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Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek

Tarina Valley and Teri Kang

Overview

Trip Highlights: 

  • Probably the hardest and the best Himalayan trek in Bhutan
  • Magnificent views of Gangkhar Puensum 7451m, Chomolhari 7326m and several snow-capped high peaks. 
  • Crossing of the 11 high challenging passes
  • Explore the incredible culture of unique Himalayan Kingdom

Trip Introduction:
Snowman Trek is one of the popular and hardest trekking routes in Bhutan that takes you to the heart of the nation. The trek offers an unforgettable experience of a life time being in the high altitudes in the midst of Bhutanese Himalayan Region. The trek is considered difficult, mainly because it includes the crossing of 11 high challenging passes that lies between 4500m and 5400m. However, the trek is an opportunity for exploration of the rich flora and fauna including the religious culture and tradition of the local people. Previous experience of trekking is highly recommended for those who are interested to do Snowman Trek.  

Snowman Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley we take a flight to Paro, Bhutan. At Paro, we make a hike up to Taktsang Monastery popularly known as Tiger's Nest. After an exploration at Taktsang Monastery we head down for a scenic drive to Shana - the starting point of the trek. We start our trekking journey that demands the crossing of 11 high passes between 4500m and 5400m. We follow the trail that leads to the separate mountain Kingdom of Luna. The valley is one of the remote areas where we still can find the inhabitance of mankind. After the thrilling and exciting experience at Snowman Trek, our return journey heads with a drive from Sephu to Para via Thimpu. The memorable Snowman Trek with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a flight from Paro back to Kathmandu or to your preferred destination.   

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Day 04: Exploration day at Paro. Hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
Day 05: Drive to Shana [2860m/9380ft] & Trek to Pine Camp [3000m/9840ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek to Soi Thangka [3575m/11726ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek to Jangothang [4040m/13251ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Rest at Jangothang/ Chomolhari Base Camp
Day 09: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi [4100m/13448ft] via Nyele la pass 4800 [15744ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Trek to Chebisa [3850m/12628ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 11: Trek to Somuthang [3985m/13070ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 12: Trek to Robuthang [4200m/13776ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 13: Trek to Limithang [4050m/13284ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 14: Trek to Laya [3800m/12464ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 15: Rest and Exploration day at Laya
Day 16: Trek to Rodophu [4120m/13513ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 17: Trek to Narethang [4780m/15678ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 18: Trek to Tarina [3980m/13054ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 19: Trek to Woche Village [3800m/12464ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 20: Trek to Lhedi [3650m/11972ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 21: Trek to Tanza [4180m/13710ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 22: Trek to Tso Chena [4800m/15744ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 23: Trek to Jichu Dramo [4880m/16006ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 24: Trek to Chukarpo [4600m/15088ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 25: Trek to Tampe Tsho [4360m/14300ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 26: Trek to Maruthang [3610m/11840ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 27: Trek to Sephu [2840m/9315ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 28: Drive to Paro via Thimpu
Day 29: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
Day 30: Leisure day at Kathmandu.
Day 31: Transfer to International Airport for departure.

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have rest at the Hotel or visit NGT's office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu Valley. 
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro
Today you will be transferred to airport for taking a flight to Paro. After landing at Paro airport you will be greeted by our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. You can either have rest at the hotel or take a walk around the streets of Paro in the evening. Overnight stay in Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 04: Exploration day at Paro. Hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
After breakfast we will accomplish a hike of about two hours up to Taktsang Monastery - also known as ' Tiger's Nest '. It is the most valued temple of Bhutan that hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the whole Paro valley below. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche flew on a tigress' back on this site to subdue a demon. After that he stayed and meditated here for three months. The monastery was blessed and sanctified as one of Bhutan's most sacred religious sites. We will be spending some time exploring around Tiger Nest Monastery and descend back to Paro.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Drive to Shana [2860m/9380ft] & Trek to Pine Camp [3000m/9840ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Paro and take a drive that passes along Drugyel Dzong and further towards Army Camp - the starting point of the trek. We will meet our trekking crew and start our Snowman trekking adventure. Our trail heads upstream along the Pachu river through beautiful pine forest to reach our campsite at Pine Camp near 3,000 meters above the sea level. Once at the campsite our crew will set up the camp for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek to Soi Thangka [3575m/11726ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite and start trekking over the rising trail that goes through additional forest of rhododendron, oak and blue pine. Our trail can be muddy in places so, trekking poles can be very useful for our trekking today. After some time of trekking we will arrive at a good campsite in the clearing of the forest at Soi Thangka for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek to Jangothang [4040m/13251ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we will trek passing along and above the tree line and enter into a beautiful valley. After few hours of trekking we will arrive at our campsite at Jangothang or Chomolhari Base Camp. From here we will have stunning views of Mt Chomolhari. Our crew will quickly set up the camp. We will spend an additional day here at Jangothang for exploring around the region.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Rest at Jangothang/ Chomolhari Base Camp
We will get up early for enjoying the mesmerizing sunrise view over the stunning snow capped mountains. Then we will spend our day exploring around Jangothang. Besides there are several good hike options from Jangothang which are considered best for acclimatization. We can trek upto a ridge to the north for enjoying best views of Mt Chomolhari, Mt Jichu Drake.  Optionally we can walk upto the twin lakes at Tsho Phu at 4,350 meters. Overnight at Jangothang.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi [4100m/13448ft] via Nyele la pass 4800 [15744ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After spending a full day exploring around Jangothang and continue our trek towards Nyele La Pass at 4,800 meters. A rather steep ascend will lead us to the top of the pass from where stunning views of Mt Takaphu to the north and Tiger Mountain to our east can be seen. From the top of the pass we will leave Mt Chomolhari and Mt Jichu Drake behind and descend down through stands of rhododendron trees to Lingshi for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek to Chebisa [3850m/12628ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
In the morning we will pay a visit to Lingshi Dzong - also known as Yugyel Dzong was built in the 17th century. It used to be a custom control center for those travelling from Tibet. Then we will begin our trek towards Chebise. After few hours of trekking we will reach our campsite at Chebisa for overnight camping. We will have time to look around Chebisa village for experiencing the typical Bhutanese village lifestyle, their culture and tradition.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek to Somuthang [3985m/13070ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we will leave our campsite at Chebisa and continue our trek on a rising trail that heads for the crossing of Gombu La Pass at 4,350 meters. Then our trail is a gradual descend journey as we enter dense rhododendron forest. Our trek continues as we pass through several Yak herders camp and arrive at our campsite near Somuthang for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek to Robuthang [4200m/13776ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Robuthang we gather our camping gears and follow a rising trail that leads for the crossing of another pass - Jhari La Pass at 4,750 meters. Our trail from the top of the pass descends passing through Tshari Jathang - a beautiful valley where we can see herds of Takin ' Bhutan's National Animal '. We continue our trekking with a gradual uphill trekking to reach our campsite at Robuthang for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek to Limithang [4050m/13284ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Today we start early as it is a long and strenuous trekking day. We will have an early breakfast and begin our trek over the trail that ascends for the crossing of Shinge La Pass at 5,010 meters. After about four hours of uphill we will reach the top of the pass. We will spend short time at the top enjoying the rewarding scenery after a long and tiring trek. Then we will descend passing through Gangchhenta valley. In Bhutanese language 'Gangchhenta' literally means Great Tiger Mountain. Our trek continues until we reach a good campsite at Limithang for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Trek to Laya [3800m/12464ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
We will make a much relaxed start today since we have a short trekking day. After breakfast we pack our belongings and follow the trail that enters thick forest area which is largely uninhabited. With several ups and downs, we will have great views of Gangchhenta valley and snow capped mountains including Masang Gang 7165m. Our trek continues until we arrive at Laya for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Rest and Exploration day at Laya
Today we will spend our day exploring around Laya village. We will have chance to stroll around the village where there's a community school, health care center, typical archery fields and the first spot with shops after Paro valley. Laya village is settlement of about 800 inhabitants who speak their own language, follow their own culture and tradition. We spend our day experiencing the unique culture and tradition of Laya village. Overnight camping at Laya.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 16: Trek to Rodophu [4120m/13513ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
After spending a full day at Laya we start early as we have a long trekking day today. From Laya our trail descends gently towards a major trail junction at Lunana. From there our trail climbs through forest filled with trees of rhododendron, maple and conifers. After few hours our trail becomes wider as we climb across and out of the river valley. We will trek until we reach Rodophu where we will spend our overnight camping beside a small stream.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 17: Trek to Narethang [4780m/15678ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Today we leave Rodophu and continue to trek on the trail climbs for the crossing of Tsimo La Pass at 4,960 meters. From the top of the pass, we will gradually descend passing through rhododendron forest and with amazing views of Gangla Karchung Peak 6395m. Our trek continues until we reach our campsite at Narethang for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 18: Trek to Tarina [3980m/13054ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
We start early as we head towards the crossing for another high pass at 5240 meters - Karchung La Pass. After having an early breakfast we leave our campsite and follow the trail that climbs towards the top of the pass. Several hours of uphill trekking will lead us to the top of the pass. From the top we will descend passing through the glacial lakes that are the source of Tang Chu river. We will have great views of Jejekangphu Gang 7300m and Tsenda Kang 7100m which rises above the glacial lakes. Our trek continues as we approach our campsite at Tarina for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 19: Trek to Woche Village [3800m/12464ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Tarina our trail descends gently through forested area following the Pho Chhu river. After some time our trek is an uphill journey that climbs over a ridge. We will take a short rest when reaching on top of the ridge. From there we will descend all the way to Woche village and to our campsite below Keche La Pass for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 20: Trek to Lhedi [3650m/11972ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Woche and then begin a steep ascend that heads to Keche La Pass at 4,580 meters. From the top of the pass our trail descends down towards Thega village where we will make a stop for having lunch. Then we continue our trek that passes along beautiful valley and views of cascading waterfalls as we approach Lhedi village for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 21: Trek to Tanza [4180m/13710ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Lhedi our trail climbs gradually along the Pho Chhu river to arrive at Chozo village, where we will pay our visit to a small Chozo Dzong. Then our trail heads above Chozo where the valley widens. We will continue our trek exploring the region as approach Tanza village situated at the foot of Bhutan's 'Table Mountain'  - Zogophu Gang 7100m. We will camp at Tanza for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 22: Trek to Tso Chena [4800m/15744ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Today we will make an early start as it is a relatively long day of trekking. After breakfast we leave Tanza and follow a slightly rising trail towards Danji. From there our ascending trek continues as we will literally climb up over three false mountains to cross Jaze La Pass at 5,050 meters. Our tiring climb to the top of the pass is rewarded with stunning views of chains of high mountains and valleys. Our trail from the top of the pass descends to Tso Chena for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 23: Trek to Jichu Dramo [4880m/16006ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
We will have a relaxed breakfast and then leave our campsite as we continue to trek with a mixture of several ups and downs between the high snow capped peaks. After some time of trekking our trail ascends much steeply to cross Loju La Pass at 4,940 meters. From the top of the pass we will descend downhill to reach our campsite at Jichu Dramo.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner]

Day 24: Trek to Chukarpo [4600m/15088ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Jichu Dramo and follow the ascending trail that heads steeply uphill towards Rinchen Zoe La Pass at 5,290 meters - which is the highest point of the whole 'Snowman Trek'. From the top of the pass we will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and high mountain valleys. Our trail descends all the way to our campsite at Chukarpo.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 25: Trek to Tampe Tsho [4360m/14300ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Chukarpo our trail is a downhill trekking along the river side. After some time our trail climbs up towards a lake at 4,230 meters that holds strong religious significance - Um So Lake. We will spend some time exploring around the lake and then continue to trek on the trail that descends all the way to our campsite at Tampe Tsho for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 26: Trek to Maruthang [3610m/11840ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today is a relatively easy and short trekking day. We will have our breakfast and leave the campsite at Tampe Tsho. Our trail is a gradual uphill trekking to cross Tampe La Pass at 4,580 meters. From the top of the pass we will descend passing through bushes of rhododendron and head towards the yak pastures of Maruthang for our overnight camping stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 27: Trek to Sephu [2840m/9315ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
The last day of our trek is mostly downhill trekking through densely forested areas and beautiful river valleys. We trek until we arrive at Sephu village. We will celebrate the completion of the trek together with our crew. Overnight camping at Sephu village.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 28: Drive to Paro via Thimpu
After breakfast we will load our bag-packs and take a drive that heads back west across the mountains passing through Punakha. From there a two hours drive will lead us to the capital of Bhutan - Thimpu. Making several stops along the drive route we will leave Thimpu and continue our drive for about two hours to reach Paro for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 29: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
After the wonderful experience of trekking - ' Snowman Trek ', you will be transferred to Paro airport for taking a flight back to Kathmandu. Our airport representative will pick you up at the airport in Kathmandu. Then a drive to the hotel in Kathmandu City. You will be spending one more day at Kathmandu for exploring Kathmandu Valley. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 30: Leisure day at Kathmandu.
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. In the evening walk around the souvenirs shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening for celebrating the completion of Snowman Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 31: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
October 9, 2017 November 8, 2017 $ 7988 OPEN Book Now !
November 4, 2017 December 4, 2017 $ 7988 OPEN Book Now !

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Your Program Duration = 31 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu with experienced city tour guide, private vehicle and all entry fees 
  • all pickups and drops from/to Hotels and Airports 
  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Both way flight Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu 
  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Tourist standard hotels in cities and tented camp during trek 
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • All essential grounded transportation by private vehicle 
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Porter and pack animal services for trekking
  • Tents and Kitchen equipments for trekking
  • All required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Service does not includes

  • Personal expenses 
  • Personal camping gears (sleeping bag, torch etc)
  • Tips for staffs
  • Travel Insurance

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Reviews

Snowman Trek !! -

We have just completed the Snowman Trek together with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions. It was hard, rough trekking but one of best treks we ever had. The whole team of NGT were friendly and caring. The trek was well organized with professional service, delicious food and comfy tents. Proper care for our acclimatization was greatly done. Our guide was Tsehring - very helpful and informative individual. With the crossing of several high passes, views of breath taking valleys and stunning mountains the trek was an crucial way to experience Bhutanese culture, traditions including its floras and faunas. We are truly thankful for this wonderful adventure in the Himalayan Kingdom. We have many wonderful memories + pictures of the trek as our life time experience. We would strongly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions !!! Thanks NGT !!! 
George R. + group – Canada

Snowman Trek

Tough walk with Rewarding Moments - ' Snowman Trek ' We did the Snowman trek with Nepal Guide Treks. It was one of the most difficult we ever did but with much more rewarding experiences. Crossing the huge number of high passes has added to our trekking experience. Plus the stunning views of high mountains were just worth doing this trek for. We loved every minute of our adventurous trekking. Nepal Guide Treks is recommended for sound trekking experience.
Pablo + Carlos - Barcelona, Spain

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