Jumolhari Mountain Festival

Durations

10 Days

Altitude

2200 – 3700 m

Destination Choice

Paro | Thimphu | Punakha | Gasa & Laya

Date

13 & 14 October

Tour Included

Hotels 3-star accommodation on twin sharing basis, All meals + tea, Sightseeing program & monument’s fee, surface Transportation, licenced & experienced English-speaking guide, Govt. SDF & visa

Excluded

Air fare cost, Insurance for travel and other contingencies, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks & Personal shopping & tips.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP

Jumolhari festival is observed every year in October to celebrate the snow leopard and create awareness on the importance of the conservations. It brings together members from four different highlander communities, Soe Yaksa, Nubri and Lingshi and gives them an opportunity to celebrate their local culture. The festival is truly unique-held at the base of Mt Jumolhari. Snow caped Mount Jumolhari at 7,314 m, second-highest peak in Bhutan, highly respected by the locals as the abode of the mythical female deity “Jomo”.

Sights across your journey:

The program includes, Snow leopards Dance, horse race, Tug of war, other local games. Hiking to Glacial Lake site where you can see blue sheep, Marmot and excellent view of Mt Jichu Drake (6,989 m) and Mt Tshering Gang Khang (6,789 m). Over all Jumolhari trekking offers most scenic trekking destinations one of the best in world

  • Paro
  • Tamcho Lhakhang
  • Thimphu City
  • Dochula Pass
  • Lamperi
  • Gasa/laya

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrive Paro Drive to Thimphu

During your flight You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation. On arrival to Paro, you will be received by our representative, tour guide, Transfer to Hotel.

After Lunch, Paro Sightseeing

visit the following places:

  • National Museum: National Museum (TaDzong) overlooking the Paro Valley, this is once the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was converted into a National Museum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history.
  • Zuri Dzong: Hike to Zuri lhakhang Zuri Dzong located above Paro Dzong the fortress ranks among the oldest in Bhutan, established in 1352 now houses the Monastery and meditations Place Stroll through Paro town

Day 2 : Paro To Shana – Thangthangkha

Early morning Drive to Shana for about an hour to start the trek from Shana, you will pass by the Drugyel Dzong north of Paro, following the Paro River through the beautiful paddy fields and farms. Stop at Army gate to declare the permits.

Shana to Thangthangkha is an about 7-hour trek. The trail is a gradual climb alongside the Paro River, through conifers and rhododendron forest. Most of the trek is through forest, muddy trails, streams crossing several foot bridge streams and Paro River, along the way you will come across small settlement called Sheng Karap where you can find small shop, this is the junction’s route to Tibet. We take the right path to cross over a wooden bridge and continue climbing over ups and downs, gradually gaining the altitude. Pack lunch will be served on the way. After crossing final wood bridge, you reach to Thangthangkha Campsite at 3580 m, from here you view the glimpse of Jumolhari peak.

Day 3 : Thangthangka To Jangothang

Thangthangkha to Jangothang is 4-hours trek starts climbing gradually gaining elevation. You are now entering “yak” community. Come across villages called Dangochong, Tekehang and finally to Jangothang Jumolharo base camp most beautiful highlander valley unparalleled views of snow Peak Mountain, Infront of camp raising Jumolhari peak. Serviced Camp at 13,500 ft. (4090 m)

Day 4 : Thangthangka to Jangothang: Attend festival

Rise early this morning to view Jumolhari Mountain After breakfast: Attend the Jumolhari Mountain festival, greeted by yak herders, local leaders and school children, series of program will be performed. Jangothang Halt. Today, attend the Mountain festival Choose hikes for unsurpassed views of hikes for unsurpassed views of Jichu Drake at 28,000 ft (8485 m) and surrounding unclimbed peaks in the east. Overnight in camp.

Day 5 : Jangothang day Halt – Festival

Attend the festival and hike to Tsophu Lak Day hikes to Tshophu, a high-altitude lake at 14,500ft (4394 m) lake where Paro River starts. Choose day hikes for unsurpassed views of hikes for unsurpassed views of Jichu Drake at 28,000 ft (8485 m) and surrounding unclimbed

Attend festival

Rise early this morning to view Jumolhari Mountain After breakfast : Attend the Jumolhari Montain festival, greeted by yak herders, local leaders and school children, series of program will be performed. Jangothang Halt. Today, attend the Mountain festival Choose frhikes for unsurpassed views of hikes for unsurpassed views of Jichu Drake at 28,000 ft (8485 m) and surrounding unclimbed peaks in the east. east Overnight in camp.

Day 6 : Jangothang Halt festival

Today depart Jumolhari start trekking back to Paro from same route, trek to Shingkharb or further down will take about 5 hours descending much lower.

Camp below Shingkharab

Day 7 : Shingkharab to Paro Thimphu

After early breakfast, trek down to Paro & Drive to Thimphu.

Overnight: hotel

Day 8 : Thimphu Sightseeing

Visit

  • The Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, where monks’ study traditional Astrology.
  • Textile Museum, beautiful display of Bhutanese age-old dress and various type of Textile
  • Takin Zoo National Animal and take easy nature walk Takin trails through beautiful streams
  • the Sorig Museum, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes, Celestial City of Medicine Buddha, display of medicinal herb, you can also get the Cordyceps tea and Cordyceps Capsule
  • Arts and Crafts school
  • Stroll through Visit Weekend Market and Thimphu Town

Dinner at Hotel

Day 9 : Thimphu to Paro

Drive to Paro and Hike to Taktsang

Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. As to how it could have been constructed in the 17th century remains a mystery; a story has it that celestial nymphs (Khandromas) aided in its construction. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations

Day 10 : Thimphu to Paro Airport, Departure

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