Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

Introduction

Chomolhari Base Camp Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

If you want to do an adventure trek in Bhutan, at the same time not to miss any of its adventure destinations, this package is an ideal option. Possibly the nation’s most popular route, the trek takes you as far as the base camp of Chomolhari, Bhutan’s tallest mountain. And you must not think that is the ultimate destination of this trek. The trail meanders up and down through numerous mountains, mountain passes and gorges. At the end, you feel you have soaked almost all the natural charm of the nation. While you enjoy up-close views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang mountains from different vantage points, its high passes like Nyele La and Yale La bring you the mountain vista as far as your eyes can see.

In all the up and down you do for days, you will also see firsthand the varying geography, varying flora and fauna of the nation, ranging from the subtropical regions in the riverbeds to the treeless alpine climate. The trek also offers a kaleidoscopic experience of Bhutanese life. Discover its modernism and urbanity in Thimpu, and explore its rustic face in valleys and villages. Its simplicity and quietness, its deep devotion to religion and its commitment to be nothing else but itself will be evident everywhere—be it in cities or in far-flung villages. In alpine pastures, you will meet yak and sheep herders. A single, epic tour of the geography and life of Bhutan!

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 11 nights and 12 days

Trip Grade: Moderately Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude:

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro

Day 2: Paro Exploration

Day 3: Drive from Paro to Drukgyel Dzong and Trek to Shana

Day 4: Trek from Shana to Thangthangka

Day 5: Trek from Thangthangka to Jangothang

Day 6: Rest and Acclimatization at Jangothang

Day 7: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi

Day 8: Trek from Lingshi to Shodu

Day 9: Trek from Shodu to Barshong

Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dodina and then transport to Thimpu

Day 11: Thimpu Exploration and Drive from Thimphu to Paro

Day 12: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to ParoWe fly from Kathmandu to Paro over the spectacular mountain ranges with views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolarhi, Jichu Drake, and others in Nepal and Bhutan. On your arrival at the airport, our guide will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Get refreshed and visit Ta Dzong, a national museum of Bhutan. It is a spectacular vantage point in the hilltop. Then go to Kichu Lakhang, a very old temple of Bhutan.

Day 2: Paro ExplorationWe explore Paro and its surroundings today. Especially memorable will be the visit to Taktsang monastery, one of the defining monuments of Bhutan. Located on a spectacular hilltop, legends put it that Guru Rinpoche had visited this monastery on a tigress’s back and meditated here for a long time.

Day 3: Drive from Paro to Drukgyel Dzong and Trek to Shana We drive Paro to the remains of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari making its spectacular backdrop. We trek to Shana via the bank of Paro river along a broad, fertile valley. There are typical Bhutanese rural houses on the way. We stop at our campsite at Shana, which offers spectacular view of glistening mountains.

Day 4: Trek from Shana to ThangthangkaThis is a long and demanding day involving a lot of altitude gain as well. We leave our campsite and ascend gradually through stone-strewn dirt track. There is thick alpine forest with oak, rhododendron and other trees. The path leads upward until we reach the vicinity of Tremo La Pass, which in the past was used to reach Tibet. Then we go downwards again through thick alpine forest containing birch,fir, maple and other trees. Viewing Chomolhari mountain to the north, we reach our campsite located on a big grassland.

Day 5: Trek from Thangthangka to JangothangAnother day involving going up as far as the base camp of Chomolhari Mountain, Jangothang, located at an altitude of 4044 meters. At first there are trees and then the treeless alpine region. Our destination is located at a broad valley at the base of towering, majestic mountains like Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 6: Rest and Acclimatization at JangothangIt is worth spending a day here, considering the climb of coming day and the excellent short hikes around. Do not miss a pair of lakes in Tsho Phu, lying to the east of our base camp. The lakes are sparkling, calm and serene in themselves. Meanwhile the lakeside is another vantage point to view Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains.

Day 7: Trek from Jangothang to LingshiToday we make the last leg of arduous ascent for about 4 hours, leading from our base camp all the way to Nyele La Pass (4890m). The pass provides the vista of Bhutanese mountain regions far and wide. Mt Takaphu and Gangchen Ta are two dominating mountains to be seen from here. We go down from the pass following a narrow gorge. And we spend our night by the side of a river.

Day 8: Trek from Lingshi to ShoduAnother day of climb today and another beautiful pass, Yale La (4950m). The pass offers commanding views of Lingshi and Bashingthang peaks. While the initial going up leads upwards from the side of Blue River (locally known as No Chhu), the final going down after the pass follows Jaradinthang River, which eventually becomes Thimpu River. Shodu is located at the side of this river, where we camp for the night.

Day 9: Trek from Shodu to BarshongWe follow the river today through a valley with limestone formations. The caves here were used by the monks in the past for meditation. Massive rocks and sparkling waterfalls link our senses with the ultimate beauty and wilderness of nature. We reach Barshong Dzong ruins and continue for about 2 hours to reach the campsite.

Day 10: Trek from Barshong to Dodina and then transport to ThimpuWe go down all the way from Barshong through stony path to the level of Thimpu River. But it is not all a straightforward descent. It has several ascents and descents and several switchbacks. The last leg consists of climbing down a vertical cliff. From Donida, we board on our means of transport to transport to Thimpu.

Day 11: Thimpu Exploration and Drive from Thimpu to Paro.We visit the major tourist destinations of Thimpu during the day and transfer to Paro in the evening.

Day 12: Fly from Paro to KathmanduAt last you will fly from Paro to Kathmandu. After arriving here, you can choose varieties of packages to make the best time of your vacation.

Guidelines

Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Visa
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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