SNOW MAN TREK(26days)

This trek is considered to be most challenging trek in Bhutan due to its tough trek in terms of distance,altitudes, weather and remoteness.

Season: The recommended season for this trek is mid June to mid October. This trek is impossible in other time due to its heavy snow fall.

Day 01 - Arrive Paro.

Our representative will received you from the Paro Airport and drive to Thimphu,modern capital city of Bhutan. Explore the Thimphu sighteeing. Overnight stay:Hotel in Thimphu. Day 02 - Thimphu.

Includes full day sightseeing, (visit to Memorial Chorten, Trashichhodzong, National library, Art School, Traditional Medicine Institute, Handicraft Emporium, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum). Overnight stay:Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03 - Thimphu - Punakha/Tashithang

Travel via Dochula pass (3050m) through stunning forest of rhododendron and magnolia. Punakha dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637 and now is used as the winter residence of monk body and administrative centre of the district. After lunch drive on to Tashithang along Mochu River. Host a camp at Tashithang at the end of road.

Day 04 - Tashithang - Damji.

This part of the trek which is quite wet starts by the riverside through a semitropical forest. Aesthist can enjoy an abundant wild orchid here. Host a camp at Damji (2250m) after walking 5-6 hours.

Day 05 - Damji - Gasa.

The trek continues upto Gasa Tsachu (Hot Spring). There are four pools of different temperature from mild to hot. We belief that Tsachu can cure different diseases depending upon the faith and respect with utmost devotion. After lunch at Tsachu, stiff climb to Gasa dzong. Host a camp below the dzong (2900m) after walking 6 - 7 hours.

Day 06 - Gasa

The morning trek starts with a stiff climb upto belela pass (3700m) through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and fir trees. After visiting dzong, descend for about half an hour to host a camp at Chamsa (3650m) with a walking time of 6 - 7 hours.

Day 07 - Chamsa - Laya .

The trail begins by descending to the bank of Mochu River where the lunch will be served. After lunch, climb gradually to Laya, after crossing the army camp to host a camp. Walking time 8 - 9 hours.

Day 08 - Rest day at Laya.

Laya people are very friendly and will happily pose for photograph. They wear unique dress decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. Cultural programme at the evening performed by local girls.

Day 09 - Laya - Rhodophu.

After descending to army camp, continue following river till the turn off point to Rhodophu. After lunch continue the climb through rhododendron bushes to host a camp at 4350m with a walking time of 8 - 9 hours.

Day 10 - Rhodophu - Tarina.

This trip is to be started early at around 5.am by climbing to Tsimola (4700m) as it is the longest trip. An apparent view of Lunana, Mt Chomolhari and Mt. jichu Drake can be appreciated after crossing the first pass and the little submit. For four hours the path is flat until climb to Ganglapachung pass (5080m). Whole range of mountains including Masagang, Tsendegang and Tserigang can be seen along the path. After a long descend to Tarina valley, host a camp at 3980m with a walking time of 10 - 11 hours.

Day 11 - Tarina - Woche.

The trail leads down through conifer forests following the upper reaches of the Pho chu river. Host a camp after dropping to Woche (3800m) with a walking time of 6 - 7 hours.

Day 12 - Woche - Lhedi.

The trek begins with a juniper and fir forests further heading through rhododendron bushes. After climbing to Kechela la pass (4480m) where one can have the great view of mountains, descend to the riverside walking through the village with stunning view of Table Mountains and others. Following the river, one will reach Lhedi village (3650m) where the camp is hosted.

Day 13 - Lhedi - Thanza.

The trek gradually ascends to Choejong village. After lunch visit Choejong village and wallk towards the wide valley. Host a camp at Thanza (4000m) after crossing the bridge. Walking time 7- 8 hours. One can also walk around or climb the ridge for fascinating view of lakes and mountains.

Day 14 - Rest day at Thanza.

One can also walk around or climb the ridge for fascinating view of lakes and mountains.

Day 15 - Thanza - tshorim.

The trek starts by climbing the ridge (4500m) and rising gradually. One can view Table Mountains and Thanza valley below. After lunch, walk upwards to view snow capped mountains. Host a camp at tshorim (5125m) after walking 8 - 9 hours.

Day 16 - Tshorim - Gangkar Puensum Base Camp.

The trek starts with a short climb to Tshorim Lake and is one of the highlight of the trip. Gophula ranges cab is appreciated on walking the side of the lake. Descend to the base camp to enjoy the great view of Gangkar Puensum. If interested, one can climb up the Pyramid Peak or go down the base camp nearby Shachu (4970m). Walking time 6 - 7 hours.

Day 17 - Gangkar Puensum Base Camp.

Enjoy the great view at the base camp.

Day 18 - Gangkar Puensum Base Camp - Geshe Woma.

The trail further follows the Shachu and descends gradually to Geshe Woma (4200m) with a walking time of 6 - 7 hours.

Day 19 - Geshe Woma - Warathang.

Following Shachu for two and half hours, stiff climb to Sakala begins. After lunch nearby yak herder's camp, climb up the sakala pass (4800m) and descend to the lakes. After a short ascent, scenery is beautiful with small lakes and peaks. Host a camp (4000m) after walking 8 - 9 hours.

Day 20 - Warathang - Dur Tshachu.

The trek starts with a short climb to Juelala pass (4400m). After pass, descend through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. After the bridge, a short climb leads to dur Tsachu hot spring where Guru Padmasambhava is supposed to have taken bath in the 8th century. Walking time 5 hours.

Day 21 - Dur Tsachu - Tshochenchen.

The trek begins with a steady climb with great views of Lunana Mountains. One can come across blue lakes and yak herders. Host a camp (3850m) after walking time of 8 - 9 hours.

Day 22 - Tshochenchen - Dru - Bumthang(Jakar).

This is the last day of the trek where you change from yak to pack ponies. The trek ends at Dur village along Chamkhar Chu where transport will pick you to drop at Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 23 - Bumthang.

It is a fabulous place for pilgrims and home to many temples and monasteries. It constitutes four valleys- Chummey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura (2600 - 4000m) Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang (treasure house of Buddhist paintings) and Jakar dzong (administrative centre of the valley). After lunch, visit to Kuje Lhakhang (one of the most sacred place) and Jambay Lhakhang( ancient monastery). One can also visit local shop in the evening and overnight lodge in Bumthang.

Day 24 - Bumthang - Trongsa (68km, 3 hours)

Traditionally, the Crown Prince of Bhutan becomes Trongsa Penlop(Governor) prior to the throne. Ta dzong is built above the fortress to guard this place from internal rebellion and provides a historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history. Overnight in Trongsa.

Day 25 - Trongsa - Paro (250km, 7hours.)

Morning drive to Paro via Wangdiphodrang (famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings). Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 26 - Depart from paro

Our representative will drop to Airport to reach your onward destination. Once again you will enjoy the majestic view of Himalayan ranges.