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TREK THE WILDEST, BREATHTAKING ABSOLUTE OFF THE BEATEN SNOWMAN TREK IN BHUTAN. Bhutan Snowman Trek Highlight. 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.
Visit the remotest nomadic village of Laya and Lunana.Explore the largest Lake of Bhutan in Lunana.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.

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.
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 atleast 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 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. approaches 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. Himalayas of Bhutan have lots of silent place 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.

Day 01 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 Sightseeing: 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 structure 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.

 

Day03. Paro – Shana (Start of SNOWMAN Trek): Today we start one of the longest and most challenging trek 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 trekking hour is 5 to 6 hours.

 

Day 04: Shana to Thangthangka: 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 – Jangothang:

The route that you take today is little different. After crossing the army post and showing the army permit you shal gradually climb into beautifull valley passing Tegethang the winter home of Yak herders. You can see many yaks today before arriving at the base of beautifull Jumolhari Mountain. You can also see the ruins of old fortress used to gueard Bhutan against the tibtean 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 (Acclimatization): Today you shall take good rest at the camp site and enjoy the 360 degree view of the Jumolhari Mountain. You can hike around the camp site. There are beautiful day hikes around this camp if you are still energetics. One of the highlights of the day hike at Jangothang is Tshophu Lake which is 1 and half hour walk. Here you get the good supply of brown trout and if you are fisherman than don’t forget to bring your fishing equipment. This is optional itinerary.

 

 

Day 07. Jangothang – Lingshi:

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 – Chebisa:

Today is very easy and pleasant walk through villages and Yak Herders 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.

 

 

Bhutan Snowman Trek Day 09 Chebisa to Shomuthang:

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 beautifull 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 Shomuthang to Robluthang:

Day 10 of the Snowman Trek to Bhutan starts with steep climb to Jarila Pass at an altitude of 4600m.Descend to Tsharijathang one of the most beautifull and broad valley. This valley is also the summer residence of Wild Himalayan Takin. Lunch shall be served here and further walk towards the camp site. 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:

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 beautifull 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:

Your morning will be welcomed by the majestic view of Mt. Gangchey Ta peak infront 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 13of the Snowman Trek of Bhutan. Leisure time at Laya Village:

Explore the village. The Laya village consisit of around 400 people. They have different dress and language they speak is different. Government is doing everything to protect the traditioan and culture of this small Northern village. They are the tribal people of Bhutan.

Day 14 of Snowman Trek from Laya to Rodophu: Start your journey from Laya. You will come across beautiful girl working on their field and they may wave their hand to say goodbye. Descend to army camp and follow the river towards left.

Continue the climb through rhododendron bushes until the camp. Altitude 4,350m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 15 of the Snowman trek from Rhodophu to Tarina:

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 of the Snowman Trek from Tarina to Woche:

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 of Snowman Trek from Woche to Lhedi:

The day begins through juniper and fir forest and rohododendrons bushes. Another climb to Kechila Pass(4480m) which offers the 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 source of Phochu, till Lhedi village. Altitude 3,650m.

Day 18 Snowman Trek from Lhedi to Thanza:

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

Day 19 of Snowman Trek from Thanza to Tsorim:

Your journey starts from climb to the ridge to view the Table mountains and beautifull village of Thanza below the table mountain. The ridge is 4500m and rises upto 4650m.

Climb up ridge after ridge until you reach the camp at Tsorim at the altitude of 5150m. Then down to the camp at 5125m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

 

Day 20 of Snowman Trek from Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum base camp:

This is the highest Bhutan Trekking trip with so many trekking option in Bhutan. We start the day with a short climb to the Tshorim lakes. Walk on the side of the lake enjoying the panoramic views of the Gophula ranges. The last climb to Gophula pass (5,230m) is very short. After the pass descend to the base camp walking along the ridge. Those with a lot of energy can divert to the left side to climb up the Pyramid Peak for better view. Others can go down to the base camp nearly Sha Chu at the altitude of 4,970m. Walking times 6-7 hours.

Day 21 of the Snowman Trek in Bhutan Rest day at the base camp, enjoy the great view of the Mountains. You also get the opportunity to meet the villagers from Lunana or the Yak Herders along the way. You need good rest and energy gain to start the trek the next day. Our Cook will prepare the best meals to help you regain the energy.

 

Day 22 of the Snowman Trek from Base camp – Geshe woma:

Time to leave the beautiful mountains, but the trek is far from over. The path follows the Sha Chu and descends gradually to Geshe woma at the altitude of 4,200m. Walking time 6-8 hours.

Day 23rd Day of Snowman Trek from Geshe woma to Warathang:

Your trek begins following the Shachu(Small Stream) for about 2.5 hours until stiff climb to sakala trail. The visibility is poor due to heavy cloud formation and trail is narrow and dangerous. Please follow the Guide instruction properly.

After lunch climb up to Sakala pass at the altitude 4,800m. Descend to the lakes and another short ascent to Wartangle pass (4,590m). The scenery once again is stunning with small lakes and mountain peaks. Camp at the altitude of 4,000m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 24th Day of Snowman Trek from Warathang to Dur Tsachu:

 

Exciting start of the trek today is the Hotspring bath after 23 days of Trekking the Snowman. Your trek starts from a short half hour climb to Juelela (4,400m). After the pass descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forest. After the bridge a little climb to Dur Tsachu hot spring, where Guru Padmasambava is supposed to have bathed in the 8th hot spring. Walking time 5 hours. Enjoy your overnight camping at Natural Hotspring bath which will ease your bodyache.

Day 25th day of The Snowman Trek in Bhutan from Dur Tsachu –Tshochenchen:

Today we go across the last pass of the trip (Juelela pass). From the stream it is along and steady climb again with great views of the mountains in Lunana. One comes blue lakes and yak herders camps to arrive at the Thochechen camp at an altitude of 3,850m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 26th of Snowman trek from Tshochenchen to Dur and to Jakar:

Finally your camping days are over and today you shall sleep at cosy hotel in Jakar. Your pony will also be changed from Yak to Horse and bid farewell to Yak riders.The path follows the Chamkhar Chu, descending gradually with few climbs. The trek ends when you arrive at Dhur village. Over night at Hotel in Bumthang.

27th day of Tour in Bhutan from Bumthang Jakar – Thimphu via Domestic flights from Jakar to Paro but this is optional.

We shall keep it optional to take flights or drive from Bumthang to Thimphu or Paro if you take flights.

Day 28. Thimphu to Paro Tiger Nest Hike:

Your Bhutan Tour or Trekking is not complete if you don’t hike the most populat Tiger Nest Temple. Tiger Nest Temple of Bhutan is like Taj Mahal of India or Eiffel tower of Paris in France. This is half day uphill hike to secret mountain where this small Bhudhist temple lays hanging on the cliff above 900m from Paro valley.

Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Over night in Hotel.

 

Day 29. Paro (Departure):

Drive to Airport and farewell.

 

 

Important Note for Snowman Trek

This is one of the toughest trek in the world and clients taking this Trek package should have best body fitness because this trek is strenuous and involves 8 hours walk through snows and mountains as high as 5400m.If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.

Emergency contacts

Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 00975 17343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)

Meals

We shall provide experience cook with multiple trained cuisine. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese trained cook where you can have varieties of food during your trek.

Destination Guide for Snowman Trek

Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

 

FAQ

 

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO DO SNOWMAN TREK IN BHUTAN?

ANS: Snowman trek can be done only 4months in a year and that is late April to early June and late September to October. This is due to closure of high altitude pass because of heavy snowfall.

Where is the Snowman trek?

ANS: Snowman Trek is in Bhutan. The trek is the longest trek and starts from Paro covering hakf if Jumolhari trek route and eneding at Bumthang. It is 220 miles trek and needs 24 actual walking days to complete.

Best Time to Trek Snowman Trek

Snowman trek can be done only 4months in a year and that is late April to early June and late September to October. This is due to closure of high altitude pass because of heavy snowfall.

Trip Cost for the Trek

TRIP COST FOR SNOWMAN TREK: USD 8400 PP

TRIP LENGTH: 29 DAYS

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people

Trip cost will vary depending upon the group size

How to Prepare for Snowman Trek?

Snowman Trek in Bhutan is one of the toughest treks in the world and very few have completed this trek. You literally need to walk for 6 to 8 hours daily for 24 days. For this trek your fitness level should be high. The route takes you to the highest altitude of 5400m and very scenic. For Snowman Trek in Bhutan we would advise our clients to have complete fitness test and comprehensive insurance for any unseen mishaps. Trek is of about 24 days and very strenuous. We have listed some tips on exercise that will help you to complete The Snowman Trek in Bhutan.

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