Jomolhari Trek

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The Jomolhari trek is Bhutan’s most famous. It highlights the great diversity of the Bhutanese landscape. Enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped mountains, and walk through thick pine forests and alpine meadows that lead to high yak-grazing pastures.

Our carefully planned 13-night Jomolhari trek and tour introduces you to Bhutan’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples, well-preserved traditions and friendly and hospitable local people. 

Trekking in Bhutan offers one of the most unique ways of trekking in the Himalayas. Get off the beaten track with Beyond The Clouds and immerse yourself in the wonder of Bhutan on the Jomolhari Trek.

You also have the option of adding on the Jomolhari Loop trek, a moderately challenging loop that would add around a week onto the standard itinerary. Ask us about this option if you are seeking a greater challenge and longer trek.


DEPARTS: paro, bhutan

Maximum elevation: 4,930 m
Level of difficulty: Medium to hard
Availability: March - May & September - November
Minimum group size: 2 people

* Price based on twin-share accommodation. Single-room supplement available subject to availability. Please note that groups of two people will also need to pay a two-person supplement.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details)

  • Stopover hotel if needed

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote

  • Additional activities (e.g. massage, hot stone bath and some spa activities)

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks

  • Laundry

  • Tips for trekking porters

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private mini bus

  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee

  • 5 nights accommodation in handpicked hotels

  • 8 nights fully serviced camping trek

  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes

  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums




Arrive in Paro, Bhutan: You will be met at the airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m


Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion - a great acclimatization hike to Bhutan’s most famous monastery, clinging to the cliffs above Paro.  
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m


Paro to Sharna Zampa: In the morning, drive to the Chele La Pass for another acclimatization hike to the Kila Nunnery (1.5 hour walk), before returning to Paro for lunch and then heading on to the start of your trek.

After lunch drive to the start of the Jomolhari trek at Sharna Zampa. Drive over unpaved road to Gunitsawa, following the Paro river through beautiful meadow and paddy field scenery. Look back to see the strategically placed Drukgyel Dzong, the ancient watchtower of the Paro Valley. Stop at the Gunitsawa army gate to process your permits, before continuing on foot for another hour to reach Sharna Zampa.
Driving time: 3 hrs
Walking time: 1 hr
Overnight: Sharna Zampa Camp
Altitude: 2,850 m

DAY 4 

Trek from Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha: Today is going to be a big day of hiking as the trail passes over lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, the valley finally narrows gradually to a path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
Walking time: 8-9 hrs
Overnight: Thangthangkha Camp
Altitude: 3,610 m

DAY 5 

Trek from Thangthangkha to Jangothang: 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 and scanty growths of forest. You will enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari.
Walking time: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Jangothang Camp
Altitude: 4,080 m


Jangothang Rest Day: This rest day in Jangothang is key for helping your body to continue acclimatizing. There are plenty of possibilities for interesting day hikes with great views.
Overnight: Jangothang Camp
Altitude: 4,080 m


Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi: This morning the trail climbs gradually to Nyili La Pass (4680m). Broad yak pastures can be seen along the length of the route. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers can be seen at the north end of the valley.
Walking time: 7-8 hrs
Overnight: Lingshi Camp
Altitude: 3,800 m


Trek from Lingshi to Shodu: Today you’ll conquer the highest pass of the trek, the Yeli La Pass at 4,930m. From here you’ll get an excellent view of Jomolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill one, so watch your knees!
Walking time: 8-9 hrs
Overnight: Shodu Camp
Altitude: 4,080 m


Trek from Shodu to Barshong: The trail follows the Thimpu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows as the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Walking time: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Barshong Camp
Altitude: 3,710 m

DAY 10

Trek from Barshong to Dolam Kencho: Descend again to the Thimpu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos. Finally, ascend again to pasture land and your camp in a lovely meadow.
Walking time: 4-6 hrs
Overnight: Dolam Kencho Camp
Altitude: 3,220 m

DAY 11

Trek from Dolam Kencho to Dodena, drive to Thimpu: The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down, and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge. Your driver will meet you here and take you to the hotel in Thimpu to relax.
Driving time: 40 mins
Walking time: 3-4 hrs
Overnight: Thimpu
Altitude: 2,320 m  

DAY 12

Thimpu sightseeing and travel to Paro

DAY 13

Depart Paro