The classic trek to Jomolhari (7,326m/24,035ft), Bhutan's third tallest peak, is one of Bhutan's most popular multi-day hikes. The nine-day trail arcs from the upper Paro Valley through Jigme Dorji National Park to Cheri Monastery outside Thimphu.
The path climbs out of fern-filled oak and cedar forests around the trailhead at Sharna Zampa, through meadows dotted with wildflowers and past a few tiny villages, where pack mules will be exchanged for yaks just before reaching Jangothang (4,080m/13,382ft). Most trekkers spend a day acclimatizing and making short side treks in the shadow of the mighty mountains that loom over the campsite — Jomolhari, Jomolhari 2 (6,942m/22,770ft) and Jichu Drake (6,989m/22,923ft).
From Jangothang the trail climbs again into barren glacial valleys — blue sheep and snow leopard territory. It crosses the 4,890m (16,040ft) Nyile La before descending to Lingzhi Dzong, originally constructed in 1222 and the scene of many high altitude skirmishes between Bhutanese and Tibetan troops. Beyond Lingzhi, the trail heads south and over Yeli La, the highest point on the trek at 4,930m (16,170ft), before descending towards the tree line and Thimphu along a series of dramatic river valleys.
Duration: 9 days
Maximum altitude: 4,930m (16,170ft)
Includes: Guide, meals, camping equipment and horses/mules