Snowman Trek through Bhutan – is one of the longest treks that Legend of Himalaya is currently offering to anyone who wants to explore the natural beauty that Bhutan has to offer. This historic trek is 31 days long and will take you all over the country, and most importantly it will bring you in close proximity with the himalayan massifs and the pristine natural beauty that is ubiquitous in Bhutan. This high altitude trekking adventure challenges trekkers with an ample level of difficulty, but rewards them with spectacular Bhutanese landscape; which will bring joy to anyone who beholds it. Furthermore, the trekking trail passes through the northern remote region of Lunana region which reflects the 7th century Buddhist culture which brings gravity and panash to the trekking trail.
Considered as one of the most difficult treks in Bhutan, mainly due to its high altitude, the long duration and the distance that has to be covered. As a result of these factors, the majority of trekkers would rather climb Mount Everest (8848m) – the highest mountain in the world, then completing this long and arduous quest. The Snowman Trek transverses along the borders of Tibet, reaching the altitude of 5000m. As a result of which many do not complete the trek, as they are affected by altitude sickness. Despite being a high altitude trek, the route offers views of mountains like the Jumolhari(7326m), Jinchu Drake(6,6662m), Masangang(around 4000m), Tiger Mountain (916m) and Gangkar Puensum (7,570m) – adding beauty to the journey.
The Snowman trekking journey starts when you travel 12 km North of Parp Valley from the hotel. The hotel is located in one of the historic places of Drukgyel Dzong, which is located at an altitude of 2580m. The main leg of the long trek begins here. Once properly briefed by the crew regarding the proper safety measure that needs to be followed, we will be on our way. The route leads downhill following the trail of the Pachu river, which snakes its way up the hills and through fields with rice and millets. Further along the route, you will come across apple orchards, traditional farmhouses type settlements struned sporadically over the Mutshi Zampa and Sangatan region – inhabited by indefiniuous people who have resided here for thousands of years. When we reach Gunitsawa at 2850m, after crossing the blue pine forest, our trekking permit will be checked as this is the last stop before the border with Tibet. Once the permits have been checked and stamped, we will cross the Pachu River – via a wooden bridge and then make our way up to Sharna Zampa (2,870m). Just beyond Zampa, you will be able to see numerous meadows surrounded by lush green trees – a perfect spot to camp for the night. The Snowman Trek, is a phenomenal trekking adventure as the trekking route will challenge trekkers of all capabilities. As the route consists of us crossing nine high mountain passes, which are all over the height of 4500 meters above sea level – challenging people of all physical conditions. Despite the challenges, this trek provides opportunities to behold the natural beauty that Bhutan has to offer, in all her pure aesthetics.
Acclimatization hike to Tiger Nest Monastery
Paro to Sharna Zampa (trek starts) (Distance: 17km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha (Distance: 22km, Walking time: 7-8 hours)
Soi Thangkha to Jangothang (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Acclimatization and rest day and exploration of Jangothang
Jangothang to Lingshi (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Lingshi to Chebisa (Distance: 12km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Chebisa to Shoumuthang (Distance: 17km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Shoumuthang to Robluthnag (Distance: 17km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Robluthang to Lingmethang (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 7-8 hours)
Lingmethang to Laya (Distance: 10km, Walking time: 3-4 hours)
Rest day at Laya
Laya to Robluthang (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 7-8 hours)
Rodophu to Narithang (Distance: 17km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Narithang to Tarina (Distance: 18km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Tarina to Woche (Distance: 15km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Woche to Lhedi (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Lhedi to Thanza (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Rest day at Thanza
Thanza to Tshorim (Distance: 19km, Walking time: 8-9 hours)
Tshorim to Gangkhar Puesum base camp (Distance: 16km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Gangkhar Puesum base camp to Geshe Woma (Distance: 14km, Walking time: 6-7 hours)
Geshe Woma to Warathang (Distance: 18km, Walking time: 8-9 hours)
Warathang to Duer Tshachu (Distance: 14km, Walking time: 5-6 hours)
Duer Tshachu to Tshochenchen (Distance: 18km, Walking time: 8-9 hours)
Tshochenchen to Gursum (Distance: 27km, Walking time: 9-10 hours)
Gursum to Dur village, drive to Bumthang (Trek ends) (Distance: 18km, Walking time: 6 hours)
Bumthang to Gangtey (Distance: 188km, Travel time: 6 hours)
Gangtey to Thimphu (Distance: 154km, Travel time: 6 hours)
Thimphu to Paro (depart to home country) (Distance: 54km, Travel time: 1 hour)
Two night hotel in Thimpu.
Full board meal in during the trekking.
All local transportation government tax and government papers needed for the trek.
International flight tickets.
Tips for guide and driver.