Snowman Trek - 30 Days

 

Overview

Listed as one of the most difficult treks of the world, the spectacular Snowman trek takes you into one of the country’s most remote valleys. Named after six mountains over 7000 meters which the trek passes beneath, this is probably one of the hardest high altitude treks, but an incredible experience for anyone who takes the challenge. Bhutan’s pristine landscape, friendly people and fascinating Buddhist culture provide the ingredients for a memorable journey into one of the world’s most remote kingdoms.

*Please note that this trek can be organized for 6 pax to 16 pax only.

 

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Highlights

  • The “Tiger’s Nest” Taktsang Monastery:The most famous and an unofficial symbol of Bhutan, perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000 m

  • Trek to Drukgyel Dzong, Paro Chhu valley passing traditional Bhutanese farmhouses and cultivated fields,

  • Via Soi Thangthanka, pass through Rhododendron and blue pine forests,

  • Jangothang offers a superb view of Mt Chomolhari next to the ruins of an old Dzong,

  • Your rest day offers scenic views of Mt Jichu Drake, take a walk to the twin lakes at TshoPhu,

  • Chebisa hillsides are covered with medicinal plants and flowers, located in a valley with a waterfall also visit the village Goyok.

  • View the spectacular Tiger Mountain, new Buddhist chorten, descend a terminal moraine and glacial lake.

  • Laya Village, Layap women wear distinctive conical bamboo hats with turquoise and jade jewelry.

  • Walk past Pho Chhu River, through pine forest, past several spectacular waterfalls, and the village of Wochu,

  • Pass by the Green lake, Tega village, Lhedi village.

  • Walk to the glacial lake above Thanza, The Lunaps make good money picking CordycepsSinesis (“caterpillar fungus”)

  • Walk though Jaze La pass at 5050m, and see the Tso Chena Lake,

  •  Rinchen Zoe La pass at 5290m (17,350 ft), is the highest point on the trek

  • Pass through the Village of Sephu, Trongsa, Trongsa Dzong, Mangde Chhu River, Chendebji Chorten

  • At Punakha visit Chimi Lakhang- dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kinley, also known as ‘the Divine Madman’ or the ‘Mad Saint”. and Punakha Dzong- ‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’

 

Trip Facts

Destination: Bhutan

Trip Duration: 30 Days

Arrival In: Paro, Bhutan

Departure From: Paro, Bhutan

Meals: Full Board basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Best Season: September – April

Activity: Tour & Trek

Grade: Strenuous

Includes

• Arrival/Departure transfers.

• Meet and assistance at the airport.

• 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Paro as specified above on single/double room.

• 1 night hotel accommodation in Punakha as specified above on single/double room.

• 1 night hotel accommodation in Thimphu as specified above on single/double room.

• 24 nights / 25 days – Snowman camping trek including trekking guide, Potter, Cook / helper and all necessary       camping gears and equipment & supporting staffs.

• Meals not included will be provided at local restaurants.

• All trek arrangements such as Tents, mess, toilet tents, Guide, Porter/pack animals, permits, cooks, helpers

• All the sightseeing tour and transfers as per the itinerary with English speaking local guide in Bhutan

• Bhutan Visa fee.

• Tourism development fee & Entrance fee in Bhutan.

• Lunch and dinner at selected restaurants.

 

Excludes

• International airfare. [Will be quoted separately]

• Tipping.

• Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.

• Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, communication charges, laundry, tips etc.

• Any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.

• Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts,       illness, accidents and hospitalization

• Excess baggage

• Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances

• Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.

• Refreshments, bottled drinks and photography charges in the monasteries and monuments.

 

Skeleton Itinerary

Day 1 -  Arrive in Paro

Day 2 - Day hike to Taktsang Monastery

Day 3 - Trek to Pine Camp

Day 4 - Trek to Soi Thangthanka

Day 5 - Trek to Jangothang

Day 6 -  Rest Day in Jangothang (Chomolari Base)

Day 7 - Trek to Lingshi via Nyile La (4,890m)

Day 8 - Trek to Chebisa

Day 9 - Trek to Shomuthang via Gombu La (4,400m)

Day 10 - Trek to Robulathang via Jhare La (4,780m)

Day 11 - Trek to Limithang via the Shinge La (5,000m)

Day 12 - Trek to Laya

Day 13 - Rest Day in Laya

Day 14 - Trek to Rodophu

Day 15 - Trek to Narethang via Tsema la (4,905m)

Day 16 - Trek to Tarina via the Karchung La (5,240m)

Day 17 - Trek to Wochu

Day 18 - Trek to Lhedi via Keshe La (4,435m)

Day 19 - Trek to Thanza

Day 20 - Rest Day in Thanza

Day 21 - Trek to Danje

Day 22 - Trek to Tsho Chena

Day 23 - Trek to Jichu Dramo

Day 24 - Trek to Chukarpo

Day 25 - Trek to Thampe Tso

Day 26 - Trek to Maurothang

Day 27 - Trek to Upper Sephu and drive to Punakha

Day 28 - Drive to Thimphu

Day 29 - Drive to Paro

Day 30 - Final Departure

 

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