Jomolhari Loop: 7 Days
Jomolhari Trek is longer than the Jomolhari Loop – the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. It offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang).
Day 1: Drugyal dzong to Sharna zam
The trek starts from Drugyel Dzong at 2580m with a short down hill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs very gently, traveling through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa. Just below the shop at Gunyitsawa the trial crosses the Paro chu to river right on a wooden cantilever bridge. It then climbs a little to the village of Sharna Zampa at 2870m, just beyond Sharna Zampa, are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
Day 2: Sharna zam to Thangthangkha
The trail continues its gradual climb through conifers and rhododendrons. About 2 hrs from camp is Shing Karap, a stone house and clearing at 3110m. Lunch can be served here. Tree species along the trail are blue pine, maple and larch. Finally there is a bridge back to river right of Paro chu at 3560m. A short walk from the bridge is a lovely meadow with Jhomolhari looming at the head of the valley. This is Thangthangkha, elevation 3630m, the camp site.
Day 3: Thangthangkha to Jangothang
This is not a long day, but there is a 450m elevation gain, and you will be comfortably worn out when you reach camp. At 3770m, about an hour from camp, the trail turns sharply at a white-washed maniwall you are now entering yak country and you will see these huge beasts numbering across the hill site and lazing about in meadows alongside the trail, it is slow going uphill beside a side stream to the camp at Jangothang, 4090m and a spectacular view of Mt.Jomolhari.
Day 4: Jangothang Halt
This is a very good place for views and there are lots of day hikes that you can make or you can go on a fishing expedition to Tshophu, a high altitude lake.
Day 5: Jangothang to Soi Yaktsa
Distance 16km, 6-7hrs
Camp altitude 3,800m
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu River, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Soi Yaktsa (Dhumzo) to arrive at your camp site.
Day 6: Soi Yaktsa to Thombo Shong
Distance 11km, 4-5hrs
Camp altitude 4,180m
The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, yak herder huts with your campsite next to them
Day 7: Thombushong to Drukgyel dzong
Distance 17km, 5-6hrs
Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and further to Drukgyel Dzong, the start point for the trek.
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Trek effort: Difficult and requires good fitness.
Altitude: 2500-5000 meters
Adventure Season: Between March-June or September- November.