Jhomolhari Trek II

Jhomolhari Trek II

Trekking in Bhutan is both adventure and refreshing with spectacular landscape and breath-taking views of the Himalayas. It’s also a rare and tranquil experience with trekkers having to tread through passes as high as 5,500 m. 

Given Bhutan’s rich natural biodiversity, lush meadows, varieties of flowers and birds, the views of high mountain peaks, pristine lakes, lush high valleys, and people in villages and rural settlements living in harmony with nature are other attractions of trekking in Bhutan. The majestic views of the Himalayan peaks and the serene natural environment often leave in trekkers a sense of awe and bewilderment. While there are different trek packages up for grabs, ranging from a simple three-day Druk Path Trek to the 25-day Snowman’s Trek, the Jomolhari Trek II takes trekkers to the base camp of Mount Jomolhari, the country’s most deeply venerated peak.   

Trip Overview

Jomolhari Trek II is the shorter and milder version of the two trekking routes to the base camp of Mount Jomolhari. However, the second one is popular among most of the trekkers. The trek is especially designed for those wanting to avoid high altitudes. The trek takes trekkers through a diversity of fauna and flora that lie between an altitude of 2,500m and about 5,000m. A major highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari, believed to be the abode of the protective deity, Jomo.

Tour Highlights

  • Getting to explore Bhutan’s cultural heritage sites such as fortresses, monasteries and temples whose origin dates back to as early as 7th century.
  • Fascinating hikes across rural settings, high passes and pristine natural environment.
  • Experiencing local lifestyle and culture.
  • Driving excursion on Bhutan’s winding roads through thick forest and mountain passes.
  • Panoramic view of beautiful snow clad mountain peaks, including the Mount Jomolhari.

What to bring

  • Personal sleeping bag 
  • Good trekking boots and rain proof jacket 
  • Walking stick 
  • Hat and sunglasses 
  • Insect repellent and sun guard 
  • Flashlight 
  • Personal camera 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Paro

Day 2 Tiger’s Nest hike (for acclimatization)

Day 3 Drukgyel Dzong/Shana (trek commences)

Day 4 Shana/Soi Thangthangkha

Day 5 Soi Thangthangkha/Jangothang

Day 6 Day rest at Jangothang

Day 7 Jangothang/Soi Yaktsa

Day 8 Soi Yaktsa/Thombushong

Day 9 Thombushong/Shana

Day 10 Shana/Drukgyal Dzong (trek ends)

Day 11 Paro/Thimphu

Day 12 Thimphu/Paro

Day 13 Exit 

Detailed Itenerary

Day 1- Arrival in Paro

After arrival at Paro International Airport, our representatives would be there to receive and escort you to the hotel for check in. Afterward, visit Drukgyel Dzong, now in ruins, and Kyichu Lhakhang on the way back whose origin dates back to as early as the 7th century. Take a stroll in town, observing shops that concentrate mostly on selling handicrafts and wood products, or even visit some of the cafes and restaurants in town. After lunch, visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight halt at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2- Tiger’s Nest hike

Take a hike to Taktshang or the Tiger’s Nest, which is usually an uphill walk of about three hours. This is expected to accustom trekkers to the trails and mountain altitudes of the Himalayas. The Tiger’s Nest, precariously perched on a cliff, also offer a spectacular view of the Upper Paro valley. The hike also includes a visit to the inner sanctum of the temple, considered as one of the most religious and scared sites in the country.

Day 3 - Drukgyel Dzong/Shana

  • Distance 17km
  • Time: Four to five hours
  • Ascent: 360m
  • Descent: 80m
  • Camp altitude: 2,850m

The trek begins from the road point at Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m), usually a gentle climb along the Parochhu. Trekkers can get glimpses of green meadows, paddy fields and traditional Bhutanese farm houses as they trudge on this trail.

After about four hours of hiking comes the army outpost at Gunitsawa village, where our representatives would submit all the mandatory permits for the trek.  Continue walking to the other side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa, to the campsite.

Day 4 - Shana/Soi Thangthangkha

  • Distance: 22km
  • Time: Seven to eight hours
  • Ascent: 770m
  • Descent: 10m
  • Camp altitude: 3,610m

The trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha would be a long one, involving uphill and downhill hikes intermittently.

After an ascending hike through the river valley is the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley narrows down to a single path and descends to a meadow. This will be the place where the camp would be set as it’s an ideal spot to see Mount Jomolhari on a clear day.

Day 5 - Soi Thangthangkha/Jangothang

  • Distance: 19km
  • Time: Five to six hours
  • Ascent: 480m
  • Camp altitude: 4,080m

Resume trek early in the morning, across alpine meadow and stunted vegetation, on the uphill trail. Trekkers will also be able to view Mount Jomolhari along the trail. After an army outpost on the way, homes of yak herders and a panoramic view of beautiful snow clad mountain peaks and ridges are other attractions on today’s hike.

The trail will take trekkers through the highland villages of Soe, Takethang and Dangochang, where they would be able to experience the typical lifestyle, culture and traditions of the highlanders. Continue hike till Jangothang, the campsite at the base of the majestic Mount Jhomolhari (the abode of the protective deity Jomo).

Day 6 – Day rest at Jangothang

Instead of continuing the trek, a day rest is scheduled at Jangothang. A short hike from this place offers a befitting opportunity to see lakes and various other mountain peaks like Jomolhari and Jyichu Drakey.

Trekkers could also take up short hike along trails in the three directions - west for Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains, north for Jyichu Drakey, and east for a number of unclimbed peaks. There are also possibilities of sighting blue sheep in Jangothang. 

Day 7 - Jangothang/Soi Yaktsa

  • Distance 16km
  • Time:  Six to seven hours
  • Ascent: 810m
  • Descent: 1,090m descent
  • Camp altitude: 3,800m

After the day’s rest and taking short hikes in the vicinity of the base camp, continue trek today, following the trail that passes by Lake Tshophu (4,380m) and then start an ascending climb uphill to Bhonte La pass at 4,890m. This pass is the highest point on this trek. After reaching Dhumzo Chhu, trek along the river and pass a few houses in Dhumzo to reach the campsite.

Day 8 - Soi Yaktsa/Thombushong

  • Distance: 11km
  • Time: Four to five hours
  • Ascent: 720m
  • Descent: 340m
  • Camp altitude: 4,180m

After mounting a 100m ridge, continue to descend to a stream. Cross the Takhung La pass at an altitude of 4,520m and descend further to Thombu Shong. Halt for the night here near the yak herders’ settlement.

Day 9 - Thombushong/Shana

  • Distance: 13km
  • Time: Four to five hours
  • Ascent: 200m
  • Descent: 1,650m
  • Camp altitude: 2,850m

After an ascending hike uphill for a while to Thombu La pass (4,380m), follow the descending trail from there till Gunitsawa. Camp for the night at Gunitsawa.

Day 10- Shana/Drukgyel Dzong

  • Distance: 17km
  • Time: Four to six hours
  • Ascent: 80m
  • Descent: 360m

The hike today is just the reverse of the first day or beginning of the trek. It’s an easy one, a downhill journey from the terrain into the Drukgyel valley. Trekkers will be able to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong from Mitishi Zam. Follow the rough road to the road head near the Dzong, where transportation awaits you to be driven to the hotel.

Day 11 - Paro/Thimphu

Begin journey onward to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu, about 65 kilometers away from Paro, takes a little more than an hour.

Afterward in Thimphu, take a tour of prominent cultural sites such as the Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, the 13th century Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve, the Buddha statue at Kuenselphodrang, and Sangaygang view point. Late in the afternoon, visit Trashichho Dzong, first built in 1771 and later rebuilt by the Third King in 1965.

Day 12 - Thimphu/Paro

Drive toward north of Thimphu and take the gentle uphill hike to Cheri monastery. The hike usually takes about two hours. Cheri monastery was the seat of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal from where Bhutan’s first monastic body was started. Continue walking down till the road head after visiting Cheri monastery. After reaching there, drive further to the road head toward Tango, on the opposite ridge, for lunch by the riverside.

The uphill hike to Tango is a gentle one too and takes about two hours. Tango is the leading Buddhist university in the country. After lunch and a stroll in the city, begin journey onward to Paro.

Day 13- Exit

Your tour executive will escort you to Paro Airport for flight to onward destination.  

Total Tour Cost

High Season (March, April, May, September, October & November)

  •   1 Pax: US $ 3220
  •   2 Pax: US $ 3100 per person
  •   3 Pax & above: US 2740 per person

 Low Season (June, July, August, December, January & February)

  •   1 Pax: US $ 2680
  •   2 Pax: US $ 2560 per person
  •   3 Pax & above: US $ 2200 per person


  • Sightseeing seeing as per the itinerary
  • Government Royalty
  • All meals during the trek and tour
  • Campaign accommodation on trek and hotel accommodation
  • Potters and ponies
  • Transportation by foreign vehicle
  • Full time guided tour by certified trekking guide
  • One time visa processing fee, US $40 per person 

Not Included

  • Air ticket, both domestic and international
  • Travel and health Insurance
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and driver
  • Shopping and Entertainment 


  • Arrival refreshment
  • Free mineral water during tours
  • Museum and park fees
  • Free ticketing service for Bhutan Airlines, no commission levied
  • One time cultural program for a group comprising 5 and above people.

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