The trek to Chomolhari is a sacred trek in a country where people look at the mountains as a divine power. In Bhutanese, Chomolhari is pronounced “Jomolhari,” and means the heavenly deity of animals. The nomads in the region will not allow any climbing on the mountain, believing that the deity could be upset and their yaks, sheep and other livestock might perish. The best times for trekking are in the fall and spring, often combined with a festival. If you are a wildflower addict, however, you may want to trek in early June or July, before the monsoon rains begin.
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ITINERARY at a Glance
May - Arrive in Bhutan on the birthday of the 3rd King and drive Thimphu via farmhouse and iron Bridge.
Tour Thimphu, including weekend market.
Early AM drive to Shana. Start trek at Drugyal Dzong. Camp. (Trekking: 5-6 hours)
Trek to SindoZam. Camp. (Trekking: 6-7 hours)
Trek to Jangothang Base Camp. Camp. (Trekking: 6 hours)
Explore Base Camp. Day hike for views of Jichudrake, Tserimgang and Chomolhari. Camp.
Trek to Soi Yaksa. Pass lake and gaze at snow covered peaks. (Trekking: 6-7 hours)
Trek to Thongbu. (Trekking: 4-5 hours)
Trek to Shanawoma. (Trekking: 4-5 hours)
End trek and head back to Paro. Lunch in Paro.
Visit Taktsang Monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang. Farewell dinner.