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Thanks again: Dhaulagiri Circuit is a great trek, perfectly organized and run, with great crew and interesting group
Piotr Zycki (Poland) | Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal

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Chomolhari Base Camp

A trek in Bhutan, the ’Land of the Thunder Dragon’, with superb views of Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jitchu Drake.

Mount Chomolhari at 7,134m is the second highest peak in Bhutan lying on the northern border with Tibet. The trek to Chomolhari Base Camp traverses beautiful and varied country and after a day acclimatising and exploring around Base Camp we cross a high mountain pass to reach the Camp below Lingshi Dzong. This is a monastery and fortress built by the first ruler of Bhutan to defend against a Tibet invasion, the Dzong has a superb location on a hill overlooking Lingshi village.

From Lingshi the route crosses another Himalayan pass as we start the trek south back to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. At this pass we are rewarded with stunning views of Jitchu Drake (6,900m) and Chomolhari as well as many un-named and un-mapped peaks along the Bhutan - Tibet border.

At the start of the trip we organise a visit to Haa valley for two nights in order to help essential acclimatisation before the trek. This valley offers wonderful scenic walk along trails passing through traditional villages and magnificent monasteries. This is a beautiful area adorned with pristine alpine forests and still remains one of the least visited areas in the country.



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Trip Details

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 14 days from Paro
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2020 - £2,795 (US$3,595 or €3,185) 2021 - £2,795 (US$3,595 or €3,185)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections at Paro
  • Twin share room at all hotels in Bhutan
  • All meals included while in Bhutan
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Bhutan Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Paro
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 19th to May 2nd 2020
  • October 4th to 17th 2020
  • April 18th to May 1st 2021
  • October 3rd to 16th 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Paro (2,280m) 
  • Day 2Morning walk to Taktsang monastery (3,120m), afternoon drive to Haa Valley (2,712m) via Chele La (3,780m) 
  • Day 3Day walk around Haa valley (2,712m) 
  • Day 4Drive to Chele La (3,780m) and walk along the ridge for acclimatisation then drive to Paro and onto Shana (2,790m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Soi Thangthanka (3,510m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 7Acclimatisation day at Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Lingshi (4,150m) crossing Nyile La (4,890m)  
  • Day 9Trek to Sho-Du (3,962m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Barshong 
  • Day 11Trek to Dolamkoincho  
  • Day 12Trek to road head then drive to Thimphu 
  • Day 13Sightseeing in Thimphu 
  • Day 14Fly back home 
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