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Snowman Trek in Bhutan

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  • Cultural Tour and Trek
  • Max People : 16
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 23’ - Dec 23'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Punakha Trekking Point

Bhutan’s Snowman Trek is one of the hardest Himalayan treks and is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the world. Only a few have completed the trek so far.

Departure & Return Location

Punakha Pick and Drop.

Trek Starting Point

Starts in Paro and ends at Bumthang.

Snowman Trek Difficulty

Hardest Trek

Highest Altitude during the Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek Distance

5090m

45 km from the starting point to the end Point.

Price Includes

  • All Accommodation in Bhutan in 3 star Hotel
  • Professional English speaking trekking Guide.
  • Taxes and service charges.
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • All meals during the Trek
  • Entrance Fees for all monuments in Bhutan
  • All Trekking and Camping equipments
  • Porter and Pony to carry the camping equipments.
  • Sustainable Development Fees of USD 200 Per Person Per Night

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bills of Personal Nature
  • International airfare/Domestic
  • Shopping or sovenior

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.
A Quick Fact about Snowman Trek of Bhutan

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 is very scenic. For Snowman Trek in Bhutan, we would advise our clients to have a complete fitness test and comprehensive insurance for any unseen mishaps. Trek is for about 24 days and is very strenuous. We have listed some tips on exercise that will help you to complete The Snowman Trek in Bhutan.

Snowman Trek Packing List
  • Hiking backpack.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
  • Hiking boots or shoes.
  • Plenty of water.
  • Navigation tools such as a map and compass.
  • First-aid kit. Knife or multi-tool.
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Detail Tour Program for Snowman Trek of Bhutan

Day 01The start of Snowman Trek in Bhutan Arrival at Paro International Airport:

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

Day 2Paro 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 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 a small paro town. My guide shall brief you about the start of the trek the next day.

Day 3Shana (Start of SNOWMAN Trek):

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 4Shana to Thangthangka:

Our 4th day trekking from Shana Thangthangka is amazing. The trekking route follows the Paro river through a 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 a stone shelter. Camp at 3610m and 8 hours walk covering 21 km.

Day 5Thangthangka – Jangothang:

The route that you take today is a little different. After crossing the army post and showing the army permit you shall gradually climb into the 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 an 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 of leisure trek.

Day 6Jangothang (Acclimatization):

Today you shall take good rest at the campsite and enjoy the 360-degree view of 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’s 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 an optional itinerary.

Day 7Jangothang – Lingshi:

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

Day 8Lingshi – Chebisa:

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 the 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 9Chebisa to Shomuthang:

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

Day 10Shomuthang to Robluthang:

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 11Robluthang to Lemithang:

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

Day 12Lemithang to Laya:

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. The campsite is near the local village house. Campsite at 3800m. The walking time is 5 to 6 hours.

Day 13Leisure time at Laya Village:

Explore the village. The Laya village consists of around 400 people. They have different dresses and the 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 14Laya to Rodophu

Start your journey from Laya. You will come across beautiful girls working in their field and they may wave their hands to say goodbye. Descend to the 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 15Rhodophu to Tarina:

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

The whole range of mountains, including Masagang, Tsendegang, and 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 16Tarina 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 17Woche to Lhedi:

The day begins through juniper and fir forest and rhododendron bushes. Another climb to Kechila Pass(4480m) which 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, to Lhedi village. Altitude 3,650m.

Day 18Lhedi 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 is 7/8 hours.

Day 19Thanza to Tsorim:

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

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

Day 20Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum base camp:

This is the highest Bhutan Trekking trip with so many trekking options 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 descends to the base camp walking along the ridge. Those with a lot of energy can divert to the left side to climb up Pyramid Peak for a better view. Others can go down to the base camp near Sha Chu at an altitude of 4,970m. Walking times are 6-7 hours.

Day 21Rest Day at Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

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 22Base 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 an altitude of 4,200m. Walking time 6-8 hours.

Day 23Geshe woma to Warathang:

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

After lunch climbs up to Sakala pass at an altitude of 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 an altitude of 4,000m. Walking time 8-9 hours.

Day 24Warathang to Dur Tsachu:

The exciting start of the trek today is the Hotspring bath after 23 days of Trekking the Snowman. Your trek starts with a short half-hour climb to Juelela (4,400m). After the pass descends to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper, and conifer forest. After the bridge a little climb to Dur Tsachu hot spring, where Guru Padmasambhava 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 body ache.

Day 25Dur Tsachu –Tshochenchen:

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

Day 26Tshochenchen 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.

Day 27Thimphu 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 28Thimphu to Paro Tiger Nest Hike:

Your Bhutan Tour or Trekking is not complete if you don’t hike the most popular Tiger Nest Temple. The Tiger Nest Temple of Bhutan is like the Taj Mahal of India or the Eiffel tower of Paris in France. This is half day uphill hike to the secret mountain where this small Buddhist temple lies 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 favorite consort.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 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. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 29Paro (Departure):

Drive to the Airport and farewell.

 

Samtengang Winter Trek Map
FAQ

What is Included in Samtengang Winter Trek Cost?

The trek includes the following services.

  • Cook and Assistant.
  • Dining Tent and Camping.
  • Trekking Permits.
  • Horse to carry the stuff.

 

 

Can you get altitude sickness at 4000m?

While arterial oxygen transport may be only slightly impaired the arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) generally stays above 90%. Altitude sickness is common between 2,400 and 4,000 meters (7,900 and 13,100 ft) because of the large number of people who ascend rapidly to these altitudes.

What are the early warning signs of mountain sickness?

The symptoms can feel like a hangover — dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea. High-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a buildup of fluid in the lungs that can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. This is the most common cause of death from altitude sickness.
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