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Jomolhari Yaksa Trek - 12 Days

Jomolhari Yaksa Trek

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Jomolhari Yaksa Trek
Trip Id: TIB1419
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Max. Altitude: 4,180m/13,714 ft (Jangothang)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour

Trip Overview:

Jomolhari Yaksa Trek is enjoyed in the most biologically diverse environments witnessing the spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari (7314m) and it’s associates Jichu Drake (6794m) and Tshering Gang. The trek goes to the base of Mt. Jomolhari, the second highest unclimbed peak in the world. It is one of the best treks for nature lovers with great mountain views and alpine pastures teamed up with visiting remote villages neighboring Tibet. The trek starts from Paro with driving towards the Drukgyal Dzong; once the road ends, the trek starts with passing through alpine meadows with majestic Jomolhari peak rising at the valley head. Fishing trout’s at the high altitude Lake Tshophu can also be done during the trek. Besides, the program visits all the important cities of Bhutan like the colorful Paro, the tiny capital- Thimphu and the old capital city of Punakha. During the sightseeing several historical and religious landmarks are visited like Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang and the most interesting hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a vertical cliff.

Trip Highlights:

  • Bird’s eye-view of the world’s tallest mountains onboard flight to/from Paro
  • Visit the tiny capital – Thimphu City
  • Punakha Dzong – arguably the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan
  • Moderately difficult high altitude trek
  • Majestic panorama of Mt. Jomolhari & Mt. Jyichu Drakye
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a cliff
  • Explore around remote rural life of Bhutan
  • Discover age-old culture, tradition and religious landmarks

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2,250m)
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression. After clearing the customs and visa formalities met by the representatives and transfer to Paro. Also visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at Hotel. (Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 02: Drive to Drukgyal Dzong & trek to Shana (2,950m) 
Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) where the road ends and the trek begin. With a gradual climb the trail follows the Pachhu (Paro River) passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about 4 hours it arrives at the army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army check point the trek permit will be checked and endorsed. Today’s campsite is by the small outpost for park warden. Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 03: Trek to Thangthangkha (3,645m) 
Due to long distance to cover today the trek starts a bit early. Most of the campsite is designated by government depending on area and access to water. Mainly to protect from deforestation and disturbance to wild animals. The short walk from the camp will arrive at the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park. After about 2 hours, the trail gets to a fork where the path which is not supposed to follow or the ancient trade route to Tibet is much wider and definitely more inviting. Turn right and follow the smaller trail through oak, spruce, birch, alpine yellows trees. After lunch the trail becomes bit tricky with wet and loose rock for some section. After an hour hike the path comes across a bridge and chorten (Stupa) not to turn toward chorten. Keep left! Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 7-8 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 04: Trek to Base Camp/Jangothang (4,180m) 
The trail continues with gentle climb along Pa chu to another army post. The valley finally widen up gradually to a mere path which ascends to a meadow where same yak herders have their winter home. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful stroll. When the campsite is approached Mt. Chomolhari can be spotted including its neighboring snowcapped peaks. Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 4-5 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 05: Rest Day at Jangothang (4,180m)
Jangothang has a perfect environment for the acclimatization before going over the high passes. Relax or hike in the spectacular surroundings. From here a line of great peaks on the horizon can be seen; Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsering Kang and many more. There are herds of blue sheep in the area. In the summer, the ethereal Himalayan blue poppy can be seen in this area. Today just rest in camp or go for a day hike in this beautiful place. If yak herders are in the vicinity, perhaps visit inside one of the big black smoky yak-hair tents. Chomolhari is a mountain sacred to a female deity (Jomo); lhari means snow peak. An Indo-Bhutanese team reached the summit in 1970, but now the high peaks may no longer be climbed.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 06: Trek to Yaksa (3,830m)
After a short walk from the camp the trail climbs rapidly for some time and then becomes a gradual ascent to the camp in yak pasture. Herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains might be seen from here and if the weather permits spot Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu drake and Tsherimkang. Then the path becomes much broader and gradual. Continue the hike passing the beautiful lake (TshoPhu).The government has stocked brown trout in many alpine lakes in 1980’s. Now the climb to Bongtoe La at an elevation of 4890m begins. Roughly take about an hour to reach the meadow before the summit and another 45 minutes to the top. From here it’s all downhill to the basemen of Yaksa village. The villager often comes with their local product to sell like, textile, yak cheese etc. Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 07: Trek to Thongbu (4,120m)
A gradual climb above tree-line, past hillsides covered with rhododendron and azalea will come across some yak herder’s camp. After crossing small stream the trail continues with climb about an hour over the Takalung La (Wind-Horse pass) at 4540m. Descend to grassy meadows where herds of yak graze during the summer months. It is a very large meadow. Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 08: Trek to Shana (2,950m)
A steep climb above the valley to Thongbu La (4160m) traverse an incredibly beautiful garden of wildflowers, then begin long and steep descent to Shana and the last campsite, as the trail leaves the forest at a hillside above the river valley where the trek will end tomorrow. Overnight in Camp. (Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs)(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 09: Shana – Paro – Thimphu (2,350m)
Today, it is a relatively easy half day’s walk through fields and rice terraces to the end of the trail at Drukgyel Dzong, where the trek ends. After refreshment drive to Thimphu the capital city. It is a pleasurable ride, with many optional stops along the road. The capital rests on a wooded hillside by the Wang Chhu. The center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a bustling town where traditional ways mingle with modern introductions. The drive takes about two hours. Overnight in Camp.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 10: Thimphu –Day excursion to Punakha (1,310m)
On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, the road descends through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields.

In the afternoon, Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river). Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Later in the evening drive back to Thimphu.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 11: Thimphu – Paro & hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
After breakfast drive towards Thimphu and furtehr drive to the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 12: Thimphu – Paro Depart
This morning leave early morning to Paro airport to catch the onward flight; Bid farewell to the guide, and soon the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.(Breakfast only included)

Cost Details:

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Cost Includes:
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

Cost Excludes:
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Note: 
• On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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