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.

Trek NameSnowman Trek.
Trek Duration24 Days.
Total Duration28 Nights 29 Days.
Highest Altitude5,320 mtr.
Difficulty LevelVery strenuous.
CostsUSD: 9,800/ per person.

Note: For groups of less than three, the Royal Government of Bhutan imposes surcharges; surcharges are separated from minimum daily tour prices. You can also visit Tourism Department official website http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/minimum-daily-package

Tour Itinerary

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.

Day 1. Arrive Paro Bhutan by Druk Air:

Upon arrival at Paro airport, received by the Representative from Book Bhutan Tour and transfer to the hotel.

After lunch, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “The Victorious Druk”. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th centuryDinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 2. Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery:

After breakfast, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan followed by visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.

Day hike to Taktsang monastery, the famous “Tiger’s Nest”. The hike which is all uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 3. Drukgyel Dzong to Sharna – Thangkthanka (Snowman trek starts).

Distance: 22 km. Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.

Leaving Sharna the trail continues upriver and the route winds in and out of rhododendron and blue pine forests. When we enter Jigme Dorji National Park keep your eyes open for wildlife and changes in vegetation as we continue to climb in elevation. Tonight we camp in Thangkthanka (3520 m)

Day 4. Thangthanka to Jangothang:

Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

An hour out of camp this morning we leave the tree line and head into the high mountains. At the halfway point of our hike, we cross Tengethang, a winter home of the migratory yak herders. Arriving at Jangothang (4040 m / 13,250 ft), we can watch the sun set on Mt. Jhomolhari (7314 m) and Mt. Jichu Drake (6989 m).

Day 5. Rest day in Jangothang:

The first of our acclimatization days, we have many day-hiking options. The first is a three to four hour excursion up the ridge to the north for great views of Jichu Drake. The second is to hike up towards the head of the valley in the direction of Jhomolhari. The third is a trek up the main valley towards the last house and onward toward Jichu Drake, this gives a great view of where we will be going in the next few days. The final alternative is a fishing expedition to Tshophu, a high-altitude lake about a two hour hike away.

Day 6. Jangothang to Lingshi:

Distance: 20 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.

Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of many major passes. The Nyile La pass at 4890 m (16,135 ft) is about a four hour ascent. Descending the other side we will encounter sparce juniper and rhododendron and pass many yak herder camps. From this area on we start to see herds of blue sheep. Arriving in Lingshi we set up camp at 4150 m.

Day 7. Lingshi to Chebisa:

Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.

This morning we will visit Lingshi Dzong, also known as Yugyel Dzong in the 17th century, it was used in the past to control travel between Tibet and Bhutan. Since today’s hike will not be as long, the pace will be more relaxed. Upon reaching the camp at Chebisa (3850 m / 12,600 ft), we will have time to visit Chebisa village and see a slice of Bhutanese village life.

Day 8. Chebisa to Shakshepasa:

Distance: 13 km; Hiking Duration: 4 hours.

Crossing the Gombu La pass at 4350 m (14,300 ft), we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, and continue past some yak herder camps to Shakshepasa where we camp at 3980 m (13,100 ft).

Day 9. Shakshepasa to Robluthang:

Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

An early morning start will get us on the way to Jhari La pass at 4747 m (15,600 ft). Decending to Tsharijathang, the valley where herds of Takin (the national animal of Bhutan) are normally seen. From here we climb to our camp at Robluthang at 4160 m.

Day 10. Robluthang to Limithang:

Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

Starting early a strenuous hike leads to the Shinge La pass at 5005 m (16,650 ft). Descending to Lemithang we’ll see Mt. Gangchenta (6840 m) and the glacially carved Gangchhenta valley. Gangchhenta means Great Tiger Mountain. We camp at 4140 m.

Day 11. Limithang to Laya:

Distance: 10 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.

A shorter hike follows a trail in and out of a heavily wooded, uninhabited valley. Climbing up out of the forests we will be rewarded with some great views of Gangchhenta and Masang Gang (7165 m) mountains. We camp at Laya at 3840 m.

Day 12. Rest day in Laya:

Staying in Laya for the day we will get a chance to see the village with its community school, hospital, archery field and the first shop since the Paro Valley. Laya is a unique village of about 800 people with their own language, customs and distinct dress. The women keep their hair long and wear peculiar conical bamboo hats with a bamboo spike at the top. They wear a lot of silver jewellery on their backs, on many women this display includes an array of teaspoons.

Day 13. Laya to Rodufu:

Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.

The trek leads gradually downhill to the Lunana trail junction, then makes a gradual climb to the camp through a forest of conifers, maple and rhododendron. The trail improves and becomes wider as we climb out of the river valley. We camp at Rodufu near a small stream at 4160 m.

Day 14. Rodufu to Narethang:

Distance: 16 km; Hiking Duration: 8 to 9 hours.

It is a long hike, first crossing the Tsimo La pass at 4950 m (16,200 ft). Descending to Narethang we pass some dwarf rhododendron and hike in the shadow of Gangla Karchung peak (6395 m). We camp at 4900 m.

Day 15. Narethang to Tarina:

Distance 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Climb to Karchung La pass at 5240 m (17,187 ft) and down to the glacial lakes that are the source of the Tang Chhu river. Above the lakes are the mighty peaks of Jejekangphu Gang (7300 m) and Tsenda Kang (7100 m). We camp at Tarina, 4020 m.

Day 16. Tarina to Woche:

Distance: 15 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

The walk leads down through conifer forests, following the upper reaches of the Pho Chhu river. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to the village of Woche at 3940 m. The trek has now entered the Lunana region.

Day 17. Woche to Lhedi:

Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

It’s a gradual climb from Woche to the Keche La pass at 4580 m (15,100 ft), then downhill to Thega village. The hike continues to Lhedi village where we camp at 3600 m.

Day 18. Lhedi to Thanza.

Distance: 19 km; Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.

The trail climbs gradually following the main source of the Pho Chhu to Chozo village. At the small Chozo Dzong there are some lay monks. Above Chozo the valley opens as we approach Thanza village near the foot of 7100 m Zogophu Gamp, which is also know as Table Mountain. We camp at Thanza, 4080 m.

Day 19. Rest day in Thanza, 4080 m (13,300 ft):

This day is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the hospitable local villagers, and explore the beautiful surrounding area, our farthest point in the Lunana valley. Alternatively you can relax around camp and rest up for some of the tough days ahead. As Thanza is a transfer point for horses and yaks, it is important to have a day here for our staff to ensure all the necessary yaks are rounded up by the local herders.

Day 20. Thanza to Danji:

Distance: 8 km; Hiking Duration: 4 hours.

Today is a relatively short, although somewhat steep, climb to a campsite called Danji, part way up to the Jaze la pass. It will allow us to have some extra time in the morning and make a later start. The camp is around 4600 m, with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks! It is an important acclimatization spot.

Day 21. Danji to Tso Chena:

Distance: 12 km; Hiking Duration: 5 hours.

The first part of the day involves a climb up over three false summits to Jaze La pass at 5050 m (16,570ft). From the pass it is a short downhill trek to the campsite at the lake of Tso Chena at 4800 m. Keep your eyes open for blue sheep during the hike.

Day 22. Tso Chena to Jichu Dramo:

Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 4 to 5 hours.

The trail has a series of gradual ups and downs between the snow-capped peaks and across the Loju La pass at 4940 m (16,300 ft) before descending to camp at Jichu Dramo at 4880 m.

Day 23. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo:

Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

We start with a hard climb to Rinchen Zoe La pass at 5290 m (17,350 ft), the highest on the trek. It is then all downhill to Chukarpo, which is just above the tree line at 4950 m (16335 ft).

Day 24. Chukarpo to Thampe Tso:

Distance: 18 km; Hiking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

It is a long mostly downhill walk along the river, followed by a climb up to the Um So lake at 4230 m (13,950 ft). In this lake Pema Lingpa found a number of religious treasures. Continuing downhill we camp by the lake of Thampe Tso at 4200 m (13,860 ft).

Day 25. Thampe Tso to Maurothang:

Distance: 14 km; Hiking Duration: 5 hours.

It is a short walk to the base of Thampe La and a steep climb to the pass at 4580 m (15,100 ft). The trek is then all downhill through rhododendron bushes to the yak pasture of Maurothang where we camp at 3550 m.

Day 26. Maurothang to Nikachu Chazam (End of Snowman Trek) / Drive to Punakha:

Distance: 23 km; Hiking Duration: 7 to 8 hours.

A long final day of trekking will descend through the lovely village of Sephu to finish at Nikachu Chazam, the road head. From there we will drive to a comfortable guest house near Trongsa. This beautiful Dzong is the centre of the region of Bhutan called “Bumthang” (central region). The Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive in the kingdom and can be see from a great distance in its strategic position high above the Mangde Chhu river.

Drive from Trongsa to Punakha. (Approximately 3 hours) In the mid-afternoon, there is a spectacular drive back west across the mountains to Punakha. We will probably stop along the way at Chendebji to visit the Chendebji Chorten, patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and built in the 19th century by Lama Shida from Tibet. We may also stop at the top of the Pele La pass (3400 m). Overnight in  hotel.

Day 27. Drive Punakha to Thimphu:

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong (the second of Bhutan’s dzongs to be built) which for many years served as the seat of government. The dzong was first built in 1637 and is still one of the largest in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu. After lunch visit the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, built as the symbol of the capital and then explore the shops along Norzin Lam, Thimphu’s main street. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 28. Thimphu sightseeing:

After breakfast, visit National Postal Museum, which is worth a visit for you can get your own picture on Bhutanese stamp right then and there. Get a photo clicked then and there or give a photo of your dear ones and you will get personalized stamps in 5 minutes followed by a visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and Sangay Gang view point, the Largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world.

After lunch, hike to Cheri monastery.

In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 29. Thimphu – Paro airport (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

1. A sustainable development fee of $65 per person per night. This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
2. 2% Government Tax per Person per Night.
3. All Meals.
4. Daily Mineral Water.
5. English Language Speaking Guide.
6. Comfortable and Luxurious Imported Cars for Internal Transportation with Skilled Driver.
7. Entrance fees for Museums.
8. The Government set package rates is valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis.
9. A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).

  1. Airfare international & Domestic.
  2. Travel Insurance.
  3. Personal shopping.
  4. Alcohol.
  5. Laundry.
  6. Tips for Guide & Driver.

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