The festival celebrates the culture of the communities living in close proximity to endangered snow leopards.
Jomolhari Mountain Festival is an exquisitely themed two-day event celebrated at the base of Mt. Jomolhari, by communities located along one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan.
The festival celebrates the culture of the communities living together with the natural wonders that surround them: one in particular, the elusive, yet elegant, snow leopard! This endangered cat thrives in the region; several camera trap photos and definite signs have established the region as one of the best snow leopard habitats in Bhutan.
The communities of Soe Yaksa and Soe Yutoed, located along the Jomolhari trek, in collaboration with Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) and the Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) - with support from the Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) and Bhutan Foundation - bring together this festival as a community based initiative towards the conservation of snow leopard; to create awareness on the importance of conservation; engage and build on the perception and attitude to create harmony between this endangered cat and the people; provide a platform to bring in opportunities for sustainable livelihood, and promote their culture.
The festival includes snow leopard themed folk songs and dances performed by the local people, JDNP staff and the school children, traditional sports such as Khuru (darts), shot put, horse and yak riding, sampling of local delicacies and boutique handicrafts, and various picturesque guided hikes in and around Jomolhari. It also showcases various stalls set up by both local and international agencies to educate and promote conservation among those participating at the festival.
The festival was initiated in 2013 and endorsed by the government as an annual event.
Our representative will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
Visit the nearby Ta Dzong, and Ringung Dzong.
Dinner and overnight at hotel Food and accommodation will be arranged as per your reservations.
After breakfast, take a hike to the Tiger’s Nest (Paro Taktshang), the most visited tourist destination in Bhutan.
After a tiring day long hike to Paro Taktshang, take a hot bath to relax and rejuvenate in the hotel. Free to explore the local handicrafts shops within Paro.
After breakfast , drive towards Drukgyel, being the trek from Drukgyel Dzong.
Begin with a short downhill walk on a wide track. The trail then climbs gently through well maintained rice terraces and field of millet. Later on we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa. We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
Dinner and Overnight at campsite.
After breakfast , being The trek from Paro river.
Following the trails of the river ,ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest .After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for lunch. Then continue along the river, climbing upwards through Rhododendron forest, and crossing the river once more before reaching the campsite.
Dinner and Overnight at Soe Thangthangkha.
After breakfast , being the trek from Soe Thangthangkha.
The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
Lunch will be served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang. From here the views of Jhomolhari and JichuDrake are amazing.
Dinner and overnight camping at Jangothang.
Today we hike back to witness the 1st day of mountain festival. Marchang ceremony before the festival commences followed by welcome dance and local song by Soe community. There will be opening of the stalls by the chief guest followed by yak and horse show. After lunch open competition for entertainment like Khuru, shot-put and horse riding/yak riding. In the evening hike back to Jangothang at the base camp.
After breakfast, being The trek from
Optional 2nd day festival. Trekking activities to the finest sights in Soe guided by the natives. After lunch visitors would also witness the cultural performances including folk dances and traditional handicraft exhibition by the local communities to entertain the large congregation of spectators. In addition, the communities will also host the visitors in the home stays and cook local food from their own kitchen.
The food options depend on what is growing in the kitchen gardens.
Hike back to Jangothang at base camp.
After breakfast , being the trek from Jangothang
The trail follows a gentle stream for half an hour and crosses a bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la Pass (4700m). We descend gradually enjoying a panoramic view of the mountainous peaks and Lingshi Dzong from the pass until we reach our campsite at Lingshi.
Dinner and Overnight camping at lingshi campsite.
After breakfast , being The trek from lingshi.
Our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the West side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-La . On clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang and Masagang from this pass. The trail then descends alongside a stream to a rock shelter in a cliff face. It then continues on downstream until reaching Shodu , where we will camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.
Dinner and overnight camping at shodu.
After breakfast , being The trek from shodu.
The path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through Rhododendron, Juniper and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views along the way.
halt at the riverside for lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong , near which we camp for the night.
Dinner and Overnight camping at Barshong.
After breakfast , being The trek from Barshong.
The trail descends gently through a dense forest of Rhododendron, Birch and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto Pastureland where we camp for the night.
Dinner and Overnight camping at Dolam Kencho.
After breakfast , being The trek from Barshong.
The trail winds in and out of a side valley above the Thimphu chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Doden).
Vehicles will be awaiting for you at this spot , and we drive to Thimphu.
Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, Enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten.. Changangkha lhakhang, folk Heritage Museum and the kuenselphodrang where the largest sitting Buddha in the world is located.
After lunch, free to visit the local handicrafts bazaar in Thimphu and drive towards Paro. Overnight stay at your hotel in Paro.
After Breakfast, drive to the airport, our representative will bid you farewell and good luck for you safe journey. Tashi Delek!
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