Chomolhari - Lingshi Trekking (12 Nights/ 13 Days)
Duration: 8 days trek and 6 days city
Season: March to November
Maximum altitude: 4820m.
This trek starts at Paro, following the Pachu (Paro river) upstream literally to its source passing through scattered hamlets and farmland, into a deep and richly forested valleys, which further leads to a high alpine pastureland where yak herders graze their animals. Besides, Mt. Chomolhari and its adjoining range has impressed visitors to admit as one of the most beautiful peak. The trek offers a taste of great variety of Bhutanese landscape.
Day 01: Arrive in Paro:
Meet the our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Paro Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the ruing of Drukgyal Dzong (18km). This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, the 24,00 ft. white-domed peak of sacred Chomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) looms overhead. After lunch at the hotel, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangkha painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Paro - Shana (Trek begins):
Drive up to Drugyel Dzong where the road ends and the trek begins. Following the river gently upstream, through the villages. Camp is just beyond an army post. Alt. 2800 mts, & distance 16 kms/about 5 ½ hours walk.
Day 04: Shana - Soi Thangthanka:
The trail again follows Pachu River , ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests, the valley narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. Camp is in a meadow with the starry sky and the snow peaks protruding beyond the ridge. Alt.3750m & Dist. 21 kms./ 7/8 hrs walk.
Day 05: Soi Thangthanka - Jangothang:
The path ascends for a about 1 ½ hrs until you reach a small army post where the valley also begins to widen again. Now the stunning views of high ridges and then snow-capped peaks are all around. You begin to see yaks and yak herders' camp. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Chomolhari. Alt. 4040 m, distance -19 kms., about 5-6 hours walk.
Day 06: Jangothang halt:
Trek up to Tshophu (lake) for fishing (bring your own fishing gear), from where you can see the Arial view of submits all around and herds of blue sheep too. One can also spend a day hiking in one of 3 directions; Mt. Chomolhari and it's subsidiaries lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the North and Tsherimgang and other unknown submits and ridges to the east. Besides there is Yak herder's villages, always welcoming to show their house and living style.
Day 07: Jangothang -Lingshi:
Wide yak pastures on the way up and down the pass (Nyele-la 4700), possibly you may see some Yak herders in their Yak-wool tents depending on the time of the year you are there. You can see great views of Lingshi Dzong and Mt. Tserimgang as you descend from the pass down into the Lingshi basin. Camp is in a open ground and there is in a stone shelter to use as a dinning room and fire place. alt. 4150 m.& dist.19 kms/about 7 hours walk.
Day 08: Lingshi -Shodu:
The trail follows the stream towards the valley opposite the Dzong and gradually ascends upto the Yalila pass (4820 mts.). During this part you may also see herds of Blue sheep & Musk deer. From the pass, it is a long gradual descent to Shodu camp at alt. 3750mts.& dist.22 kms./ 7 - 8hours walk.
Day 09: Shodu - Barshong:
At this place, one comes back to the tree line. The trail follows the Thimphu River through the forest of Rhododendrons , juniper and other alpine forests. The trail winds up and down along drainage with the views of the cliff facing rocks, and waterfalls and eventually climbing up to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Camp just below ruined fortress with stone shelter built for the trekkers. APPROX. Alt.3600mts & Dist.13 kms/6 -7 hours walk.
Day 10: Barshong - Dolam Kencho:
The path descends through the alpine forests and once again meets Thimphu river, for a while following it gradually through the forest of thicker Rhododendrons, and ascending up to pastureland. Camp is in a meadow. APPROX. Alt.3628 mts & Dist.11 kms/ 5 -6 hrs.walk
Day 11: Dolam Kencho - Dodena:
Thimphu (trek ends)The trail descends through the bambo forests all the way to Dodena. Arrive in Dodena, where your transport will be waiting to drive you to Thimphu . Overnight in Hotel.
Day 12: Thimpu sightseeing:
Full day sightseeing and shopping in Thimpu.
Day 13: Paro - Departure:
Trip ends ! fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. !
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