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ITINERARY

The grandeur of Jumolhari has played with peoples imaginations for centuries. Romanticised eternally in traditional folk songs, Jumolhari at 7326 m. is also considered to be the abode of the mountain goddess Chomo.

This trek goes all the way to Jangothang from where Jumolhari looks close enough that you can touch it. And instead of back tracing the trail, you trek east, into the beautiful region of Yaksa, meaning the Land of Yaks.

This trek is well suited for people who would like to experience trekking in the Bhutanese Himalayas but do not have the luxury of time to go on the longer Laya Lingshi trek.

Besides trekking in the mountains, you will also be visiting the main cultural centres of western Bhutan. Western Bhutan is comparatively more developed than the rest of the country. Thimphu, the capital, has all the important government offices, including the King’s Secretariat. Paro has the only airport and Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan.

Day 01| Arrival in Paro
Day 02| Paro sightseeing
Day 03| Paro – Shana
Day 04| Shana – Thangthangka
Day 05| Thangthangka –Jangothang
Day 06| Jangothang halt
Day 07| Jangothang – Yaksa
Day 08| Yaksa – Thombu
Day 09| Thombu – Gunitsawa
Day 10| Gunistawa – Paro
Day 11| Departure

* Itinerary can be customized as per your requirement/duration
* Itinerary is subject to flight and hotel availability
* The company is not responsible if the clients are not able to complete their treks as per the itinerary

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Day 1| Arrival in Paro

Your flight to Paro will offer you a beautiful mountain views. On this flight the views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom.
Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 2| Paro sightseeing

Taktsang or the tiger’s nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. A hike to this temple will take up most of our morning. In the afternoon, we will host a special Buddhist prayer ceremony at the beautiful 1200 year old Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, to bring us good luck for the rest of the journey.
Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 3| Start of the Jumolhari Trek
Paro to Shana,
Distance: 15k
Walking time: 6h
Sleeping altitude: 2800m

The Drugyal Dzong was built in 1654 by the Shabdrung to commemorate one of the many war victories against the Tibetans. Over the centuries, it guarded the trail from Tibet into the Paro valley. We will be met at this historic site by our trekking crew for the start of our trek. Follow the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento on a dirt road for about an hour. We will have lunch in a friend’s house on the trail. Just before reaching our camp, we will have to pass through an army check post, where your guide will produce your trekking permit.

Day 4| Shana to Thangthangkha
Distance: 21k
Walking time: 8h
Sleeping altitude: 3630m

The trail from Shana to Thangthangkha is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 2 ½ hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet. Don’t go to Tibet!

Day 5| Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Distance: 16k
Walking time: 6h
Sleeping altitude: 4090m

Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Jumolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about.

Day 6| Jangothang Halt

Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about 2h from Jangothang.

Day 7| Jangothang to Yaksa
Distance: 17k
Walking time: 7h
Pass to cross: Bongtey La, 4820m
Sleeping altitude: 3800m

2 hours from Jangothang is the Tshophu Lake, which you probably visited yesterday. From the lake, it’s another 2 hours to the pass. Climbing up to the pass, we will be rewarded with stunning views of the Jumolhari and Jichu Drakey. From the pass, it’s all the way downhill until our camp at Yaksa.

Day 8| Yaksa to Thombu
Distance: 14k
Walking time: 5h
Pass to cross: Thombu La, 4550m
Sleeping altitude: 4150m

Climbing out of Yaksa, you will see the few houses that make up the Yaksa village across the valley, and the pass you came over yesterday. About 2 hours of gradual climbing and you will cross the tree line, entering another valley. The pass is 1 hours climb from here. From the pass, you can see the yak herders grazing grounds of Thombu, our camp. On a clear day, you can even see some houses in Tibet.

Day 9| Thombu to Gunitsawa
Distance: 17k
Walking time: 6h
Sleeping altitude: 2600m

A short steep climb will take us out of the Thombu basin, traversing along a trail cut into a rocky cliff with a dizzying drop. 4 hours of steep and dusty descent (1 ½ k of vertical descent) will bring us to the army check post that we crossed on the first day of our trek. Our camp is a further 2 hours downstream from the army camp.

Day 10| Gunitsawa to Paro, Thimphu
Distance: 10k
Walking time: 4h

Last day of our trek. We are back tracing the trail now. Very soon Drugyal Dzong will come into view where our transport will be waiting. Bid farewell to your trekking staffs and drive for paro and lunch in the hotel. After lunch relax at our hotel and evening explore the charming Paro town.
Overnight in Paro

Day 11| Departure

Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

Some useful Bhutanese phrases

Hello: Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You: Ka din chey la
See you: Lok jey gay
Good bye: Lus la “or” Laso la

PARO

Accentuating the natural beauty are the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills. Paro town has been growing rapidly in recent years and there are plenty of restaurants, bakeries and cafes to choose from. One of the distinctive features of Paro town is that …
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THIMPHU

Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization.Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM…
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TREKKING CHECKLIST

Provided Gear:

  • Sleeping Tent (Twin basis)
  • Dinning Tent
  • Kitchen Tent
  • Toilet Tent
  • Table and Chair
  • Sleeping pads, 2” thick foam (If you prefer thick one, bring your own)
  • Stoves, Fuel, Cooking and eating utensils
  • Trip Leader first aid kit

Luggage (see weight restrictions):

  • Duffel bag size, 6,500 – 10,000 cu. in., frameless, water & abrasion resistant
  • Duffel bag, small and frameless, for storage of non-trek items
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Daypack raincover
  • Luggage tags and locks (two sets)

Camping Gear:

  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack, rated to 5°F (or lower if you tend to sleep cold). If it’s too heavy for you to bring with you, you can hire here in Bhutan.

Travel Clothing:

  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear

Outerwear:

  • Rain jacket and pants, roomy and waterproof
  • Insulated parka/jacket (required), down or synthetic, able to fit over several layers

Footwear:

  • Hiking boots, sturdy, water-proof, broken in
  • Camp shoes: trail shoes or sneakers

Clothing:

  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater/jacket
  • Fleece pants or tights
  • Midweight and expedition weight thermal underwear top/bottom (1 each)
  • Hiking pants/skirt
  • Long-sleeve synthetic shirts
  • T-shirts, synthetic are best
  • Underwear
  • Hiking and liner socks, wool or synthetic

Clothing Accessories:

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Gaiters, mid-calf height

Travel Accessories:

  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Toiletry kit
  • Towel, small and quick dry
  • Toilet kit ditty bag: 2 rolls toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer gel, wet wipes
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Ear plugs
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet items
  • Two large plastic garbage sacks (to line the inside of your duffel in case of rain)
  • Favourite energy snacks

Optional Field Gear:

  • Camera, memory card, spare battery, charger
  • Sleeping pad (provided but ok to bring own)
  • Bite valve cover (if using hydration pack)
  • Down or synthetic-fill pants (late fall trek)
  • Down booties (late Fall trek – around camp)
  • Knee supports
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
  • Motion sickness remedies

Insurance:

  • For high altitude treks, insurance is mandatory. (Prior to your arrival you must provide us with your insurance policy details and contact info)

Meal:

On your adventure in Bhutan, diet is the most essential factor to keep you healthy, strong and get you going on your trek. Though we would be providing you with varieties of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes with some fresh fruits, but in order to provide you with the right kind of your choice could you kindly let us know your preference and also if you have any restriction on diet.  Do you have any preference for breakfast too?

Things to Consider:

  • Pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or Blister Block for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Bring a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag with toilet tissue, spare Ziploc bags to dispose of soiled tissue, a small bottle of hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes. There are no reliable feminine health supplies available in Bhutan; women are advised to bring these from home. Your ditty bag will be carried in your daypack throughout the trip, including while sightseeing.
  • Gaiters are useful for keeping mud, debris, and snow out of your boots. Ankle to mid-calf length is ideal.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.

Guests and staff ratio for Trekking:

1 – 6 Pax:                1 guide

7 – 10 Pax:              1 guide + 1 assistant

11 Pax & above:      1 guide + 2 assistants

* All our trekking routes are designed and approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. If you are not able to complete the trek, KTB doesn’t take any responsibility. KTB is not responsible if the trails are not of your expected standard or of difficult grade. Also due to high altitude terrain and being isolated, KTB doesn’t take any responsible if the routes are not in a good condition.

* If the group finishes the trek or incompletes the trek before the scheduled date, the guests must pay for the extra days.

Some useful Phrases:

Hello:              Ku zu zampola (meaning good health)

Thank you:      Ka din cheyla

Good bye:       Lus la

TREKKING EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

Dinning Tent
Kitchen Tent
Sleeping Tent (Twin basis)
Toilet Tent
Table and Chair
Sleeping Mattress (Thin and water proof)
Kitchen Set
Dinning Set
Grocery & Vegetable items
Horses for luggage
Trekking Staffs (Cook, waiter, helper, horse man)

Guests and staff ratio for Trekking:
1 – 6 Pax: 1 guide
7 – 10 Pax: 1 guide + 1 assistant
11 Pax & above: 1 guide + 2 assistants

* For trekking, insurance is mandatory. (Prior to arrival clients must provide insurance policy details and number)

* All our trekking routes are designed and approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. If you are not able to complete the trek, KTB doesn’t take any responsibility. KTB is not responsible if the trails are not of your expected standard or of difficult grade. Also due to high altitude terrain and being isolated, KTB doesn’t take any responsible if the routes are not in a good condition.

* For trekking, if the group finishes the trek or incompletes the trek before the scheduled date, the guests must pay for the extra days.

FIRST AID

Bhutan is a developing country and modern faculties are centralized in the main city only. Normally in the mountain there is no good medical check post. The traditional village people still believe in wish doctors and herbal medicine as it was practice for long. Therefore we provide you basic medical kits which will certainly be helpful incase of emergency. Mostly these medical are to give you an orientation while you are going in high mountain. We always recommend bringing your own medical kits. Make sure that your personal allergy or etc should be carried by yourself.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travellers at high altitude (typically above 8,000 feet or 2,400 meters). Acute mountain sickness is due to a combination of reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get acute mountain sickness. Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. You are at higher risk for acute mountain sickness if:

  • You live at or near sea level
  • You had the illness before

SymptomsSymptoms generally associated with mild to moderate acute mountain sickness include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • Shortness of breath with exertion

Symptoms generally associated with more severe acute mountain sickness include:

  • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Gray or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

Signs and tests Listening to the chest with a stethoscope (auscultation) reveals sounds called crackles (rales) in the lung, which may be a sign of fluid in the lungs. A chest x-ray may be performed.TreatmentEarly diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The main treatment for all forms of mountain sickness is to climb down (descend) to a lower altitude as rapidly and safely as possible. You should not continue climbing if you develop symptoms.

  • Extra oxygen should be given, if available.
  • People with severe mountain sickness may need to be admitted to a hospital.
  • Acetazolamide (Diamox) may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.

If you have fluid in your lungs (pulmonary edema), treatment may include:

  • Oxygen
  • A high blood pressure medicine called nifedipine
  • A type of drug called a phosphodiesterase inhibitor (such as sildenafil)
  • Lung inhalers beta agonists
  • A breathing machine, in severe cases

Dexamethasone (Decadron) may help reduce swelling in the brain (cerebral edema). Portable hyperbaric chambers allow hikers to simulate conditions at lower altitudes without actually moving from their location on the mountain. These devices are very helpful if bad weather or other factors make climbing down the mountain impossible. Expectations (prognosis) Most cases are mild, and symptoms improve promptly when you climb down the mountain to a lower altitude. PreventionKeys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • If you are traveling above 9,840 feet (3,000 meters), you should carry enough oxygen for several days.
  • If you plan on quickly climbing to a high altitude, ask your doctor about a medication called acetazolamide (Diamox). This drug helps your body get used to higher altitudes more quickly, and reduces minor symptoms. It should be taken the day before you climb, and then for the next 1 to 2 days.

If you are at risk for anemia, ask your doctor if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. While climbing:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • You should avoid high altitudes if you have heart or lung disease.