Jomolhari Yak Sa Trek

Jomolhari Yak Sa Trek

Trip Duration 10 Days

This is shorter and easier version of Jomolhari Trek, returning to Paro across Bonte La pass into Soi Yaksa valley. The routes offer a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland, to alpine pastureland and high passes. The trek also affords an excellent opportunity to see yaks and beautiful mountain scenery of Himalayas

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Trekking Tour
  • Activity Level Tour Grade
    Moderate
  • Group Size Minimum
    2/10
All about the Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Dagala Thousand Lakes trek leads you with plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalayan range as well as Kanjenjunga. This trek is not very popular trek in Bhutan. You might not meet any other trekkers during the whole trek. The optional route back to Gynekha leads through beautiful Bhutanese villages. Although most days are short, the day from Gur to Labatama involves a lot of climbing and is, therefore, pretty strenuous.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All meals at 3star hotels
  • Fluent English spoken certified guide
  • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transportation
  • Trekking stuffs, cooks, trekking tents etc.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • One time visa fees US$40
Surcharge (If applicable)
  • In case traveler are below 3 pax Surcharge of US$40/person/night for single traveler and US$30/night for double traveler will be levied.
Discount
  • No charge for the child below age 5 and 50% discount for the child between 5-12 years. But the royalty is set as US$65 per day.
  • The full time student below age of 25 holding valid citizen identity card from institution shell be given 25% discount.
  1. Day 1 Arrival Paro. (2250m).

    The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by our representative from Bhutan Dragon Adventures and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Kyichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drukgyel Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

  2. Day 2 Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m).

    After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayana Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Guru Padmasamva flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro.

  3. Day 3 Drukgyel - Shana (Trek starts)

    We take a short drive of 17 km to Drukgyel Dzong then start trekking to Shana. The trail gradually goes up through lush green forest, apple farms, small settlements and nice view of the meadows and surrounding hills. After walking for almost 3 hours we reach Gunitsawa which is bordering town with Tibet. Further walking up for another couple of hours we reach Shana, our overnight campsite.

  4. Day 4 Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3750m)

    After breakfast we start the walk along the Paro River through the green forest. The walk is full of ups and down and we walk for almost 6 hours by the end of the day.

  5. Day 5 Trek to Jangothang (4,040m)

    This is one of the longest days in the trek. After starting the trip we walk for and cross the army camp which is followed by a climb of about 30 minutes taking us to the hill top with a nice view of snow capped mountains in the northern side. Another 3 hours ups and down and we reach the Yak Herds camp, where the lunch will be served. Further walking couple of hours from there we reach our camping site, Jangothang from where the famous Mt. Jomolhari as well as the Jichu Drake peak are seen in a not so far distance..

  6. Day 6 Trek to Dhumzo (3800m) via Bonte la pass (4890m)

    After breakfast we go down a little bit and then meet the Paro River crossing and cross the river to reach the Tshophu Lake (4380 meters), famous for the population of ruddy-shel ducks. These ducks who stick with the same partner for life are used as synonyms for couples who have spent a long time together in the eastern world. Walking an hour ahead of the lake we reach the base of the Bonte La pass. After a hard climb up we reach the top offering view of the Jomolhari and other mountain peaks. Our overnight camp is near by the base of the Pass on the other side.

  7. Day 7 Trek to Thombu Shong (4180 m)

    We have a short walk of about 4 and half hours today. Walking past the half way we reach the Takhung La pass situated at 4520 m. then a descend for a short while and walking ups and down for one more hour we reach Thombu Shong (4180 m). There you can see some summer huts of the Yak herders who come to find grass for their yaks during summer when it is warmer and with plenty of green grass for the cattle’s.

  8. Day 8 Trek to Shana Zampa (2730 m)

    From Thombu Shang to Zampa the total distance is little more than 12 km and will take us 5 hours to complete. We start the day after breakfast and approach the base of the Thombu La (4380 m). After crossing the pass we descend on the other side and continue in flat land for a while and then continuously descend to reach Gunitsawa (2730 m) nearby it is the camp site at Shana Zampa.

  9. Day 9 Trek back to Drukgyel Dzong.

    A short walk to Drukgyel Dzong and then we will take our drive of 17 km to Paro.

  10. Day 10 Departure from Paro.

    This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then we’ll be transported to the Paro National Airport for our departure flights home. Bhutan is a place that we will never, ever forget. Magical memories will be ours to recall forever. Just close your eyes …

    Thank you and Tashi Delek!

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status   Price (PP) Per Person / Per Night  
March-May -sept- Nov
High Season Price
US $ 250.00
Jan- Feb-June-July and Dec
Low Season Price
US $ 200.00
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutans