Snowman trek is an incredible adventure in Bhutan which is a total 33 days trip starting and finishing in Kathmandu, Nepal. This high altitude trekking adventure challenges trekkers with ample level of difficulty but rewards them with spectacular Bhutanese landscape that brings indescribable joy. Amazing Bhutanese Buddhist culture is another great factor which brings more incredible flavor to this adventure journey.
This phenomenal trekking adventure challenges trekkers with nine high mountain passes over 4500 meters above sea level which obviously requires adventures to have an excellent fitness level. This adventure provides some incredible opportunities to witness the greatness of the Mother Nature in her pure aesthetics. This journey of a life time does not only take you to the wonders of the nature but it also brings you closer to the amazing Bhutanese Buddhist culture. In Bhutanese towns of Paro, Punakha, Thimpu and countryside, you can immerse completely into the depth of traditional Buddhist culture.
These incredible days in the Bhutanese mountains will bring you a perfect sense of joy of being into the nature and experiencing a wonderful culture. This adventure will be journey that gives you insights into so many different aspects of Bhutanese culture, hospitality, people and nature.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu – 1400m/4590ft
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal. When you come out of the airport after all custom procedures, you will see our company representative with our company sign board or your name waiting for you. You will then be transferred and checked into hotel. We will come to meet you for the trip briefing after your arrival at hotel. We will let you know the time while you check into the hotel. In case of your late night arrival, we will meet you tomorrow morning.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - B
The breakfast is at the hotel restaurant. After you take the breakfast, we will take you for a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. We will take you to some of the cultural heritage monuments in the valley. The sites you will visit today include:
Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple– This is the oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley with a massive ancient Stupa (Buddhist holy shrine). You will learn interesting stories connected to this site and find some cheeky monkeys as well. You will enjoy the spiritual vibes of this wonderful place.
Patan Durbar Square– This is a medieval palace square and has beautiful medieval pagoda temples and palace buildings decorated with amazing wood craft works. You will also take a short walk around the local ethnic area to learn about their life style.
Pashupatinath – On this main temple area of the Hindu God of destruction, Shiva, you will witness the most unique cremation in the world in an open platform on the bank of a holy river. As this temple is strictly “Hindus Only” one, non-Hindus will not have the privilege of getting inside the main temple complex. However witnessing the unique cremation system is the most alluring charm of this place. You will also meet some of the Hindi holy men around who will invite you to take pictures of them or with them in exchange of some monetary donation.
Bouddhanath– This is another holy Buddhist temple site which has the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. This is a very important holy spiritual site for people having faith in Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Paro 2280m/7500ft – B/L/D
After breakfast, we will transfer you to airport to fly to Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The trans-Himalayan flight will provide you an excellent opportunity to behold the majestic charm of the high and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. You will be received by our representative once you come out of the airport at Paro after all formalities. You will then be transferred and checked into your hotel.
Visit Paro Dzong in the afternoon where you will learn about the impressive Bhutanese architecture and culture. Our local Bhutanese guide will give you interesting insights about the Dzong which is partial combination of castle, monastery, fortress and administrative building.
Day 04: Tiger’s Nest Hiking– B/L/D
Today we will take you to spectacular Takstang Monastery famously known as the Tiger’s Nest. Hiking to the monastery is an about 3 hours of lovely uphill walk through the pine forest. Once you reach the monastery, you will see the amazing building clinging to a cliff. This site is considered a sacred and once-in-life-time pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese Buddhist people. As they believe, Guru Padmasabhava flew on the back of a tigress and meditated for a long time in a cave there. The monastery is exactly situated on the place where Guru Padmasambhava meditated.
After you hike down, drive back to hotel.
Day 05: Paro – Pine Camp 3000m/9850ft – B/L/D | 13 km – 5 hours
We drive short distance up to the army camp via Drukgyal Dzong after our breakfast to start the real trek on this incredible adventure. The trek today leads us through beautiful river valley, amazing countryside settlements and lush forested part to take us to Pine Camp to have our overnight camp today. The incredible walk of about 5 hours will cover about 13 kilometers of the Bhutanese mountain trail.
Day 06: Pine Camp – Thangk Thanka 3520m/11545ft – B/LD | 18km – 7 hours
After having breakfast at the camp, we start the trek for the day. The trail traverses through beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest in the Jigme Dorji National Park. The beautiful walk of the day might bring some incredible opportunity to see wildlife. We will experience the joy of walking in the high altitude nature at a pace and also notice the change in the vegetation as we go to the higher elevation. A walk of about 7 hours takes us to Thangk Thanka today after covering about 18 kilometers in the trail.
Day 07: Thangk Thanka – Jangothang 4040m/13250ft – B/L/D | 19km - 6 hours
We leave the camp early in the morning and walk towards Tengethang which is a home for yak herders in winter season. Tengethang is almost half way of the trek today. We leave the tree line on the trek today as we walk to the higher elevation. After reaching the camp at Jangothang, we can enjoy the beautiful hues of the sun set on Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake which measure 7314m and 6989m respectively.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day – B/L/D
Today is a full day excursion around Jangothang as part the acclimatization. We will hike to one of the many wonderful day hiking destinations around and enjoy the great views of the amazing Bhutanese landscape. After the day hiking, we will come back to the camp at Jangothang for overnight stay which will allow us to adjust in the high altitude climate.
Day 09: Jangothang – Lingshi 4150m/13700ft – B/L/D | 20km – 7 hours
We are going to take the first pass challenge of the trek today crossing the Nyile La pass at the elevation of 4890m/16135ft. About four hours of high altitude uphill walk we cross the pass and descend on the other side through juniper and rhododendron forest and yak herder camps. About 7 hours of walk covering about 20 kilometers will bring us to the camp at Lingshi today.
Day 10: Lingshi – Chebisa 3850m/12600ft – B/L/D | 14km – 5 hours
We will go for an exploration of Lingshi Dzong before we start the hike of the day. This 17th century Dzong was the one of the defensive fortresses in the north Bhutan. This Dzong was built to remember the victory over Tibetan invasion. After the exploration, we start the hike for the day towards Chebisa where we will stay overnight. Comparatively shorter walk today, it will take us about 5 hours to cover 14 kilometers to reach the camp.
Day 11: Chebisa – Shakshepasa 3980m/13100ft – B/L/D | 13km – 4 hours
Time to cross the second pass during the trek. We cross Gombu La pass today at the elevation of 4350m/1400ft. After crossing the pass, the trail leads us through a rhododendron forest and yak herder camps and eventually to the camp for tonight at Shakshepasa.
Day 12: Shakshepasa – Robluthang 4160m/13700ft – B/L/D | 18km – 8 hours
Another pass challenge day today. We will cross Jhari La pass today at the elevation of 4747m/15600ft. Enjoy the splendid view from the pass and descend towards Tsharijathang through lush pine forest. We will keep an eye out for the herds of Takin, a kind of small deer, which will make our walk of the day. We cross the river to take a short uphill walk to reach our camp at Robluthang.
Day 13: Robluthang – Limithang 4140m/13650ft – B/L/D | 19km – 8 hours
Shinge La pass will test our endurance today while the trail takes us to the elevation of 5005m/16650ft to cross the fourth pass of this adventure. The strenuous walk to the pass will be rewarded by majestic spiritual vibrations of the mountains, wish making cairns and prayer flags. We descend towards Limithang passing through moraine landscape with an incredible view of Mt. Kang Che Da – 6840m, the Great Tiger Mountain. After a strenuous walk of about eight hours, we reach our camp at Limithang.
Day 14: Limithang – Laya 3840m/12650ft – B/L/D | 10km – 5 hours
A short walking day today will take us to the incredible village of Laya where we can experience the Bhutanese culture and learn about the friendly local people. Mapping the winding trail up and down the hills we arrive at Laya for lunch. We will go for the exploration of the village after lunch and experience the wonders of the place.
Day 15: Laya Rest Day – B/L/D
As a rest day today, we will have more opportunity to explore this incredible village in the Bhutanese mountains. Learning about the local language, culture, customs and costumes is a great experience that will give us an insight about the rural Bhutanese life.
Day 16: Laya – Rodufu 4160m/13645ft – B/L/D | 19km – 7 hours
The trek today takes us to Rodufu through the trail with some of the most wonderful high altitude floral landscape. We will experience some of the species of wild flowers like wild rose, daisy, scabious etc. and rhododendron and conifer forest before reaching our camp at Rodufu.
Day 17: Rodufu – Narethang 4900m/16000ft – B/L/D | 16km – 9 hours
We will be challenged by another pass of the trek today. We cross the Tsimo La pass at the elevation of 4950m/16200ft. Majestic views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake and other mountain peaks make us forget the strenuous effort we make to climb the pass. Desceding down on the other side through the rhododendron forest, we reach Narethang for the camp stay.
Day 18: Narethang – Tarina 4020m/13250ft – B/L/D | 18km – 7 hours
We have to climb another pass to go across it today. Crossing the Karchung La pass at the elevation of 5240m/17187ft, we come at an indescribably spectacular view of the mountain panorama to the north. Descending on the other side, we walk past glacial lakes towards spectacular Tarina valley reach our camp at a river bank.
Day 19: Tarina – Woche 3940m/1300ft – B/L/D | 15km – 6 hours
We take the breakfast at the campsite and start the trek of the day experience the wonders of the mystical Bhutanese countryside. The experience cannot be any better where you get to see lush forest, majestic mountains, fresh river streams, and amazing culture. The walk today will take us to a small yet wonderful village of Woche which is our campsite today.
Day 20: Woche – Lhedi 3600m/11800ft – B/L/D | 19km – 8 hours
Another pass climbing day today. We climb a steep uphill trail to cross the Keche La pass at the elevation of 4580m/15100ft where we come to experience another joy of the view of mountain panorama. After enjoying the view for a while, we descend down towards the village of Thega. After lunch, we walk past some beautiful waterfalls and continue on the river valley towards Lhedi village for our campsite today.
Day 21: Lhedi – Thanza 4080m/13300ft – B/L/D | 19km – 7 hours
We trek to Thanza today and walk past Chozo Dzong, one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. We will explore the wonderful Dzong for a while and continue towards Thanza. There are still so many different things that will amaze us with the incredible beauty. After walking for about 7 hours, we arrive at our camp at Thanza.
Day 22: Thanza Rest Day – B/L/D
As Thanza is the farthest point we will explore in the Lunana valley, we will make the most out of it today. Exploring more about the surrounding area will take us even deeper into the beauty of the Lunana valley.
Day 23: Thanza – Danji 4600m/15000ft – B/L/D | 8km – 4 hours
A short trekking day today, we have to walk for about four hours to reach Danji where we will spend overnight. Although a short day, the trek requires us to hike onto the steep uphill trail to the campsite. Once in the campsite, we will have privilege to enjoy the fantastic views of the mountains.
Day 24: Danji – Tso Chena 4800m/15740ft – B/L/D | 12km – 5 hours
We will have to challenge again with the pass crossing as the trek today will take us across the Jaze La pass at the elevation of 5050m/16570ft above sea level. Before reaching the top of the pass, it tricks us three times with the feeling of crossing it just to take us to another pass looking summit but not yet. Eventually Jaze La pass materializes and we can walk downhill. Chances of spotting blue sheep is high today so we have to keep our eyes on a lookout for them. After a walk of about five hours, we reach the campsite at Tso Chena.
Day 25: Tso Chena – Jichu Dramo 4880m/16000ft – B/L/D | 14km – 5 hours
Loju La pass at the elevation of 4940m/16300ft is standing tall waiting for us to cross it today. Spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains entertain us to help forget the tiredness of the pass challenge. Eventually we reach the campsite at Jichu Dramo after a beautifully tiring walk of the days for about five hours.
Day 26: Jichu Dramo – Chukarpo 4950m/16335ft – B/L/D | 18km – 7 hours
Another mountain pass is waiting us ahead today on our trail. The pass of Rinchen Zoe La is situated at the elevation of 5290m/17350ft. We will enjoy the incredible beauty of the Bhutanese mountain terrain for a while from the pass and then descend towards Chukarpo, the campsite for today.
Day 27: Chukarpo – Thampe Tso 4200m/13860ft – B/L/D | 18km – 6 hours
The walk today goes mostly downhill except a short climb to Um So Lake. Walking relatively on an easier effort on the downhill trail, we eventually arrive at the campsite at Thampe Tso after a walk of about six hours.
Day 28: Thampe Tso – Maurothang 3550m/ 11640ft – B/L/D | 14km – 5 hours
The last one of the mountain passes that we have to cross today is relatively easier as it is lowest on the trek. The pass of Thampe La is situated at the elevation of 4580m/15100ft. An approximately five hours of walk covering 14 kilometers of the mountain trail takes us to Maurothang for overnight stay today.
Day 29: Maurothang – Punakha – B/L/D
The final day of the trekking today, we walk for about five hours to the upper part of Sephu village. If time permits, we will visit Trongsa Dzong. We will take a spectacular drive of three hours to Punakha where we will stay overnight at finally at a comfortable hotel after so many days of camping in the wilderness.
Day 30: Punakha – Thimpu – B/L/D
We will explore the 17th century Punakha Dzong, one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan, in the morning. Later we will drive for about two hours to Thimpu, the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. We will explore Thimpu in the afternoon. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimpu.
Day 31: Thimpu – Paro – B/L/D
Spend a free morning in Thimpu exploring more about the city. Later in the afternoon, we will drive to Paro and stay overnight there.
Day 32: Paro – Kathmandu – B/D
We will transfer you to airport to catch your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. On your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to your arranged hotel. The afternoon is at leisure in Kathmandu until the evening when we meet to take you to farewell dinner. We will talk about your experience of the trip and many other things.
Day 33: Departure Day – B
We will transfer you to airport for your final flight back home. End of services.
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