Chomolhari Trek – Experience The Beauty Of Bhutan

On this page you will find a comprehensive and impartial guide to the Chomolhari Trek.

Chomolhari Trek - Route Overview

The Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan is a perfect combination of high altitude hiking and rugged trekking that can be completed in a relatively short time span.

The altitude on the Chomolhari trek changes from 2,500m to 4,940m. The trek spends 10 days on a high alpine world that few people might never ever have the opportunity to witness.

Wander through meadows where herdsman guide their yaks to pasture, sip tea as you watch the first rays of light strike the protecter of Bhuan, Chomolhari, and ascend rugged hills to learn more about the kingdom that is the happiest in the world.

Regional Map


The Chomolhari Trek cuts through a variety of regions in the north-west of Bhutan.

The map illustrates Bhutan’s main trekking regions.

Chomolhari Trek - Typical Itinerary


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Day 1: Paro to Shana Zampa (2,850m/9,348ft): 15 km, 5 – 6 hours

Day 2: Shana Zampa to Soi Thangthangkha (3,750m/12,300 ft): 20 km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 3: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,250 ft): 19 km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 4: Rest Day in Jangothang

Day 5: Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 18 km, 7 – 8 hours

Day 6: Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,450ft): 22km, 8 – 9 hours

Day 7: Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft): 16km, 6 – 7 hours

Day 8: Barshong to Dolam Kencho (3,600m/11,810ft): 15km, 5 – 6 hours

Day 9: Dolam Kencho to Thimpu (2,350m /7,710ft): 8km, 3 – 4 hours

Guides & Guidebooks

Like most treks in Bhutan, intimate knowledge of the paths is a necessity before setting out. It is not advised that you attempt the Chomolhari Trek without proper guides who know the area and the locals.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chomolhari Trek


When is the best time to complete the Chomolhari Trek?

The rainy season in Bhutan is a literally all year round with a few months offering a brief respite in the weather. March to June and October to November are two of the best times to attempt the trek.


How much does the Chomolhari Trek cost?


Most flights land in Paro in Bhutan (PBH/VQPR) and connections to there vary in price. Up to $1000.


You’re looking at between $3,000 all the way to $6,000 for your trek expenses and that could provide for the trek variations and other cultural sight seeing tours along the way.


How difficult is the Chomolhari Trek?

Strenuous at high levels, the Chomolhari Trek requires good physical preparation before attempting. Make sure you’ve got the okay from your doctor or physician as the hazards of AMS can present themselves if you are not properly acclimatized.


Are permits required for the Chomolhari Trek?

Bhutan has one of the fewest international visitors in the world due to the stringent visa regulations. It’s advised that you contact your guide or tour operator before landing in Paro. The visas come in, price wise, at about $40 and this guarantees you a safe passage through your trek.


Is altitude sickness a risk on the Chomolhari Trek?

Yes. The Chomolhari trek Ascends to high altitudes and crosses some big passes! It is important to have a good understanding of the altitude risks involved with this trek. Please read our detailed section on altitude sickness and acclimatization.


What gear do I need for Chomolhari Trek?

Pack light and efficiently. This is your basic mantra when packing. Layers of clothing are essential and it’s best to source quick drying materials wherever possible.

To help you plan and prepare for your trek we have written a detailed multi day hike packing list.

Do I Need Insurance for Chomolhari  Trek?

Trekking insurance is vital for Chomolhari Trek. If an accident or incident should occur that requires immediate medical assistance and evacuation you will most definitely want adequate trekking insurance that can cover the costs of air ambulance and treatment.

Make sure you have insurance that covers you for any travel related risks, like lost, stolen, damaged or delayed baggage; interruptions and flight delays and tour operators default.

Please read our article on travel and trekking insurance. The article provides great information on what type of insurance you'd need.

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