BHUTAN TREKKING TOUR TYPE
This is similar Trek with Jumolhari Base camp trek but returns via an alternative route. Soi Yaktsa Trek or Jumolhari Loop trek is the shortest of the Jumolhari trek. It is a 7-days Bhutan Trekking Tour starting from Paro to Jumolhari base camp at Jangothang, returning by an alternative trail to Paro. Jumolhari Mountain (7314 M) from Jangothang is spectacular. Trek is very popular. The highest point is 4115 Meters.
Best Months to Trek Yaktsa or Jumolhari Loop Trek:
Last Week of March to last week of June and last week of September to the end of November.
Bhutan Trekking Tour Cost:
The cost of this trip will also depend on the size of the Group and date of travel. The cost mentioned below is per person cost during peak season.
Tour Cost starts from $3290 PP
Yaktsa Trek (Jumolhari Loop Trek) Overview
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro||Cultural Sightseeing||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 02||Paro||Culture and Hike||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 03||Paro to Shana||Trekking begins||Camp at Shana|
|Day 04||Shana to Soi Thangthangkha||Trekking||Camping at Thangthangkha|
|Day 05||Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang||Trek||Camping at Jangothang|
|Day 06||Jangothang Halt (Acclimatize and explore around Jangothang||Trek||Camping at Gangothang|
|Day 07||Jangothang- Bontela – Dumzo||Trekking||Camping at Dumzo|
|Day 08||Dhumzo – ThongbuShong||Trek||Camping at Thongbushong|
|Day 09||Thongbushong – Shana||Trek||Camping at Shana|
|Day 10||Shana – Paro||Rest at Hotel||Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Day 11||Paro – Thimphu||Sightseeing around Thimphu||Hotel Phuntshopelri|
|Day 12||Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue||Cultural Tour||Hotel Lobesa|
|Day 13||Punakha – Thimphu – Paro||Cultural Tour||Hotel Gangtey Palace|
|Day 14||Paro to Airport and SEE OFF|
Yaktsa Trek or Jumolhari Loop Trek
Day 1: Paro Arrival by Flight
The flights to Paro Bhutan are one of the most spectacular Himalayan Flights. You swing through mountains and sudden change of altitude and turbulence is very rampant but you will love to see the village while flying between mountain valleys of Paro. Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative and drive you to the Hotel. After tea, your tour of Paro starts with a visit to Taa Dzong the only national museum in Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Paro – Takshang / Tiger’s Nest
Your day will begin with a visit to the most popular Trek to Tiger Nest temple the secret temple in Bhutan. The temple lays hanging 900m above Paro valley. Your Trek in Bhutan will not be complete if you don’t visit this beautiful Tiger nest Temple
It is considered the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist world. The total hike will take you about four to 3 hours. Afternoon leisure time at Paro town. This time also for acclimatization before you start your trek the next day. Overnight hotel or Farmhouse.
Day 03: 1st day of Soi Yaktsa Trek from Paro to Gunyitsawa and to Shana
Distance 14Km|4 Hours walking|Camp at 2870M|300M Ascent, 80M Descent
Your Trek of Bhutan starts today. This is a leisure trek and one of the most popular treks in Bhutan. The trek begins from Drugyek Dzong which dominated the valley of Paro. During the clear weather, you can see the beautiful mt. Chomolhari (7325m) exposing itself at the far end of the Himalaya. This is the starting point of most of the treks including the full Snowman trek, Laya Gasa Trek or the half snowman, round Chomolhari Trek, and the Yaktsa trek.
The trek starts along the Paro river. Follow the left side of the river and you will come across some villagers where they cultivate Potatoes, Wheat, and Rice. Further, walk towards the Army base camp and there we will show the permit and camp overnight. The campsite is just 200metres from the Army Base beautifully located near the river.
Day 04: 2nd Day of Soi Yaktsa trek from Shana – Soi – Thangthangkha (Alt. 3570m 22km, 6-7h, +70)
Today is the longest trekking hour and we will start early morning to reach the campsite on time. We will be crossing the isolated of Shing Karp of 3100m. We will take the left side of the trail until we reach Temo La pass. From this pass, we will be heading towards the right Way to Soi. The steep climb and sudden descend will reach us at a lunch place near the river. Our cook will serve hot meals.
After lunch further walks through beautiful forest and change of vegetation will occur as you climb leaving the dense forest. We will come across Yaks and Herders on the way and it is always best to keep some distance. The trail will take you to the bridge and a small white stupa. Do not cross the bridge as it will take you to the village of Yaktsa. Half an hour from the bridge will take you to the camp at Soi Thangthangkha. Overnight camp.
Day 05: 3rd Day of Soi Yaksa Trek from Thangthangkha – Jangothang (Alt.4500m 17km, 4-5hrs, +500)
Your morning will be greeted by the rays of the sun touching the second highest peak of Chomolhari (7314m) between two steep valleys. After leisure breakfast, our trek starts. We will follow the left side of the Paro river. You will reach the military campsite which guards the border with Tibet. As you climb the trail the valley becomes wider with Yaks grazing the Himalayan meadows. There are few houses of herders and we will give you the opportunity to interact with the locals here.
Day 06: 4th Day of Soi Yaktsa Trek from Jangothang Halt (Acclimatize and explore around Jangothang) Alt. 4100m
While trekking in Bhutan it’s important to take a rest at some Campsite before you take a higher altitude crossing. This will help us to get acclimatize to the altitude and easier for us to continue our journey. Today at Jangothang we shall take a rest. This site is about 4100m and will be camping here.
If you want to explore the surrounding of the campsite there is a beautiful lake Tsho Phu at about 4400m which takes about 2 hours. You can hike to the lake filled with brown trout of the Himalayas. The view of Mt. Jichu Drake from the lake is amazing. You will always come across rare animals like Blue Sheep or Snow leopard roaming around this area. Overnight at Camp.
Day 07: 5th Day of Soi Yaktsa trek from Jangothang- Bontela – Dumzo (Alt. 3840m, 18km, 7h, +540/-1100m)
Today is the day we will climb the highest pass in this trek and that is Bonte La (4890m). During the walk, you will come across several Yak herders tents, and wild animals. This is usually normal on this trek roué in Bhutan. We will spend some time at Bonte La pass and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas.
From the top, you will see Basingthang peaks (5500m), Chatarake(Djo Drake 5570m), and Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. The trail drops through a steep, narrow gully with gravel and lose rocks till you reach Dumzo. The SoiYaktsa valley is a beautiful valley with impressive rock cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys, and snow-covered peaks.
Day 8: 6th Day of Soi Yaktsa Trek from Dhumzo – Thongbu Shong (alt. 4120m, 11km, 4h, +2420/-420m)
Today is the day we will cross the second highest pass of Dunge La(4700m) and camping at the second-highest campsite. The journey starts from climbing through rhododendrons, birch, oak forest draped in Moses leads to Dunge La pass and then to Tagun La(4540m). This is the camp where we will spend the night. The yak herders use this campsite in spring and autumn. Overnight camp.
Day 9: 7th Day of Soi Yaktsa trek from Thongbushong – Shana alt. 2890m, 14km, 5h, +150m/-1380m
Today, you will cross the valley through a swampy area to a clear trail through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La (4270m). Take a last glimpse of the Himalayan ranges from the pass. The trail following the ridge is part of the trek with beautiful views.
Steep descend for about 2 hours, will take you to the army checkpoint, from where you will take about half an hour to the campsite at the bank of the Pa chu. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Last Day of Soi Yaktsa trek from Shana – Paro alt. 2300, 10km, 4h, +0/ -590m
The last day of Soi Yaksa Trek ends today. The hike takes us through the lovely valleys of Paro reaching the starting point of the Trek at Drugyel Dzong. Our driver will be waiting for us to pick us from the trekking point and drive us to the Hotel. Today we shall be resting at Hotel
Day 11: Paro – Thimphu Tour
The road between Paro and Thimphu is considered one of the best roads in Bhutan. On the way to Thimphu stop at Tam chhog temple and hike down to the 14th-century suspension bridge made out of iron chains. It was built by the great engineer and Buddhist poet called Lama Thangtong Gyalpo or Lama Chazampa.
Thimphu with a population of about 80000 is the biggest and most populated city in Bhutan.
It is also famous for being the only capital city with no traffic light.
Day 12: Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdue (Drive 3hrs)
Punakha is the old capital city of Bhutan and without visiting Punakha your tour of Bhutan will be incomplete. Your day starts with a visit to Dochula pass where you will be welcomed by a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. Further driving will take you to the mad monk temple or fertility temple at Punakha. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong one of the UNESCO Heritage sites. Overnight hotel.
Day 13: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro (Drive 4 ½ hrs)
Drive back to Paro, en route stop at Dochula pass and Visit the oldest SimtokhaDzong. It was the first dzong built by Shabdrung in 1629. It has a huge statue of Buddha and a beautiful prayer hall. It has the only statue of a sitting Buddha of compassion in the country. After lunch drive to Paro. In Thimphu visit the largest standing Buddha Statue overlooking Thimphu valley. In the evening we will visit the night view of Trashichhodzong. Drive back to City and will leave you on your own. You can wander off. There are Music Café and Karoeke you can visit if you are interested. Overnight hotel.
Day 14: Paro – Departure
Drive to the airport for departure.
Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months, and more. If you have any health conditions please make sure your health insurance covers all.
Emergency contacts during Bhutan Trekking Tour
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or salesperson (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Operation Manager) 00975 17343497 (Available for 24 hours a day)
What to wear during this Bhutan Trekking Tour?
Its important to come in comfortable clothes for this Bhutan trek Tour. It is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women) while visiting monasteries and Dzongs. As for treks, you can check our page on what to wear during Bhutan Trekking
Meals are usually provided in a buffet system and most of the tourist food is a blend and if you need to change the food varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with a guide. We have Indian, Chinese, and authentic Bhutanese restaurants where you can have very spicy food.
Bhutan Trekking Tour Guide:
Mr.Lal Bdr Rai has done this trekking 20 times and has very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.
Trekking Cook for this Bhutan Trekking Tour:
Our Cook Kaka is a licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational list in English he is well trained in cooking all kinds of meals.
We use high quality of tents and equipment imported from US for comfort stay.