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Jomolhari, Chomolhari Kang (7 121 m / 23 363 ft)

Mountain: Chomolhari Kang (7 121 m / 23 363 ft)
Activity type: Mountaineering
Activity level: Challenging/ Tough
Elevation: 4 700 m / 15 420 ft
Duration: 14 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 4 798

Overview

Route Name:
Jomolhari, Chomolhari
Activity type:
Mountaineering
Activity level:
Challenging/ Tough
Type of Climb:
Trekking
Location:
Asia, Bhutan
Starting Point:
Parent Range:
Mountain:
First Ascent:
8/7/1974
Duration:
14 Day(s)
Max. Elevation:
4 700m / 15 420 ft
Vertical Gain:
1 189m / 3 900 ft
Length: Please update
Climbing Season(s):
17 Mar-31 Oct;
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Airport(s):
Convenience Center(s):
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    Jomolhari is Bhutan's deeply venerated guardian peak. It rises on the Tibet-Bhutan border near the major trade route from India into Tibet's Phari Valley. In 1939, from a pass above Phari, F. Spencer Chapman, the mountain's first climber, saw Jomolhari and its companion peak, the magnificent Jitchu Drake. "Jomolhari gives a greater impression of sheer height and inaccessibility than any other mountain I know", he wrote in Living Dangerously. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the whole length of the Himalaya. This trek takes you to the base of this mountain where you will embrace the charm & experience the tranquility of the area. Jomolhari Trek I / Max. Elevation: 4,930m Duration: Nine days, Highest Camp: 4,080m Standard: Medium Best Seasons: March to June & October to November Start: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro) Finish: Dodena (Thimphu)
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    The minimum international Tourist Tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and its up to an individual tour operators discretion to charge extra as per the services rendered and is valid for all inclusive packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows: Season Month Tariff High Season: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov: US$250 / per person per night Low Season: Jan, Feb, Jun, July, Aug, Dec: US$ 200 / per person per night ENTITLEMENTS These minimum daily package rates are inclusive of the following services: Accommodation on twin sharing basis All transfers and sightseeing within Bhutan Services of accompanied guide All meals 35% royalty & taxes to the government Riding ponies and pack animals on treks Fees to temples & monuments Note: Gratuity/Tip, Alcohol, beverages, laundry and any communication cost is not included. Further luxury hotels like Aman Kora, UMA, Zhiwaling & Hotel Taj Tashi, Termalinca resort is not included in the above price. An individual will have to bear the extra room expenses for the above hotels. For further information on the above hotels, kindly write to us. The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the local agent’s obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirement shall be payable on actual basis. The above rates apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. These accommodation establishments shall be approved by TAB. TARIFF FOR INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUPS (FIT) Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharges, as follows: Single Individual: US$ 40/ per night halt Group of 02: US$ 30/ per person per night halt DISCOUNT on tourist tariff There shall be no daily tariff charged for the CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years but will be have some expenses charged depending on the requirement. However, those between the ages of 6 to 12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given a 40% discount on daily rates. Full time Students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates. A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 persons. A 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons. CANCELLATION Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:- Within 45 days of the start of the tour programme: Free Within 30 days: 15% of the rate Within 21 days: 20% of the rate Within 7 days: 30% of the rate Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 100% of the rate DELAYED ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitor due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or roadblocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food transport and any other services required. SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENTS The quoted package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and following supplements will be applicable incase of single room accommodation:- Festival season = US$ 50 / per single room per night Other season = US$ 35 / per single room per night REMITTANCE OF TOUR PAYMENT Tour payment must be settled one month prior to date of arrival in Bhutan and VISA is cleared by the government subject to advance payment only.
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    Getting into Bhutan There are two ways to enter into the kingdom of Bhutan. You can either take a flight or use roadways to enter Bhutan. Bhutan is a landlocked country so there is no provision of entering the country by seaways. Taking a flight Flying is the easiest medium to get into the kingdom of Bhutan. Druk Air: the national carrier of Bhutan operates various flights from different Asian countries to Bhutan. The flights land at the Paro International Airport (PBH), the only international airport in the country. The Paro Airport is Bhutan’s only air field which is considered as one of the most beautiful airports in the world. The airport is 1.5 miles above sea level, and is surrounded by breathtaking Himalayas. An estimated 30,000 tourists use the airport each year, often for holidays in Bhutan. By roadways If you are coming from India you can chose the roadways to enter the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. You can either enter from Phuntsholing while coming from the west, Gelephu is the entry point if you are travelling from the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar in the only option to enter the Dragon Country from the east. The Airport at the Indian town of Bagdora lies at a 4 hours’ drive from Bhutan’s Border at Phuntsholing. The entry point at Phuntsholing would serve you better if you’re travelling via Sikkim, West Bengal of India or Kakarbhitta of Nepal. You can only exit through Samdrup Jongkhar in southeast Bhutan to Guwahati of India. From Guwahati, you may fly into other Indian cities like Delhi, Bombay or Kolkata for your onward flight connections. Even though Bhutan shares its border with Tibet, there are not treaties established yet to open the border crossing between these two countries. Flight booking procedure: 1 – Contact us with flying routes, date of travel, and the name of the passenger as per the passport. 2 – We will hold the seat and send you the quotation 3 – Make a payment for the tour (Bank transfer or credit cards) 4 – We will send you the e-ticket.
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    Bhutan visa fee Government royalty & taxes Dedicated English speaking tour guide Airport transfers Entry fees to parks and monuments Trekking and Camping Equipment Tents(Sleeping, toilet, Kitchen) Full porterage throughout the trek Professional camp chef
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    Maximum Elevation: 4930 meters Difficulty: Medium Best Season: March to June & September to November Start: Gunitsawa village Paro Finish: Dodena Thimphu
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    Base Camp Elevation: 3 119 m / 10 234 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: 4 000 m / 13 123 ft
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Tents only
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Tents only
    Number of Camps: 10
    Avg. Cost: 4 798 USD
    Age Restrictions: 10
    Soloing: Yes
    Descent Route: Same
    Specify descent time: 10 Day(s)
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    • Pinda Bhutan Travels - Pinda Bhutan Travels is a registered tour operator and travel agency in Bhutan, powered by an enthusiastic team with vast experiences working in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Bhutan. Their shared admiration for professional and world class customer service inspired them to form this travel company. Competing in a fiercely competitive market, They believe that being a small company run by a lean team is their biggest strength. They can afford to focus and be more detail-oriented and personalize their service delivery for all their valued guests building relationship and friendship along the way.
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Day 01

Arrive from Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu – Paro
Highlights: Spectacular views of Mt Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and Lhotse (8,414 m); and a literal adrenaline-pumping landing on the roof of the world.

Travel by Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline, to Paro, the country’s only international airport. The flight is exhilarating to say the least, as the route traverses parallel to the mighty Himalayas enabling passengers to see the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, and many more. The descent affords a panoramic view of Bhutan’s foothills culminating into a thrilling landing at what is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.

Meet your guide at the airport and head to the hotel for lunch. Devote the afternoon to sightseeing around the Paro valley famed for its natural beauty, historical monuments, agricultural farms and quintessentially Bhutanese village communities. Visit the National Museum, formerly a watchtower, and then the Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels or Rinpung Dzong. Wind up the day with a stroll around Paro town. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 02

Paro Valley Excursion
Highlights: Hike to the Tiger’s Lair, the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, built on a sheer rockface.

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.

The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong enroute. The fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress. Overnight at hotel

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Day 03

Paro – Shana – Begin trek to Thongdu Zam
Morning after breakfast, we drive to Shana enroute visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong the fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. Then continue drive along the new farm road to Shana Zam (2850m), which takes about 2 hrs. After loading the pack animals (ponies) with your luggage and trekking gears/supplies, we begin 3-4 hr trek through the J.DW National Park. Overnight in Tents Camp

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Day 04

Zho Soi Thangthanka
Continue up through the valley, following Paro river, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine, cider and juniper, as we get closer to our c amp for the night.
Overnight in Tents Camp at a round altitude of 3600m

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Day 05

Soi Thangthangka– Jangothang
The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4040m). From here the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are Superb. Overnight at campsite.

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Day 06

Jomolhari Summit
The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatisation. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and it’s subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

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Day 07

Jangothang – Lingshi 18 km, 7-8 hours
The trail follows a gentle stream for half an hour and crosses a bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la Pass (4700m). We descend gradually enjoying a panoramic view of the mountainous peaks and Lingshi Dzong from the pass until we reach our campsite at Lingshi (4000m). Overnight at campsite

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Day 08

Lingshi – Shodu 22 km, 8-9 hours
Trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the West side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-La (4820m). On clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. The trail then descends alongside a stream to a rock shelter in a cliff face. It then continues on downstream until reaching Shodu (4100m), where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it. Overnight at campsite.

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Day 09

Shodu – Barshong
Our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through Rhododendron, Juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3600m), near which we camp for the night. Overnight at campsite.

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Day 10

Barshong – Dolam Kencho –Thimphu
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of Rhododendron, Birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto Pastureland and you will end the trek. Our driver waiting for you with the refreshment. Than drive through the trail winds in and out of a side valley above the Thimphu chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2600m). and proceed further to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel

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Day 11

A Sojourn in Thimphu
Highlights: The power centre and the capital city of the Happy Kingdom. Also the hub of commerce and culture.

In the morning we will drive to Buddha Point which provides a spectacular 360 degree close-quarter view of entire Thimphu and the adjoining areas. This is the site of the world’s tallest statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. Our next destination is the 12th century Changangkha Temple, Takin Zoo and the viewpoint at Sangaygang. On our way back, we stopover at a nunnery, the Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.

After lunch, we will proceed to Tashichho Dzong, a 17th century castle-fortress which today houses the offices of the King, Chief Abbot and government ministries. We will also take the opportunity to see the nearby parliament complex, the School of Arts and Crafts, vegetable market, and then spend the rest of the day watching an archery match and strolling around the town.

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Day 12

Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdi Distance
Highlights: A panoramic view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas and a multitude of alpine flowers and birds; Bhutan’s ancient capital and Temple of Fertility.

The three to four-hour drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendour of the place.

From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.

After lunch in a small nearby village together with a rural farming household, we will walk along a footpath flanked by an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple of Fertility – Chimi Lhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus. Overnight at hotel

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Day 13

Punakha – Paro
This morning visit the Wanduephodrang it was built in 1638 by the Zhabdrung also visit Wangdue town. Than drive 4hours which is125km to Paro and lunch in the local restaurant in Paro town. After lunch strolls through town and than if you want to wear the Bhutanese gho and kira our guide and driver will arrange for you than play the archery the national sport of Bhutan. Evening visit the farmhouse and experience the way of life how Bhutanese live in their daily life enjoy local dinner with family. Overnight at Hotel

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Day 14

Tiger's Nest Temple Trek
After breakfast, we will drive you to the trail head to commence a climb through beautiful pine forest. We will stop for light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking on to the famous, Taktsang monastery or Tiger’s Nest. The primary Lhakhang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in the east.

After lunch, we will visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.

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Day 15

Departure from Bhutan
After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

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