Chomolhari Trek

Highlights:

  • Opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Nepal
  • Sightseeing of some of the famous cities such as Thimpu, Paro and Punakha
  • Sightseeing of the beautiful twin lake, Tsho Phu
  • Sightseeing of a wide variety of flora and fauna
  • Opportunity to do the sightseeing of the Tiger’s nest (Taktsang Monastery)

 

Chomolhari trek is especially designed for those trekkers who wish to trek on one of the majestic lands of the world, Bhutan and want to do the sightseeing of this beautiful country in a very sort period of time. One can get an opportunity to trek on the higher altitude and also do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world. Starting from exploring the famous places of Bhutan to getting an opportunity to explore the unique and authentic culture of this country, Chomolhari trek has many more to offer to its visitors.

Chomolhari trek starts with a scenic flight to Paro. The representative of Utmost Adventure will welcome and greet you in the Tribhuvan International Airport and then transfer you to Paro. We will then trek to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest) which is one of the famous and ancient monasteries of Bhutan. We will then take a short drive to Shana and then trek to Thangthangka. Trekking via Jangothang will take us to the base camp of Mt. Chomolhari. We will then leave the base camo and trek ahead to reach Lingshi. We will then trek to Shodu which is going to be a bit challenging and difficult. Crossing the famous Yale Le pass will reward us with the magnificent views of mountain ranges of Gangchhenta, Tserim Khang, Masang Gang and a closer view of Mt. Chomolhari. Descending via Barshong will bring us to Dolam Kencho from where we will drive back to Thimpu and departure from Bhutan.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu:
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Day 03 Arrival in Paro and Sightseeing:
Day 04 Hike to Takstang monastery and return to Paro:
Day 05 Trek from Paro to Shana
Day 06 Shana to Sio Thangthangka
Day 07 Sio Thangthangka to Jangothang:
Day 08 Rest day at Jangothang
Day 09 Jangothang to Lishi
Day 10 Lishi to Shodu:
Day 11 Shodu to Bharsong:
Day 12 Bharsong to Dolam Kencho:
Day 13 Dolem Kencho to Thimpu:
Day 14 Departure day:

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    This will be the first day of our trekking journey. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel via private vehicle. We will rest for some time and then begin the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. At evening, you will be welcomed with a typical Nepali food at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley. You will be transferred to many places of Kathmandu with our private vehicle which includes Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office. An evening stroll at Thamel and Durbarmarg will give you much energy which will help you at the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 03

    Arrival in Paro and Sightseeing:

    You will be transferred to Paro via flight from Kathmandu. Our representative will welcome and greet you on the Paro International Airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. We will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1946. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower but now has been changed into the National museum. One can do the sightseeing of ancient paintings, crafts, arts and architectures in the museum. Overnight at Paro.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 04

    Hike to Takstang monastery and return to Paro:

    Today we will be hiking to reach the Tiger’s nest also known as Takstang monastery. Trekking around 2hrs from Paro will take us to this ancient monastery. This is one of the famous monasteries of Bhutan and is located in the edge of a cliff. After the sightseeing, we will return back at Paro for overnight.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 05

    Trek from Paro to Shana

    Trek starts from Drugyal Dzong and then we will take a downhill and walk on a wide trail. After that we will gently climb through the terrace fields of rice and millet. After trekking ahead for some time, we can notice that the valley widens and we will reach the army post of Gunitsawa. Camp at an altitude of 2850m.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 06

    Shana to Sio Thangthangka

    We will follow the trail of Pa Chhu river and then trek through the dense pine, oak and spruce forests. After lunch, we will follow the river, climb up through rhododendron forests and finally cross another bridge and reach our campsite at an altitude of 3,750m.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 07

    Sio Thangthangka to Jangothang:

    Our path ascends for a while until the army camp. Then, it follows the river above the tree line where we get to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. A short walk into the valley will take us to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the views of Mt. Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 08

    Rest day at Jangothang

    Today, we rest and acclimatize for next day’s trek. After breakfast, we take a 4-hour trip to the northern side of our camp from where we get beautiful view of the Jichu Drake Peak. We have a picnic lunch on the way. This trip will help us with acclimatization and if we are lucky we may even encounter grazing yaks and blue sheep which makes this trip all the more amazing.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 09

    Jangothang to Lishi

    We will follow the trail for a half an hour and cross the bridge to the right. We will then ascend a ridge and do the sightseeing of breathtaking views of mountains including Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang from the top. We will then trek ahead and climb to Ngye La pass. After crossing the pass, we will reach to Lishi. Overnight at Lishi.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 10

    Lishi to Shodu:

    The Laya Gasa route leaves the Chomolhari trek here. Instead, the route climbs towards a small white Chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chhu valley. The trail stays on the west side of the largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above Mo Chhu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli La pass (4,820m/15,810ft). From the pass, we see Chomolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. We then descend alongside a stream to a shelter, and then further downstream to camp at Shodu (4,100m).

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 11

    Shodu to Bharsong:

    Our trail follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff-facing rocks and waterfalls is stunning. Hot lunches will be served by the riverside. After lunch we continue with our walk as the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Finally, we end today’s walk by camping at an altitude of 3,600m.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 12

    Bharsong to Dolam Kencho:

    The trail descends gently through dense rhododendron, birch and conifer forests. We then descend on a steep trail to meet Thimphu Chhu River. Our trail stays on the left side of the river, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. We then cross a steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a camp located beautifully amidst pasturelands at an altitude of 3,600m.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 13

    Dolem Kencho to Thimpu:

    Passing Dodena and then taking a short drive, we will reach to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. One can do the sightseeing of streets, monasteries and famous places of Thimpu on the rest of the day. Overnight at Thimpu.

     

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent
  • Day 14

    Departure day:

    Today you will be transferred to the airport and then transferred to your own home country.

     

    Hotel, Lodge & Tent

Include

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Exclude

 

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

 

Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.

Acclimatization:

Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations:

The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.

 

 

 

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