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Snowman Trek Itinerary, Cost, Difficulty, Map, In Bhutan

Posted By: Simran Subba , June 2021

The Snowman Trek seems to be Bhutan's largest hiking trail, stretching through Laya to the high Bhutanese Himalayas and built by the country's yak herders.  Due to the harsh weather, time, and height, it is one of the world's most difficult trekking trails, with just a few people able to complete it. This route begins at Lunana and continues higher up through Gangkar Puensum to Trongsa and then to Bumthang District, passing via the difficult roads of the Himalayas and ascending to 5000m above mean sea level. Trek guides you through eleven mountain passes and affords scenic views of some of the Kingdom's tallest mountains, including Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangkar Puensum, etc. 

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The Snowman Trek was developed by the country's yak herders to cover the Kingdom's northern region. It is one of the country's most demanding and longest treks. This trek takes roughly 25 days to complete, and climbers must camp as up as 5000 meters above sea level. It crosses via various mountain passes, rural settlements, and country lakes.

Highlights of Snowman Trek 

  1. Varities of Flora and Fauna
  2. A chance to look up closely into the Bhutanese lifestyle.
  3. Exploring the highest settlement nested in Bhutan.
  4. Spectacular views
  5. The breath-taking views of snow-capped peaks
  6. Get to know about Bhutanese culture

Overview of Bhutanese Snowman Trek

The Snowman Trek was developed by the region's yak herders to traverse the Kingdom's northern region. It is one of the nation's most demanding and longest treks. The trek takes roughly 25 days to complete, and climbers must camp as high as 5000 meters above sea level. It crosses via various mountain passes, rural settlements, and country lakes. Due to the terrible weather and high altitude, the majority of trekkers do not complete the journey. It has also been stated that snow leopards can be spotted along the route, though there has been no report of danger.

The Snowman trek path crosses via Yak Herders' camp at 3980 m, Blue Sheep grazing grounds, remote villages of Laya and Thanza, and several passes including Nyeli La (4890 m), Jhari La (4747 m), Shingela (5005 m), Jaze La (5050 m), camp at Tsho Chena lake (4800 m), and Thampe Tsho at 4200 m.

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During the peak season months of March, April, May, September, October, and November, a Snowman trip costs USD 8740 per person for two people and USD 7900 per person for three or more people.

Low-altitude hikes are the best way to spend a winter in Bhutan from November to early March, as the climate is gentler than in the north and showers are less few between. With the exception of summer, when monsoon rains can make the trails muddy and perilous, low-altitude treks can be done all year.

Autumn is also an excellent time for hiking, however, it lasts just from mid-October to the middle of December. This is the most popular period for hiking in Bhutan because there is rarely a cloud in the sky and temperatures are moderate in the upper sections of the Himalayas.

Although the spring season is still not optimum for trekking in the highest peaks, it is good for low elevation hikes in Bhutan's north-central and southern regions. During March through May, the weather is pleasant for trekking along the meandering paths that snake through all the foothills and valleys of central Bhutan, with temperatures that are lower than in the summer.

Snowman Trek Itinerary

Here is the detailed 25 days itinerary for the Snowman trek.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro (2195 m)

When you arrive at Paro airport, our staff will meet you and transport you to the appropriate hotel for check-in.

Day 2 Paro to Shana (2820 m) Travel time: 5-6 hours

During the morning, you will be taken up the valley to the Drukgyal Dzong, which was erected in 1647 by medieval Bhutan's unifier and was wrecked by an accidental fire and left in ruins. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). The journey to Shana begins here, at Drukgyal Dzong, and follows the Paro River through picturesque villages.

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Day 3: Hiking time from Shana to Thangthangka (3610 m): 7/8 hours

We get an early start today because we have a 700-meter ascent and a long trip ahead of us. After breakfast, the trail leaves Shana and heads upriver into rhododendron and blue pine woodland. Keep an eye out for wildlife and changes in vegetation as we approach Jigme Dorji National Park and continue to ascend in elevation. If the weather is clear, you may be able to see Mount Jomolhari.

 Day 4 : Thangthangka to Jangothang (4040 m) Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Following morning, we pass an army station and leave the forest line, heading into the high mountains for a breathtaking panorama of high mountain ridges and snow-capped summits. For a while then, we pass through Tengethang, a winter residence for migratory yak herders, and the herders' homes become a regular aspect of the terrain.

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Day 5: Jangothang Acclimatization

This is a leisure day since we need to acclimate to the altitude. Feel free to explore that region.

Jangothang to Lingshi on Day 6 (4150 m) Hiking time: 6/7 hours

After breakfast, we continue on our journey. The trail progressively ascends as we approach the first of several big passes, Nyili La Pass at 4,870m. The views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsherimgang are breathtaking from here. The Nyile La pass, at 4890 meters, is a four-hour climb. As we continue on our journey, we can see enormous yak pastures and yak herders' tents made of yak wool. On a clear day, you may see Lingshi Dzong as you descend into the Lingshi basin.

Day 7: Hiking time from Lingshi to Chebisa (3850 m): 4/5 hours

We take our time today because it is a short walk. We'll start the day with a visit to Lingshi Dzong, also known as Yugyel Dzong in the 17th century, which rises on a ridge. Feel free to explore the Chebisa campsite after you arrive.

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Day 8: Chebisa to Shakshepasa (3980 m) Hiking time: 4 hours

We continue our journey over broad pastureland until we reach the Gombu La pass at 4350 m. Then we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, passing yak herder settlements on our way to Shakshepasa, where we camp.

Day 9: Shakaypasa to Robluthang (4160 m) Hiking time: 7/8 hours

Today's travel is a little more difficult because we have to climb roughly 700 meters. We get an early start and make our way to the Jhari La pass at 4747 meters before descending to Tsharijathang, where the valley has been designated a Takin sanctuary and herds of Takin (Bhutan's national animal) may normally be seen. From here, we climb to our camp at 4160 meters, Robluthang.

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Day 10:From Robluthang to Limithang (4140 m) Hiking time: 7/8 hours

We get an early start today too since we have a difficult walk to the Shinge La pass at 5005 m awaiting of us. We will view Mt. Gangchenta (6840 m), the glacially carved Gangchhenta valley, stone cottages, and Laya women dressed in traditional Laya attire with long pointed bamboo hats on their heads as we descend to Lemithang.

Day 11:From limithang to Laya (3840 m) Hiking time: 4/5 hours

After breakfast, we'll continue our journey via a narrow, twisting river valley to the west side of Laya village. Climbing out of the forest, we'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Gangchhenta and Masang Gang (7165 m) mountains before arriving at the settlement.

Day 12: Day of rest in Laya

Enjoy a full day of leisure to recover and explore the hamlet, which has a community school, hospital, archery field, and stores.

Day 13: From Laya to Rhodophu(4350 m) Hiking  8/9 hours in length

We will descend from Laya to the army camp and continue along the river until we reach Rhodophu. After lunch, continue climbing through the bushes until you reach the camp.

Day 14: From Rhodophy to Tarina (3980 m) Hiking 10/11 hours in length

Breakfast early in the morning to prepare for the longest day of climbing to Tsimola (4700 m), where one can see Lunana, Jumolhari, and Jichu Drake. The path then takes us to the Gangla Karchula pass (5,080 m). The entire mountain range, including Masagang, Tsendegang, and Teri Gang, can be seen, and after they pass, we will have a long descent to Tarina Valley.

Day 15: From Tarina to Woche (3800 m) Hiking time: 6/7 hours

The trail follows the river down the valley on this easy day. We'll eat lunch at the lowest point at noon (3500 m). After lunch, we make our way up to the town of Woche.

Day 16: Woche to Lhedi (3650 m) Hiking time: 5-6 hours

The trek begins with a walk through the woods and bushes. We climb to Keche la pass (4,480 m) and then descend to the river through towns with spectacular mountain vistas. Then we proceeded along the river till we arrived at Lhedi settlement.

Day 17: through Lhedi to Thanza (4000 m) Hiking time: 7/8 hours

We begin our journey through the river to Choejong village. After lunch, we go to the Choejong dzong and then to the valley. We arrive at Thanza camp after crossing the bridge and walking a little distance.

Day 18:Tsorim, from Thanza (5150 m) Hiking time: 8-9 hours

We continue with a climb up to the summit, from which we have a spectacular view of the mountains and valley below. We walk up to Tsorim camp after lunch.

Day 19:Geshe Woma from Gangkar Phunsum Base Camp (4200 m) Hiking time: 6/7 hours

Following morning, we walk the route along with Sha Chu and climb down to Geshe Woma, taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Day 20: Geshe Wonda to Warathang(4000 m) Hiking   8/9 hours in length

For a few hours, the track follows Shachu to Sakala. After lunch, we make our way up to the 4,800-meter-high Sakala pass. We will descend to the lake before ascending the Warathang pass (4,590 m).

Day 21:  Warathang  to Dur Tsachu  Hiking time: 5 hours

The early morning ascent to Juelela (4,400 m). We descend to the river via woodlands after the pass. We climb to Dur Tsachu hot spring after crossing the bridge.

Day 22: Dur Tsachu to Tshochenchen(3850 m) Hiking time: 8/9 hours

This day, we traverse the Juelela pass, with its steep ascent and views of Lunana, to reach the lakes and yak herders' camps, and then Tshochenchen camp.

Day 23: Tshochenchen to Bumthang (2800 meters) via Dur, Hiking is an outdoor activity. 4 hours in length Travel time: half an hour

Lastly, the closing day of this walk takes us to Chamkhar Chu, and then on to Bumthang via Dur village, where your car will be waiting to pick you up.

Day 24: Bumthang to Paro through Thimpu. Travel time: 10/11 hours

You will be transported to Paro through Thimphu, taking in the picturesque vistas along the way.

Departure on Day 25

Enjoy breakfast in the accommodation early morning, and then our office representative will take you to the airport for your journey to your next location.

Snowman Trek Conclusion

The 25-day Snowman trek into one of Bhutan's most isolated regions kicks out this spectacular in Bhutan. This is one of the most difficult high-altitude climbs, but it is a great experience for anyone who tackles the challenge. Bhutan's pristine terrain, great people, and interesting Buddhist culture combine to make for an unforgettable visit to one of the world's most remote kingdoms.

Snowman trek's difficulty level Bhutan is classified as one of the most difficult high altitude treks, but it is a fantastic experience for everyone who takes on the challenge. It begins from Drukgyal Dzong (Paro) and ends at Nikachu Zam (near Trongsa), exploring Lunana, a rarely visited rural part of Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum, the world's highest unclimbed peak, and the highest passes Renchen Zoe (5400 meters).

If you've never heard of Bhutan snowman hiking holidays, you're in for a treat. It includes deep valleys with gorges and canyons that are quite breathtaking to view. The natural beauty of peaks and a large mountain range is the draw of a snowman expedition.

You're in for a treat if you've never heard of Bhutan snowman trekking holidays. It has deep valleys with gorges and canyons that are incredibly beautiful to look upon. A snowman expedition is drawn to the natural splendor of peaks and a wide mountain range.

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