8 Days Jumolhari Trek.

Jumolhari trek is a classic and beautiful 8-day trekking program starting from (Drukgyal Dzong) Paro and end at Dodena near Thimphu. The Jumolhari trek route passes through two high passes from Jangothang. The view of Jumolhari Mountain (7314 M) from Jangothang is spectacular. The Trek is strenuous and is very popular. The highest elevation is 4700 M.

Sketch Itinerary for 8 Days Jumolhari Trek:

Day 01. Arrive Paro and sightseeing (2280 m):


Rinpung Dzong.

Your guide will receive you at the airport and then drive to the hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1656, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, explore Paro town.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest):

In the morning, hike to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest).


Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, drive to Shana (22 km. 2 hour drive).

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 03. Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek):

The route follows the river through a forest area. We cross a junction on the way, where another path leads north to Tremo La Pass and then to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Distance 22 Km, Time 7 – 8 hours, Altitude: 3610 m, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:


Jhomolhari base camp.

Walk past a small army post, the trail passes Tegethang, the Yak herders’ camp. You can see Yaks as we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). There is a ruined fortress nearby that used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 m ascent, Altitude 4080 m.

Dinner and over night in Camp.

Day 05. Jangothang Halt:

Acclimatization day at Jangothang. Enjoy the beautiful views all around.

You have 3 options on this day:

  1. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  2. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit (5200 m) with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
  3. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth).

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 06. Jangothang – Lingshi:


Lingshi Valley.

Walk across the bridge and start the climb up the ridge to view Jichu Drake, Tsherimgang and Jumolhari. We cross the Nyeley La Pass at an altitude of 4,700 m. Then descend down to the Lingshi camp.  Enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and the Dzong of Lingshi. Camp altitude is 4010 m.

Distance: 18 km, Walking time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 840 m, Descent: 870 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 07. Lingshi – Shodu:

The trail crosses Yali La Pass (4930 m). You can see beautiful views of Tsherimgang, Masagang and Mount Jumolhari, Tserimgang.

Camp at Shodu: 4080 m. Distance: 22 km, 8-9 hrs walk. (Ascent 940 m, Descent 920 m).

Dinner and overnight in Camp.

Day 08. Shodu – Barshong:


On the way to Barshong.

We are back to the tree line. The trail follows the Wangchu River, passing through Juniper and Rhododendron forest. The trail then is gradually uphill till the ruins of the Barshong dzong, reaching the camp.

Distance: 16 km. walking time 5-6 hours, Ascent 250 m, Descent: 670 m. Camp at Altitude: 3710 m.

Dinner and over night in camp.

Day 09. Barshong – Dolam Kencho:

The Trail descends through Pine and Rhododendron forest and again joins the Wangchu River. Then the final climb up to Dolam Kencho camp.

Camp at altitude 3320 m. 15 km. walking time 4-6 hours, Ascent 290 m, Descent 640 m.

Day 10. Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimphu:

The trail passes through bamboo forests finally joining Wangchu River. We reach Dodena where your vehicle will be picked up and drive to Thimphu.

Distance 8 km, 4 hours walk. Ascent 500 m, Descent 930 m.

In the afternoon, rest in the hotel. In the evening, free to stroll in the town. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 11. Thimphu sightseeing:


National Memorial Chorten.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Witness Archery Match at Changlimithang.

In the evening, visit to:

Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 12. Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):


Dochu La pass (3100 m).

In the morning, drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass (3100 m).

  • We stop for a while at Dochu La pass to view Higher Himalayas.

Drive further to Punakha. On the way, visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang, which was built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

In the afternoon, visit to Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, drive back to Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 13. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.