Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trekking

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Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trekking a perfect destination and nice combinations with Annapurna Encounter in one and only country Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan “ The Land of Peaceful Dragon” a medieval period country which is slowly exposing and opening its mighty door from centuries of enclosed in isolation and its remoteness welcoming the outside world and turning into modern civilizations, which makes Bhutan a truly a exceptional place to discover its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion and awesome architecture with its way of life as it was for hundreds of years back, so Bhutan’s ancient past still retains at present with tantric Buddhism way of life.

Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trekking with Annapurna Encounter, starts from Kathmandu with interesting and fascinating sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley, as Kathmandu is steeped with ancient history, culture and religion which can be seen in best World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu itself, after Kathmandu flying to amazing country with awesome panorama of mountains during an hour airborne, on reaching at Bhutan airport in Paro, with cultural activities visiting interesting places in Paro which includes the famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest the drive to Bhutan’s capital at Thimphu here visiting special and interesting places for cultural tour and then trekking to highest peak of Bhutan Jumolhari at 7,314 meters, this fascinating and impressive journey reaching to the highest point of this trip at 4,820 meters, passing through great country in complete isolation visiting small farm villages and cattle herders camps, where you can observe the true and typical side of Bhutan, in serene environment with country villages and awesome views of landscapes and snow capped mountains and concluding this wonderful trip with a drive back to Paro for sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu by Bhutan’s National Carrier “Druk Airlines” or to connecting flight to Delhi for your onward journey back home or to respective destination after a remarkable trip to Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trekking with great and excellent service of Annapurna Encounter.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotel-Guest-House and Camping
  • Total Trip : 17/18 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to Adventurous
  • Season : April to June and September to November
  • Trekking : 09/10 days

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Unique Holidays staff.
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for the trip.
Day 03: Fly to Paro in Bhutan via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: In Paro 2,280 m for sightseeing tour.
Day 05: Drive and trek to Shana 2,800 m (17 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Soi Thankthangka 3,600 meters (21 k.m.) - 08 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Jangothang 4,040 m (19 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
Day 08: At Jangothang for local hike.
Day 09: Trek to Lingshi 4,150 m (19 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
Day 10: At Lingshi local excursion up to 4,500 m (15 k.m.) - 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Shodu 3,963 m (22 k.m.) - 08 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Barshong 3,785 m (13 k.m.) - 04 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Dolam Kencho 3,628 m (11 k.m) - 04 hrs.
Day 14: Trek and drive to Thimphu 2,320 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15: At Thimphu for guided tour and sightseeing.
Day 16: Morning drive to Paro with overnight stop.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu or to respective destinations.
Day 18: International departure for homeward bound.

Our extension trip near or within Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi (Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur).

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and of Bhutan Tour & Jumolhari Trekking and more.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu with tours, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 03: Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Depending upon the flight time to Paro in Bhutan transfer to Kathmandu international airport for an hour panoramic flight to Paro, on reaching at Paro airport, after going through immigration and visa formalities our Bhutan representative and guide will receive you in Bhutanese custom and tradition and a short drive to respective hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 04: In Paro 2,280m / 7,524 ft for sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast our guide will meet you at given time for a tour with short drive and nice walk with an hour uphill with slow gradual pace to the famed and charm of Bhutan at Taksang Monastery also called as “Tiger\'s Nest”. A place for meditation and prayers when monks and lama are in retreat and prayer in isolation for few weeks or months, from this high cliff edge of Taksang monastery overlooking scenic views of Paro and of distance snow capped Mountains, after a wonderful time return back by the same route, after lunch visit of 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and then in 1967converted into a National Museum.

Day 05: Drive and trek to Shana 2,800 m (17 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
After a great interesting time at Paro drive up to Drugyel dzong where the motor road comes to an end and then starting our first day trekking following Pa Chu River with gentle climb into a narrow valley for first overnight camp a little further from Bhutan Army Post.

Day 06: Trek to Soi Thankthangka 3,600 meters (21 k.m.) - 08 hrs.
After a nice morning, and the starting the walk with an uphill and through the river valley and then it narrows and closes in and the walk winds up and with descent along the river bed and on the pleasant path at a grassy meadow for overnight camp where there is a shelter built for travelers and trekker’s night stops.

Day 07: Trek to Jangothang 4,040 m (19 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
From this camp, morning walk starts with a climb upstream of Pa Chu River to pass a small army post and then the gorge opens into a wide valley offering fabulous views of high hills and of snow-capped mountains in all directions, after catching the beautiful scenery walking to our overnight stop to camp at Yak herder’s summer for two nights on reaching the base of Jumolhari mountain range area.

Day 08: At Jangothang for local hike.
From here onwards trekking in and around Jumolhari mountain range, with short day hike of three hours at Tsophu hill top for super views of Jhumolhari Mountains and its secondary peaks located towards west and Jichu Drake peak to the north, and several unclimbed peaks and ridges to the east, after a grand time head back to camp with afternoon rest.

Day 09: Trek to Lingshi 4,150 m (19 k.m.) - 06 hrs.
Morning starts with a great walk on the wide terrain with yak pasture fields on this beautiful green valley, and then a climb way up to the small hill and then heading down from the ridge top, around this area might come across Drokpa (cattle herders) with shelter of Yak Hair tents, walk continues with fabulous view of Lingshi dzong (the fort) on reaching near Lingshi valley looking at the distance Tserim Gang with its tumbling glaciers towards north of the valley rim, on arrival at Lingshi overnight camp or in small travelers guest house built of stone with fire pit inside the main large hall.

Day 10: At Lingshi local excursion up to 4,500 m (15 k.m.) - 04 hrs.
Today at Lingshi in the beautiful surrounding to visit Tshokha lake which is a base camp of Jichu Drake the round trip takes more than 5 hours of total 15 k.m. distances to and from Lingshi camp. On this hike might see some herds of Blue Sheep and Musk Deer on this amazing environment.

Day 11: Trek to Shodu 3,963 m (22 k.m.) - 08 hrs.
After a most lovely time with awesome views and fabulous time around this beautiful valley of Mt. Jhumolhari base camp area, morning walk leads to a long climb to Yalila Pass at 4,820 meters from this amazing Mount Jhumolhari valley, from this top of Yalila top view of Tserim Kang and Masagang peaks, and then descending to our next camp at Shodu near a small stone hut.

Day 12: Trek to Barshong 3,785 m (13 k.m.) - 04 hrs.
From this remote and isolated spot, morning heading to follow the Thimphu Chu River and into dense woodland of rhododendrons, pines and fir trees looking overhead wonderful cascading waterfalls, and then walk reaches a narrow which closes in and the path winds up with downhill along the river, then with a steep climb to the ruins fort of Barshong dzong, overnight camping just beneath a ruined dzong with a stone hut as shelter.

Day 13: Trek to Dolam Kencho 3,628 m (11 k.m) - 04 hrs.
After a most amazing time around this beautiful area of Bhutan’s tallest peak Jhumolhari, starting the morning walk with a long descent reaching Thimphu River and then following into rhododendrons, pines and firs forest and leading to a climb to a pristine pastureland to camp for overnight.

Day 14: Trek and drive to Thimphu 2,320m - 05 hrs.
Today the last day walk of this amazing journey continues to a climb uphill to reach a small pass with wonderful views of surrounding peaks and valleys, after nice rest walk leads to up and downs along the waterway and finally ending this pleasant nice walk at Dodina small village at the road head for the drive to Bhutan’s capital at Thimpu, the ride leads through interesting countryside and reaching at Thimpu in the comfort of nice hotels for overnight.

Day 15: At Thimpu 2,320m / 7,656ft for tour at places of interest.
After a weeks of trekking, a pleasant morning at leisure with afternoon tour at places of interest in Thimpu, a modern capital of Bhutan at Thimphu (probably the only city in the world without traffic lights), at Thimpu with Bhutanese hospitality, after lunch visit of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced since hundreds of years and tour of painting school.

Day 16: Drive back to Paro on route visit Simtokh Dzong.
Morning free to walk around the market of Thimpu hunting for souvenir and then with a brief and fascinating time in Thimphu with pleasant short stay at Bhutan’s capital, afternoon back to Paro driving on scenic highway on the way visit of 1927-29 old fort built by Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, the king who unified all the territory into one Kingdom and then after a nice visit with wonderful drive reaching back at Paro with time for a short tour of Simtokh Dzong another classic Fort in Paro.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu rest day free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, drive to Paro airport for sweeping scenic flight of an hour with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Paro.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

land of peaceful dragon Bhutan in the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom
trekking around Bhutan’s highest peak Jumolhari with magnificent sceneries
wonderful picturesque landscapes and view of amazing snow capped peaks
visiting Taksang Monastery “ The Tigers Nest” high above the cliffs edge
country of monasteries, religions, culture, traditions as it was for many years.