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October 21, 2019
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Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek (9 days)

This is Bhutan’s most popular trek offering you spectacular views of the 7314m-high Jhomolhari from a high camp at jangothang. This trek is possible from April to early June and from September to November. Days are normally warm but nights are very cold. Snow usually closes the high passes in mid to late November and they don’t reopen until April.

Day 1- Drukgyel Dzong to Sharna Zampa (17 km. 4-6 hrs. 360 ascent, 80m descent)

Starting from Drukgyel Dzong at 2580m you will come across a small group of houses, fields of rice, potatoes & wheat. Walk for sometime and you will reach a settlement of Mitshi Zampa. You will also come across a Swiss built suspension bridge to cross Paro Chhu. Then the trail leads you gently through rice fields and then through forest of blue pine and apple orchards. After some distance you will reach a wide valley. From here Tibet is nearby. The army checkpoint here will check your route permit. Walk a little further, you will come to a camping place surrounded by trees.

Day 2 - Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha (22 km. 7-8 hrs. 770m ascent, 10m descent)

This trek is pretty hard & strenuous with lots of ups and downs trails. However you will come to a gradual climb along the Paro Chhu through conifers and rhododendrons. Follow the trail and you will come to Jigme Dorji National Park. After crossing the park, you will reach a camp Shing Karap, a stone house where you can have lunch served by the guides. Some distance beyond is the route to Tremo La, which is the stone paved trail leading off to the left. This is the old invasion and trade route from Phari Dzong in Tibet. Don’t follow this route, it will lead you to nowhere. After climbing a little ridge, you will come across several short climbs and descents.

Day 3 - Thangthangka to Jangothang (19km. 5-6 hrs. 480m ascent)

This is a short day trek but you will be worn out by the time you reach the camp since there is a significant elevation gain at high altitude. From here you will have a good view of Jhomolhari if you rise early. Walk further and climbing a bit will take you to Yak grazing place with so many yaks grazing around that place. Climb up the valley and walk for sometime you will reach Takethang village of stone houses. Following the trek you will reach Dangdochang village. The people here raise yak and sheep. Climbing uphill will bring you to the camp at Jangothang at 4080m. From here is a spectacular view of Jhomolhari.

Day 4 Halt at Jangothang
After having trekked for so long you need to rest and enjoy the views. From here if you day-hike uphill for about 3 – 4 hrs. you will get a good view of Jichu Drakye. If you climb further up you are likely to encounter grazing yaks & occasionally blue sheep, on the upper slopes. And if you do not want to hike for hours then you can take 1 hour hike up at the other side of the river where you will find plenty of trout fish.

Day 5 - Jangothang to Lingzhi (18km. 6-7 hrs. 840m ascent. 870m descent)
In this trek some people get altitude sickness, therefore, if you don’t feel well then it is better to avoid this trek.
This trek leads you to an isolated place with few houses there. As you trek further the vegetation there is just grass, tundra & small juniper bushes. You may also spot blue sheep on the hillside. After climbing down & uphill you will have a spectacular views of Jichu Drakye with some prayer flags far above. After 4 hrs of trek you will reach Chha Shi Thang where you can camp.

Day 6- Lingzhi to Shodu (22km. 8-9hrs. 940m ascent, 920m descent)
The trek here is very long and tiring. The trail climbs steeply and takes you through a narrow rock cliff. From this pass one can view Jhomolhari, Gangchhenta and Tserim Kang. Then descending steeply into a hanging valley passing a small lake leads you to another bigger lake where you will see blue sheep grazing alongside the lake. After having crossed several side streams you will reach a chorten from here you descend and cross the wang Chhu river and then finally brings you to a camping site at Shodu at 4080m.

Day 7 - Shodu to Barshong (16km . 5-6 hrs. 250m ascent, 670 descent)

This trail leads through a meditation caves. It is believed to be quite sacred. Upon descending a steep stone staircases, you will reach a river where you will have to cross it several times. After climbing gradually for one hour you reach Barshong. You will see a ruins of a small Dzong. The campsite is situtated below this ruins. Since this camp site is not so nice, you can either chose to camp here or push off a little further to a place called Ta Gume Thang.

Day 8 - Barshong to Dolam Kencho (15 km. 4-6 hrs. 290m ascent, 640m descent)

Here you will be trekking through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifers, then through a steep rock trail and meets the Wang Chhu. Then crossing through a larch forest you will come to a clearing called Ta Gume Thang. It is quite a nice place to camp. Many trekkers camp here. Further from here is also a camping site. From here the trail is along the river climbing and descending then through a rhododendron forests and descending to Dolam Kencho, a place for camping. It is in a large meadow.

Day 9 - Dolam Kencho to Dodina (8km. 3-4 hrs. 500m ascent, 930m descent)
Here the trail crosses through a cairn, descending to a stream and climbing again to a pass. Then through a bamboo forests you will reach a rocky stream bed from here the trail leads you down to a logging road along the Wang Chhu. It then goes along a rocky route to the road head at Dodina, opposite the bridge is the Cheri Goemba.

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