Important Information

Bhutan Tour
12 Days
Max Altitude 4900m
Best Season April - October
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Level 4
Group Size
2 - 20 people
Transportation Flight - Car

Jomolhari Trek is the most demanding trek in Bhutan and probably one of the best treks in the world. Jomolhari (7,326 m) straddle on the border of Tibet Autonomous Region and Bhutan that source to Paro Chu River and Amo Chu River.  It is a holy mountain for Buddhists and many pilgrimages from Pagri town of Tibet come to a holy lake of Jomo Lharang (5,100 meters) on the northern side. It is also known for the bride of Kanchenjunga. This trek also includes the landmarks of the Paro and Thimphu area.

This exhilarating Jomolhari trek will start from Paro and end in Thimphu. This trip starts with an acclimatization hike to Tiger Nest (Taktsang) in Paro. The first three days will be following the Paro Chu River en route to the remote villages of Paro of scattered farmhouses, paddy filed and orchids. From the base camp of Jangothang (4040 meters), you will see the close-up view of stunning Jomolhari.  Besides that, you will have magnificent views of different mountains such as Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshrim Gang (6789m). The trail gradually descends down toward Thimphu through vegetation and rocky canyons. 

If you are looking for a Jomolhari trek and want to do it in a different itinerary please Customize your Trip. HWW’s travel advisor will assist you to create your Tour according to your time availability and interest.


Outline Itinerary ( 12 Days )

Day 1

Arrive Paro and Drive to Thimphu (2320m).

Landing to Paro will offer you one of the best views of the Himalayas including Everest. On your arrival at Paro International Airport, you will assistance by Himalayan Wander Walkers's representative. Our Guide and driver will help you to arrange your luggage in the vehicle and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. On the way you will visit three different sites; Tamchog Lhakhang which is built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet, Memorial Chorten, and Kuenselcholing View Point. In the evening relax for the day and stroll around Thimphu city.

Overnight accommodation is set with AP Plan.

Day 2

Hiking to Taktsang for Acclimatization (3000m).

Today after your breakfast we will drive toward Paro and we will hike to the most important landmark of Bhutan. Your guide and driver will receive you from your hotel and drive to the hiking point. The hike will be about 5 hours both way up and down. Those who are difficulty with walking can hire a horse to ease your hike. Taktsang or Tiger Nest was beautifully lying on the edge of the rocky mountain which was burned by fire in 1998 and restored later. This is also a popular pilgrimage site of Guru Rinpoche (Tantric Master). In the evening we will be preparing for a trek.

Overnight accommodation is set with AP Plan.

Day 3

Paro to Sharna Zampa (2870m).

Hiking Distance: 17 Kilometers

Walking hours: 5-6 hours

Ascent: 230 meters

Descent: 60 Meters

Today you will drive to Drugyel Dzong and meet all the trekking crew. The trek starts from here and the trail follows the Pa Chu River. Gradually the valley widens and you will see traditional Bhutanese farmhouses, rice files, and some settlement at Sangatan and Mitshi Zampa along the way. Walking through the pine forest you will reach the army checkpoint where your guide will show your permits. When you cross the wooden bridge over Pa Chu will bring you to Shana Zampa.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 4

Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha (3750M)

Hiking Distance: 22 Kilometers

Walking hours: 7-8 hours

Ascent: 600 meters

Descent:  Nil

Today you will continue the trek following the Pachu River.  The trial is ascent and then descent through the spruce and pine forest. Your hike for 2 hours by crossing a couple of streams will bring you to Shingkharap (3110m). Then you will cross the river toward the left side and serve your hot lunch. After your lunch, you will first reach the junction mark with stupa and you will hike north towards Mount Jomolhari, which can be seen from the top of the valley. Few hours of the climb will reach your camp at 3750m, which is located at a beautiful meadow.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 5

Soi Thangkha to Jangothang base camp (4040M)

Hiking Distance: 19 Kilometers

Walking hours: 5-6 hours

Ascent: 480 meters

Descent:  Nil

Today the trek will be beyond the tree line and the valley begins to widen again. After passing the border army post you will enjoy the scenic views of the Mountains and some yak herders too.  After your lunch, you will see some fields at Soe and Takethang which are normally seen growing barley, potatoes, and turnips in the summer. And finally, you will reach the base camp of Jomolhari where you will witness the breathtaking view of Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 6

Jangothang acclimatization and exploration.

Today your exploration day will take you to the viewpoint which is on the north of your camp. From the halfway climb, you will see the closeup view of Mount Jichu Drake (6989). Again you will hike further up to 4895 meters which is higher than the Mount Blanc of France to see the best view of Jomolhari. This is barren rocky landscape will offer you the chance to spot some rare animals like blue sheep, griffon vultures, eagles, and Himalayan rhubarb. You will also see the Bhutanese national flower- the blue poppy. Those who want to rest and enjoy the view from camp.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 7

Jangothang to Lingshi (4010m).

Hiking Distance: 18 Kilometers

Walking hours: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 660 meters

Descent: 660 meters

Today the trail climbs up and then hikes in the flat track for a while enjoying the views of Jumolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m), and Tshering Gang (6789m). Then you need to climb up to Nyeli La at 4850 meters. From the pass, you will see today's camp if the weather is clear enough. Then you will gradually descent toward Lingshi. If you reach early and have enough time the guide you escort you to the Lingshi Dzong. This fort was a defense station against Tibetan and Mongolian invaders. You will camp today at an altitude of 4010m.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 8

Lingzhi to Shodu (4080m).

Hiking Distance: 18 Kilometers

Walking hours: 6-7 hours

Ascent: 840 meters

Descent: 870 meters

Today is a little tough day where you will ascend the Yali La Pass of 4820 meters height on the ridge above the Mo Chu River in the west.  From here you will see Mount Jomolhari, Tserim Gang, and Masa Gang. From here steep descent will bring you to Shodu where you will overnight.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 9

Shodu to Barshong (3,720m).

Hiking Distance: 14 Kilometers

Walking hours: 4-5 hours

Ascent: 130 meters

Descent: 360 meters

You will return to the treeline today. The hiking route follows the Thimphu River descending in the rhododendron and juniper forest. You will enjoy lunch on the bank of the river. After lunch, you will slowly climb up and reach Barshong fort. And your camp is just below the ruined fort.

Overnight accommodation at tented camp. (Meal: B, L & D)

Day 10

Barshong (3,720 m) - Dolam Kencho (3,290 m) - Thimphu (2,334 m).

Hiking Distance: 15 Kilometers

Walking hours: 4-5 hours

Ascent: 200 meters

Descent: 100 meters

After hours of trek from Barshong, you will reach Gume Thang which means waiting for horses. The path follows several up and down within a valley. Finally, you will reach the dart road leading to Dolam Kencho. Dolam Kencho is a large meadow at an elevation of 3290 meters. Here our driver will be waiting for you to drive to Thimphu.

Overnight accommodation is set with AP Plan.

Day 11

Sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Paro

Today will be your last day in Bhutan. After your breakfast, you will start your sightseeing at Memorial Chorten, which was built to commemorate the 3rd king of Bhutan. Then drive to the gigantic statue of Buddha from which you can overlook the valley and drive to Paro. On the way, you will visit the Tamchog monastery. In Paro, you will visit the National museum and Rimpung Dzong.

Overnight accommodation is set with AP Plan.

Day 12

Final departure

Our team is saying goodbye as your journey to Bhutan comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 2 hours before your scheduled flight guide from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful countries of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet.

Meal: Breakfast.

*AP (American plan) = Meal includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.



Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Thimphu and Paro.
7 nights in tented camp
Transportation during the trek.
Meals: All breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners
Airport transfers on by private vehicle
Professional English speaking guide and necessary transportation.
All park entrance fees, trekking permits, and taxes
All Government Royalties
Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed


International flights
Personal travel insurance, trekking gears.
Aerated & alcoholic drinks
Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
Tips for guide and helpers.
Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
Travel / Medical Insurance

Important Information

* The Price given here is per person based on a minimum of 2 pax. The price will be cheaper with an increase in the number of people.

* If you are flying from Nepal then let us know we can help you to book your flight to Bhutan.

* Single Room Supplement is an extra charge.


What to Bring for Trek?

Although trekking gear is available in Bhutan you are advised to bring your own gear.

  • Footwear
  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Camp shoes or thongs
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • Clothing
  • Down or fiber-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • T-shirts or blouses
  • Underwear
  • Sun hat

Other equipment

  • Rucksack
  • Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional, “normal” mats provided by Bhutanese tour operators)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch, batteries, and bulbs

Useful Information


  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)
  • Guiding, Food, and Camping

In Bhutan, all trekking supplies - camping equipment, kitchen implements, food - are all carried by pack animals. Porters are rather unusual in Bhutan with loads usually carted by horses or, in higher regions, yaks. All trekkers are accompanied by a guide, a cook, and usually at least one horseman or yak herder. With the surest footing; they lead trekking groups across the passes. The horseman and cook will usually run ahead during a trekking day. They will have prepared a packed lunch for hikers and will go on to the night’s resting place to set up camp.

They set up tents, cook dinner, and ready the area for arriving trekkers. When trekkers reach the campsite they are greeted with a hot cup of tea and biscuits in the dining tent. After six hours in the mountains, no drink will ever taste sweeter. For dinner, the cook will usually prepare a buffet of dishes that are as welcome as they are delicious.


  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Frequently Asked Question