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Snowman Trek Bhutan – Full Circuit

Bhutan's Last Frontier - Laya and Lunana - Explore remote alpine wilderness and natural landscapes as it lives and breathes.

35

Days

TREK

Trip highlights

Snowman trek exposes you into the perpetual expanses of temperate, alpine, tundra wilderness at the world’s most remote region of Lunana and traversing many high passes above 5000 m threw greater challenges than its technical level gradation unlike others. It tests your physiological as well psychological elements, passes above 5000m with rugged, hostile & weather beaten terrain stretches your physical limits, relative longer trekking days and remoteness – bereft of civilization put to test your psychological boundaries, these attributes are what makes even to the legions of seasoned trekkers inspires a sense of trepidation bordering with the respect – Snowman Trek.

Some of the highlights:

  • Challenge yourself on one of the greatest treks crossing over 11 high passes
  • Absorb magnificent mountain views including peaks such as Chomolari, Jichu Drake, Gangchen Ta, Table mountain, Gangkar Phuensum, etc.
  • From pristine temperate forests, to alpine valleys and tundra landscapes
  • Opportunity to see wildlife such as Blue sheep, Takin, Marmot, and elusive Snowleopard
  • Explore and interact with yak herders, see the isolated communities of Laya and Lunana districts.
  • Camping at high altitude on the base of beautiful mountain peaks.
  • Soak in hot springs (Dur Chachu) which is believed to have therapeutic benefits.
  • Share your trekking experience with an outstanding team of local guides and support staff
  • Visit historic dzongs and monasteries whilst on Culture trip.
  • Get an insight about Buddhists tradition and culture with interaction with local and farmhouse visit.

From the multitude of treks available in the Himalayas, Snowman trek is among the few that stand alone on the top. This is an epic mountain trek with amazing wilderness and culture, an experience of a lifetime ! However this trek is not for everyone. It takes longtime and it is the most difficult trek in Bhutan and therefore one of the most difficult one in the world. We’ll cross dozen of high passes, many over 16,000ft, as we pass through the highest and wildest corner of Bhutan. If you are the kind of adventurer who wants to push your limits with the most challenging, most remote and most beautiful trek imaginable, then look no further than the snowman Trek.

It is extremely worthwhile objective and you can truly say that you have trekked to the very remotest parts of the world, if you have visited Laya and Lunana region of Bhutan. Snow capped peaks, Turquoise-tinted lakes, high altitude wildlife like the elusive snow leopard, Takin and blue sheep, time-lost villages, meeting with nomadic yak herders round out this trek’s highlights.

Snowman is not an easy trek to organize because of several logistic problems such as arranging the Yaks and porters (especially in Lunana region). Having strong and ethical local Guides and team who has done the trek several times, pre-planning rescue in case of emergencies and providing good equipment and supplies for this long trek, Wind Horse has the most successful track record of completing Snowman Trek. Most of partners in the company and several senior Guides have completed Snowman trek successfully several times. We are proud to have the connection and right equipment required for this trek.  Our itineraries are carefully planned, allowing adequate time for acclimatisation as well as for logistical issues.

Outline Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrive in Paro 
Overnight Hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Acclimatization and tour in Paro Valley.
Overnight Hotel  in Paro.

Day 3: Hike to iconic Takstang (Tigers Nest)Monastery.
Overnight Hotel in Paro.

Day 4,5,& 6: Trek from Shana Zam to Thongduzam, then to Thangthangka & Jangothang (Chomolhari Base Camp).
Overnight in tented Camp.

Day 7: Rest day in Jangothang.
Overnight in tented Camp.

Day 8-13: Trek to Laya via Lingshi , Chebisa, Shomulthang. Robluthang, Lemithang & arrive in Laya.
Overnight in tented Camp.

Day 14: Rest day in Laya
Overnight in community school area (tent camp or a local home) .

Day 15-20: Trek to Lunana region via Rodophu, Cross Tsome la to Narethang, Cross Karchungla to Tarina, to Woche,cross keshe la to Lhedi, and then to Thanza.
Overnight in Tented camp.

Day 21: Rest day in Thanza.
Campsite at Thanza or Tochena

Day 22-29. Trek to Bumthang via Danje, Tsorim Lake, cross Gophula to Geshe Woma, Mischugang, Worithangla, Dur Tsachu(Hot spring), Tsochenchen and end the trek near Jakar.(Bumthang)
Overnight in Tented camp along the way and hotel in Bumthang

Day 30: In Bumthang ( A contingent day in case of delays. A full day tour if everything works as per schedule)
Overnight at hotel in Bumthang

Day 31: Visit Chumey Valley, drive and visit Trongsa.
Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

Day 32: Drive through Central Bhutan to (Punakha & Wangdue)
Overnight hotel in Punakha valley.

Day 33 & 34 : Drive from Punakha to Thimphu
After visiting Punakha valley, drive to the capital where you spend two nights with one full day for sightseeing tour. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Day 35: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for the flight

Details of day by day trip is available upon request.
This itinerary is the full circuit of Snowman Trek and it is the best version. However there are slightly shorter versions as well. 

For more information on Snowman Trek, visit our Blog.

Check list for Clothing & Equipment/Gears for Snowman Trek (Bhutan)

  • Group SizePrivate

  • MealsFull Board

  • Trip AccommodationFor culture portion we use best tourist standard hotels, even relative upgrade wherever possible. For instance hotel Druk and Tashi Namgay Resort (4 star deluxe) in Thimphu and Paro respectively. For trek portion, we use best trekking equipment and gears. Moreover we constantly upgrade our trekking gears, so we are fairly updated. Since this trek is a long one, it becomes a priority to provide best equipment, including brand new tent.

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsThe window to do this trek is particularly very small. Ideal only in April, May, Sept and October. Summer is quite good actually as lots of flowers bloom in high alpine areas, although lower areas may be wet due to rainfalls.

  • Best MonthsMay, October

  • Good MonthsApril, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August, November

  • Not RecommendJanuary, February, March, December

Prices & Dates

Cost is subject to travel dates and group size. Price range from $7000 – $15000. Please complete ” Request Detailed  Info” for price and day by day program.  

 

 

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
25 Sep, 201929 Oct, 2019 Attending Jakar Tshechu(Festival)Available Book now!
29 Sep, 201902 Nov, 2019 Good weatherAvailable Book now!
25 Sep, 202029 Oct, 2020 Attend Jakar Festival Open Book now!

Included

•    Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
•    Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type) during the tour and in tents during the trek.
•    All meals, including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
•    All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
•    Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
•    Bottled water in the vehicle and other Comp. services.
•    During the trek:
•    Fully-serviced camping trek
•    Provided during the trek: tents (sleeping, dining Kitchen and toilet tents), trekking mattresses, small air pillow, Hot-water bag, Pressured Altitude Bag for altitude emergencies, Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency. Basic Medical Kit. Trekking Guide, Cook and assistants accompany the group. All meals, beverages and snacks are provided.
•    Sleeping bag is available for nominal cleaning charges.
•    Also available to borrow for free: Walking Sticks (trekking poles), Umbrella/Pancho, Water Bottle
•    We are constantly upgrading our trekking equipment and gears, so you can be assured that you will receive the best and latest. We use the best sleeping tents available out there for this trek.

Not included

•    Flights in and out of Bhutan.
•    Personal trekking gears such as sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc.
•    Sleeping bags are available for rental.
Any Item not listed in included section

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Phobjikha

  • Hotel Dewachen

    Dewachen Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The hotel or lodge is located in the pine fore...

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Hotels in Jakar

  • Mountain Resort

    Mountain lodge is located about one km north of Jakar town, on the way to Kurjey temple, overlooking Wangdicholing. It is one of the oldest hotel in Bumthang, owned and operated by the family. The eldest son was trained in Austria in hotel management...

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Hotels in Trek

  • Trek Camp

    During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, bars and beverages. All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pressured Altitude Bag for emergencies (only available in Bhutan with Win...

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Trip Guide/Leader


  • Namgay

    Namgay

  • Pema Namgay

    Pema Namgay

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Kirill Shoikhet
    Raanana, Israel.
    Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014
    Snowman Trek-Fall, 2014 ( Snowman Trek-Fall, 2014)
    5 " " Snowman Trek - once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I have recently completed the Snowman trek in Bhutan led by Wind Horse tour company and both felt that we had an amazing experience. One of the best trips we have ever had. Before the trek we read that things can

    Snowman Trek-Fall, 2014 Snowman Trek - once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I have recently completed the Snowman trek in Bhutan led

  • Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016
    James George P. S.
    London, UK
    Sept 22 -Oct 17,2016.
    Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016 ( Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016)
    5 " " "We enjoyed our trip and were looked after very well by Yonten throughout. We were very pleased by the service we received. The only thing which was not good at all was the weather and we could not change that.  Yonten is a charming guide and always thinks ahead to

    Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016 "We enjoyed our trip and were looked after very well by Yonten throughout. We were very pleased by the service

  • Shanny B
    Danville Bouleverd, Alamco CA, USA
    Sept 21 - Oct 17, 2014
    The trip was stunning, exhausting, gorgeous, and exhilarating ( The trip was stunning, exhausting, gorgeous, and exhilarating)
    5 " " TID 763 Snowman Trek (21Sept to 17 Oct, 2014) Hi Anand and Jambay and Ugen, I wanted to comment, belatedly, on the Snowman Trek. I am still processing the whole experience, and truthfully think about Bhutan daily since I left. The trip was stunning, exhausting, gorgeous, and exhilarating. Frankly I was only

    The trip was stunning, exhausting, gorgeous, and exhilarating TID 763 Snowman Trek (21Sept to 17 Oct, 2014) Hi Anand and Jambay and Ugen, I wanted to comment, belatedly, on the

  • Ms Alexandra Elliot O
    NW Hoyt, Portland Oregon, 97210 USA
    Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014
    I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided by Wind Horse ( I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided by Wind Horse)
    5 " " TID - 763- Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014 Snowman Trek I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided by Wind Horse. The Wind Horse staff were outstandingly helpful, informative and friendly. From providing pre-trek instructions to leading us on the trek itself, Wind Horse was great every step

    I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided by Wind Horse TID - 763- Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014 Snowman Trek I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided