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The Snowman is considered as the most difficult trek in the world because the trekkers have to go through all kinds of challenges up in the mountains for almost a month. But this trek is also very attractive and appealing because it offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, see the majestic Himalayas, and push your body to its limits. The trail will lead you through the belt of the borders of Bhutan and Tibet, going through eleven passes that exceed 4,500 meters in height. From here, you can see unconquered peaks such as Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt.Jichu Drake, and other stunning mountains with peaks that stand above 7,000 meters. Initially created by the country’s yak herders, the trail lets you visit Bhutan's most remote villages, farms, monasteries, and communities. Between these enriching experiences and the physical challenge of the endeavor, the Snowman Trek expands both your body and your mind while offering an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Schedule for the Snowman Trek


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DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN PARO

As you descend into Paro, our guide will be waiting to take you to the Mandala Resort.
After lunch, visit the National Museum and Paro Rimpung Dzong.
 
DAY 2 : HIKE TO TAKTSANG 

Right after breakfast, we will hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It will take about five hours to complete the round.
On our way back, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples built in 7th century.
 
DAY 3  :Paro to Thondu Zampa (THE TREK BEGINS)

We start the day by driving to Drukyel Dzong, a 17th-century fortress built to defend Bhutan from Tibetan invaders. We will begin out trek by walking towards Shana. On the way, you'll catch your first sights of Mt. Jhomolhari’s 7,314-meter-high peak.
 
DAY 4 : SHANA to THANGTHANGKHA (8/9 hours)

We will begin trekking towards Thangthangka
After about nine trekking, we will call it a day at campsite at Thangthangkha, 3800 meters.
 
 
DAY 5 : THANGTHANGKHA to JANGOTHANG (5/6 hours)

Our destination today is Jangothang which will take at least five hours if we move fast. As we proceed, we rise above the treeline and experience the country’s stunning low tundra environment.We will camp at Jangothang (Jhomolhari base camp) at 4040 meters.
 
DAY 6 : ACCLIMATIZING

This day is reserved for adjusting to the local climate. You can explore the valley around Jhomolhari or travel toward the Nylie La pass and see scenic Tshophu lake.
 
DAY 7 : JANGOTHANG  to LINGSHI( 6/8 Hours)

Today, we will trek through Nyile La Pass at 4700 meters from where we can have spectacular views of JhomolhariJitchu Drake and TsheriKang. Also in the distance will be Tiger Mountain.
We will prepare our camp at Lingshi.
 
DAY 8 : LINGSHI to CHEBISA (4/5 hours)

We have to trek northeast, today. We will ascend through pastures of daphne and rhododendron until we reach the village of Chebisa. From there, you can take in the cascading waterfall, juniper trees, and other natural wonders.
Our camp will be at Chebisa at 3750 meters.
 
DAY 9 : CHEBISA to SHOMUTHANG (7/8 hours)

Today, we will cross the Gombu La Pass (4440M) before dropping through forests of dwarf rhododendron, where the ground can be slippery.
We’ll then head down to our camp situated near a riverbed. This valley is one of the most beautiful on the Snowman Trek.
Camp at Shomuthang at 3960M
 
DAY 10 : SHOMUTHANG to ROBLUTHANG (7/8 hours)

Out trekking will begin with three hours of climbing before reaching Jare La Pass (4750 M).. We’ll then drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsharijathang Valley where herds of takin (the national animal) and many yaks roam.

Robluthang will be the place where we will have to camp for the night.
 
DAY 11 : ROBLUTHANG to LEMITHANG (8/9 hours)

It’s again a long day trek. So we will resume our journey little early. We will Cross the Shingela Pass at 4, 900m, then Lingmithang village.
We will call it a day at Lingmithang which stands at the elevation of 4, 140m. Today, we would have trekked for 6 to 7 hours covering 19 km of the trail.

DAY 12 :LEMITHANG to LAYA (4/5 hours)

Today’s trek will shorter. We’ll spend today walking along the river, one of the tributaries of the Mo Chu (Mother River).
In the afternoon, you may go around the village meeting the houses and local residents.
Camp at Laya, 3700M
 
DAY 13 : EXPLORE THE LAYA VALLEY

Today we take a break from our trek to experience Laya. You can shop, visit the local school and temple, practice threshing wheat, and learn all about this unique community.
 
DAY 14 : LAYA to RODOPHU (9/10 hours)

We wake up early to get a jump on today’s steep uphill path, moving through the Army camp and across the river. We pass through a thick forest of oak, pine, and rhododendron toward the river valley, where mountains cover the horizon. If the weather is clear, we should have great views of the Tsenda Gang group of mountains.
Camp at Rodophu at 4070M
 
DAY 15 : RODUPHU to NARETHANG (7/8 hours)

We will trek through Tsemo La Pass (4900 M), which starts out with a gentle ascent and gets steeper closer to the pass. We’ll then descend and finally climb to Narethang, where we’ll camp at 16,200 feet.
 
DAY 16 : NARETHANG to TARINA (8/9 hours)

Again, we will have to cross another pass known as the Karakachu La Pass (16,465 feet). The descent into the Tarina Valley is steep and long, perhaps taking 3.5 hours before hitting the valley floor where herds of takin roam.
Camp at Tarina, 3800 M 
 
DAY 17 TARINA to WOCHE (5/6 hours)

Today will be a relatively short trekking day. During the early part of the day, we’ll follow a river for about an hour before ascending up a steep and muddy trail.
There will then be a rigorous climb to reach camp near Woche.  
We will camp at Woche at 3800 meters.
 
DAY 18 WOCHE – LHEDI (5/6 hours)

Across the Gap of Keche La (4700M), we begin by traveling another 200 meters through a stiff climb then takes us to Yumtso and Setso lake the gap of Keche La, and then break briefly to take photos. We start to descend, enjoying the warmer weather as we pass by the villages of Thega and Lhedi. We end in the village of Lhedi, one of the principal communities of Lunana and an ideal place to learn about the region’s culture.Camp at Lhedi at 3650M
 
DAY 19 :LHEDI – THANZA (6/7 hours)

We’ll set out this morning by following the Pho Chu through the village of Lhedi before we climb for about 30 to 45 minutes to Chozo Dzong, which was built in the 17th century.
After three or four hours, we’ll reach the beautiful villages of Dyotta and Thanza, where we’ll camp in a meadow with views of Table Mountain in front of us.
 
Camp at Thanza at 4040M

DAY 20 : REST DAY

Explore the Thanza Valley and enjoy the view of Table Mountain
 
DAY 21 : THANZA to TSHOCHENA (8/9 hours)

Today, we will trek a full 18 miles in the direction of Tshochena. Just be wary of the weather in this region; it can change from sunny to snowy at a moment’s notice.
 We will have to camp at Tsochena at 4960M
 
DAY 22 :TSOCHENA to JICHUDRAMO (7/8 hours)

Through LojuLa, today we go through the Loju La and trek around a number of mountain ridges. The day ends at a camp in the grassy tundra, with rocky expanses on one side and streams on another.Our camp will be at Jichudramo at 5060M.
 
DAY 23 :JICHUDRAMO to CHUKARPO (7/8 hours)

On this day, we cross the highest pass on the trek: Rinchen Zoe La, which reaches 5,326 meters. We then move across a plateau and into a forest clearing, where our camp is located— taking photos of the stunning scene along the way.We will have to spend a night in our camp at Chukarpo, 4850 M.
 
DAY 24 : CHUKARPO to TAMPOETSHOE (7/8 hours)

Today, we weave around boulders and along a river before crossing a forest packed densely with birch, pine, maple, and rhododendron. We end the day at our final mountain camp.
Camp at TampoeTshoe at 4350
 
DAY 25 :TAMPOETSHOE to MAUROTHANG (6/7 hours)

We begin by moving through the Tempe La, the last mountain pass we will see on this trek. We then descend a steep hill toward our camp, viewing the Om Tsho lake, the Nikka Chhu, and other sights along the way.

Camp at Maurothang at 3698M
 
DAY 26 : MAUROTHSNG TO NIKKA CHHU

Today, we follow the Nikka Chhu river through a dense, cool forest toward the settlements of the Sephu district. Our ride will then drive us to our lodgings in Gangetey, bringing an end to the trek.
 
DAY 27 :RETURNING TO PARO

We wake up early for the drive back to Paro, and then spend the day getting reacquainted with the town. We will visit the Paro Dzong fortress, eat lunch, and go to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, the Kyichu Lhakhang. We will then spend the night at the Mandala Resort
 
DAY 28 :A FAREWELL BREAKFAST

Today, your journey with us ends. We will drop you till the airport and bid you farewell there.
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN PARO

As you descend into Paro, you’ll get your first good look at the stunning Himalayan Mountains. Once you land, one of our guides will be waiting to take you to the Mandala Resort. We will then show you the town and visit the National Museum and Paro Rimpung Dzong. The museum was a watch tower of the Dzong that was built on a heap of jewels. The two monuments were built in 17th century although there was a small temple contructed at the dzong site. 
 
DAY 2 : HIKE TO TAKTSANG 

To introduce you to the Bhutanese countryside, we will take you to Paro Valley. With the Himalayas in the background, you can see the variety of Bhutanese crops, colors, and architectural styles.
We first take a walk to the recently-reconstructed Taktsang, or Tigers Nest, Monastery, which is the resting place of renowned Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche. The monastery was built in 8th century and the legend has it that Guru flew riding on the back of a tigress on the site and subdued a demon that had wreaked terror among the people living in Paro Valley. On our way back, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples built in 7th century.
 
DAY 3  :Paro to Thondu Zampa (THE TREK BEGINS)

We start the day by driving to Drukyel Dzong, a 17th-century fortress built to defend Bhutan from Tibetan invaders. We will begin out trek by walking towards Shana, passing by lush farms and traditional Bhutanese stone and timber houses. We begin the trek, taking a brief break for lunch before continuing to our overnight camp at ThonduZampa. On the way, you'll catch your first sights of Mt. Jhomolhari’s 7,314-meter-high peak.
 
DAY 4 : SHANA to THANGTHANGKHA (8/9 hours)

Our trail now takes us through the Jigme Dorje National Park, the country’s largest protected region. This lets you experience the country’s wealth of flora and fauna, particularly its wide variety of rhododendron species. The camps we stop at are mostly not permanent settlements, but rather temporary resting places for local construction workers and yak herders. Camp at Thangthangkha @ 3800 meter
 
DAY 5 : THANGTHANGKHA to JANGOTHANG (5/6 hours)

As we continue towards our camp at the base of Jhomolhari, we rise above the treeline and experience the country’s stunning low tundra environment. Our camps are close to those of local yak herders, giving you a chance to learn about their lifestyles. Camp at Jangothang (Jhomolhari base camp) at 4040 meters
 
DAY 6 : ACCLIMATIZING

This day is reserved for adjusting to the local climate. You can explore the valley around Jhomolhari or travel toward the Nylie La pass and see scenic Tshophu lake.
 
DAY 7 : JANGOTHANG  to LINGSHI( 6/8 Hours)

Today’s trek will start with a three- to four-hour-long climb before reaching Nyile La Pass at4700 meter. Expect spectacular views of JhomolhariJitchu Drake and TsheriKang.Also in the distance will be Tiger Mountain.
After the pass, we’ll descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we’ll make camp. Coming down from Lingshi, we’ll have our first views of the truly mystical dzong atop a high hill.
 
DAY 8 : LINGSHI to CHEBISA (4/5 hours)

As we move northeast, we ascend through pastures of daphne and rhododendron until we reach the village of Chebisa. From here, you can take in the cascading waterfall, juniper trees, and other natural wonders.
Camp at Chebisa @ 3750 M.
 
DAY 9 : CHEBISA to SHOMUTHANG (7/8 hours)

Today, we’ll start with quite a stiff climb through high pastures up the Gombu La Pass (4440M) before dropping through forests of dwarf rhododendron, where the ground can be slippery.
We’ll then head down to our camp situated near a riverbed. This valley is one of the most beautiful on the Snowman Trek.
Camp at Shomuthang at 3960M
 
DAY 10 : SHOMUTHANG to ROBLUTHANG (7/8 hours)

Today, we’ll spend at least three hours climbing before reaching Jare La Pass (4750 M) where, once again, we’ll take in some stunning views of the Himalayas including Sinche LaTiger Mountain and Jitchu Drake. We’ll then drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsharijathang Valley where herds of takin (the national animal) and many yaks roam.
We’ll then cross a knee-deep river (there may or may not be a bridge) before climbing up to Robluthang to our camp for the night.
Altitude 4070M Distance 13.6 miles.
 
DAY 11 : ROBLUTHANG to LEMITHANG (8/9 hours)

It’s again a long day trek. So we will resume our journey little early. We will Cross the Shingela Pass at 4, 900m, then Lingmithang village.
We will call it a day at Lingmithang which stands at the elevation of 4, 140m. Today, we would have trekked for 6 to 7 hours covering 19 km of the trail.

DAY 12 :LEMITHANG to LAYA (4/5 hours)

We’ll spend today walking along the river, one of the tributaries of the Mo Chu (Mother River), through a forest of rhododendron and silver fir, and then enter the village of Laya. The people of Laya are famous for their vertical stripe yak hair clothing and their strange conical bamboo hats. The women wear their hair long and with a great deal of turquoise and jade jewelry. The features of the people are more Tibetan/Mongolian than the Bhutanese who live in the central valleys.
We’ll enjoy more views of the surrounding mountains. The afternoon may be spent at leisure or visiting village houses and chatting with villagers.
Camp at Laya, 3700M
 
DAY 13 : EXPLORE THE LAYA VALLEY

Today we take a break from our trek to experience Laya. You can shop, visit the local school and temple, practice threshing wheat, and learn all about this unique community.
 
DAY 14 : LAYA to RODOPHU (9/10 hours)

We wake up early to get a jump on today’s steep uphill path, moving through the Army camp and across the river. We pass through a thick forest of oak, pine, and rhododendron toward the river valley, where mountains cover the horizon. If the weather is clear, we should have great views of the Tsenda Gang group of mountains.
 
Camp at Rodophu at 4070M

DAY 15 : RODUPHU to NARETHANG (7/8 hours)

We’ll tackle the approximately three-hour climb to Tsemo La Pass (4900 M), which starts out with a gentle ascent and gets steeper closer to the pass. But from the pass we may be lucky enough to see the spectacular GanglaKarchung as well as Jitchu Drake and Jhomolhari.
We’ll then descend and finally climb to Narethang, where we’ll camp at 16,200 feet, the first high camp on the trek.
Altitude 4900M.  Distance 6.2 miles. 

DAY 16 : NARETHANG to TARINA (8/9 hours)

We’ll start the day with a slow climb up to the Karakachu La Pass (16,465 feet), which will take two to three hours. At the pass, we’ll be greeted by views of KarakachuTsenda GangJejekangphu, and Teri Kang. The descent into the Tarina Valley is steep and long, perhaps taking 3.5 hours before hitting the valley floor where herds of takin roam.
From there, we’ll have an easier two to three hour walk to camp. It will be a day of great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Camp at Tarina, 3800 M 
 
DAY 17 TARINA to WOCHE (5/6 hours)

Today will be a relatively short trekking day. During the early part of the day, we’ll follow a river for about an hour before ascending up a steep and muddy trail.
There will then be a rigorous climb to reach camp near Woche. This area is where the beautiful Lunana region begins
 
Camp at Woche at 3800 M
 
DAY 18 WOCHE – LHEDI (5/6 hours)

Across the Gap of Keche La (4700M), we begin by traveling another 200 meters through a stiff climb then takes us to Yumtso and Setso lake the gap of Keche La, and then break briefly to take photos. We start to descend, enjoying the warmer weather as we pass by the villages of Thega and Lhedi. We end in the village of Lhedi, one of the principal communities of Lunana and an ideal place to learn about the region’s culture.
 
Camp at Lhedi at 3650M
 
DAY 19 :LHEDI – THANZA (6/7 hours)

We’ll set out this morning by following the Pho Chu through the village of Lhedi before we climb for about 30 to 45 minutes to Chozo Dzong, which was built in the 17th century.
After three or four hours, we’ll reach the beautiful villages of Dyotta and Thanza, where we’ll camp in a meadow with views of Table Mountain in front of us.
 
Camp at Thanza at 4040M

DAY 20 : REST DAY

Explore the Thanza Valley and enjoy the view of Table Mountain
 
DAY 21 : THANZA to TSHOCHENA (8/9 hours)

Today we trek a full 18 miles in the direction of Tshochena. The landscape on this path is one of the most intriguing parts of an already stunning area, with glacial lakes, rocky expanses, blue sheep, snow leopards, and an array of other wonders, both living and inanimate. Just be wary of the weather; in this region, it can change from sunny to snowy at a moment’s notice.
 
Camp at Tsochena at 4960M
 
DAY 22 :TSOCHENA to JICHUDRAMO (7/8 hours)

Through LojuLa,today we go through the Loju La and trek around a number of mountain ridges. Because few of the peaks in this area have been climbed, you can enjoy nature’s unspoiled beauty. The day ends at a camp in the grassy tundra, with rocky expanses on one side and streams on another.
Camp at Jichudramo at 5060M.
 
DAY 23 :JICHUDRAMO to CHUKARPO (7/8 hours)

On this day, we cross the highest pass on the trek: Rinchen Zoe La, which reaches 5,326 meters. We then move across a plateau and into a forest clearing, where our camp is located— taking photos of the stunning scene along the way.
 
Camp at Chukarpo at 4850 M
 
DAY 24 : CHUKARPO to TAMPOETSHOE (7/8 hours)

Today, we weave around boulders and along a river before crossing a forest packed densely with birch, pine, maple, and rhododendron. We end the day at our final mountain camp.
 
Camp at TampoeTshoe at 4350
 
DAY 25 :TAMPOETSHOE to MAUROTHANG (6/7 hours)

We begin by moving through the Tempe La, the last mountain pass we will see on this trek. We then descend a steep hill toward our camp, viewing the Om Tsho lake, the Nikka Chhu, and other sights along the way.
 
Camp at MAurothang at 3698M
 
DAY 26 : MAUROTHSNG TO NIKKA CHHU

Today, we follow the Nikka Chhu river through a dense, cool forest toward the settlements of the Sephu district. Our ride will then drive us to our lodgings in Gangetey, bringing an end to the trek.
 
DAY 27 :RETURNING TO PARO

We wake up early for the drive back to Paro, and then spend the day getting reacquainted with the town. We will visit the Paro Dzong fortress, eat lunch, and go to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, the Kyichu Lhakhang. We will then spend the night at the Mandala Resort
 
DAY 28 :A FAREWELL BREAKFAST

Today, your journey with us ends. We will drop you till the airport and bid you farewell there.

GROUP SIZE: Any group Size                                                           
MEALS : Full Board
TRIP ACCOMMODATION : Tourist Standard Hotel,
generally 3 to 4 star category.
ROUTE: Paro, Thimphu,Punakha and  Wangdue
TRIP TYPE :Trekking Tour

TRIP SEASONS: Through Out                                 
BEST MONTHS:Through Out     
TOUR  MONTHS: Through Out     
LEAN SEASON : USD 200  Per person
PEAK SEASON:
USD 225 Pes person 
SINGAL INDIVIDUAL: USD 40 per night
GROUP OF 2 PERSONS:USD 30 per person per night
VISA FEE: USD 40 (One time)

 







 


INCLUDED
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
  • All trekker should be insured
  • Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
  • All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
  • All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced Culture Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other camp serivce.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights in and out of Bhutan.
  • Travel insurance, Drink, Visa fees, Laundry 

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