Jomolhari Trek


Jomolhari Trek, which can be added to any itinerary situated in western Bhutan, is longer than the Jomolhari Loop – the most popular trekking route in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500 m and nearly 5,000 m, it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp (Jangothang)


Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa

40-mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m. This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village, where you pass the army post. At the army check post, your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

Overnight at Paro | Altitude: 2200 m

Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha

Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m. On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path, which descends to a meadow.

Thangthangkha – Jangothang

Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m. If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning, the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow

Jangothang Halt

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes, with great views of lakes and snowcapped mountains, such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.

Jangothang – Lingshi

Distance 16 km, 6-7-hours, 810 m ascent, 1,090 m descent, camp altitude 3,800 m. The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380 m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek rout.

Lingshi – Shodu

Distance 22 km, 8-9-hours, 940 m ascent, 920 m descent, camp altitude 4,080 m. The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4,930 m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jomolhari, Tserimgang, and Masanggang. Then trek from the pass to the campsite.