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Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

A Spectacular Sacred Mountain & Buddhist Culture

 

This memorable trek is a must-do for every serious trekker who wants to experience the Himalaya from the path less traveled! Immerse yourself in the magical kingdom of Bhutan's Buddhist culture by visiting its famous dzongs (citadels) and monasteries. Meet traditional Bhutanese monks and yak herders while trekking through pristine forests, river valleys, and farmland, and over snowy ridgelines and mountain passes - all with our experienced guides and trekking team helping every step of the way! Join MT Sobek, trekking pioneers in this enchanted country, on this rare adventure around sacred Chomolhari.

  • Explore the gems of Bhutan with the first travel company to pioneer treks here

  • Immerse yourself in Bhutan's rich culture visiting museums, dzongs, and the famous Taktsang Monastery

  • Trek for 7 days over challenging terrain in remote, pristine Himalayan forests and mountains

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Arrive:

Bangkok, Thailand

Depart:

Bangkok, Thailand

Price: from $6,295

Duration:

14 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-15 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 5

During The Chomolhari Trek you will be hiking seven to nine hours a day, mostly at elevations above 12,000 feet. The trails are extremely difficult and this type of terrain, combined with the altitude, makes it a challenging experience. You need to be in excellent physical condition and have similar previous experience of hiking and camping at high altitudes.
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  • Arrive in Bangkok

    Day 1

    Welcome to Bangkok! Transfer to the hotel via a free 24-hour shuttle bus. Note that most airlines arrive late at night into Bangkok, and your MT Sobek flight from Bangkok to Paro departs very early the next morning. If your flight into Bangkok is delayed by even just a few hours, you may miss the group departure flight to Paro. Therefore we encourage you to arrive a day or two early in Bangkok to explore this fascinating city, or to help overcome jet lag before the tour actually starts.

    Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

    The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport is a four-star hotel located a short walk from Bangkok's international airport. Boasting 612 comfortable and contemporary rooms, the hotel also offers two bars and four restaurants, a beautiful pool, a fitness room, and a spa! With a 24-hour airport shuttle running every 10 minutes, accommodations here couldn't be more convenient.

  • Enter the Kingdom of Bhutan

    Day 2

    Our representative will meet you in the hotel lobby this morning to help you transfer back to the airport and check in for your early morning flight to Paro, Bhutan. Vie for a seat on the left side of the plane. Weather permitting, you'll have spectacular views of the eastern Himalaya, including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga - five of the highest peaks in the world! Also see peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsering Kang. After clearing customs, drive into Paro for lunch, then on to Thimphu (7,725'), the capital of Bhutan, set in the Wang Chu Valley. The remainder of the day is free to rest and relax.

    Accommodation: Druk Hotel

    Experience the legendary hospitality of the Bhutanese people at this fine Himalayan hotel. Located in the heart of the capital city, the Druk Hotel is close to shopping, culture, and the bubbling Thimphu River. Pleasant rooms are outfitted with comfortable beds, tiled bathrooms, soaking tubs and modern amenities, while the spa rounds out the offering.

    Transportation: 4-hour flight & 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Cheri Monastery

    Day 3

    After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and then to our trailhead where we set out on our hike: a steep, hour-long climb to Cheri Goemba, constructed in the 17th century. The monastery houses the relic stupas (ashes of the father of Shabdrung, the founder of Bhutan) and is also considered one of the earliest monasteries of Bhutan. We have lunch, then drive back to Thimphu and up to Wangdi Tse for a peaceful one hour loop hike where we can enjoy wonderful views of Thimphu, but see few others on the trail. Return to Thimphu for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Druk Hotel

    Experience the legendary hospitality of the Bhutanese people at this fine Himalayan hotel. Located in the heart of the capital city, the Druk Hotel is close to shopping, culture, and the bubbling Thimphu River. Pleasant rooms are outfitted with comfortable beds, tiled bathrooms, soaking tubs and modern amenities, while the spa rounds out the offering.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/4 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Thimphu & Paro

    Day 4

    Begin the day at the School of Arts and Crafts (or "painting school"), where Bhutanese children follow a six-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. Also visit the Textile Museum, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon, drive back to Paro and visit the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above the Paro Dzong. The museum's collections include spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, and Bhutan's beautiful stamps. Time permitting, also visit the Paro Dzong itself, built in 1644.

    Accommodation: The Zhiwa Ling-Paro, Bhutan

    The Zhiwa Ling is a luxurious retreat that combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of modern comforts. The exquisite architecture and manicured gardens create an authentic, inviting atmosphere. Guest rooms, spread out on 10 acres of pristine land, feature modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Enjoy a traditional outdoor hot-stone bath, a teahouse, a meditation house, and two restaurants.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery

    Day 5

    Today it's a steep hike to a traditional teahouse for a great view of Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the Paro Valley floor. Taktsang, meaning "tiger's nest," is Bhutan's most spiritual place and a major pilgrimage spot. Partly destroyed by fire in 1998, Taktsang has been completely rebuilt. After a tea break, you can sit outside and admire the monastery and its beautiful surroundings or, if you feel energetic, continue another hour to a closer viewpoint. Enjoy free afternoon time to explore Paro on your own.

    Accommodation: The Zhiwa Ling-Paro, Bhutan

    The Zhiwa Ling is a luxurious retreat that combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of modern comforts. The exquisite architecture and manicured gardens create an authentic, inviting atmosphere. Guest rooms, spread out on 10 acres of pristine land, feature modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Enjoy a traditional outdoor hot-stone bath, a teahouse, a meditation house, and two restaurants.

    Activity: 5 hours/2.5 miles hiking with 1,707' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Begin Trek at Shana

    Day 6

    Your epic Chomolhari trek begins today with a drive past Drukgyel Dzong (8,500'), built in 1649 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over the Tibetan armies and to guard the Paro Valley against further aggressions. In 1951 the dzong caught fire; the only repair was the shingled roof erected in 1985. Today it's an empty shell - a place to meditate on the past. Continue just past Shana Zampa (bridge), where pack ponies are loaded up with trekking gear. And you're off! After a few hours, arrive at your first campsite by the river.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Activity: 3.5-4 hours/5 miles hiking with 800' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Behold Chomolhari

    Day 7

    This is a long, hard day with lots of ups, downs, and rock-hopping; it can be very muddy. But it's worth it! Continue up through the Paro River valley, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through thick, lush forest of oak, pine, and juniper. The trail becomes rocky, muddy, and strenuous, climbing up and down while slowly gaining altitude. As you approach your camp at Soi Thangthangkha (11,840'), weather permitting you begin to see the snowcapped summit of Chomolhari (24,035') - a mountain sacred to the Bhutanese.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,540 elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend to Jangothang

    Day 8

    Continue following the Paro River on a demanding, rocky trail until the valley widens again, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high, snowcapped ridges. A few yak-herding families are based in this area, and you may be lucky enough to pay them a visit and try some of their dried yak cheese. Tonight you camp at Jangothang (13,382') below a ruined fortress near the base of Chomolhari.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Activity: 5.5-6 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 1,542 elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Rest and Explore at Camp

    Day 9

    Today is a free day to rest and explore the area. You can hike to an open area and simply sit and watch the grazing blue sheep (known locally as bharal), or you can walk to a nearby glacier at the foot of Chomolhari. Of course, you can also opt to stay at camp, take in the views, and rest for the challenging day ahead.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cross Bhonte La

    Day 10

    Start out with a short, steep hike to Tshopu (14,300'), one of two trout-filled glacial lakes you'll pass en route to Bhonte La (Bhonte Pass, 16,000'). See blue sheep, fat marmots, and migrating Himalayan birds, plus incredible views of Jichu Drake (21,857'). After lunch cross Bhonte La and make a long, steep descent to the yak-herding valley of Soi Yaksa (12,450'). The few families who live in this area produce some of the best yak-wool cloth around. Yak herders may come to camp selling cloth, yak tassels and ropes, and jewelry.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Activity: 8-9 hours/10-12 miles hiking with 2,618' elevation gain & 3,550' elevation loss.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pass Over Thombu La

    Day 11

    Ease into today with a very gentle uphill hike to the top of the Soi Yaksa valley's eastern ridge. From here, enjoy an incredible view of the mountainous amphitheater to the north. Slowly the very top of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake reappear on the horizon. After lunch, cross Thombu La (14,800'), enjoy panoramic views of the eastern Himalaya (if it's clear, you can even see Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain!), then descend to camp (13,700'). This area is yak pastureland, and you'll probably see nomadic yak herders camping in traditional woolen tents.

    Accommodation: Mt Sobek Camp-Chomolhari Trek

    While camping, one or two people will share a roomy three-person tent. A bowl of hot water will be provided in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival at camp. Bring a sponge or washcloth along and you can have a full sponge bath in your tent! There will be two toilet tents for a group of 15 or one for a small group.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/7-8 miles hiking with 2,350' elevation gain & 1,100' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • End Trek in Shana

    Day 12

    After a short, steep climb out of camp, leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge. From this vantage point you get a glimpse of the Paro Valley to the south before you start the steep descent (4,500' of elevation drop) for most of the afternoon and return to the area where you camped on the first night of the trek. Here, bid farewell to the staff and ponies before taking the van back to Paro. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy some free time to shop or relax before a festive farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: The Zhiwa Ling-Paro, Bhutan

    The Zhiwa Ling is a luxurious retreat that combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of modern comforts. The exquisite architecture and manicured gardens create an authentic, inviting atmosphere. Guest rooms, spread out on 10 acres of pristine land, feature modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Enjoy a traditional outdoor hot-stone bath, a teahouse, a meditation house, and two restaurants.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/6-7 miles hiking with 4,500 elevation loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Bangkok

    Day 13

    Bid a fond farewell to the "happiest country in the world" as you take an early morning transfer to the Paro airport for departure to Bangkok. Upon arrival, take the shuttle to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to shop, sightsee, and enjoy lunch and dinner on your own.

    Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

    The Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport is a four-star hotel located a short walk from Bangkok's international airport. Boasting 612 comfortable and contemporary rooms, the hotel also offers two bars and four restaurants, a beautiful pool, a fitness room, and a spa! With a 24-hour airport shuttle running every 10 minutes, accommodations here couldn't be more convenient.

    Transportation: 4-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Depart for Home

    Day 14

    Take the hotel shuttle to the international terminal and depart on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you'd prefer to spend a bit more time in Asia, join one of our exciting extensions in India, Vietnam, or Cambodia. Ask our Regional Specialist for details!

Bhutan Chomolhari Trek

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was one of the first adventure travel companies to offer trips in Bhutan in the 1980's

Reason #02

Our exclusive guides in Bhutan have been working with us for decades

Reason #03

The Chomolhari Trek is one of just a few Ultimate Challenge treks in Asia.

Meet your guides

Namgay Dorji

Namgay Dorji

Namgay Dorji is the senior manager of MT Sobek's Bhutan office and has been leading treks and tours for over 10 years. He is very knowledgeable about Bhutan's history, culture, and religion and speaks seven languages: English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Hindi, Nepalese, and Urdu. Namgay is a graduate of Bissau College, Meghalaya, India and received his diploma in tourism from the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in Salzburg, Austria. His many personal interests include bird watching, rock climbing, trekking, and archery. He looks forward to sharing his experience and the wonders of Bhutan with you.

Tandin Nidup

Tandin Nidup

Tandin is a graduate of Bangkok University, Thailand, majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management. He has been leading treks and cultural tours in Bhutan since 2000, including MT Sobek's Chomolhari Trek and new Bumthang Owl Trek. He is extremely knowledgeable about the cultures, religions, and traditions of his home country and enjoys sharing his experiences with guests-immersing them in the wonders of Bhutan every step of the way. Tandin speaks English, Nepali, Hindi and passable Thai in addition to his native Bhutanese.

Activities

Strenuous hiking on steep wilderness trails, covering 5 to 12 miles per day over rugged terrain at a maximum elevation of 16,000'.

Lodging

Warm Bhutanese guesthouses and inns combined with six nights of remote wilderness camping.

Climate

On trek: day time temperatures: 45° - 65°F; night time temperatures 10° - 35°F. Rain or snow possible. Warmer in Paro and Thimphu.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

On Day-1, you will arrive in Bangkok, and transfer to the hotel via a free 24-hour shuttle bus on your own. The following day, you will fly to Paro. Upon arrival at the Paro Airport, meet your MT Sobek guide.

Do I need a Bhutan visa?

Yes, we handle the group visa for you.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for this trip?

Yes. We recommend a rating of -5°F to 10°F for the springtime and the first October departure, -10°F to -5°F for the mid-October and November trips.

How does this trek compare to Everest Base Camp?

These two treks are equally challenging in different ways. Everest Base Camp is longer and has higher altitude. Chomolhari features tent camping, bringing you closer to the elements. Chomolhari is also considerably less crowded.

Do we book our flights from Bangkok to Paro?

No, we provide that service and book those flights for you, as they are not easy to book on your own.

2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Oct 04 - 17, 2021
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,050 internal airfare+$910 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 03 - 16, 2021
    $6,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,050 internal airfare+$910 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Apr 06 - 19, 2022
    $6,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 internal airfare+$1,350 single supplement
    Available
  • Apr 25 - May 08, 2022
    $6,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 internal airfare+$1,350 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 04 - 17, 2022
    $6,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 internal airfare+$1,350 single supplement
    Available
  • Nov 03 - 16, 2022
    $6,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 internal airfare+$1,350 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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800-974-0300

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2 to 3 guests from $7,495 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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