Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Bhutan Trek

Trip Over View: TREK THE WILDEST, BREATHTAKING ABSOLUTE OFF THE BEATEN SNOWMAN TREK IN BHUTAN. The Snowman Trek is our most challenging trek in Bhutan and ranks amongst the very finest anywhere in the Himalayas. The ultimate high-level traverse through the Bhutan Himalaya, from Shana, through Laya, to Lunana.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Name: Snowman Trek.
  • Trip Duration: 27 Days
  • Max.Altitude: 5230m/17,259ft at Gophula Pass.
  • Best Season: April to May and October to November
  • Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
  • Camping Equipment: All imported tents and camping equipment
  • Transportation: Private car, van, or bus (Depends on group size)
  • Porter/Pony: All Inclusive
  • Trip Type: Private Tour & minimum 2 in the Group.
  • Trip Cost: USD 7840 Per Person.

Trip Highlight

  • Challenge yourself to one of the hardest Trek in the World.
  • Visit the tribal village of Laya.
  • Camp at the highest Mountains of Bhutan.
  • Enjoy watching the wildlife of Bhutan as the trek falls on protected areas.
  • Watch wildflowers and blue poppy(national flower of Bhutan).
  • Discover the highest mountains and crystal clear lakes of Bhutan.
  • Hoist the prayer flag on the highest mountain pass of Bhutan.
  • Cross highest 11 passes during the Snowman trek in Bhutan. 
  • Challenge yourself on one of the longest 220 miles trekking in Bhutan Experience the ancient tradition and culture of Bhutan.
  • Explore the largest Lake of Bhutan in Lunana.

Snowman Trek Route

Snowman Trek Route Map
The Snowman Trek Route Map

Detail Tour Program

Day 01 Arrival at Paro

The start of Snowman Trek in Bhutan Arrival at Paro International AirportYour landing at Paro international airport is one of the most amazing experiences. Flights swinging between two mountains following the Paro river towards small strip of Paro International airport is mesmerizing. Upon landing many prefer to take picture outside instead of rushing for immigration desk. This is the beauty of Bhutan. Your guide will be waiting for you to receive you.

Day 02 Paro City Tour

You need time for acclimatization before you start the Bhutan Snowman Trek. Today our guide will take you to Drugyel Dzong(victory Dzong) one of the most iconic structures at Paro. On a clear day, you can view the beautiful snowcapped Jumolhari Mountain. Then visit 8th-century Kyichu Lhakhang followed by Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.In the evening leisure time at small Paro town. My guide shall brief you about the start of the trek the next day.

Day 03 Trek begins from Paro to Shana

  • Distance: 17Km
  • Walking time: 5 to 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 2820m
  • Ascent: 360m
  • Descent: 80m
  • Camping Altitude: 2820m

Today we start one of the longest and most challenging treks in Bhutan. Before we start our journey we pray that our journey ends well. The trek starts from drugyel Dzong following the Paro river. We camp at Shana at an altitude of 2820m. We have covered 14km and the trekking hour is 5 to 6 hours.

Day 04 Shana to Thangthangka

  • Distance: 21Km
  • Walking time: 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude:
  • Ascent: 770m
  • Descent: 10m
  • Camping Altitude: 3610m

Our 4th day trekking from Shana Thangthangka is amazing. The trekking route follows the paro river through beautiful forest with few isolated nomadic huts. The route reaches a junction where another path leads to tremo La to Tibet . Camp here at Junction in a meadow with stone shelter. Camp at 3610m and 8 hours walk covering 21KM.

Day 05 Thangthangka to Jangothang

  • Distance: 15Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4115m
  • Ascent: 480m
  • Descent: 1090m
  • Camping Altitude: 4115m

The route that you take today is little different. After crossing the army post and showing the army permit you shall gradually climb into beautiful valley passing Tegethang the winter home of Yak herders. You can see many yaks today before arriving at the base of beautiful Jumolhari Mountain. You can also see the ruins of old fortress used to guard Bhutan against the tibetan invasion. Camp at the base of Jumolhari Mountain at an altitude of 4115m. You have covered 15km and takes about 5 to 6 hours leisure trek.

Day 06 Jangothang Acclamatization:

Today you shall take good rest at the campsite and enjoy the 360-degree view of the Jumolhari Mountain. You can hike around the campsite. There are beautiful day hikes around this camp if you are still energetic. One of the highlights of the day hike at Jangothang is Tshophu Lake which is 1 and half hour walk. Here you get a good supply of brown trout and if you are a fisherman then don’t forget to bring your fishing equipment. This is the optional itinerary.

Day 07 Jangothang to Lingshi

  • Distance: 18Km
  • Walking time: 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4700m
  • Ascent: 840m
  • Descent: 870m
  • Camping Altitude: 4000m

The day begins with following the steam for half an hour before crossing the bridge to right side which climbs up to the first ridge of amazing view of Mt.Jumolhari(7316m),Mt. Jichu Drakey (6714M) and Mt. Tserim Ghang. Walk further towards flat valley until the you climb Nyila Pass (4700m). After the pass Gradual descent to Lingshi Camp. Here you also come across local villagers and view of Lingshi Dzong. Campsite altitude is 4000m. Walk time is 7 to 8 hours depending upon the fitness of the clients.

Day 08 Lingshi to Chebisa

  • Distance: 10Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude:
  • Ascent: 280m
  • Descent: 400m
  • Camping Altitude: 3850M

Today is a very easy and pleasant walk through villages and Yak Herder’s camp. Your lunch will be served at Goyuna village which is very scenic. After lunch you reach Chebisa village and people here are very friendly. We camp here by the side of the stream at an altitude of 3850m. Walking time is 5-6 hours.

Day 09 Bhutan Snowman Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang

  • Distance: 17Km
  • Walking time: 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4500m
  • Ascent: 890m
  • Descent: 540m
  • Camping Altitude: 4160m

You day starts with steep climb up towards Gubula Pass at an altitude of 4500m taking 4 hours hard walk. After reaching the top descend the trail through beautiful rhododendrons forest. Continue to follow the stream until you reach at the campsite. You may come across Yak Herders and wild blue sheep of the Himalayas. Walking time is 7 to 8 hours. Camping at 4160m.

 

Snowman Trek day 10 from Shomuthang to Robluthang

  • Distance: 18Km
  • Walking time: 9 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4600m
  • Ascent: 700m
  • Descent: 760m
  • Camping Altitude: 4400m

Day 10 of the Snowman Trek to Bhutan starts with a steep climb to Jarila Pass at an altitude of 4600m. Descend to Tsharijathang one of the most beautiful and broad valleys. This valley is also the summer residence of Wild Himalayan Takin. Lunch shall be served here and further walk towards the campsite. Cross stream and towards the left the trail ascends till you reach the Robluthang Campsite at an altitude of 4400m. Walking time to 8 to 9 hours.

Day 11 of Snowman Trek in Bhutan from Robluthang to Lemithang:

  • Distance: 19Km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4160m
  • Ascent: 850m
  • Descent: 870m
  • Camping Altitude: 4100m

Everyday you will be climbing the pass and today you shall cross Shinje La pass(4900m). The view from the pass is amazing. The descend towards Limithang is quite narrow but you will be rewarded with beautiful view of Mt. Gangchey Ta Peak(6794m) on the last part of the trek. Arrival campsite is 4100m.

Day 12 of the Snowman Trek from Lemithang to Laya

  • Distance: 10Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 3800m
  • Ascent: 60m
  • Descent:340m
  • Camping Altitude: 3800m

Your morning will be welcomed by the majestic view of Mt. Gangchey Ta peak in front of you. Today you shall be greeted by the nomadic herders of Laya. Laya is the second highest settlement in the country. Camp site is near by the local village house. Campsite at 3800m. Walking time is 5 to 6 hours.

Day 13 of the Snowman Trek will be Leisure time at Laya Village

  • Walking time: Relax Day
  • Max Altitude: 3800m at Laya
  • Camping Altitude: 3800m

Explore the village. The Laya village consists of around 800 people. They have different dress and language they speak is different. The government is doing everything to protect the tradition and culture of this small Northern village. They are the tribal people of Bhutan.

Day 14 of the Snowman Trek from Laya to Rodophu

  • Distance: 14.5Km
  • Walking time: 8 to 9 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4350m
  • Ascent: 975m
  • Descent: 70m
  • Camping Altitude: 4350m

Start your journey from Laya. You will come across beautiful girls working in their field and they may wave their hand to say goodbye. Descend to army camp and follow the river towards the left. Continue the climb through rhododendron bushes until the camp. Altitude 4,350m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 15 Rhodophu to Tarina

  • Distance: 36Km
  • Walking time: 10 to 11 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 5080m
  • Ascent: 725m
  • Descent: 1200m
  • Camping Altitude: 3980m

Today is the longest day trek crossing two pass of Tsimola(4700m) and Gangla Karchula Pass(5080m). We start as early as 5 in the morning because its 10 to 11 hours of trek. The route offers the view of Lunana Village, close view of Mt. Jumolhari  and Mt. Jichu Drake.

The whole range of mountains, including Masagang, Tsendegang, Teri Gang can be seen, after the pass there is a very long descent to Tarina valley. Altitude 3,980m. Walking time 10-11 hours.

Day 16 Tarina to Woche

  • Distance: 17Km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7Km
  • Max Altitude: 3910
  • Ascent: 270m
  • Descent: 330m
  • Camping Altitude: 3800m

The trek is easy today as the path follows the river downhill. The lunch point is at 3500m and after lunch climb 300m towards the small village of woche. Camp at 3800m and walking time is 6 to 7 hours.

Day 17 Woche to Lhedi

  • Distance: 17Km
  • Walking time: 6 to 7 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 3700m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 1190m
  • Camping Altitude: 3650m

The day begins through juniper and fir forest and rhododendron bushes. Another climb to Kechila Pass(4480m) offers a great view of snowcapped mountains.

After the pass, descend to the river walking through the village with stunning views of Table Mountain and others. Follow the river, one of the main sources of Phochu, till Lhedi village. Altitude 3,650m.

Day 18 Lhedi to Thanza

  • Distance: 17Km
  • Walking time: 7 to 8 Hours
  • Max Altitude:
  • Ascent: 450m
  • Descent: 0
  • Camping Altitude: 4000m

The trek continues following the river, rising gradually to Choejong village. After lunch visits the Choejong dzong and continues towards the wide valley. Cross the bridge to reach Thanza camp 4,000m. Walking time 7/8 hours.

Day 19 Thanza to Danji

  • Distance: 8Km
  • Walking time: 3/4 Hours
  • Max Altitude:
  • Ascent: 80m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude: 4230m

From Thoencha, the trail climbs up to a large boulder from where you will have excellent views of Thanza, Toencha and Choso village and the surrounding mountains. After a few hours of relatively flat and easy walking, you will reach a yak meadow with some yak herders’ huts. An excellent campsite with a great chance to spot some blue sheep on the hills above. A trail junction near the campsite will give you the choice between the route up to Gangkhar Puensum base camp, and further on to Bumthang or to Sephu (Trongsa). Both routes are described in this website.

Day 20 Danji to Tshochena

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude: 4925m

Having chosen the route to Sephu, the trek crosses the creek and after a long climb, you will reach Jaze La (5,150m) with spectacular panoramic mountain views . The path then descends between snow covered peaks and a couple of small lakes to the campsite near the shore of Tshochena lake.

Day 21 Tshochena to Jichudramo

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude:

You follow the bank of the blue green lake before arriving at a ridge at 5,100m, where there is another spectacular view in all directions. After going up and down over small hills to reach a glacial lake, the route descends first before climbing again up the next pass, the Loju La (5,140m). Finally after crossing a small saddle (5,100m) you will enter a wide glacial valley from where the trail descends gradually to the campsite at Jichu Dramo.

Day 22 Jichudramo to Chukarpo

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude:

Right after leaving the camp you will climb through a moraine to Rinchen Zoe La (5,320m). Spectacular mountain scenery with Gangkhar Puensum amongst the impressive mountains is the reward for climbing the highest pass on this trek route. Rinchen Zoe Peak (5,650) towers above the pass the west. Descending from the pass, the route leads into a wide valley with several lakes and goes steeply down along a moraine to the Thamphe Chhu. Here the vegetation begins to thicken again and you will see the first real trees since Lhedi. After a couple of hours you reach the campsite at Chukarpo.

Day 23 Chukarpo to Thampe Chho

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude:

The descent continues along the river till you reach the yak herder huts at Gala Pang Chhu (4010m). From here the trail climbs steeply towards Thampe Tsho, a beautiful clear turquoise lake, with the campsite next to it.

Day 24 Thampe Cho to Maurothang

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude: 4900m

From the lake you climb steeply to the last pass on your trek, the Thampe La (4,600m) with a good chance to spot some blue sheep on the way. Then the path descends to the sacred lake Om Thso. Passing a waterfall you will reach another, smaller lake 100m below to descend steeply to the Nikka Chhu. The path finally leads through mixed forest to large clearing on the banks of the river with a few yak herder huts, Maurothang.

Day 25 Maurothang to Sephu

  • Distance: 12 Km
  • Walking time: 6 Hours
  • Max Altitude: 4970m
  • Ascent: 980m
  • Descent: 240m
  • Camping Altitude:

On the last day of this extraordinary trek your porters will have to change from yaks to horses as the yaks will not be willing to go further down. The path follows the Nikka Chhu to reach a large grassy area overlooking the road and the village of Sephu. You finally reach the road at the Nikka Chhu bridge at Sephu where you will find several stores (mainly selling bamboo products) and small restaurants

Day 26 Sephu to Roadpoint and to Thimphu

Our team will receive you from roadpoint and drive you to Thimphu. Relax at Hotel.

Day 27 Thimphu to Paro and See Off

After early morning drop to airport and see off.

FAQ

How to Plan for Snowman Trek?

  • Strengthens your heart muscle and increases your lung capacity (you’re going to need that in such extremely high altitudes!).
  • Running, climbing stairs or high-impact aerobics, three or four times a week will help with this.
  • Start this at least 3 months before you begin the trek. all your muscles need to be as strong as you can possibly make them.
  • Strong thighs and calves will make those climbs so much easier, and overall muscle strength will ensure that your body is fully in sync when walking with a backpack of about 10kgs.
  • Skip the elevator whenever you can.
  • Using the stairs will increase your leg strength as well as your lung capacity for high altitude climbing. 
  • Take long walks, incorporating hills and stairs whenever possible. You’re going to be trekking for extended periods of time every day, and your body needs to get used to long hours of walking or Hiking.
  • Once you’re reasonably fit, start walking and exercising with extra weight so that you get used to carrying a pack. Although your heavier luggage will be carried by Yaks or Horses, you will be carrying a daypack.
  • Approach the challenge from a more spiritual point-of-view.
  • Focus and dig deep within; you’ll have plenty of silent hours to fill as you concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other, although the stunning views will also help pass the time.
  • The Himalayas of Bhutan have lots of silent places where you can renew your daily strength through YOGA.
  • Trek in hiking boots that are well broken in. Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your hiking boots.
  • Make sure they fit well and are comfortable on your long walks. Building up a few callouses before this trek is a good idea.

Where is the Snowman trek?

The Snowman Trek in Bhutan is located in Bhutan in Southeast Asia. It is one of the hardest treks that takes 25 days to complete.

What is the Best time to Trek Snowman?

Snowman trek can only be done within 4 months. April to May and October to November is best time to trek Snowman. Snowman trek involves crossing so many high mountains and knowing the best season to trek will help you to plan well. From our past experience Snowman trek have only 4 months of trekking season and that starts from April to May and September to October. Though there are few who have done the trek in summer (June to August) but the trek is not so beautiful as in Spring and Autumn. Monsoon clouds obscure the views of Mountains and routes are muddy. Bridges between the trekking routes are sometime washed away by heavy rain.

How hard is Snowman trek?

Among all the treks in Bhutan Snowman trek is the hardest. It takes 25 days to complete. This is one of the toughest treks in the world and clients taking this Trek package should have the best body fitness because this trek is strenuous and involves an 8-hour walk through snows and mountains as high as 5400m. If you have any health conditions please make sure your health insurance covers all.

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Why Book with Us?

Why BOOK Bhutan Snowman Trek with us?We are local and we know the place.We provide you with highly trained guide to explore remote trekking and mountaineering.We make sure that the guest enjoys the hospitality of our well-trained support team, quality sleeping and dining tent with varieties of freshly cooked meals on all your trekking journey.Our guest should feel safe with our highly trained guide equipped with group medical kits, portable altitude chamber and emergency satellite phone.

Best time to Trek Snowman in Bhutan.

Snowman trek can be done only 4 months in a year and that is late April to early June(Spring time) and late September to October(Autumn). This is due to the closure of high altitude passes because of heavy snowfall.

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