Jhomolhari Mountain Festival
Dangochong - Thimphu
START DATE: March 2, 2020
END DATE: March 4, 2020
LOCATION: Dangochong - Thimphu
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 festival, is a community-based initiative that has been organized by the Soe,Yaktsa, Nobri and Lingzhi communities, in collaboration with the Jigme Dorji National Park.
The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness about snow leopard conservation, improve local community members’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards the endangered species, provide a platform for economic opportunities and sustainable livelihood. It is also a festive time when the highlanders come together as a community to celebrate their life and culture. At a national level, the festival has importance in retaining our highlanders to their communities which is of utmost importance in safeguarding our northern borders.