jomolhari will keep you company as the sunsets. The unique flora and fauna found here are some of the points of attraction. You will hear the sweet sound of birds chirping. If you are lucky enough, you might even spot the Yellow-billed Chough, Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-throated Dipper, and Snow Patridge, to name a few. Views of snowcapped Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and the ravens are perhaps the highlight of today’s trek.  

Overnight campsite in Jangothang.

Day 5
Acclimatize at Jangothang

camping-in-jumolhari-trek Jangothang - one of the most spectacular camping places in the Bhutan.

On this day, you will stop at Jangothang and take a rest. There are a lot of small activities you can enjoy during this day. You can take a small hike around the nearby landscape or up to Tsophu Lake. All in all, the beauty of Jangothang is added by the Jomolhari, and Jichu Drake views from a distance. For a better view of Jomolhari, you can even trek a little further up. You can also check out the ruins of an old fortress nearby. 

You might come across some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. The Himalayan Rhubarb, Golden Eagles, and the Himalayan Blue Poppy- the national flower of Bhutan can be spotted. Rest on this day is necessary to acclimatize your body to the sudden change in altitude. Also, after the long days of trekking, this rest day is a blessing.

Overnight campsite in Jangothang.

Day 6
Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4,100m/13,451ft) - 6 to 7 hours (19km) trek

On this day, you will be heading to Lingshi, which takes about 19 km. The trail begins with a steep climb above the base camp into glacial moraine. The sight of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake looks very different on this day. You will walk through a snowy path to Nylie La pass at 4830m. You are bound to experience a cold and swift wind coming straight from the mountains. From there, you will be introduced to a panoramic view of Tshering Gang at an altitude of 6789m. 

The trek then gets a little tough as it descends to Lingshi campsite. From your campsite, the views of the majestic peaks and Lingshi Dzong is seen. Lingshi is a monastery that houses the office of the Drungpa. Nothing could be as serene as the views seen from there.

Overnight campsite in Lingshi.

Day 7
Trek from Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,451ft) - 8 to 9 hours (22km) trek

Today you will be taking a long trek that takes about 9 hours and covers a distance of 22 km to reach Shodu. The trail starts with a decent climb upwards to a chorten on a ridge into the Mo Chhu valley. You will cross a river and ascend to the Yeli La pass at the altitude of 4,820m/15,813ft. The land is mainly deserted from thereon but offers views of the majestic snowcapped Jomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang, and Masangagng. The path becomes narrower hereon and reaches Jimenameshing. 

The trail gradually descends to the campsite in a meadow as you reach Shodu. Many other treks also reach this destination as the trekking days come to an end since this is the main trail back to Thimphu. You can enjoy the rest of your day by having hot soup and enjoying yourself with other trekkers at your camp. 

Overnight campsite in Shodu. 

Day 8
Trek from Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft) - 7 to 8 hours (22km) trek

Yeli-La-pass-bhutan Yeli La Pass Bhutan - one the high altitude passes along Jomolhari trek, Bhutan

At this point, one returns to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper, and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff-facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. A hot lunch will be served riverside. After lunch, the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. This used to be a base supplying essentials to Lingzhi Dzong in ancient times. You will camp in Barshong at an altitude of 3600m.

Overnight campsite in Barshong. 

Day 9
Trek from Barshong to Domshisa & Drive to Thimphu - 30 minutes (about 500 m) trek & 2 to 3 hours (35 km) drive

After a hearty breakfast, you will walk half a kilometer, taking about 15 minutes, to reach the road point. Your car will be waiting here to take you to Thimphu, where you can celebrate your return to civilization with a refreshing shower at a comfortable hotel.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 10
Thimphu Sightseeing Tour & Drive to Paro – 1 hour (54 km) drive

Wake up early in the morning and set off for an exhilarating full day of sightseeing in Thimphu with a side visit to the famous King’s Memorial Chorten and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Explore the traditional arts and crafts unique to Bhutan at the School of Arts. Step into the peaceful world of Buddha point while relishing the stunning view of the Southern entrance of Thimphu.

Observe the national animal of Bhutan and explore flora and fauna at the Motithang Takin Preserve. Visit Tashichho dzong in the evening. Famous as the ‘Fortress of Glorious region,’ the fortress is a noteworthy masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. After sightseeing, drive toward to Paro which take 1 hour drive.

Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 11
Final Departure

Today marks the end of your interesting Jomolhari trek. We will bid you a farewell with a heavy heart after you are driven to the Paro International Airport. As you head home after boarding the flight, you are bound to reminisce the landmarks you visited in Paro, the monasteries along the trek, and the amazing views of the Himalayas.

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Connor Griffin
Mar 21, 2023

Great Team

The Jhomolhari trek has been one of the most organized adventure I have been on and I am grateful to Third Rock for this. The Bhutanese guide Pema was fantastic and they anticipated all the needs of the group. The hiking was well paced and everything was wellmanaged. The whole Bhutanese team worked very cohesively together and it impressed us. Even the food was great.
Aleena Cortez
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Mar 19, 2023

Fantastic Trek

The trek was fantastic, incredible route, and amazing mountain views. It’s certainly tough but with a expert guide like pema, it's done. Make sure to exercise for at least 2 weeks befor flying to Bhutan for trek.
Jake Burns
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Mar 18, 2023

Best Trek

I can't thank Naba enough for recommending this itinerary and the outstanding service provided! The guide and other staff were superb--kept us dry and everyone was in very good spirits throughout. We had a great stay, delicious food and good discussion of the trip. Forever thankful!
Ryan Gordon
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Oct 14, 2022

Jomolhari Trek

The trek to high pass of Nylie La was among the fav memories from this trek. Naba and Pema Sonam were both amazing. We had great times. I highly recommend Naba's company for Bhutan tour and treks.
Charles Klish
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Oct 09, 2019

Exceptional trekking trip to Mt. Jomolhari

I had an opportunity to explore the best part of Bhutan with Third Rock Adventures. The Jomolhari trek was exceptional. The food prepared by the cook was fantastic throughout, the hiking was fun and challenging at times, the vistas were beautiful and varied-- including snow-capped mountains, expansive nomadic grasslands, and forested tree-cover. I'd recommend bringing altitude sickness pills just in case for those who have a hard time with high altitude. The company arranged everything as agreed before booking the trip with them. I would highly recommend this service to others willing to visit this place in the future. Thanks.
Alexis Scott
Oct 09, 2019

Wonderful trekking experience around Mt. Jomolhari in Bhutan

I booked in to do the Jomolhari Trek with Third Rock Adventures. From the very first email I found this company trustworthy and reliable! The pre-trek communication via email with was great. He answered all the questions asked in detail. My guide Mr. Tashi received me from Paro airport with an offering of a ceremonial scarf befitting the Bhutanese tradition and culture. The start of this adventure couldn't have gone better. I enjoyed every bit of this trek and the friendliness of the staff was one of the most important reasons for this. They arranged comfortable accommodation and food every day. Nothing to complain about. Thank you everyone for the memorable trip of my life.
Nick Allen
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Sep 24, 2019

Had a trip of lifetime to Mt. Jomolhari in Bhutan

This is a review of the 11 days Jomolhari Trek offered by Third Rock Adventures. From the outset, the experience was very good, the communication and client service was excellent, responsive and professional. Unfortunately, the nature of my work makes long-term planning difficult but they were able to make me a last-minute addition to the trip, which I really appreciated (a more difficult task in Bhutan than elsewhere because of permit/visa regulations). The trip went perfectly as planned and the team of this company were extremely knowledgeable. Hike was challenging in some parts but it was made comfort by the laughs and talks of our guide and other staff. Really loved the experience and i would highly recommend it to others willing to visit Bhutan in future.

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