Jomolhari Trek II
Duration: Eight days, Max. Elevation: 4,890m
Highest Camp: 4,080m
Best Seasons: April to June, September to November
Start: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Finish: Drukgyel Dzong (Paro)
Jomolhari Trek – Jomolhari Trek II is the shorter one of the two Jomolhari routes- -the most popular trek in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m (lowest and highest point of the route) it offers a wide range of landscape and fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from Jomolhari Basecamp in Jangothang. Trekkers who want to avoid high passes and high altitude can chose an easier version of the Jomolhari Trek II by going back the same way down from Jangothang (see days 1-3), while still having the majestic impressions of Mount Jomolhari.
Day 5: Jangothang to Dhumzo
(Distance 16km, six to seven hours, 810m ascent, 1,090m descent, camp altitude 3,800m)
The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890 m, the highest point of this trek route. Reaching the Dhumzo Chhu river, you trek downstream passing the few houses of Dhumzo to arrive at your camp soon after.
Day 6: Dhumzo to Thombu Shong
(Distance 11km, four to five hours, 720m ascent, 340m descent, camp altitude 4,180m) . The trail climbs 100m over a ridge to drop to another stream then. After crossing the Takhung La pass (4,520m) you descent to Thombu Shong, three yak herder huts with your campsite next to them.
Day 7: Thombu Shong to Sharna Zampa
(Distance 13km, four to five hours, 200m ascent, 1,650m descent, camp altitude 2,850m)
Crossing Thombu La pass (4,380m) you will finally reach Gunitsawa and the campsite of your first night of this trek.
Day 8: Sharna Zampa to Drukgyel Dzong
(Distance 17km, four to six hours, 80m ascent, 360m descent). Coming across the primary school and shop the valley opens. From Mitshi Zampa you can see how the dzong is positioned and where the path takes you finally to Drugyel Dzong.