Chomolhari Base Camp Trek
If you are seeking a relatively short but rugged high altitude trek with ample time for unique cultural insights, then the Chomolhari trek is the perfect choice. Beginning beyond Drugkyel Dzong at Shana, in the picturesque Paro Valley we enter the stunning rhododendron forests and weave our way up the valley crossing and recrossing glistening glacial streams. Eventually the landscape opens up to grassy meadows and leads us to Jangothang where we camp below the sacred peak of Chomolhari (7314m). Continuing toward the Nye La (4700m) we are treated to views of the startling Jichu Drake (6794m) and Tshrim Khang, before making the gradual crossing of the Pass with views of the Lingshi Dzong perched high on a hill top. The most difficult day of the trek sees us crossing the 4950m Yale Pass before descending to the Thimphu River and the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. If you are seeking a relatively short but rugged high altitude trek with ample time for unique cultural insights, then the Chomolhari trek is the perfect choice.
|DAY 1||Join Paro|
|DAY 2||Day hike to Taktsang Monastery|
|DAYS 3/6||Transfer Drugkyel Dzong & Shana, commence trek through conifer and rhododendron forest to yak herders camp beneath Chomolhari|
|DAY 7||Chomolhari base camp to Lingshi via Nye La|
|DAY 8||Lingshi to Shodu via Yale La|
|DAY 9||To Domshesha via Barshong|
|DAY 10||Complete trek and transfer to Thimphu|
|DAY 11||Drive Thimphu to Paro|
|DAY 12||In Paro, trip concludes|
We had a brilliant time but it was very, very tough especially the altitude. Luckily the weather was glorious and the local team were fantastic in keeping us going with always someone with me at the back. We have nothing but praise for our guide.