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Jomolhari or Dodena treks

Duration ( 8 Nights and 9 Days Treks)

This trek routes official called “JOMOLHARI TREKS 2.” This trek is main high way trail for local peoples in Lingshi and Soi valley. The trail is well maintened and huts are built in three places by tourism deparment of Bhutan. This trks goes at the base of Mt Jomolhari and Tshering Gang.

Day 1

Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.

  • – Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
  • – Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
  • – Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
  • – Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
  • – Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
  • Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
  • – Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 2 Paro

  • Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World.
  • Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3

  • Drukgyal Dzong to Shana.
  • Drukgyel Dzong, end of peace road, trekking crews and pack horses will meet. Trails follow farm road and through farm road till Metshena Suspension bridge. Gradual climb through the rice field for two hours and reach to Chorten, it is good sport for lunch sport. Trail follow through pine wood forest and reach to Army check post where required special treks route permit from Army Head Quarter. After 10 minutes cross the nether suspension bridge to left side of Paro chu. Thirty minutes to reach to camp.

Day 4 Treks

  • Shana to Thathangka
  • Today is longest and hard day. The trail is rough and stony with many rises and drops through different vegetation zone. Crossing Paro River two time till reach to camp site.

Day 5 Treks

  • Thathangka to Jangothang
  • One hour walk from camp reached to Army camp. After army camp trail goes through wide open river valley pass by many yak herder permanent houses.

Day 6 Halt

  • Halt day explore around in many different direction. There are five different places can explore around. Or take rest and do laundry.

Day 7 Treks

  • Jangothang to Lingshi
  • Walk toward northern direction following the river end of last house in Soe valley, cross the small wooden bridge and start steep climb for one hours. Walk through the wide open meadow till again start climbing to Nelela pass(4890m). From the pass, decent down 40 minutes there is good place for lunch. After lunch cross the small steam and follow the ridge and drop drown to camp.

Day 8 Treks

  • Lingshi to Shodu
  • Trail start gradual climb following the open meadow valley. After three hours later cross the small river on the left side, there is no bridge then trail start climbing toward Yeala Pass(4935m). From pass long decent to camp.

Day 9 Treks

  • Shodu to Barshong
  • Trail cross the Thimphu River seven time to reach Barshong camp. It is deep gorge vally through dense forest.

Day 10 Treks

  • Brshong to Dolemkencho
  • After crossing steam, trail decent steep down to Thimphu river side. There are several ups and downs and cross many small side steams. Two hours walk along the Thimphu river, then trail starts climbing toward ridge and decent down to camp.

Day 11 Treks

  • Dolankencho to Dodena
  • Climb back from the camp to main up to trail to a cairn. From here trail decent through bamboo and hemlock trees. There are some ups and downs till end the treks. Here you will be served with refreshment.

Day 12 Thimphu

  • – Take 10-min drive to Changangkha Temple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima). Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum. You may witness blessing of a newborn baby in this temple.
  • – Drive to Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
  • – Drive to Sangay Gang, lookout point of the Thimphu city.
  • – Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
  • – Visit Zorichusum (meaning 13 arts and crafts) which is popularly known as the painting school. Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.
  • – Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings. On the ground floor of the old building is the largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor. English books are kept on the ground floor in the new building.
  • – Drive to Thimphu Tashicho Dzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Younten Thaye the Chief Abbot.
  • – Over night hotel in Thimphu.

Day 13 Thimphu

  • – After breakfast drive along the Thimphu River for 25km to the Tango monastery. Be prepared for a steep climb from the open car park and 20-minute hike through the blue pine and oak forest to reach the monastery. The Tango Monastery was founded in the 12th century by Lama Gyalwa Lhananpa. Phajo Drukgom Shipo also meditated and saw the vision of God Tandin (God with Horse Head), hence the name “Tango” which means horse head.
  • – Over night hotel in Thimphu.

Day 14 Paro

  • In the morning you can have leisure time around Thimphu city. After lunch drive back to Paro.
  • Over night hotel in Paro.

Day 15

  • Departure