Jomolhari Mountain Festival Trek
Event date: 4th to 5th, October, 2018
Event location: Dangojang, Thimphu Dzongkhag
The two-day event organized near the base of Mount. Jomolhari celebrates the culture of communities living near the foothills of Jomolhari mountains located along one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan. The celebration praises the way of life of the groups living respectively with the normal ponders that encompass them: one, specifically, the subtle, yet rich, snow panther.
This is a community-based event, brought together by people of Soe Yaksa and Soe Yutoed in collaboration with Jigme Dorji National park, Bhutan Foundation, and the Snow leopard conservancy. 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 festival highlights are snow leopard themed folk songs and dances performed by local communities, a sampling of local delicacies, horse riding, and yak riding. There are also many booths by International organization to educate on conservation. It’s a good opportunity for local communities to promote their culture and build on perception & harmony between the snow leopard and the people.
The Jhomolharin Trek is a standout amongst the most well known trekking courses in Bhutan and goes through prime snow panther and blue sheep natural surroundings. Various camera trap photographs, signs, and DNA examining from the area has built up the locale as a standout amongst other snow panther natural surroundings in Bhutan. The two groups of SoeYutoed and SoeYaksa lie along the Jomolhari trek. Yutoed has 28 families and Yaksa 18. The inhabitants are principally yak herders as the territory is for the most part above tree line. While yak predation is common in the zone, herders have for the most part been tolerant of some level of predation from the beginning. In any case, open mentalities and recognition towards snow panthers are quick evolving.
The festival is one of the many festivals in Bhutan that are fast gaining popularity among tourists from all parts of the world. Amid serene snow capped mountains, the two-day event takes place right after the offset of monsoon in Bhutan.
During the celebrations, communities of Soe located near Mt. Jomolhari come together to cater to guests and tourists. It is also the time of the year when villagers, both young and old, dressed in colourful attire flock the valley to participate and warmly greet visitors. The valley, which otherwise lacks any sort of entertainment, comes alive with a wide range of activities during the two-day event.
Besides local songs and dance performed by the communities and students, visitors are also welcomed with the snow leopard themed folk songs. Visitors can also take part in traditional sports like Khuru (darts), shot put and horse and yak riding competition, along with the locals. Also on display are various handicrafts, artifacts, and local delicacies for visitors to savour. There is plenty of information provided to visitors on conservation of snow leopards besides the way of life of highlanders, among others.
The second day includes hikes to various lakes surrounding Jomolhari ranging from four to five hours or one could breathe in the beauty of the picturesque highland taking your own time. The hikes guided by locals include visit to glaciers and lakes like the twin lake (tshophu) around Mt. Jomolhari, Jichudrakey and Tsherimgang. It’s a different sight and experience altogether where nomads spend their lives far from the maddening crowd and the burgeoning city life.
Snow leopard conservation plays a vital role for the communities who have grown with these wild cats. Considered an endangered cat species, efforts are being made to conserve and create awareness on the importance of conservation of snow leopards. Several camera traps are set in the region. If lucky, visitors can also catch a glimpse of snow leopards and blue sheep through the camera traps during the festival.
Customise/add more sightseeing places, Hiking/trekking and other activities on your Jomolhari Mountain Festival trek to make your trip the most memorable.
Unlike other tours itinerary package, we do not design readymade tour package for Festival tour program, instead, we’ll help you to customise your own tour program mainly depending on your available number of days you want to spend and which areas you wanted to cover besides Tshechu festival. This is because we understand that every traveller is different, some may like to spend their entire holidays witnessing Tshechu festival, while some would prefer to combine Tshechu festival with cultural tour, and some will love to do only hiking/trekking, while some would like to do Hiking/trekking cum sightseeing tour. Hence, we don’t want to run your holidays rather we would love to hear from you and design your holidays which will suit to yours desire at perfect. Therefore whether you are a solo traveller, a couple, group of friends or a large group, we are here to help you open the doors to your Himalayan dream according to your taste and your time availability.
This Jomolhari Mountain Festival trip will be so ideal for the The Jomolhari trekkers. You may click here (Tour package #3:- JHOMOLHARI ROUND TREK (13days) to customise your trekking trip to coincide with this Jomolhari Mountain Festival.
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