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16 - Day Jumolhari Combo Trek in Bhutan

If you are disheartened or heard of treks destroyed by the unplanned urbanization and exploited nature by the human activities and you want to avoid, we have explored and reroute the trekking trail through some of the untouched tranquil mother nature that Bhutan boast of. We have named as Mt. Jumolhari Combo Trek. It includes combination of four Popular Trek - Jumolhari, Laya Gasa, Druk Path and Naro Trek.

You will venture as high as 5,000 meters which will be one of the most scenic treks with entry from the beautiful Paro Valley, you will explore and experience almost everything that Bhutan can offer making your exit from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

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$6,545

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Duration

16 days

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  • What's included :
    • 15x Breakfast
    • 15x Dinner
    • 16x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 15 nights
    • All Trekking Meal during the Trek
    • One Trekking Expeditions Leader
    • Horsemen as per the group size
    • Helper as per the group size
    • Group Medical Kit
    • Good Quality accommodation throughout
    • All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
    • Horses to carry 20 Kgs personal equipment
    • Entry/Admission - Rinpung Dzong
    • Entry/Admission - National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang
    • Entry/Admission - Kyichu Lhakhang
    • Entry/Admission - Phajoding Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
    • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
    • Entry/Admission - Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)
    • Entry/Admission - Simply Bhutan Museum
    What's excluded :
    • International Airfare
    • Alcohol
    • Tips/gratuities
    • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
    • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

  • Day 1: Paro International Airport- your first glimpse of Bhutan

    Pass By: Airport Road, Paro, Bhutan
    On arrival at the Paro International Airport you meet your tour guide and driver

    Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro Bhutan
    The majestic Rinpung Dzong or the Fortress of Heaped Jewels is located along the Paro river gathering attention and admiration from every corner of the valley. Like all the Dzongs in the country, the Rinpung Dzong houses the administrative offices along side the district monastic body, i.e. the monks, their living quarters and learning centers.

    Inside the Dzong there are many temples depicting stories of important Buddhist saints, and aside from many important religious scriptures and artifacts the Dzong houses the Thongdrel, a huge 20x20 meter wide applique (ornamental needlework in silk) of Guru Padmasambhava (the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan), his two spiritual consorts, his eight manifestations, few more Buddhist saints and lastly of the image of Lam Ngawang Rabgay who constructed this masterpiece of a Thongdrel. This Thongdrel is displayed once a year and only for a few hours before sunrise as the rays of the sun are not supposed to fall on the Thongdrel.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: National Museum, Tag-Dzong Rinpung Dzong, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    The National Museum located above the Rinpung Dzong was previously a watch tower (Ta Dzong) built in 1649 to guard the valley from numerous Tibetan invasions. Built in the shape of a conch shell the tower was converted to a Museum in 1968, was severely damaged by three major earthquakes, the recent being in 2011 and renovated and reopened in all its former architectural glory in June 2020 as the National Museum.

    The Museum has on display numerous unique sets of religious and historical artifacts that narrate the traditional heritage and culture of Bhutan. The artifacts include festival masks, fine arts, paintings, textiles from all over Bhutan, collection of stamps, preserved specimens of exotic animals and many antique collections. A visit to the Museum will familiarize a visitor to the ancient culture and traditions of Bhutan and discover the beauty, mystery, myths and legends that makes Bhutan a hidden gem of a country.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Paro, Bhutan
    Dungtse Lhakhang located just a few minutes walk from the Paro town is immersed with mythical stories of demons, spirits and malevolent snakes wreaking havoc in the valley and their subsequent subjugation by Thangtong Gyalpo, the Iron Bridge Builder also a renowned Buddhist saint, yogi, physician, blacksmith, architect, music composer and one of the most travelled person in the Himalayas.

    The temple was built in 1421 by Thangtong Gyalpo to immobilize the demons haunting the valley and to suppress diseases that plagued the people especially leprosy. The 3 storied temple is conceived as a mandala and represents hell, earth and heaven. Many stories abound of and during its construction including the reason why its golden pinnacle (central tower) had to be chained to the ground as it attempted to fly away to Tibet.

    The temple houses a massive collection of ancient murals, paintings and Buddhist iconography said to rival those of any Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Stay at 3 star Hotel of your choice in Paro

    Day 2: Taktsang Hike-Tiger’s Nest

    Stop At: Paro Taktsang, Taktsang trail BT, Taktsang trail, Bhutan
    After a sumptuous breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang Monastery / Tiger’s Nest which is about 3 hours uphill and 2 hours down. Riding ponies are also available if you think the hike is a bit daunting. Located around 900 meters above the Paro valley on a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery is truly a wonderful and spectacular sight in terms of its location, setting and history. In the 8th Century this was one of the major sites where Guru Padmasambhava – the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan meditated with his consort Khandro Yeshey Tshogyal. It is believed that Guru flew on a female tigress in pursuit of a demon which he subdued at the current site of the Monastery. It is one of the holiest site in the Buddhist arena and the most important cultural icon in Bhutan.

    You can have your lunch, tea/snacks at the cafeteria midway.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Lamgong Gewog, Paro 12001 Bhutan
    The Kyichu Lhakhang/temple is one of the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited and blessed by numerous renowned Buddhist saints over the centuries. The temple enjoys a peaceful and serene location away from the main town and though the structure is simple but abounds in many tantric and mythical wonderful stories that will take you back to the times of demons and saints and their battles.

    The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built by King Songtsen Gampo to subdue a giant ogress that was preventing the spread of Buddhism in the Himalayas. After subjugation, the body of the ogress was laid across the Himalayas (of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal) and the King built 108 temples over the body of which the Kyichu Lhakhang is said to be constructed on the left foot of the ogress. The Lhakhang was visited by Guru Rinpoche and many saints over the years and is a treasure house of many ancient relics, artifacts and statues of prominent Buddhists figures.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at 3 star hotel of your choice

    Day 3: Paro- Chubitsa- Namchakha

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    Your will drive from your hotel to Drugyal Dzong, the Fortress of the Victorious which will take around 20 minutes. From Drugyal Dzong, you will drive for about an hour to Chubitsa, where you will start your trek. The drive will be through the farm road which ends with the Stupa/chorten of Lam Drukpa kuenley, the divine mad man. With the views of beautiful mountains, you will be trekking for about 5- 6 hours to your campsite, Namchakha, a beautiful plain amidst the Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters. Your trek starts from the Yaktsa trek trail.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camp at Namchaka

    Day 4: Namchakha- Thangbu

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    On your second day, you will be walking for 5- 6 hours via Tsenden La. Your will be descending for about 30 minutes from Tsenden La Pass. You will have a glimpse of the Jichu Drakey and Jumolhari both believed to be the abode of Goddess Jumo and Jowo. Your campsite will be at Thangbu which is around 4,000 meters. You will be walking through the pristine environment through the beautiful pine trees. Overnight at your campsite.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tent at Thangbu Campsite

    Day 5: Thangbu- Yaktsa

    Stop At: Paro, Paro, Paro District
    On your third day, you will descend for about an hour to reach Thangbu La Pass. After a steady walk through the mountain shrubs and dwarf rhododendrons and further descend for about 4 hours you will reach Yaktsa at an altitude of 3,800 meters. This is where Yaktsa trek ends.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camp at Yaktsa

    Day 6: Yaktsa- Jangothang

    Stop At: Jangothang, Bhutan
    On your fourth day, you will be walking for 6-7 hours to the Jumolhari Base Camp called Jangothang which is at an altitude of 4,080 meters. Before you reach your base camp, you will climb uphill for about 4 hours to Bongtey La Pass. Another 3 hours hike and the twin lakes will be there to greet you with its majestic view. You are now on the trail of Jomolhari Trek.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camp at Jangothang

    Day 7: Halt at Jangothang – rest and acclimatize

    Stop At: Jangothang, Bhutan
    Today you will stay at Jangothang campsite and engage yourself in various activities. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. There are plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Jichu Drake is also one of those unclimbed mountains. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east. Nearby there are trout filled lakes. You may also walk towards the glaciers of Jhomolhari or visit and experience a high altitude village life nearby. Don’t sweat it too much as you prepare yourself for a tough climb the next day.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camp at Jangothang

    Day 8: Jangothang- Lingzhi

    Stop At: Lingzhi, Bhutan
    On this day your camp altitude will be at 3,880 meters. This will be one of the longest days of the trek. You will ascend for about 30 minutes and then a gradual climb to the Nyela Pass, the Sleepy pass which is around 4,890 m. If you are lucky, you will see Breaded Vultures and Himalayan Griffon as well as the blue sheep. It will be a gradual descent to the camp where you will pass by some yak herders’ tents which is made from the yak wool. As you come down into the Lingzhi valley, the wonderful view of the Lingzhi Dzong, the most remote fortress in Bhutan will receive you with its grandeur on clear days. Your campsite will be below the Dzong.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camp near Lingzhi Fortress

    Day 9: Lingzhi- Dhingtso

    Stop At: Lingzhi, Bhutan
    Today you will trek for about 6-7 hours. There will be a gradual climb for about 4 hours before you reach Yalela Pass, which is about 4,820 meters. The serene surroundings along with the majestic Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gancheta (The Great Tiger Mountain) and Tsherimgang will be your view for the day. All the mountains are above 7,000 meters. Your campsite after a descending for an hour will be near the magnificent lake called the Dingtso. It is around 4,000 meters above the sea level.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camp at Dingtsho, by the mountain lake

    Day 10: Dhingtso- Waleythang

    Stop At: Bhutan, Bhutan
    You will be greeted by the serene lake in the morning with its beauty and magnificence. You will walk for about 5-6 hours, where another trek called Naro starts. You will enjoy the majestic view of the surrounding mountains. The descent will be steady and not too steep through gentle slopes where blue sheep graze. Your campsite is at Waleythang which is about 4,100 meters.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camp at Waleythang

    Day 11: Waleythang- Tegithang

    Stop At: Bhutan, Bhutan
    Today for your three hour steady climb, you will be following an old yak herder’s trail to reach Ledila Pass which is 4,700 m. You will then follow the shoreline of the beautiful lake Yumtsho till you reach your campsite at Tegithang. Today’s view will also be the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. You will be walking for about 6-7 hours until you reach Tegithang.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camp at Tegethang

    Day 12: Tegithang- Rangthabja

    Stop At: Bhutan, Bhutan
    You will walk for about 7 hours today. You will pass via Shakhim la, another beautiful pass. It will be a gradual climb to the pass and from there you will descend to reach your campsite, Rangthabja. The breathtaking views of the mountains will be following you throughout.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Camp at Rangthabja

    Day 13: Rangthabja- Labana

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    On the tenth day, a steady climb leads to Yusa La Pass which is around 4,380 meters. You will then descend down the rocky terrain and climb again to a lake called Dung Tsho and Dung Tsho La Pass which is 4,300 meters. You will now join the Druk Path Trek route. It was the traditional route between Thimphu, the capital and Paro. Your camp will be at Labana which is at 4,200 m.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camp at Labana

    Day 14: Labana – Phajoding – Thimphu

    Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Phajoding-Pumola Trail Phajoding Bhutan
    On your last day, a beautiful sunrise will greet you. You will walk from Labana, for about 3 hours to Phajoding. You can explore the Phojoding Monastery from where you will be able to view the spectacular Thimphu city below. Your walk will be at a leisurely pace since you will be descending through the serene pine trees for about 3 hours through the forested area of mostly blue pine.

    You will then reach Motithang, upper Thimphu. Your driver and vehicle will be waiting for you. Enroute to your hotel you can visit the Takin Preserve, the weird national animal of Bhutan with head of a goat and body of a cow.

    Check into your hotel and rest for a while.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    Every Dzong in Bhutan houses the district administrative offices and the Local Monastic Body, however the importance of the Tashi Chho Dzong is that it houses the office of the King, the Throne room and the Central Monastic Body. Tashi Chho Dzong or the Fortress of the Glorious Religion is located along the banks of the Thimphu river and is one of the most prominent and spectacular attraction in the valley.

    Though travelers are restricted to enter the offices or the Royal office, however a walk along the beautiful flower garden, glimpse of the architectural structures and visiting some of the auspicious temples is well worth the visit. Also, since the visiting hours are after 5 pm this is also the perfect time to watch the intimate ceremony of lowering the flag and the majestic march of the policemen as they march the flag off to the interior offices.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu Bhutan
    Located north of the city is the Takin Preserve that houses the Takin, the weird looking national animal of Bhutan with the head of a cow and body of a goat. Legend holds that the Takin was created by the saint Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman of Bhutan. A religious preacher as well as a proficient tantric, the Divine Madman is famed for his unconventional methods of teaching through songs, comic acts and often shocking sexual connotations during the 15th Century. Many years ago, when the saint was residing in Bhutan the local people requested him to show his magical powers and he agreed provided that in exchange he was to be served a meal with the full body of a goat and cow. After devouring the whole meal and when only the bones of the two animals were left, the Lama fixed the head of the goat to the skeleton of the cow and with a flick of his fingers commanded the animal to go into the forest and graze.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel in Thimphu of your choice

    Day 15: Thimphu valley excursion

    Stop At: Thimphu, Thimphu, Thimphu District
    Thimphu is an amalgamation of modern technology and facilities amidst ancient culture and traditions. The capital has been able to maintain its aesthetic architectural beautify in perfect sync with development and expansion, as can be seen in all the buildings in and around the city. There are no sky scrapers nor huge shopping malls, no fast food chains nor any international brand outlets, no homeless people nor any slums and instead the settlements follow the meandering river with high-rise mountains on either side.

    The bustling capital city of Bhutan is home to a little over one hundred thousand people including the Royal family and is also the most cosmopolitan city of Bhutan. It is the hub for commerce, political and the head office of the central government and international offices of many development partners are located in the valley. Probably Thimphu is the only capital city in the world without a single traffic light and instead the traffic is manned by policemen.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Kuensel Phodrang Viewing Point, Thimphu 11001 Bhutan
    Overlooking the quaint Thimphu city is one of the largest Buddha Dordenma Statue in the world. The statue is 51.5 meters in height, made of bronze and glided in gold making it one of a kind. Popularly known as the Buddha Point, the place is a favorite among devotees who comes from all corners of Bhutan to pay their respects. Like any other religious sites or monasteries in Bhutan, the building of the gigantic statue was also prophesied. The first prophecy was made by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century and in the 20th century by Yogi Sonam Zangpo, that a Buddha statue will be built in this region for the World Peace and Happiness.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
    The Memorial Chorten located in the heart of the Thimphu city is a favorite spiritual hangout and a great interactive place for tourists and Bhutanese. The 3 storied stupa houses some very prominent statues of Buddhist saints, figures and relics and therefore considered very auspicious for conducting rituals and ceremonies. The main statue of the ‘Wish-fulfilling Buddha’ inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted!

    Everyday from dawn till dusk the young and old circumambulate the Stupa, with the elderly spending their whole day chanting prayers, sharing their packed lunches, turning the huge prayer wheels and spending time with their friends. They look forward to sharing smiles and a few words with visiting tourists and the Memorial Chorten is an interactive place for tourists wanting to mingle with the locals and exchange stories.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Centenary Farmers Market, Main Town, Near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu Bhutan
    If you want to mingle with the Bhutanese people and jostle with local farmers amongst the aroma of organic fruits and vegetables, the Centenary Farmers Market is the place to be. Smiling tourists watch in awe as locals bargain with the vendors and you can even stock up on your organic fruits for the coming days. The market is one of the busiest place in the valley with farmers from all corners of Bhutan selling their organic produce. A stroll through the market will give the travelers an insight into the food habits and cuisines of Bhutan. One ingredient that is widely seen in the market is the dried and fresh green chilies which is the most essential ingredient in all the Bhutanese dishes. Photographs are allowed and travelers can also exchange a few words with some vendors who speaks English.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Simply Bhutan Museum, Genyen Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
    The Simply Bhutan Museum is located in the heart of the city and is closest to a living museum showcasing the age old culture and traditions of Bhutan. Like a small ancient village one can feel the medieval aura as soon as you enter the museum.

    Inside the museum, visitors can experience the simple lifestyle of ancient Bhutan and the unique culture that has been passed down and preserved from generation to generation. Serving of Suja “salt and butter tea” and Zaw “puffed rice” is the first and foremost thing that is offered to the guest and that just kick starts your unique experience of the authentic Bhutanese culture. Rest assured that within a short span of time one can grab a glimpse of the simple and rustic lifestyle of the locals.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3 Star Hotel in Thimphu of your choice

    Day 16: Departure

    Pass By: Airport Road, Paro, Bhutan
    After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport where your guide and driver will bid you farewell and hope you had a pleasant holiday and hope to see you in Bhutan again.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Paro Airport, Paro Bhutan
    • Guwahati Airport, New Airport Road, Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam 781015, India
    • Bagdogra Airport, Airport Road, Bagdogra, Siliguri, West Bengal 734421, India
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Bhutan Swallowtail Tours & Travels

Activity ID: V-189121P17

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