The Snowman Trek travels through the remote
part of the Lunana district and is the most
difficult trek in Bhutan, if not the world.
The combination of distance, altitude, remoteness,
snow-filled passes and changeable weather conditions
makes this trek very challenging – but
also adventurous and thrilling.
NOTE : Snowman Trek
is one of the most demanding and longest treks
in the Kingdom and can climb as high as 5000
meters and above. It is only promoted for groups
of more than 4-6 persons. Due to its rigors,
it is strongly recommended that all trekkers
are in excellent physical condition.
Day 01 : Paro
Flight from Bangkok to the Kingdom of Bhutan.
On the flight, you can see breathtaking views
of the Great Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro
International Airport, you will be welcomed
to the Kingdom by your guide from the Travel
After lunch: visit to Ta- Dzong (built in the
17th century to help protect Paro Dzong). In
1968 it was turned into the National Museum
of Bhutan. It has a fascinating collection of
Household, Military, Royal & Religious items
including beautiful Thangka Paintings.
Day 02 : Paro Sightseeing. Altitude:
Early morning start from the hotel and drive
to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong to see the view
of Mt. Chomolhari (7315m).
Drive back to Sartsam Chorten and walk up to
the Taktsang monastery (Tiger nest) viewpoint.
It is believed that Guru Rimpoche, who brought
Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century,
meditated here. The monastery was built later
in the 17th century on the same site.
In April 1998, a fire destroyed the main structure
of the buildings and the religious contents.
A complete restoration was done and was built
exactly the same as the original one. This place
beholds the history of the hidden land. The
walking time is approximately five hours. But
depend on one’s pace.
When we return to main road we turn to the
right and drive further to Drukgyel Dzong. It
was built in1649 by Shabdung Ngawang Namgyel.
The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 &
the ruined remains are now preserved as a historical
site. On the way back we will visit one of the
oldest monasteries that we have in Bhutan.
The first King of Tibet Songtsen Gambo built
Kyichu Lhakhang in the 7th century to introduce
Buddhism into our country.
Day 03 : Paro - Punakha
Drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass (3050
m), through magnificent forests of rhododendron
and magnolia. From the pass one can see the
panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas. From
here you will travel down hill to reach Punakha
Visit Punakha Dzong. It was old capital of
Bhutan before moved to Thimphu. Enjoy visiting
the Dzong (built in 1637 during the time of
Shabdrung). The Dzong is now used as the winter
residence for the Central Monk body and head
quarters of Punakha district. Camp Tashithang.
Day 04 : Punakha -Tashithang –
Damji. Walking times. 5-6 hours
The trek starts by the side of the river, following
a well-made path through semitropical forests.
This part of the area is quite wet and one has
to watch out for leeches. There are also lots
of wild orchids around for those who love flowers.
The day walk is fairly gentle, climbing up to
Damji village. Overnight Camp. Damji. Altitude:
Day 05 : Damji - Gasa. Altitude: 2,900m.
Walking time 6-7 hours
The path continues through subtropical
forests and villages up to Gasa Tsachu (Hot
spring) The Tsachu is a famous place where many
people from all over Bhutan come to bath for
its curative powers. There are four pools, ranging
from mild to hot. A Hot lunch will be served
here. After lunch, 2 hours stiff climb to Gasa
Dzong and camp below the Dzong.
Day 06 : Gasa - Chamsa. Altitude: 3650m.
Walking time 6-7 hours.
After breakfast visit the Dzong which
was built in the 17th century to protect the
valley against Tibetan invaders. The path starts
with a stiff climb up to Bele la pass (3,700m)
through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and fir
forests. The climb up to the pass will take
around 5 hours. The descent will be about half
- hour to camp at Chamsa. Overnight Camp.
Day 07 : Chamsa - Laya. Altitude: 3,800
m. Walking time: 8-9 hours.
The path starts by descending to the
bank of the Mo - Chu River. It goes up and down
again to detour back up the hillside, to avoid
the steep spur. Lunch will be served near the
side of the bridge crossing the river. After
lunch climb up gradually to Laya crossing the
army camp. Overnight Camp. Laya village.
Day 08 : Rest day at Laya for acclimatization.
One can go around the village visiting
the houses and people. The Laya people are very
fascinating and friendly and will happily pose
for photographs. The women in Laya wear a very
special dress. In the evening there will be
a cultural dance if the local people are around.
Day 09 : Laya - Rhodophu. Altitude:
4350 m. Walking time: 8-9 hours.
From Laya descend to the army camp
and continue following the river until the turn
off point to Rhodophu. After lunch continue
the climb through rhododendron bushes until
the camp. Overnight Camp.
Day 10 : Rhodophu - Tarina. Altitude:
3980 m. walking time: 10-11 hours.
This is the longest day of the trip and therefore
it is essential to start very early. We start
at 5 am by climbing to Tsimola (4,700 m). After
crossing the first pass and at the little summit
one can have a superb view of Lunana, Chomolhari
and Jichu Drake. The path is flat for another
four hours till the climb to Gangla Karchung
la pass (5,080 m). The view from the pass is
breath taking. The whole range of mountains,
including Masagang, Tsendegang, and Teri Gang
can be seen. After the pass there is a very
long descent to Tarina valley. Overnight Camp.
Day 11 : Tarina -Wache. Altitude: 3800
m. walking time: 6-7 hrs.
This day is much easier as the path
follows the river down the valley. Lunch will
be served at the lowest Point of today’s
trek, (3500 m). After lunch climb up about 300
meters to the village of Woche. Overnight Camp.
Day 12 : Woche - Lhedi. . Altitude:
The trek starts through juniper and
fir forests and then through rhododendron bushes.
We climb up to Keche la pass (4,480 m) where
one can have a great view of the mountains.
After the pass, descend to the riverside, walking
through the village with stunning views of Table
Mountain and others. Follow the river (one of
the main sources of the Pho- Chu), until we
reach Lhedi village.
Day 13 : Lhedi - Thanza. Walking time:
The trek continues following the river,
rising gradually to Choejong village. After
lunch visit the Choejong Dzong and then continue
towards the wide valley, crossing the bridge
to reach Thanza. Overnight Camp. 4000 m.
Day 14 : Rest day at Thanza.
One can walk around or climb up the ridge to
see the view of the lakes and mountains.
Day 15 : Thanza – Tshochena.
20KM. 7-8 Hours. 4900M.
Today is a long trekking day. We should
start early as possible. The climb of three
false summits will take you to Jaze La 5050M,
after this pass it will be less than an hours
walk downhill to the camp near the lake of Tshochena.
Day 16 : Tshochena - Jichu Dramo. 14
KM. 4-5 Hours. 4880M.
The trail is gradual with ups and downs between
the snow- capped peaks and across the Loju La
Pass 4940M. Overnight Camp.
Day 17 : Jichu Dramo – Chukarpo.
18 KM. 5-6 Hours. 4950M.
Today the trek will climb up to Rinchen
Zoe La Pass 5140M, and this will be the highest
point on the trek. It is then a long downhill
walk to Chukarpo. Overnight Camp.
Day 18 : Chukarpo – Thampe Tsho.
18 KM. 5-6 Hours.
It is a long trek mostly downhill, walk along
the Riverside and then climb back to the Um
Tso at 4230M. The legend believed that Saint
Pema Lingpa the reincarnation of Guru Rimpoche
had discovered a number of religious treasures
from this Lake. A bit further you will reach
to the camp near by the Thampe Tso. Overnight
Day 19 : Thampe Tsho – Maurothang.
14 KM. 5 Hours. 4000M.
It is around two hours walk to the
base of Thampe Tso and then a steep climb to
the pass at 4230M. Then the trek route will
take you downhill through rhododendron to the
Yak pasture of Maurothang. This is as far as
the Yaks go. The back- up will come from Sephu.
Day 20 : Mauraothang – Sephu.
18KM. 5-6 Hours.2500M.
The trail follows the Nikka Chu through
bamboo thickets and fields to the road at the
village of Sephu. Here you will meet your coach
Day 21 : Sephu – Wangdue.
Visit Wangdue Dzong. Hike to the Divine
Day 22 : Wangdue – Thimphu.
Day 23 : Thimphu – Paro.
Day 24 : Departure.
Note: From here you
decide whether you would like to continue further
to central Bhutan (Bumthang valleys) or drive
back to Thimphu for Sightseeing and Paro for
departure. According to your choice we will
make an itinerary.