Jomolhari Trek

BhutanWalks & Rambles

Best Season ~ March to May; September to November

Also known as the Chomalhari Trek, this intimate wilderness trek offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from remote farmland and blue pine forests, to alpine pastureland and breathtaking mountain views. It is an ideal adventure for nature lovers who are seeking a Himalayan wilderness immersion. It's comfortable, low-impact, and absolutely unforgettable!

From the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong (fortress of the Victorous Drukpas), below such beautiful peaks, you will hike through the heart of wildlife-rich. The sky-piercing peaks, thunderous waterfalls, turquoise lakes and streams, rolling meadows filled with wildflowers, remote yak herders villages, and forests of rhododendron, pine, juniper and fir provide the perfect backdrop for this inspiring and challenging adventure.

You will be rewarded with up-close views of Bhutan’s most beautiful peaks.

13 Nights
From USD 2,910Per Person

Jomolhari Trek

14-day, 13-night trips can depart Singapore for Paro every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (returning the 2nd Monday, Wednesday and Saturday after)

Arrive Paro (2,280m) from Singapore (or Bangkok). After clearing immigrations & customs at Paro International Airport, our local guide will meet/greet you and transfer to your hotel.

After lunch, visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum.

The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district.

Overnight in Paro.

Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. It is believed that through the miraculous power of Shabdrung that the Bhutanese were able to defeat the Tibetans seven times. The name Drukgyel Dzong means 'victorious fortress'. On a clear day, one can view Mt. Jomolhari the sacred mountain.

On the way back visit one of the typical Bhutanese farm houses.

Lunch at the Hotel.

After lunch drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watchtower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk downhill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town.

Overnight in Paro.

Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Sharna starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chillies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes and wheat. The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly coloured butterflies.

After 2.5 hrs, the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through the forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Sharna, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey.

Distance ~ 15km; approx. 5-6 hrs.
Overnight in tented camp.

Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many ascents and descents. Following the river upstream from the campsite, we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by a major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travellers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far from Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route. The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3,250m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb, we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa).

On clear a day, we can see Mt. Jomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow.

Distance ~ 22km; approx. 7-8 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

After enjoying the views of Jomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Jomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp from which is visible nearby, are the ruins of an old fortress.

Distance: 19km; approx. 5-6 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

A rest day at Jomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Jomolhari camp, and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Jomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley.

Overnight in tented camp.

After breakfast, a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4,890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east. Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river.

Distance: 21km; approx. 6-7 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

It is worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can also make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) i.e. Base Camp of Jichu-Drake. During the excursion hundreds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer could be seen. Tsokha is at 4,500m, and the hike is about 4-5 hours.

Overnight in tented camp.

An early start as we have a long and a hard day to cross another beautiful pass. We travel through the rhododendron forest on the ridge above camp towards a small chorten (stupa). Below flows the No Chhu (Blue River). The climb rises to an altitude of 4,450m and crossing the main river into the side of the valley. The last part of the climb is through an area with large boulders and several switchbacks. After 4-5 hrs (after leaving camp) we reach the big cairn on the top of the Yale La Pass (4,950m), with views of the snowy mountains around Lingshi and the Basingthang Peaks. The descent joins the Jaradinthang Chhu, which becomes the Thimphu River. Following the river until the camp Shodu.

Distance: 22km; approx. 8-9 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

In the morning we pass a deserted military camp which follows the trail to the river through the limestone valley. Monks used the caves in the rocks in the old days for meditation. Cross the bridges over the main river, which offers good views of the giant rock faces and waterfalls. The trail gradually ascends 130m to the Barshong Dzong ruins. The Park Rangers recorded a tiger and a snow leopard moving in this same area for the first time. You could opt to carry on for 1.5 hrs to a better campsite.

Distance: 16km; approx. 5-6 hrs
Overnight in tented camp.

A steep descent on a rocky trail ending at the Thimphu Chhu river. There are several ups and downs until Dolam Kencho 3,290m. The trail continues up to 3450 m and descends to a side stream and several switchbacks to descend a vertical cliff finally reaching the last stretch to Dodina. Descending through bamboo forests, following the mule trail high above the river until it finally meets it again at Dodina, where our transport will be waiting to take us to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Distance: 22km; approx. 8-9 hrs
Overnight in Thimphu.

Sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes the National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin mini Zoo, Handicrafts Emporium, local shops.

Finally, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses most of the Government office and King's Throne room.

In the evening, transfer to Paro.

Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast hike up to Taktsang Monastery more commonly known as “The Tiger’s Nest”. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a pony for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then meditated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.

On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight to Singapore (or Bangkok).


  • Bhutan Visa & application fee
  • All royalties, government taxes, and small group surcharges, if any is payable
  • All transfers and ground transportation in a private vehicle with an experienced driver
  • 05 nights in standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms)
  • 9-day, 8-night guided Jomolhari trek
    • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. We will provide fully waterproof two-men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent, etc.
    • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek; luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
    • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
  • All meals, excluding beverages
    • Breakfasts in hotels
    • Other meals in local restaurants
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour (not during meal times in restaurants)
  • Services of licensed English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Guided touring with entrance fees to sights & monuments


  • Air passage to/from Paro
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, emergency rescue and medical evacuation, etc. (please check with us for our travel insurance plans)
  • Personal expenditure such as phone calls, internet access, all soft/hard beverages, laundry services, etc.
  • Other options or expenses not mentioned in the Inclusions above
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and driver, and trekking staff (tipping is expected)

Drukair flight schedules

Singapore (SIN) to Paro (PBH)

 TUE     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:50 (high season from March to May)
 THU     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:50
 SUN     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:45

Paro (PBH) to Singapore (SIN)

 MON     KB500 PBH/SIN 08:05 16:25 (high season from March to May)
 WED/SAT KB500 PBH/SIN 08:05 16:25