Duration: Nine days
Max. Elevation: 4930m
Highest Camp: 4080m
Best Seasons: March to June & September to November
Start: Gunitsawa village (Paro)
Finish: Dodena (Thimphu)
Altitudinal differences between 2500m to 5000m along the trek make it a very challenging one but you will also be rewarded with breathtaking views of landscapes, flora and fauna. We will also get an spectacular view of Mt Jomolhari (Mountain Goddess) from Jomolhari basecamp.
Day 1: Gunitsawa village-Sharna Zampa
This trek begins at Gunitsawa village where you pass an army post. At the army check post your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.
On this long day, the trail continues with several ascends and descends. After an uphill trek through the river valley, the trail narrows gradually to a mere path and then descends to a meadow. This will be your camp for the night.
Day 3: Thangthangkha-Jangothang
If you did not see Mt Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scenic beauty.
Day 4: Jangothang halt
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization.
Day 5: Jangothang-Lingshi
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.
Day 6: Lingshi-Shodu
The trail climbs up to the Yelila pass at an altitude of 4930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jomolhari, Tserigang and Masagang.
Day 7: Shodu-Barshong
The trail follows the Thimphu Chhu through rhododendron forests, past beautiful waterfalls along the way. The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong dzong.
Day 8: Barshong-Dolam Kencho
The trail descends down to the Thimphu Chhu river valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. The camp is in a meadow.
Day 9: Dolam Kencho-Dodena
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and drive to Thimphu.
Overnight at the hotel.