Raanana, Israel. Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014
Snowman Trek-Fall, 2014 Snowman Trek - once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I have recently completed the Snowman trek in Bhutan led
London, UK Sept 22 -Oct 17,2016.
Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016 "We enjoyed our trip and were looked after very well by Yonten throughout. We were very pleased by the service
Danville Bouleverd, Alamco CA, USA Sept 21 - Oct 17, 2014
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
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 TID - 763- Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014 Snowman Trek I recently completed a 17-day Snowman Trek organized and guided
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.
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.
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.
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• 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.
• 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
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Phobjikha
Hotels in Jakar
Hotels in Trek
Growth in Tourism in Bhutan has also its share of impact on young minds. With tourists freely moving around, the curiosities to know them, talk to them holds ground firmly on young minds . Namgay is one among many youth whose imagination was captured by razzmatazz of tourism.
He has his career goal cut out, he could have easily opted for some comfortable desk jobs, after passing out in flying colours from prestigious St Joseph college Darjeeling in 2010 but he chose to pursue his dream, he loved to be in field, among the guests, so it was only matter of time to enroll for guiding course.
His first foray into job was in 2013 at Wind Horse Tours and still he is going great guns. Feed Backs from guests that he led are great testimonial to his dedication.
He prodigiously read books that open up new frontiers and interaction with guests coupled with sound command of English takes his outlook towards learning and experiences altogether to different height.
From the outset, Pema Namgyal knew what he wanted to do in life. He love to keep things simple. Right after finishing his Class 12 from school in Thimphu in 2004, he joined guiding course to aspire to be a guide. Initially he started as cultural guide but with time, he felt more connected with wilderness, he did course for trek in 2008.
After a fruitful experiences with other companies, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He has led many treks, and I seriously doubt, if there are any tourist trails that he hasn’t tread upon. One trek that stand out is challenging Snowman Trek, he comes highly recommended for this. In October, 2014 he successfully completed Snowman trek with 4 guests.
Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.
From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.
For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.