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Explore one of Bhutan's most famous routes, the Chomolhari Trek! Visit temples, explore local markets and experience all that the Himalaya has to offer on this 14-day expedition.

 

Price: Starting from $4760

Duration: 14 days (oct-nov, Mar-apr)

Activity Level: 1 2 3 4 5

PRICE: $5600

Student (15% discount): $4760
Private Departure (1-4 pax): $7280
Private Departure (5-10 pax): $5600

Single Supplement Fee: $350

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Paro
Day 2: Tour of Tiger's Nest
Day 3: Hike to Shing ka rap
Day 4: Hike to Thangtangka
Day 5: Hike to Jangothang
Day 6: Rest day in Jangothan
Day 7: Hike to Lingshi
Day 8: Rest day in Lingshi
Day 9: Hike to Shodu
Day 10: Hike to Barshong
Day 11: Hike to Dolam Kencho
Day 12: Complete trek and head to Thimphu
Day 13: Return to Paro
Day 14: International departures

Arrival DateEnd DateStatus
September 30, 2016October 13, 2016Open
November 18, 2016December 1, 2016Open

INCLUsions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 3 nights accommodation in Paro
  • camping accommodations on trek
  • all meals (outlined in itinerary)
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • guide and porter services
  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)
  • all ground transportation in Bhutan
  • guided excursion to Tiger's Nest

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Paro (7,200ft/2195m). Arrive in Paro, where a OneSeed representative will be there to greet you. Check into our partner lodge and catch up on some much needed sleep or explore the city on your own.

Inclusions: Private airport transfer; dinner; accommodations

Day 2: Paro (7,200ft/2195m). Time to check out the famous Tiger's Nest Temple. This hike will take around 6 hours in total and is well worth the climb. The temple was originally built in 1692 and is sure to take your breath away if the elevation hasn't already done so. Complete the hike and return to Paro for the evening.

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water, juice, soft drinks. Other options available for guest purchase); guided tour; accommodations

Day 3: Paro to Shing ka rap (9,744ft/2970m). Begin the trek! Most of the day will be a steady incline up toward the campsite. Follow the Paro river before reaching the campsite at Shing ka rap.

Total distance: 6.2 miles. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase), transportation, park entrance fee, trekking permit, camping accommodations.

Day 4: Shing ka rap to Thangthangka (11,909ft/3630m). The path today is undulating and will lead you through the conifer forest. Catch your first glimpse of the famous Mt. Jomolhari and settle into the campsite.

Total distance: 9.3 miles. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 5: Thangthangka to Jangothang (13,419ft/4090m). Pass a yak herder settlement and an army post along the trail. Continue on to Jangothang.

Total distance: 8 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 6: Jangothang (13,419ft/4090m). Enjoy a rest day in Jangothang or head out for a short day hike to further acclimatize. 

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 7: Jangothang to Lingshi (13,156ft/4010m). Climb up and over the first pass of the trail at Nyile-la, which reaches 16,043ft! After, continue the descent to Lingshi for the evening.

Total distance: 11 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 8: Lingshi (13,156ft/4010m). Rest day in Lingshi. Enjoy a day hike to Lingshi Dzong if you are feeling adventurous.

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase), transportation, park entrance fee, trekking permit, camping accommodations.

Day 9: Lingshi to Shodu (13,484ft/4110m). Continue through the valley and onto Yeli-la pass at 15,813ft. Weather permitting, enjoy views of Mount Jomolhari, Mount Tsherimgang and Mount Masagang.

Total distance: 13.7 miles. Approximately 9-10 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 10: Shodu to Barshong (12,073ft/3680m). The trail winds up and down and crosses the river six times before retiring to Barshong

Total distance: 9.9 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 11: Barshong to Dolam Kencho (11,253ft/3430m). Descend through beautiful rhododendron forests to reach Dolam Kencho.

Total distance: 9.3 miles. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); camping accommodations.

Day 12: Dolam Kencho to Thimphu (7,656ft/2334m). Complete the descent to Dodina (8530ft). Meet your vehicle and drive 30 minutes to Thimphu.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 3-4 hours of trekking

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations.

Day 13: Thimphu to Paro (13,156ft/4010m). Explore the city of Thimpu before returning to Paro. Check out temples, pick-up some local handicrafts, and explore Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan's first fort built in 1629.

Inclusions: All meals (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); double occupancy accommodations.

Day 14: Paro (13,156ft/4010m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast (Choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transfers.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here .


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PACKING LIST

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

See current weather conditions in Paro, Bhutan here. 

See current weather conditions for the Chomolhari trek here. 

Packing System: This expedition includes horses for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

Rentals Available:

  • Not available on this expedition. 

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Paro
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Bhutan Visa (Must be obtained prior to arrival. Please send a copy of your passport to OneSeed.)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Expedition Gear

  • Duffle bag or backpack to be carried by our staff.  
  • Change of clothes for Paro - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle or camelback (to hold 2 liters of water)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 15-20ºF rating
  • Toilet paper (available in Paro)
  • Hand sanitizer

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)
  • Outlet adapter
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

Temperatures in the Bhutan vary greatly due to the extreme difference in altitude in the region. Most of the annual precipitation occurs from June to September. In fall (October – November) and spring (April – May), days are warm and sunny, and nights cool. In spring, rain at 3000m elevation often turns to snow at higher elevations. In winter from December to March, days are clear and mild but nights cold.

 

Paro Weather

 
 

Elevation

 

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

Insure Your Trip

OneSeed provides optional cancellation and interruption insurance for all expeditions. Please review the OneSeed Cancellation and Refund Policy before purchasing any expedition.   Travelex Cancellation and Interruption Insurance covers unforeseen events that may prevent you from participating in your scheduled expedition.

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