Jomolhari Yaksa Trek
This trek goes all the way to Jangothang from where Jumolhari looks close enough that you can touch it. And instead of back tracing the trail, you trek east, into the beautiful region of Yaksa, meaning the Land of Yaks.
Max Sleeping Altitude: 4150m
Tour Grade: Moderate
Best Season: April to June & September to November
- Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
- sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
- Full time English speaking guide
- entrance fees and permits
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
- Flight tickets
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Shopping and entertainment
- Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro (1.2 hrs)
On arrival in Paro, you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu. Check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit memorial chorten and Buddha Point. Evening you will visit Tashichho Dzong, which house the throne room of His Majesty the king. Overnight: Thimphu. Altitude: 2400m.
Day 2: Thimphu-Paro
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel. Visit school of Arts and Crafts and nearby National Library. Later, explore craft bazaar of Thimphu city and handicraft emporium before proceeding to Paro. Late lunch in Paro. After lunch visit National Museum. Visit 17th century Paro Dzong. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Overnight: Paro Altitude: 2200m.
Day 03: Paro Sightseeing
Early morning after our breakfast, hike to Tiger’s Nest Temple (Paro Taktsang). The hike to Tiger’s Nest will take most of our day. This is the most revolted temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley at 900m above the valley. Enroute visit Kichu lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: Paro – Shana (Trek Start-15km, 6hr, 2800m)
Our trek starts from Drugyel Dzong at 2500m following the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento on a dirt road for about an hour. We will have lunch in a friend’s house on the trail. Just before reaching our camp, we will have to pass through an army check post, where your guide will produce your trekking permit.
Day 5: Shana to Thangthangkha(21km,8hr,3630m)
The trail from Shana to Thangthangkha is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ½ hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet. Don’t go to Tibet!
Day 6: Thangthangkha to Jangothang(16km,6hr,4090m)
Today you will come
across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing
the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with
the majestic Chomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins
of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about.
Day 07: Jangothang halt
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2h from Jangothang.
Day 08: Jangothang – Yaksa(17km,7hr,4090m)
Pass to cross: Bongtey La, 4820m. Sleeping altitude: 3800m. 2 hours from Jangothang is the Tshophu Lake, which you probably visited yesterday. From the lake, it’s another 2 hours to the pass. Climbing up to the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.
Day 9: Yaksa – Thombu(14km,5hr,4150m)
Pass to cross: Thombu La, 4550m. Climbing out of Yaksa, you will see the few houses that make up the Yaksa village across the valley and the pass you came over yesterday. About 2 hours of gradual climbing and you will cross the tree line, entering another valley. The pass is 1 hours climb from here. From the pass, you can see the yak herders grazing grounds of Thombu, our camp. On a clear day, you can even see some houses in Tibet.
Day 10: Thombu – Gunitsawa(17k,6hr, 2600m)
A short steep climb will take us out of the Thombu basin, traversing along a trail cut into a rocky cliff with a dizzying drop. 4 hours of steep and dusty descent (1 ½ k of vertical descent) will bring us to the army check post that we crossed on the first day of our trek. Our camp is a further 2 hours downstream from the army camp.
Day 11: Gunitsawa –
Paro (Trek end -10k, 4hr)
Last day of our trek. We are back tracing the trail now. Very soon Drugyal Dzong will come into view where our transport will be waiting. Lunch in Paro. After lunch relax at our hotel and evening explore the charming Paro town. Overnight: Paro.
Day 12: Departure
After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Carry smile on your face, eyes with tears and memories unlimited. Tour staffs will bid you farewell at the airport departure gate.