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JOMOLHARI SOI YAKTSA TREK

Journey through the mountainous north and enter the world of green forest with breathtaking vistas, virgin mountain lakes, imposing glaciers and rich Himalayan biodiversity, which is home to many of wild birds and animals. The popular Jomolhari Soi Yaktsa Trek is one among the well-known trek in Bhutan offering breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountain  This beautiful trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at the head of the Paro valley and gently enters the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. The duration of the trek last for seven days including rest day acclimatization at the base camp in the magnificent view of Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey. The rest day at Jangothang (13,448ft/4100m) offers several half-day hikes taking you to the other vantage point offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks and high altitude glacier lakes.

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Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Single Individual & Group of 2 member requires surcharges of $40 & $30 per person per night from above fixed rate.

TRAVEL SEASON


Itinerary Details

Day 01: Arrival at Paro

You will be meet upon your arrival at Paro Airport by our representative and transferred you to the hotel with a rest of your day at your leisure.

Day 02: Hike to the Famous Tiger’s Nest

We recommend making an early start – After your good breakfast in the hotel drive to the end parking lot below the Tiger’s Nest and from there walk up to Tiger’s Nest which for an average walkers it takes three hours. The historical Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Gompa unfolds the story of introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan by Guru Rinpoche in the eight century. The monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 3140m. Overlooking the Paro valley. Your local tour executive will have an ample explanation on the facts of this cultural heritage. Returning from the Tiger’s Nest, drive to visit the historical Kyechu Lhakhang, which is located on the right side of the main road as you turn your way back to the town. This temple consist of three temples and first and the oldest temple dated back as early as the seventh century along with Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. Legend says that the Tibetan king Songtsen Gyompo simultaneously built one hundred and eight temple in a day to pin down and subdue the giant ogress sprawled over entire Tibet and Himalaya.

Day 03: Hotel – Gunitsawa – Sharna Zampa

You trekking journey begins today with a short drive from the hotel to Drukgyel Dzong which is on the way to your adventurous trek. Your drive to Druk Gyel from the main Paro town will take only half an hour. This impressive fortress lies in ruin and built here in this present location to commemorate the victory over Tibet by Tenzin Drukdra while he was the second Paro Penlop (governor) and was named Druk Gyel Dzong, which means the Victorious Fortress. From Druk Gyel Dzong the trail descent downhill and then enters the valley of Gunitsawa the northern end of Paro valley where you will embark on your onward trekking journey.  Leaving the Paro valley behind you will enter the deep forest of Oak and pine trees, following the Pa Chhu river and finally you will reach your campsite at Sharna at an altitude of 2,850m.

Day 04: Sharna Zampa – Thangthanka

Today your trails takes you through entering the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park leading you to Soi Thangthanka which is the first glimpse site of Mt. Jomolhari(7326m) peak. The trail takes you through lots of ascent and descent through forest of oaks, rhododendron and ferns alongside the Pa Chhu River. Continuing your journey through the river valley finally you will enter a narrow to a small path which descends to a meadow where you will set up for night. Depending upon the clarity of the weather you will have the first catching awesome view of the majestic Mt. Jomolhary (7326m).

Day 05: Thangthanka – Jangothang

An early morning rise will give you a chance to get the majestic view of Mt. Jomolhari bathing in the down light. Your trek continues following the Pa Chhu valley through beautiful landscape, which widen into pitches of alpine meadows and scanty growth of the forest. Passing the valley of Thangthanka yaks and the yak herders home becomes the regular features of this wide alpine landscape. As you journey continues through crossing the army check point the majestic view of the Himalayan peaks and the spectacular view of the high mountain ridges becomes your everyday feature. Crossing the village of Soi Thangthanka, Takethang, and Dangochang, which is one of the spectacular campsite of the Himalayas with its rolling alpine meadow with the majestic view of Mt. Jomolhari looming at the valley ahead. Chances are rare but the yak herders usually come up in gladly offering yak cheese, meat, waterproof hair for making tents, yak hair caps, blankets and other available local products for sell. After crossing the rivers, rock-hopping along the muddy tracks and passing a couple of settlements you will finally settle down for your night halt at a splendid view point and camp at Jangothang.

Day 06: Jangothang Halt

The rest and acclimatization day at the foot of Mt. Jomolhari offers choices of day hike in this high altitude alpine region. Hiking through the yak pastures with nomadic yak herders stone house settlement which lies scattered throughout and with a visit to the remnant of a fortress which lies in ruin today once used to defend the valley from Tibetan invasion provides an opportunity in unfolding the age old history of Bhutan. The halt at Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great view of the altitude lakes and icefall magnificent other peaks like – Mt. Jichu Drakey(6794m) and numerous unclimbed peaks in the surrounding vicinity.  There is also a good chance for you to spot blue sheep in this valley.

Day 07: Jangothang – Soi Yaktsa

Today you journey leads you through 810m ascend and then 1,090m descent. The trail takes your through the last settlement in this vicinity and finally drops to the Pa Chhu.Afther passing one of the high altitude lake of Tshophu(4,380m) you will gently ascend your walk to Bhonte La Pass (4,890m), the pass offers an magnificent voew of the landscape and its one of the highest pass on this trek. After crossing the pass the route leads you downhill and reaching the Dhum Zoo Chhu, you will further continue the downstream passing a small settlement of Soi- Yaktsa(Dhumzo) and finally arrives at your campsite.  

Day 08: Soiyaktsa – Thombu Shong

Today is your last night camp halt, your trail leads you through ascending a ridge of 100m, and from there you will dropdown to one of the stream. From the stream your walk ascends uphill through crossing the Takhung La Paa(4520m) and slowly descent to Thombu Shong where you will camp for your night halt.  The valley is also known for the nomadic yak pastures settlement where you will encounter nomadic stone hut next to your camp.

Day 09: Thombu Shong – Gunitsawa Village - Paro

Today in your last day trek you will cross one of the pass the Thombu La Pass(4380m) and gradually descend downhill the pass and finally reach Gunitsawa to thestarting point of your trek. From here, your vehicle will collect you with a tea break and finally transport you to the hotel for rest and leisure.

Day 10: Board your flight back to your onward destination

A sensational take off


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