28 Days 27 Nights Snow Man Trek










As one of the world’s most difficult mountain excursions, the Snowman Trek offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, see the majestic Himalayas, and push your body to its limits. The trek follows the border between Bhutan and Tibet, going through eleven passes that exceed 4,500 meters in height. From here, you can see Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, and other stunning mountains with peaks above 7,000 meters. Created by the country’s yak herders, the trail lets you visit Bhutan's most remote villages, farms, monasteries, and communities. Between these enriching experiences and the physical challenge of the endeavor, the Snowman Trek expands both your body and your mind while offering an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Schedule for the Snowman Trek

Day 1

     Arrival in Paro

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As you descend into Paro, you’ll get your first good look at the stunning Himalaya Mountains. Once you land, one of our Bhutanese specialists will be waiting to take you to the Mandala Resort. We will then show you the town and visit the National Museum.

Day 2

     Entering the Paro Valley

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For your first introduction to the Bhutanese countryside, we will take you to Paro Valley. With the Himalayas in the background, you can see the variety of Bhutanese crops, colors, and architectural styles. We first take a walk to the recently-reconstructed Taktsang, or Tigers Nest, Monastery, which is the resting place of renowned Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche. We then return to the Mandala Resort for lunch before touring the area during the afternoon

Day 3

     The Trek Begins

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We start the day by driving to Drukyel Dzong, a 17th-century fortress built to defend Bhutan from Tibetan invaders. We continue to Shana, passing by lush farms and traditional Bhutanese stone and timber houses. We begin the trek, taking a brief break for lunch before continuing to our overnight camp at ThonduZampa. On the way, you'll catch your first sights of Jhomolhari’s7,314-meter-high peak.

Day 4

     Shana:Thangthangkha(8:9H)

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Our trail now takes us through the Jigme Dorje National Park, the country’s largest protected region. This lets you experience the country’s wealth of flora and fauna, particularly its wide variety of rhododendron species. The camps we stop at are mostly not permanent settlements, but rather temporary resting places for local construction workers and yak herders. Camp at Thangthangkha @ 3800 meter

Day 5

     Thangthangkha:Jangothang(5:6H)

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As we continue towards our camp at the base of Jhomolhari, we rise above the treeline and experience the country’s stunning low tundra environment. Our camps are close to those of local yak herders, giving you a chance to learn about their lifestyles. Camp at Jangothang (Jhomolhari base camp) at 4040 meters

 

Day 6

     Acclimatizing

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This day is reserved for adjusting to the local climate. You can explore the valley around Jhomolhari or travel toward the Nylie La pass and see scenic Tshophu lake.

Day 7

     Jangothang :Lingshi( 6 – 8 hours)

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Today’s trek will start with a three- to four-hour-long climb before reaching Nyile La Pass at4700 meter. Expect spectacular views of JhomolhariJitchu Drake and Tsheri Kang.Also in the distance will be Tiger Mountain.

After the pass, we’ll descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi, where we’ll make camp. Coming down from Lingshi, we’ll have our first views of the truly mystical dzong atop a high hill.

Altitude 3880 M. Distance 10.5 miles. Time 6 – 7 hours.

Day 8

     Lingshi – Chebisa(4:5H)

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As we move northeast, we ascend through pastures of daphne and rhododendron until we reach the village of Chebisa. From here, you can take in the cascading waterfall, juniper trees, and other natural wonders.

Camp at Chebisa @ 3750 M.

Day 9

     Chebisa – Shomuthang(7:8H)

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Today, we’ll start with quite a stiff climb through high pastures up the Gombu La Pass (4440M) before dropping through forests of dwarf rhododendron, where the ground can be slippery.

We’ll then head down to our camp situated near a riverbed. This valley is one of the most beautiful on the Snowman Trek.

Camp at Shomuthang at 3960M

 

Day 10

     Shomuthang – Robluthang(7:8H)

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Today, we’ll spend at least three hours climbing before reaching Jare La Pass (4750 M) where, once again, we’ll take in some stunning views of the Himalayas including Sinche LaTiger Mountain and Jitchu Drake. We’ll then drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsharijathang Valley where herds of takin (the national animal) and many yaks roam.

We’ll then cross a knee-deep river (there may or may not be a bridge) before climbing up to Robluthang to our camp for the night.

Altitude 4070M Distance 13.6 miles.

Day 11

     Robluthang – Lemithang(8:9H)

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Climbing Sinche La on the Way to Lemithang,  we spend 4 hours climbing Sinche La Pass(5005M) a steady pace, and then descend through dense forests and valleys of boulders and grass. Today’s stunning sights include the peak of Gangchenta, as well as white streams and blue glacial lakes.

Camp at Lemithang at 4000M

Day 12

     Lemithang: Laya(4:5H)

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We’ll spend today walking along the river, one of the tributaries of the Mo Chu (Mother River), through a forest of rhododendron and silver fir, and then enter the village of Laya. The people of Laya are famous for their vertical stripe yak hair clothing and their strange conical bamboo hats. The women wear their hair long and with a great deal of turquoise and jade jewelry. The features of the people are more Tibetan/Mongolian than the Bhutanese who live in the central valleys.

We’ll enjoy more views of the surrounding mountains. The afternoon may be spent at leisure or visiting village houses and chatting with villagers.

Camp at Laya @3700M

Day 13

     Explore the Laya Valley

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Today we take a break from our trek to experience Laya. You can shop, visit the local school and temple, practice threshing wheat, and learn all about this unique community.

 

Day 14

     Laya – Rodophu(9:10)

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We wake up early to get a jump on today’s steep uphill path, moving through the Army camp and across the river. We pass through a thick forest of oak, pine, and rhododendron toward the river valley, where mountains cover the horizon. If the weather is clear, we should have great views of the Tsenda Gang group of mountains.

 

Camp at Rodophu at 4070M

Day 15

     Roduphu – Narethang(7:8h)

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We’ll tackle the approximately three-hour climb to Tsemo La Pass (4900 M), which starts out with a gentle ascent and gets steeper closer to the pass. But from the pass we may be lucky enough to see the spectacular GanglaKarchung as well as Jitchu Drake and Jhomolhari.

We’ll then descend and finally climb to Narethang, where we’ll camp at 16,200 feet, the first high camp on the trek.

Altitude 4900M.  Distance 6.2 miles. 

Day 16

     Narethang – Tarina(8:9h)

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We’ll start the day with a slow climb up to the Karakachu La Pass (16,465 feet), which will take two to three hours. At the pass, we’ll be greeted by views of KarakachuTsenda GangJejekangphu, and Teri Kang. The descent into the Tarina Valley is steep and long, perhaps taking 3.5 hours before hitting the valley floor where herds of takin roam.

From there, we’ll have an easier two to three hour walk to camp. It will be a day of great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Camp at Tarina 3800 M. 

Day 17

     Tarina – Woche(5:6h)

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Today will be a relatively short trekking day. During the early part of the day, we’ll follow a river for about an hour before ascending up a steep and muddy trail.

There will then be a rigorous climb to reach camp near Woche. This area is where the beautiful Lunana region begins

 

Camp at Woche at 3800 M

Day 18

     Woche – Lhedi(5:6h)

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Across the Gap of Keche La(4700M), we begin by traveling another 200 meters through a stiff climb then takes us to Yumtso and Setso lake the gap of Keche La, and then break briefly to take photos. We start to descend, enjoying the warmer weather as we pass by the villages of Thega and Lhedi. We end in the village of Lhedi, one of the principal communities of Lunana and an ideal place to learn about the region’s culture.

 

Camp at Lhedi at 3650M

Day 19

     Lhedi – Thanza(6:7 Hours)

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We’ll set out this morning by following the Pho Chu through the village of Lhedi before we climb for about 30 to 45 minutes to Chozo Dzong, which was built in the 17th century.

After three or four hours, we’ll reach the beautiful villages of Dyotta and Thanza, where we’ll camp in a meadow with views of Table Mountain in front of us.

 

Camp at Thanza at 4040M

Day 20

     Rest Day

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Explore the Thanza Valley and enjoy the view of Table Mountain

Day 21

     Thanza:Tshochena( 8:9H)

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Today we trek a full 18 miles in the direction of Tshochena. The landscape on this path is one of the most intriguing parts of an already stunning area, with glacial lakes, rocky expanses, blue sheep, snow leopards, and an array of other wonders, both living and inanimate. Just be wary of the weather; in this region, it can change from sunny to snowy at a moment’s notice.

 

Camp at Tsochena at 4960M

Day 22

     Tsochena:Jichudramo(7:8H)

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Through LojuLa,today we go through the Loju La and trek around a number of mountain ridges. Because few of the peaks in this area have been climbed, you can enjoy nature’s unspoiled beauty. The day ends at a camp in the grassy tundra, with rocky expanses on one side and streams on another.

Camp at Jichudramo at 5060M.

Day 23

     Jichudramo:Chukarpo(7:8H)

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On this day, we cross the highest pass on the trek: Rinchen Zoe La, which reaches 5,326 meters. We then move across a plateau and into a forest clearing, where our camp is located— taking photos of the stunning scene along the way.

 

Camp at Chukarpo at 4850 M

Day 24

     Chukarpo :TampoeTshoe(7:8H)

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Today, we weave around boulders and along a river before crossing a forest packed densely with birch, pine, maple, and rhododendron. We end the day at our final mountain camp.

 

Camp at TampoeTshoe at 4350

Day 25

     TampoeTshoe to Maurothang(6:7H)

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We begin by moving through the Tempe La, the last mountain pass we will see on this trek. We then descend a steep hill toward our camp, viewing the Om Tsho lake, the Nikka Chhu, and other sights along the way.

 

Camp at MAurothang at 3698M

Day 26

     Maurothsng to Nikka chhu

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Today, we follow the Nikka Chhu river through a dense, cool forest toward the settlements of the Sephu district. Our ride will then drive us to our lodgings in Gangetey, bringing an end to the trek.

 

Day 27

     Returning to Paro

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We wake up early for the drive back to Paro, and then spend the day getting reacquainted with the town. We will visit the Paro Dzong fortress, eat lunch, and go to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, the Kyichu Lhakhang. We will then spend the night at the Mandala Resort

Day 28

     A Farewell Breakfast

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We will eat one final breakfast together to mark the end of the trip, and then bid each other farewell.

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