12 Day Jumolhari Mountain Festival
Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by your guide and driver, who will take you to your hotel. After checking in and resting for a while, you will have the opportunity to explore Paro and visit some of the local sights, including the Paro Dzong and the National Museum.
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, one of the most iconic sites in Bhutan. You will also visit Drukgyel Dzong, a fortress that was built in the 17th century to commemorate Bhutanese victory over Tibetan invaders.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu (about 1.5 hours). Visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Buddha Point, and Tashichho Dzong. Return to Paro in the evening.
Day 4: Paro to Shana
Tou will drive to the start of the trek at Drukgyel Dzong and then trek to Shana, a small village located at an altitude of 2,800 meters.
Day 5: Shana to Soi Thangthangkha
Continue your trek to Soi Thangthangkha, which is located at an altitude of 3,750 meters. Along the way, you will pass through beautiful forests and have the opportunity to see wildlife such as blue sheep and Himalayan black bears.
Day 6: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang
After breakfast trek to Jangothang, which is located at the base of Mount Jumolhari at an altitude of 4,040 meters. This is the site of the Jumolhari Mountain Festival, which celebrates the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the unique culture of the local people.
Day 7: Jumolhari Mountain Festival
You will have the opportunity to attend the Jumolhari Mountain Festival. The festival is a celebration of Bhutanese culture and features traditional dance and music performances, as well as local food and crafts. You will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional Bhutanese games and sports.
Day 8: Jumolhari Mountain Festival
You will have a second day to attend the Jumolhari Mountain Festival and explore the local area. You can take part in the various cultural activities and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Jumolhari.
Day 9: Jangothang to Soe Yaktsa
As you continue on the trail, you will reach the final settlement in the valley before descending towards the Paro Chhu. Along the way, you’ll pass by the serene Tshophu Lake, which sits at an altitude of 4,380m. From there, you’ll embark on a steep climb to Bhonte La pass, which marks the highest point of the trek at 4,890m. As you descend towards the Dhumzo Chhu river, you’ll trek downstream, passing by a handful of houses before arriving at your campsite in Soe Yaksa . It’s a tranquil spot that offers a peaceful respite from the rigors of the trek.
Day 10 : Soe Yaksa to Thongbu Shong
You will leave Soe Yaksa camp after breakfast and trek towards Thongbu Shong. The trail follows the Dhumzo Chhu river and passes through dense forests of rhododendron and birch. You will cross several small streams and enjoy the beautiful views of snow-capped peaks along the way.As you climb higher, the landscape changes and you will start to see yak herders’ camps scattered across the hillsides. The trail becomes steeper and more challenging as you approach Thongbu Shong, which is located at an altitude of 4,380m. Thongbu Shong is a beautiful campsite surrounded by mountains and overlooking a picturesque valley. You will spend the night here, enjoying a warm meal and the stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
Day 11: Thongbu Shong to Gunitsawa Village
On the 11th day, you will trek from Thongbushong to Gunitsawa Village, which is the final day of your trek. The trail will take you through a forested area and gradually descend to meet the Paro Chhu river. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will pass through a small village and then climb up to reach the roadhead at Gunitsawa village, where you will meet your vehicle for transfer to your hotel in Paro. Farewell dinner at a Bhutanese farm house.
Day 12 : Departure
Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.