The land locked Kingdom of Bhutan comprises mountains, forests and rivers and offers all that the Himalayas has to offer. For centuries the Bhutanese have traveled through their country on foot and the trails they used then have today been developed as trekking trails. However, modern development and the building of roads to access the remote regions have led to the disappearance of numerous old routes, leaving only a few intact as they were long time ago. The Jumolhari – Lingshi trail being one of the few. Bhutan had been closed to the outside world (with a very few exceptions), until the first paying tourist group visited this hidden paradise in 1974. Trekking started in western Bhutan in 1978 and in central Bhutan in 1982. Trekkers make up for only 10 to 15% of the total number of tourist arrivals a year (17000 + in 2006). Therefore trekking in Bhutan is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It is different from trekking in other regions of Asia. Bhutan boasts a forest cover of approx. 70 % and provides an enormously rich flora and fauna.
This trip presents the opportunity to visit a part of Bhutan that has only ever been experienced by a handful of outsiders. A vast, pure and untrammeled wilderness, significantly detached from all that lies below. You start your journey from Paro in the western part of Bhutan and it is from within this exceptionally picturesque and spiritual setting that your expedition truly begins. The trek follows a traditional route favored by migratory yak-herders. Walking times have been based on an average westerners ability to walk the rough terrains of the Himalayas and due time given to acclimatize on the way up.
The Jumolhari Lingshi trek is one of the finest treks Bhutan has to offer. The route starts from Drukgyel Dzong in Paro and continues onwards to Jumolhari base camp. It then goes via Lingshi and exits via Thimphu.
DAY 1: KATHMANDU, NEPAL
DAY 2: KATHMANDU
DAY 3: PARO, BHUTAN (2550 m)
DAY 4: PARO (2550 m)
DAY 5: PARO TO SHANA (2850 m)
DAY 6: SHANA TO THANGTHANKA (3750 m)
DAY 7: THANGTHANKA TO JANGOTHANG (4050 m)
DAY 8: REST DAY AT JANGOTHANG (4050 m)
DAY 9: JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI (4100 m)
DAY 10: LINGSHI TO SHODU (4100 m)
DAY 11: LSHODU TO BARSHONG (3600 m)
DAY 12: BARSHONG TO DOLAM KENCHO (3320 m)
DAY 13: DOLAM KENCHO TO DODENA (THIMPHU) (3540 m)
DAY 14: THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA (1242 m)
DAY 15: PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING
DAY 16: PUNAKHA TO PARO VIA THIMPHU
DAY 17: KATHMANDU,
DAY 18: Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport and back to Home