The one above all, Snowman trek is truly the most difficult, though beautiful and glorious trek whenever we talk about Bhutan trekking tours. The Bhutan Snowman Trek gives trekkers a unique opportunity to take one step closer to pristine nature, marvel at the majestic Himalayas, and push your body beyond its limits. This trek follows the border between Bhutan and Tibet, winding through eleven passes that exceed 4,500 meters in height. From here, you can observe Mt. Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, and other impressive mountains with peaks above 7,000 meters. 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 giving a memorable outdoor adventure. Let schedule for the Snowman Trek.

 

Duration: 28 days/ 27 nights
Start/ End: Paro/ Paro
Tour Route: Paro – Shana – Thangthangkha – Jangothang – Lingshi – Chebisa – Shomuthang – Robluthang – Lemithang – Laya – Rodophu – Narethang – Tarina – Woche – Lhedi – Thanza – Tshochena – Jichudramo – Chukarpo – Tampoetshoe – Maurothang – Nikka Chhu – Paro
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Highlights:

  • Cross two high passes: Shingchen La pass 5005m and Ganglakarchung pass 5120m.
  • Overnight at the highest altitude – 5.050 meters
  • Bump into the remote community
  • Experience the glory of pristine nature

Tour CategoryBhutan Trekking Tours
Tour Guides: Local Guide (English speaking guide or other languages depends on your requests)
Transportation: Private first-class-air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01
: Paro Arrival
Day 02: Acclimatization – Taktsang Goemba Hiking Trip
Day 03: The Bhutan Snowman Trek Begins
Day 04: Shana – Thangthangkha
Day 05: Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Day 06: Acclimatizing
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 08: Lingshi – Chebisa
Day 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang
Day 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang
Day 11: Robluthang – Lemithang
Day 12: Lemithang – Laya
Day 13: Discover the Laya Valley
Day 14: Laya – Rodophu
Day 15: Rodophu – Narethang
Day 16: Narethang – Tarina
Day 17: Tarina – Woche
Day 18: Woche – Lhedi
Day 19: Lhedi – Thanza
Day 20: Day Halt
Day 21: Thanza – Tshochena
Day 22: Tshochena – Jichudramo
Day 23: Jichudramo – Chukarpo
Day 24: Chukarpo – Tampoetshoe
Day 25: Tampoetshoe – Maurothang
Day 26: Maurothang – Nikka Chhu
Day 27: Paro
Day 28: Paro Departure

 
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Day 01: Paro Arrival

Upon arrival, our presentative will be waiting to warmly greet and escort you to the hotel in Paro. We will show you the Paro town and head to the National Museum.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: Acclimatization – Taktsang Goemba Hiking Trip

For Acclimatization, today we will get into a cheerful hiking trip to one of the most iconic attractions in Paro – Taktsang Goemba aka the Tiger’s Nest Monastery taking place on a sheer cliff 900 meters above the sea level. It takes us 2 – 3 hours to reach the monastery and en route, get ready to bump into one of the most beautiful natural sceneries that you have ever seen in your lifetime.
Overnight in Paro.

tiger nest - bhutan snowman trek

Day 03: The Bhutan Snowman Trek Begins

We start the day by driving to Drukyel Dzong, a 17th-century fortress built to defend Bhutan from Tibetan invaders. We will trek to Shana, crossing by lush farms, traditional Bhutanese stone, and rustic timber houses. As we begin the trek, taking a brief rest for lunch before keep going on to our overnight camp at ThonduZampa. En route, we will catch your first sights of Jhomolhari’s7,314-meter-high peak.

Day 04: Shana – Thangthangkha

Our trail now takes us through the Jigme Dorje National Park, the country’s largest protected region. It lets us experience the country’s wealth of fauna & floral, 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 (3.800 meters).

Shana - snowman trek bhutan

Day 05: Thangthangkha – Jangothang

As we continue towards our camp at the base of Jhomolhari, we rise above the tree line 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 4.040 meters.

Jangothang - best snowman trek

Day 06: Acclimatizing

This day is reserved for adjusting to the local climate. You can discover the valley around Jhomolhari or travel toward the Nyile La pass and see scenic Tshophu lake.

Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi

Today’s trek will start with a 3 to 4-hour-long climb before reaching Nyile La Pass at 4.700 meters. Expect spectacular views of Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Tsheri Kang. Also, in the distance will be Tiger Mountain.
After the pass, we will descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we will make camp. Coming down from Lingshi, Have our first views of the truly mystical Dzong atop a high hill.

Lingshi - snowman trek tour

Day 08: Lingshi – Chebisa

As we move northeast, we ascend through pastures of daphne and rhododendron until we reach the village of Chebisa. From here, we can take in the cascading waterfall, juniper trees, and other natural wonders.
Camp at Chebisa (3.750 meters).

Chebisa - best bhutan snowman trek

Day 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang

Today, we’ll begin 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 then head down to our camp located near a riverbed. This valley is one of the most stunning areas on the Snowman Trek.
Camp at Shomuthang (3.960 meters).

Shomuthang

Day 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang

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 La, Tiger Mountain, and Jitchu Drake. We’ll then drop steeply down a forest trail to reach the Tsharijathang Valley where herds of Takin (the Bhutan national animal) and manifold 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.

Robluthang - snowman trekking tours

Day 11: Robluthang – Lemithang

En route, climbing Sinche La to Lemithang, we spend 4 hours climbing to Sinche La Pass (5.005 meters) which is a steady pace and then, descend through dense forests and valleys of boulders and grass. Today, our stunning rewards include the peak of Gangchenta, as well as white streams and blue glacial lakes.

Lemithang

Day 12: Lemithang – Laya

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 locals are more Tibetan/ Mongolian than the Bhutanese living in the central valleys.

Laya
We’ll indulge in more vistas of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, maybe spend at leisure or visiting village houses and chatting with villagers.
Camp at Laya (3.700 meters).

Day 13: Discover the Laya Valley

This morning, we take a rest from our trek to experience Laya. You can shop, visit the local school and temple, practice threshing wheat, and get an insight into this unique community.

Day 14: Laya – Rodophu

Today, wake up early to get a jump on a 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.

Rodophu

Day 15: Rodophu – Narethang

We’ll tackle the approximately three-hour climb to Tsemo La Pass (4.900 meters), 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.
Then, descend and finally climb to Narethang, where we’ll camp at 4.937 meters, the first high camp on the trek.

Narethang

Day 16: Narethang – Tarina

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 Karakachu, Tsenda Gang, Jejekangphu, and Teri Kang. The descent into the Tarina Valley is steep and long and perhaps, taking 3.5 hours before reaching the valley floor where herds of takin roam.

Tarina
From there, we’ll have an easier 2 to 3-hour walking to camp. It will be a day of great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Camp at Tarina 3.800 meters.

Day 17: Tarina – Woche

it will be a relatively short trekking day. During the early part today, we’ll follow a river for about 1 hour before making our way ascending up a steep and muddy trail.
There will then be a rigorous climb to reach camp close to Woche. This area is where the stunning Lunana region begins.

Woche

Day 18: Woche – Lhedi

Across the Gap of Keche La (4.700 meters), 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 begin 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.

Lhedi

Day 19: Lhedi – Thanza

Today, we set out this morning by following the Pho Chu through the village of Lhedi before we climb for about 30′ to 45′ to Chozo Dzong, which was built in the 17th century.
After 3 or 4 hours, we will reach the stunning villages of Dyotta and Thanza, where we camp in a meadow with sceneries of Table Mountain in front of us.

Thanza

Day 20: Day Halt

Discover the Thanza Valley and get into the vista of Table Mountain

Day 21: Thanza – Tshochena

This morning, we trek a full 18 miles in the direction of Tshochena. The landscape on this path is one of the most fantastic parts of an already beautiful area, with glacial lakes, rocky expanses, blue sheep, snow leopards, and a series of other wonders, both living and inanimate. Be careful; in this region, the weather can change from sunny to snowy at a moment’s notice.
Camp at Tsochena (4.960 meters).

Tshochena

Day 22: Tshochena – Jichudramo

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. Today ends at a camp in the grassy tundra, with rocky expanses on one side and streams on another.
Camp at Jichudramo (5.060 meters).

Jichudramo

Day 23: Jichudramo – Chukarpo

Today, we cross the highest pass on the trek: Rinchen Zoe La reaching 5,326 meters. We then move across a plateau and into a forest clearing, where our camp is located— taking photos of the stunning scenery along the way.
Camp at Chukarpo (4.850 meters).

Chukarpo

Day 24: Chukarpo – Tampoetshoe

This morning, we weave around boulders. Along a river before trekking through a forest packed densely with birch, pine, maple, and rhododendron. Today, we end the day at our final mountain camp.
Camp at TampoeTshoe (4.350 meters).

Tampoetshoe

Day 25: Tampoetshoe – Maurothang

We start by moving through the Tempe La, the last mountain pass we will see on this trek. En route, we then descend a steep hill toward our camp, viewing the Om Tsho lake, the Nikka Chhu, and other sights.
Camp at MAurothang (3.698 meters).

Maurothang

Day 26: Maurothang – Nikka Chhu

Today, we follow the Nikka Chhu river through the 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.

Nikka Chhu

Day 27: 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.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 28: Paro Departure

Time to say goodbye to Bhutan. Breakfast and relax at leisure until getting escorted to the Paro International Airport for a flight coming back home. The trip ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could serve you next time when it comes to the best Bhutan tours.

What’s Included:

  • Visas for Bhutan
  • Daily meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation
  • Experienced Tour Guide & Driver & Potter
  • Private Transport
  • Entry Fees & Road Permits
  • Government Fee, Royalty, Taxes & Surcharges
  • Water Bottle
  • Full Service & Assistance before, during and after Your Trekking Adventure

Trekking Equipment Included:

  • A Cook
  • Camp assistance
  • Horses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mats
  • Blankets
  • Tents

What’s Excluded:

  • International Airfare
  • All Meals at 4 or 5-star restaurants
  • Hotel Stay outside of Bhutan
  • Personal Expense
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips
  • Beverages