The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes.
Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.
The Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek as one of the most difficult treks of the world. The best time for Snowman Trek is summer – unlike many other high altitude treks of Bhutan. Many groups that attempt this tough trek do not finish due to problems with the high altitude or snow blocked passes. However, those who make it will remember this trek as an outstanding, beautiful and as one of the most rewarding trek of their life. In this version of the Snowman Trek, one has the possibility of spending a day or two at perhaps one of the most beautiful hot springs of the Himalayas.
Note: As such, it will be raising the Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of USD:65 per person per night for tourists to USD:200, which will go towards activities that promote carbon-neutral tourism and build a more sustainable tourism sector. This includes offsetting the carbon footprint of tourists and upskilling workers in the sector. Indian tourists will pay a previously stipulated fee, which will be revised at a later date. The rate refers to the minimum sum paid by all tourists for an all-inclusive package tour to Bhutan.
The fee changes came into effect on 20 June 2022. You can also visit the Tourism Department’s official website:
Day 1. Arrive Paro.
Day 2. Hike to Taktsang monastery.
Day 3. Sharna to Thangthangka (Start of snowman trek) (7 to 8 hours walk).
Day 4. Thangthanka Jangothang (5 to 6 hours walk).
Day 5. Rest day in Jangothang.
Day 6. Jangothang to Lingshi (6 to 7 hours walk).
Day 7. Lingshi to Chebisa (4 to 5 hours walk).
Day 8. Chebisa to Shakshepasa (4 hours walk).
Day 9. Shakshepasa to Robluthang (7 to 8 hours walk).
Day 10. Robluthang to Limithang (7 to 8 hours walk).
Day 11. Limithang to Laya (4 to 5 hours walk).
Day 12. Rest day in Laya.
Day 13. Laya to Rodufu (6 to 7 hours walk).
Day 14. Rodufu to Narethang (8 to 9 hours walk).
Day 15:.Narethang to Tarina (5 to 6 hours walk).
Day 16. Tarina to Woche (5 to 6 hours walk).
Day 17. Woche to Lhedi (7 to 8 hours walk).
Day 18: Lhedi to Thanza (6 to 7 hours walk).
Day 19. Rest day in Thanza, 4080m (13,300 ft).
Day 20. Thanza to Danji (4 hours walk).
Day 21. Danji to tso Chena (5 hours walk).
Day 22. Tso Chena to Jichu dramo (4 to 5 hours walk).
Day 23. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo (5 to 6 hours walk).
Day 24. Chukarpo to Thampe tso (5 to 6 hours walk).
Day 25. Thampe Tso to Maurothang (5 hours walk).
Day 26. Maurothang to Nikachu Chazam (End of snowman trek) / drive to Punakha (7 to 8 hours walk).
Day 27. Drive Punakha to Thimphu.
Day 28. Drive Thimphu to Paro.
Day 29. Paro- Departure.