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Snowman Trek

The Snowman trek is one of the hardest high altitude treks but most famous treks in Bhutan with most difficult […]

  • trip code

    WT-CODE 550

  • group-size

    2 pax person

  • duration

    27 Day(s) days/ nights

The Snowman trek is one of the hardest high altitude treks but most famous treks in Bhutan with most difficult trekking route in the world. This trek takes about 25-27 days depending on the starting point and basically traverses the mountains border region between Bhutan and Tibet starting from Paro and end in Lunana in northern Bhutan. It crosses 11 tallest passes including Gangla Karchung La( 5,230m), Jaze La (5,251m) Loju La( 5,155m) and Rinchenzoe La (5,332m). One of the most challenges of this trek is the isolation of the country being visited as there are few villages and the chances for helicopter evacuation are minimum. The best chance for good weather is during October before the snows come to the high passes and just after the monsoon ends.

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro

    The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. After passing through customs ,you will meet our representative and transfer you to the hotel .Take refreshment for while , afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including  Ta Dzong ,Museum housing  and many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts, and Rimpong Dzong. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

  • Day 02:Thimphu Sightseeing

    Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple, the Zilukha Nunnery and Tashichhodzong. If your visit to Thimphu coincides with the weekend, you can walk through the Thimphu Market. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

  • Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

    Today we will go to the ancient capital of Bhutan,Punakha. Visit spectacular Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. Overnight at hotel in Punakha

  • Day 04: Punakha/Tashithang – Damji(8km, 5-6 hours)

    The trek starts by the riverside, following a well marked path through subtropical forest. There are many wild orchids growing in this rather damp area, but be on the look out for leeches .Today’s walk is fairly gentle climb up to Damji village (2,400m).Overnight at camp in Damji.

  • Day 05: Damji– Gasa (15 km, 6-7 hours)

    The path continues on through subtropical forested area and villages up to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring). The Tshachu is famous for its curative powers, and people come from all over the country to bathe here. After lunch near the spring, we have a climb up to Gasa Dzong (2,900m).Overnight at camp in the Gasa.

  • Day 06: Gasa – Chamsa (13km, 6-7 hours)

    After breakfast, we visit the Gasa Dzong. Today’s trek begins with a steep climb up to Bele-La Pass (3,700m) through mixed forests. We then descend for  our forest camp at chamsa (3,650m).

  • Day 07: Chamsa – Laya (22 km, 8-9 hours)

    The trail descends to the bank of the Mo Chu. After crossing the river we have lunch by the bridge. From here it is a gradual climb up to Laya (3,800m) passing by an army camp en route. We camp at Laya.

  • Day 08 : Rest Day at Laya

    Explore Laya village. You can go and visit one of the local houses. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to a stranger, and a cup of tea and chang (alcohol brewed from barley) is always offered.

  • Day 09: Laya – Rhodophu (19 km, 8-9 hours)

    From Laya we descend to the army camp and continue following the trail along the river till the turn off point for Rhodophu. After lunch we continue climbing upwards through rhododendrons till we reach a hanging valley where there are yaks grazing (4,350m).Overnight at camp in Rhodophu .

  • Day 10: Rhodophu – Tarina  (25km, 10-11 hours)

    Today’s trek is the longest of the trip and it is important to start early, around 5 am. We first climb up to Tsimo-La Pass (4,700m) where we can enjoy a superb view of Lunana, and the peaks of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. Following 4 hours of level walking, we climb up to Ganglakarchung-La Pass (5, 080m). The view from the pass is breathtaking, encompassing the whole mountain range. After crossing the pass, it is a very long descent to the Tarina valley, where we camp at 3,980m.

  • Day 11: Tarina  – Wochey( 17 km, 6-7 hours)

    The path descends through coniferous forest, following the upper reaches of the Pho Chu .The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Wochey at 3,800m, the first village since Gasa. Camp at  3, 800m.

  • Day 12: Wochey – Lhedi (17 km, 6-7 hours)

    Today’s trek begins with a walk through mixed forests and further ahead through rhododendron bushes. We climb up to Keche-La Pass (4,480m). We then descend enjoy mountainous views en route. We walk upstream as far as Lhedi village (3,650m).Overnight at camp in Lhedi Village.

  • Day 13: Lhedi– Thanza( 17 km, 7-8 hours)

    The route continues to follow the river, rising gradually to Choejong village (the biggest village in Lunana) where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we visit the village temple, then walk for some time to a suspension bridge to cross the river. Soon we reach our campsite at Thanza (4,000m).

  • DAY 14: Rest Day Thanza

    A welcome day of leisure, or if you are feeling really energetic, you can climb up to the ridge for yet another splendid view of the mountains.

  • Day 15: Thanza – Tshorim(19 km, 8-9 hours)

    Today’s trek starts with a climb up to the ridge, from where there is a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. We follow a stream through a small valley, enjoying the view of snowcapped Mountains. We then climb up out of the valley to reach our campsite at Tshorim (5,125m).Overnight at camp in Tshorim .

  • Day 16: Tshorim – Gangkar  Puensum Base Camp (16 km, 6-7 hours)

    Today’s Trek is one of the climax of the Trip. The day starts with a short climb up to Tshorim Lake. We walk around the side of the lake, enjoying a panoramic view of the Gophula Ranges. The final stretch up to Gophu-La Pass (5,230m) is very short. After crossing the pass, we descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge and enjoying a great view of Gangkar Puensum. Climb up a pyramid shaped peak for a better view or you can go directly to the base camp (4,970m) near the Sha Chu.

  • Day 17: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

    Rest day at the base camp, enjoying the great views.

  • Day  18: Gangkar Puensum Camp – Geshe Woma (14 km, 6-7 hours)

    Today’s trail follows along the Sha Chu and descends to Geshe Woma (4,200m) where we camp.

  • Day 19: Geshe Woma – Warathang(18 km, 8-9 hours)

    The path continues along the course of the Sha Chu until the climb to Saka-La Pass (4,800m). Visibility is poor along this part of the trail, so we must keep watching the top of the ridge in order to stay on course. Enjoy stunning views of small lakes spread below towering peaks. We camp at 4,000m in the Warathang.

  • Day 20: Warthang – Dhur  Tshachu (14 km, 5 hours)

    A short half hour climb take us up to Juli-La (4,400m) before descending to the riverside through dense rhododendron, Juniper and conifer forests. We then cross a bridge and after a short climb reach Dhur Tshachu hot spring, where legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava bathed in the 8th century.

  • Day 21: – Dhur  Tshachu – Tshochemchem(16 km, 8-9 hours)

    From the spring, it is a long and steady climb upwards, with great views of the mountains in Lunana. Eventually the ground levels out, and we see several beautiful deep blue lakes, yaks grazing on the surrounding Pasture, and yak herder’s camp (3,850m).Overnight at camp in Tshochemchem.

  • Day 22: Tshochemchem  – Dhur  (Motor road) – Bhumthang (Jakar)(21 km, 13 hours)

    This is the last day of the trek. We must set off very early in order to reach Bumthang before dark. The path follows the Chamkhar Chu, descending gradually with few climbs. The trek ends when we reach Dhur village, where transport will meet us and drive us to the lodge in Bumthang (Jakar).

  • Day 23: Bhumthang Sightseeing

    Bumthang is the spiritual and cultural heartland of Bhutan. Spend the day exploring the some of Bumthang’s sacred sights including Kurje Lhakhang, home to a rock featuring the imprint of Guru Rimpoche’s body, Jambay Lhakhang (7th century) and Jakar Dzong. Also visit Tamshing Monastery housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan. Overnight at  guesthouse in Bumthang.

  • Day 24: Bhumthang – Trongsa

    The journey to Trongsa takes approximately 3 hours. Trongsa is the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty. After lunch on arrival, visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa is the largest Dzong in Bhutan and the location of where the institution of monarchy in Bhutan began. Also visit the Ta Dzong located on the hill overlooking the Dzong. Overnight at  hotel in Trongsa.

  • Day 25: Trongsa – Paro

    After breakfast, depart for Paro. On arrival, enjoy a stroll through the Paro Township. Overnight at  hotel in Paro.

  • Day 26: Paro Sightseeing

    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery, walking approximately 1:30 to 2 hours uphill. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is spectacular. Afterwards visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

  • Day 27:Departure

    After the early breakfast in hotel drive towards Paro airport  for your onward destination .

whats included

  • Cost Inclusive 

    • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty.
    • Laxurious Private Transportation in the whole trip.
    • Local English speaking license holder trekking guide/tour leader.
    • Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
    • Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that carry luggage and camp gear.
    • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved 3 star hotels in city area & guesthouses/Camp in Trekking area .
    • All meals in Bhutan(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
    • All necessary entrance fees and permits.
    • Basic medical kids

whats Excluded

  • Cost Exclusive

    • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
    • Air Tickets
    • Visa fee of Bhutan
    • Penalize amount USD 60.00 incase if you took Tobacco with you in Bhutan.
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Cancellation charge
    • Cost which is beyond our control like natural disaster and political issues.

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