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Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

7 Popular Peaks:
Chomolhari ( 7314m ), Jichu Drake ( 6989m ), Theri Kang ( 0m ), Kangcheda I ( 6678m ), Kungphu Ri ( 6533m ), Masang Kang ( 6556m ), Tserim Kang ( 6550m )
2 High Passes:
Nyile La ( 4890m ), Yele La ( 4820m )
2 Mind-boggling Glaciers:
Chomolhari Glacier, Jichu Drake Glacier
2 Tranquil Rivers:
Paro Chu, Wang Chu
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Jigme Dorji National Park

Why Should You Do The Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery - The Tiger's Nest. 
  • Local sightseeing of Paro and Thimphu - the capital city of Bhutan
  • Trek to the base camp of Mt. Chomolhari one of Bhutan's highest peak and also get a grand view of Jichu Drake - a rare beauty in the Himalayas
  • Cross some high passes and also see the well preserved flora and fauna of Bhutan
  • A cultural, enlightening journey with a promise of lifelong memories
  • 📅 Duration: 12 days/ 12 nights Paro to Paro
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4850m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Paro
  • 🚩 Ends In: Paro
  • 🌏 Region: Bhutan - West
  • 🎌 Country: Bhutan
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Paro, Bhutan
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Paro
  • 📶 Mobile Network: No
  • 🌐 Internet Option: No
  • 🌞 Temperatures:
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian and Bhutanese

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Bhutan is a dream country to visit. A country where its King declares the democracy; where the growth and country's progress is measured by how happy its people are; where on every corner of the country you will find peace loving happy faces welcoming you with a warm smile on their face; where the nature is very well preserved and where Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava resides in the heart of every person and wher the high mountains lures your fascination as high as it can get.

To be able to witness and experience Bhutan like a local, trekking to its beautiful corners feeling it to your soul's content, is a gift you will cherish for lifetime. Chomolhari is one of Bhutan's highest peak at , and on this trek we trek to its base camp, hike the Taktshang monastery, cross some high passes and also visit 2 of Bhutan's most beautiful cities - Thimphu and Paro.

Climbing in Bhutan is not allowed for religious beliefs and truely so. Mt. Chomolhari ( 7314 meter) also known as Jomolhari, has been climbed quite a few times with the first ascent being in 1937 by Chapman from Sikkim to Tibet, but he reached the summit from Bhutan side. The famous Indo - Bhutan Army team led by Col. Narendra Kumar, also known as "Bull Kumar" climb it in 1970. However, all the ascent from the Bhutan Side was eventful with although with a success on the peak. The Indo-Bhutan team had lost 2 of it members to a mystery and could never be found. A short story of this climbing account appeared in Kuensel, a Bhutan Daily. Read it on this link

Its one of those elegant peaks in the Himalayas and can be only enjoyed from the base camp at Jangothang also meaning "The Land of Ruins", with its neighbour peak Jichu Drake ( 6794 m)  which further adds to the unimaginable charisma of the Himalayas.

Come, join our Chomolhari Base Camp trek to enjoy your experience of Bhutan - The Land Of Dragon in the best possible way

Chomolhari Base Camp Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary



Day 1:

Fly to Paro. Resolve immigration permits.  Local Sightseeing

Brief day's plan: Today we take a picturesque drive on the swirls of the Highway to one of the most peaceful towns in the lap of the Himalayas - Paro We then wander around the city for local sigthseeing.

The National Museum:

It used to be the watch tower for the Dzong below and the design is believed to be conch like, one will be able to notice how the corridors spiral down to the other entrance/ exit. However, there was a major earthquake which caused quite a bit of damage to the structure and the artifacts have been shifted to a newer building just above. The artifacts include a range of items which represent the history of Bhutan.


Paro Rinpung Dzong:

The name means Fortress of a heap of Jewels is now the center for District Administrations’ and Religious activities’. The structure itself dates back to the 17th century and is quite an imposing building watching over the valley of Paro. The annual festival (Tsechu) starts from this place and the dances take place in the courtyard outside.


A Short Bridge-Hike: 

A hike down the moderate slope to the cantilever bridge, one of the finest specimens in Bhutan with its shingle roof and two guard-houses at each end.


Accommodation: Hotel, Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.



Day 2: 

Paro (2300m) to Tiger's Nest ( over-the-cliff-hanging Taktshang Monastery, 2580m ), 5 - 7 hrs. 

Brief day's plan: Today we drive till the base of the Taktshang Monastery, a village names Taktshang. We then start our beautiful hike upto the monastery. As the monastery reveals itself hanging on a cliff, the hike become easier. All through the scenery is magnificent. After we reach the monastery, we visit it. It has deep rooted history and impact on present day Bhutan. After spending some good time there, we head back to the base which takes us a little less than 2 hours hike. We then drive back to Paro and spend the rest of the day.

We will start our trek tomorrow, so we also take care of the preparations for the trek.


Accommodation: Hotel, Paro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.




Day 3: 

Drive to Drugyel Dzong and Up to Army Camp at Gunitsawa. Trek up to Pine Camp at Shana (2, 950m), 4 - 5 hrs

After checking our trekking permits at Gunitsawa, we start our trek from the road head and climb up gradually through the tall trees to our campsite on the other side of the Pac Chu (river)


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 4: 

Shana to Soi Thangthanka (3,510m), 20 km, 6 - 7 hrs

Our trail is almost similar climbing up following the Pa Chu as we enter in the Jigme Dorje National Park. After sometime we reach a opening in the forest where we camp for the night. We get first glimpse of Chomolhari here.


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 5: 

Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang (4,080m), 19 km, 6 - 7 hrs.

Today we cross the tree line following the Pa Chu. We come across few villages and yak herdsmen before reaching our campsite marked with prayer flags. Grand views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake rewards us for the hard day.


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 6: 

Acclimatisation and Exploration day at Jangothang (4,080m)

Enjoy the day to the fullest, as it not just gives us good views but also helps us acclimatize. We may chose to hike up to Tshophu, a high altitude lake with trouts, or wander around with your camera nearby. Stunning views all round. Jichu Drake (6,989m), Tserim Kang (6,789m) and Chomolhari (7314m) surrounds you


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 7: 

Jangothang to Lingshi (4,150m) via Nyile La (4,890m), 18 km, 6 - 7 hrs.

Our route climbs gently up to the top of the pass. Spend some good time here to enjoy the surrounding views of the peaks. Descend down to our campsite


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 8: 

Lingshi to Sho du (3,962m),via Yele La (4820m) 22 km, 7 - 8 hrs.

Today we negotiate the Yele La. The top of the pass offers great views of Chomolhari (7,314m), Gangchhenta (6,840m), Tserim Kang (6,789m) and Masang Gang (7,165m). We the descend down to our campsite at Sho Du 


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 9: 

Sho du to Barshong ( 3650m), 16 km, 6 - 7 hrs

We follow the Thimphu Chu today with several ascends and descends and cross it multiple times to reach Barshong.


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 10: 

Barshong to Dolamkoincho (3400m), 15 km, 5 - 6 hrs

With several ascends and descends and some steep descends, we meet the Thimphu Chu. After a while, we reach our campsite in a flat pasture land.


Accommodation: Tents
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 11: 

Trek to Dodena (road head) then drive to Thimphu. 3 hours

Today we end our trek after some 3 hours of trek. We then drive to Thimphu


Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Evening snacks and hot drinks




Day 12: 

Drive back to Paro. Fly back to your city


Brief Day's Plan: Today is the last day of our trip. We start early so that we can boad our flight on time. If we have early morning flight, we may well had driven to Paro yesterday itself.


Accommodation: none
Meals: Breakfast.


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+ Short Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Paro. Resolve immigration permits.  Local Sightseeing
  • Day 2: Morning hike to Taktsang monastery ( The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Day 3: Trek to Shana (2,790m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Soi Thangthanka (3,510m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m)
  • Day 6:  Acclimatisation and Exploration day at Jangothang (4,080m)
  • Day 7: Trek to Lingshi (4,150m) crossing Nyile La (4,890m)
  • Day 8: Trek to Sho-Du (3,962m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Barshong
  • Day 10: Trek to Dolamkoincho
  • Day 11: Trek to road head then drive to Thimphu
  • Day 12: Drive back to Paro. Fly back to your city


** You can add 2 more days to see more of Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue etc.

** Instead of flying to Paro, you can also drive to Paro from Bagdogra. This option should only be chosen if you aren't getting flights to Paro. You need 2 extra days for this.


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