Duration: 24 Days
The snowman trek is by far the most challenging and strenuous trek in Bhutan but offers unparalled views of the entire Lunana district. You will pass through remote snow filled trails and mountain passes with extreme weather making this the ultimate challenge in Bhutan. Long hikes, steep climbs and rugged paths await as you pass through pristine lakes, desert like plateaus and powerful rivers to explore the least developed region of the country. Although extremely rewarding, this trek is only recommended for those in excellent physical condition with previous trekking experience.
- Destination: Bhutan
- Activities: Trekking
- Duration: 21 + Days
- Region: Bhutan
- Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
- Group Size: 02+ Pax
Day 1 Arrival at Paro
After arriving from your scenic mountain flight to Para, you will be greeted by a friendly representative of Good Karma Trekking who will take you directly to your hotel. After you get settled in, we will take an afternoon visit to the National Museum of Bhutan known as Ta-Dzong. The museum offers tremendous insight into the tradition and history of the Bhutanese people and government as it has changed throughout the years. We then continue to the Paro Dzong which serves as the administrate center for the district to explore the beautiful architecture of the city before having welcome drink and dinner in Paro.
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast we will take a 3-hour morning hike to visit the holy Taktsang Monastery. The peaceful hike offers some stunning views of the city and surrounding lowland. After resting at the viewpoint we continue to the actual monastery to learn more about the religious practices of the region while observing the daily life and practices of the local monks. This “tiger nest” monastery is one of the holiest in the region and a popular attraction for both locals and tourists alike. We will then hike back to Paro taking time to explore the charming city before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Day 3 Paro to Punakha
We will drive to Dochula for lunch at the Dochula Pass offering views of the Himalayan peaks contrasted by the greenery found below. We will begin with a morning visit to the ancient capital city of Punakha built in 1637 and known for its heritage and strong fort walls.
Day 4 Punakha to Damji via Tashithang
We continue along the river passing though a diverse forest home to many local flowers including orchids and rhododendrons. We will stop for lunch before moving up to Damji village to make camp for the evening.
Day 5 Damji to Gasa
We move along a meandering path through a dense orchid forest offering plenty of indigenous flora and fauna. We will arrive in the evening to the village Gasa known for its healing natural hot springs visited by locals and travelers alike. After a dip in the healing water we will take a steep 2-hour climb to Gasa Dzong.
Day 6 Gasa to Chamsa
After breakfast we will explore the ancient dzong built to protect from regional invaders. We then move along a steep path to the Bele La pass through a bamboo and juniper forest. After crossing the path we will continue a short downhill trail to our camp at Chamsa.
Day 7 Chamsa to Laya
We continue uphill along the Mo Chu River passing along several quaint villages home to a range of different ethnicities. We continue through a juniper and fir forest before reaching Laya, which is home to an army-training base helping prepare local soldiers to defend the mountainous regions of Bhutan.
Day 8 Rest day at Laya
We will take time to further explore Laya while chatting with the local people who are known for their hospitality. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea while watching the local people perform their customs, and farm the fields while immersing yourself in the daily life of the traditional hill people.
Day 9 Laya to Rodophu
We re-pass the army camp before continuing along the river before taking lunch. We then continue our strenuous climb through a rapidly changing landscape on the way to Rodophu where we will camp for the night.
Day 10 Rhodophu to Tarina
The longest and most strenuous day of our journey begins with a 5 o’clock climb to Tsimola offering a beautiful sunrise view of Lunana, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. We then continue along a flat path before climbing to the Gangla Karchung La pass situated at over 5,000 meters. The blustery pass offers excellent panoramic views of Himalayan giants including Masagang, Tsendegang and Teri Gang. We then take a long gradually descending trail into the Tarina Valley where we will camp under tranquil the star light sky.
Day 11 Tarina to Wache
We take a relatively easy trail following the river down the valley before stopping for lunch. We then continue to climb along the valley to the traditional village of Woche home to the ethnic hill people known for their traditional farming methods.
Day 12 Woche to Lhedi
We begin the day passing through a juniper and fir covered forest before climbing through rhododendron bushes to reach the Keche La Pass situated at 4,480 meters. After pausing to admire the views, we take a downhill trail along the river stopping at several pristine vantage points to view to Table Mountain before reaching Lhedi Village.
Day 13 Lhedi to Thanza
We continue to follow the river while slowly rising to the hospitable Choejong Village. After lunch we will visit the old fort before passing a wide yak-herding valley on the way to Thanza.
Day 14 Rest day at Thanza
We have a free day to explore the traditional town of Thanza while learning more about the customs and religious traditions of the local people. We can also explore the surrounding areas and arrange a trip to see the mountain lakes a few hours walk from the village.
Day 15 Thanza to Tshochena
We will take an early breakfast and continue our long hike to Tshochena. We will climb over three different summits including Jaze La at an elevation of 5,050 meters before continue down a shorter trail to make camp next to Tshochena Lake.
Day 16 Tshochena to Jichu Dramo
We follow an up and down trail passing through several scenic vantage points and snow-capped peaks before crossing the Loju pass at 4,940 meters. We then take a short hike to our campsite destination for an evening of relaxation.
Day 17 Jichu Drama to Chukarpo
We will continue to the highpoint of our hike at 5,140 meters along the Zoe La Pass. After celebrating our ascent and taking some time to enjoy the view, we continue down to Chukarpo to make camp for the evening.
Day 18 Chukarpo to Thampe Tsho
We make a long downhill hike along the river before continuing uphill to Um Tso, which is rumored to be a treasure filled lake created by the gods. We will thus take time to explore a few of the sacred temples surrounding the lake before making camp near for the night.
Day 19 Thampe Tsho to Maurothang
We continue to travel along the lake for a few hours before reaching a steep pass where we will climb to a height of 4,230 meters. We then continue through a rhododendron forest to the traditional yak pasture of Maurothang.
Day 20 Maurothang to Sephu
We continue to follow the trail along Nikka Chu through a bamboo forest before continue through a series of fields to Sephu where we will ride to a nearby village and rest for the evening taking time to celebrate the end of our trek.
Day 21 Sephu to Wangdue
Today we will explore the historical Wangdue fort which has protected Bhutan from invaders for centuries. After admiring the architecture of the fort, we will take a hike to the monastery of the Divine Madman to learn more about the traditional religious practices of the region.
Day 22 Wangdue to Thimphu
We will take some time in the morning to explore Wangdue before continuing by bus to the capital city of Thimphu. We will take time to explore the ancient town visiting important religious sites, monasteries and the National Memorial Chorten before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Day 23 Thimphu to Paro
After a few hours of leisure time in the morning we will continue our trip by driving back to Paro along a scenic route along the Wangchuck and Pa-Chu rivers. We will continue through several scenic traditional towns and chortens before passing over a large bridge and arriving on Paro.
Day 24 Departure
Depending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from Good Karma trekking staff. After our farewells, you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure with Good Karma, as one time is never enough.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
- Standard government approved accommodation (in twin share rooms) for the duration of tour.
- licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
- All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees as per itinerary.
- All meals fixed breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee while remaining in Bhutan
- Government Royalty (which is 35% of $250) this goes to the country's health & education projects.
- Private Transport & Driver within Bhutan. (Imported Prado's, Micro Buses & Toyota Coaster Buses)
- Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
- All our government taxes.
- Tourist service charge, vat.
- Official expense
- Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance
- Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and al a cart meals.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- International airfares and airport departure tax.
- Photography charges (if and when applicable).
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
- Personal Equipment.
- Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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