Jomolhari Base Camp Trek

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Bhutan’s most popular trek. The lowest and highest points of the route, which have altitude differences of 2,500 meters and about 5,000 meters, respectively, offer a diverse range of flora, animals, and terrain. The Jomolhari Trek is the most popular option for hikers who go trekking in Bhutan. It is a trek of a good level, with days that aren’t too long but long enough to make it reasonably cheap, both in terms of physical effort and financial level. The breathtaking view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp, Jangothang, is the trek’s high point. A tiny portion of the Jigme Singye National Park is traversed by nearly the entire walk, passing a few Yak herder settlements and the most remote area of Lingshi.

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Most of Bhutan is made up of breathtaking, largely unspoiled natural beauty. permanent white peaks, yak pastures, sporadic traditional settlements in the distance, fauna, and unusual vegetation. From hikes through the secluded solitude of the highlands to excursions that bring you closer to a more cultural side, through villages and monasteries, there are durations and landscapes to suit all interests.

Partial round journeys are also conceivable since most routes may be taken in both directions. The so-called “last Shangri-la” on earth is defined by lush forests and towering Himalayan peaks to the north. The breathtaking environment is barely disrupted by the few roads that are present, and pleasant and calm inhabitants welcome the traveler.

What distinguishes the Jomolhari Base Camp Trek from the Jomolhari Loop Trek and the Jomolhari Trek?

The Jomolhari Loop Trek and the Jomolhari Base Camp Trek are the other two of the three distinct treks that have Jomolhari as their primary destination. The loop trek is the shortest journey that includes Mount Jomolhari and is significantly shorter than the main Jomolhari Trek.

It is a nine-day trip that loops from Gunitsawa Village to Jomolhari and then back through Soi Yaktsa and Thombu Shong. For those who wish to skip the high passes and high elevations, it may also be done straight there and back. Similar to the main trip, the base camp trek is also shorter, requiring just six days to complete from Drukgyel Dzong in the Paro Valley to the base camp and back using the same outbound route. The trip is perfect for beginners.

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Jomolhari Base Camp Trek: Route Overview

The Drukgyel Dzong, a well-known fortress on the list of Bhutanese tourist attractions, serves as the starting point of the Jomolhari trek, much like it does for the Snowman Trek. The trail initially traverses farms along the valley of the Paro Chu river. Later, these mountains become stupefyingly dense woods. The Jomolhari route is a moderate hike that takes you through rice fields and lush meadows while beneath big, beautiful skies.

You will eventually arrive at the picturesque Jangothang basecamp after passing through the campgrounds of the villages of Sharna Zampa and Soi Thangkha. You will feel rejuvenated to begin the difficult journey towards Lingshi the following day after acclimatizing and exploring the base camp’s dazzling landscape.

The Jomolhari Trek Bhutan’s Lingshi settlement is the highest. You will hike a sizable height during your Basecamp exploration as an acclimatization hike. The magnificent Blue Poppy, Bhutan’s national flower, might be seen along the way. Don’t pass up the chance to see magnificent birds like the Griffon vulture, Blue sheep, Rhubarb, and Golden eagle.

Additionally, Jangothang offers views of two summits, Tshering Gang (6989 m) and Mt. Jichu Drake (6989 m), that are covered in snow (6789 m). The path regularly follows a frequent uphill and downhill terrain starting from Lingshi. It will be a tougher climb after a few higher passes, with tremendously nerve-wracking descents as a result.

You can run down while competing in a race with your trip companions for some adventure boost! You will arrive at the Jomolhari Loop trek’s highest pass after crossing the Chorten (stupa) to Mo Chu valley. Yelela pass is the name of this 4820-meter pass. Peak views are better from the Yelela pass than from Basecamp. From this pass on the Jomolhari trip, you can see a number of peaks, including Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang, and Masang Gang. You will descend after passing the Shodu village campsite to arrive at the banks of the raging Thimphu river.

The walk also eventually makes it to the tree line route at the same time. You must pass Barshong Dzong in order to go to Domshisha. This crumbling dzong (fortress) functioned as a rest stop for Buddhist monks traveling between Linghshi and Thimphu, particularly in the winter.

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Jomolhari Base Camp Trek: Best Time/ Season

While practically any time of year can be used to do most treks in Bhutan, including the Jomolhari trek, the optimum times to complete this journey are during Bhutan’s primary trekking seasons. The finest periods to hike to Jangothang and back are from April to June and from late September to the end of November, when heights reach approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. The skies are clear for the best views during these times, and the weather is clear and bright with no ongoing severe rainfall or dense clouds.

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Jomolhari Base Camp Trek: Accommodation and Meal

The government of Bhutan has certified and rated hotels in Bhutan as grades A, B, and C. These hotels have received official approval and are comparable to 3–4 star accommodations abroad. We will be lodged in A-grade hotels in Paro and Thimpu and B-grade hotels in Punakha, Wangdue, and Bumthang, depending on availability at the time of booking. Every lodging is a twin-sharing arrangement. On request, a single supplement will be provided.

During your visit to Bhutan, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and supper) are provided. Most hotels provide a range of cuisines, with Indian, Chinese, and more traditional continental cuisine being the most popular choices. Pork, beef, chicken, and fish are frequently found in Bhutan’s non-vegetarian cuisine. The greatest recommendation is to ask the hotel and restaurant what is currently in season and fresh.

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