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31 Nights 32 Days Snowmen Trek

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32 Days 31 Nights

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Snowman Trek is one of the most challenging and grueling ultra-endurance high altitude race in the world. The snowman trek trial covers a distance of 230 km with an extreme elevation gain of 3140 m covering five passes over 5,000 m (the highest is 5264 m), seven passes over 4,400 m, and many steep ascents and descents. The trail that will be covered by the run has been referred to by some international trekkers as “the world’s worst trail” due to its difficult and rugged nature.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan Overview: 

Duration: 32 days.
Max. Elevation: 5,264 m.
Highest Camp: 5,120 m.
Standard: Hard.
Best Seasons: Mid June to Mid October.
Start: Gunitsawa Village, Paro Valley.
Finish: Duer Village, Bumthang.


  • Day 01. Arrival by Druk Air
  • Day 02. Paro - Excursion Taktsang
  • Day 03. Paro – Shana
  • Day 04. Shana – SoiThangthangkha
  • Day 05. Thangthangka – Jangothang
  • Day 06. Jangothang-Halt
  • Day 07. Jangothang- Lingzhi
  • Day 08. Lingzhi – Chebisa
  • Day 09. Chabisa– Shomuthang
  • Day 10. Shomuthang - Robluta
  • Day 11. Robluta – Lemithang
  • Day 12. Lemithang – Laya
  • Day 13. Laya – Halt
  • Day 14. Laya–Rhoduphu
  • Day 15. Rhoduphu – Narethang
  • Day 16. Narethang-Tarina
  • Day 17. Tarina-Woche
  • Day 18. Woche-Lhedi
  • Day 19. Lhedi-Thanza
  • Day 20. Thanza-Halt
  • Day 21. Thanza-Tshorim
  • Day 22: Tshorim – Gangkhar Puensum
  • Day 23: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp-Geshe Woma
  • Day 24: Geshe Woma-Warathang
  • Day 25: Warathang-Duer Tsachu
  • Day 26: Duer Tsachu-Tshochenchen
  • Day 27: Tshochenchen-Duer Village
  • Day 28: Bumthang-Phobjikha
  • Day 29: Phobjikha-Punakha
  • Day 30: Punakha-Thimphu
  • Day 31. Sightseeing-Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Day 32: Departure

Day 01. Arrival by Druk Air

Paro During this flight one will enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari& Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro Airport you will be received by the representative of Atlas Tour and Travel and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school and the office of the civil administration and walk down passing close by crossing the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro town. After a short stroll in town drive back to hotel for the night halt.

Day 02. Paro - Excursion Taktsang

After early breakfast drive up to the Ramthangka (base camp) of Taktsang and then hike up to the most famous monastery Taktsang, the Tiger's nest. This magical monastery clings to the vertical granite cliff of 3,000 above the valley floor. It is believed that Guru meditated here in the 8th century. The disciples of Guru built the temple, which was later enlarged by Zhabdrung in the 17th century. After lunch walk back down. Further drive towards the north to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. From there one can see Mt. Jumolhari (mountain of goddesses) overnight at hotel.

Day 03. Paro – Shana(Distance 17km, four to five hours, 360m ascent, 80m descent, camp altitude 2,850m)

Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong where the motor-able road ends and the trek to Shana begins a start which is about 5 to 6 hours walk with gradual climb following the Paro river through the agricultural valley and villages. The campsite is opposite the army check post in the meadows, near the river at an altitude of 2,580m.

Day 04. Shana – SoiThangthangkha (Distance 22km, seven to eight hours, 770m ascent, 10m descent, camp altitude 3,610m)

The trail is gradual ascend following the Paro river through the conifer forest and Rhododendron. The path narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. Camp is in the meadow with stone shelter built for trekkers surrounded by conifer and birch forest and on clear days one can have a magnificent view of Mt. Jhomolhari suddenly peeping at you through the clouds.

Day 05. Thangthangka – Jangothang (Distance 19km, five to six hours, 480m ascent, camp altitude 4,080m)

The trail leads bypassing the array post and the valley begins to widen and come by the winter house of yak herder where hot lunch will be served in one of the houses. Will camp beneath a ruined for tress at the base of Mt. Jhomolhari.

Day 06. Jangothang-Halt

The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper

Day 07. Jangothang- Lingzhi (Distance 18km, six to seven hours, 840m ascent, 870m descent, camp altitude 4,010m)

fter your breakfast you start ascending up the mountainside towards Nyelila. During the ascend you will be seeing the Mt. Jhomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake and Tsherim Gang till Nyelila at which point you will be seen off by the former two mountains. There after you will be seeing only Tsherim Gang. From Nyelila pass the trail leads you all the way down to the camp.

Day 08. Lingzhi – Chebisa (Distance 10km, five to six hours, 280m ascent, 410m descent, camp altitude 3,880m)

The walk is through Gongyuel village and if you are lucky you might see the Raven bird and herds of blue sheep is no miss. Then you get to a small village called Chebisa, winter house of yak herders.

Day 09. Chabisa– Shomuthang (Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 890m ascent, 540m descent, camp altitude 4,410m)

As you ascend the steep hill side till Gobula pass, Alt. 14,268 ft. From Gobula pass the walk is a very gradual descend till you get to the tree line which is the campsite by the river.

Day 10. Shomuthang - Robluta(Distance 18km, six to seven hours, 700m ascent, 760m descent, camp altitude 4,160m)

The walk starts a little early and we head towards Jhari La pass 4760 m. From here you drop to Tsharijathang, the valleys where herds of Takin are usually seen grazing in the meadows. Halt night in camp.

Day 11. Robluta – Lemithang (Distance 19km, six to seven hours, 850m ascent, 870m descent, camp altitude 4,140m)

You will be passing over the highest point on this trek, Shingela Pass at 16,072ft/4,870 m. The walk is tough till the top, and from there you start descending towards Lemithang. You trek through the valley till Lemithang, which is under Laya District. Here you will see kids in funny hats. Camp at Lemithang is beneath Gang Chen Ta, Great Tiger Mountain. If time permits it is worthwhile to spend a day of exploration here. Night will halt in camp.

Day 12. Lemithang – Laya (Distance 10km, four to five hours, 60m ascent, 340m descent, camp altitude 3,840m)

The walk for the day is all the way downhill along a winding river. As you walk down, the path splits in two, one going down in the direction of the river to the campsite which is also used by the army, and the other maintains almost the same height and leads you to the west side of Laya village. You can camp on this flat bench sort profile above the East End of Laya village.

Day 13. Laya – Halt

Rest and explore the Laya village.

Day 14. Laya–Rhoduphu (Distance 19km, six to eight hours, 1,030m ascent, 750m descent, camp altitude 4,160m)

The trek leads gradually downhill to the Lunana trail junction, and then makes a gradual climb to the camp through a forest of conifers, maple and rhodendron. The Trail improves and becomes wider as we climb out of the river valley. Halt camp at Roduphu near a small stream.

Day 15. Rhoduphu – Narethang (Distance 17km, five to six hours, 740m ascent, camp altitude 4,900m)

It is a long hike crossing the Tsimo La pass at 4950m(16,200) and descending Narethang.The campsite at Narethang is towered by the peak of GanglaKarchung (6,395m).

Day 16. Narethang-Tarina (Distance 18km, five to six hours, 270m ascent, 1,200m descent, camp altitude 3,970m)

From the camp you will climb for about an hour to GanglaKarchung La (5,120m) climb to Karchung La pass at 5240m(17,187 ft) and down the glacial lakes that are the source of Tang Chhu river, above the lakes are the mighty peaks of Jejekangphu Gang (7300m) and Tsenda Kang (7100m). Halt camp in Tarina.

Day 17. Tarina-Woche (Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 270m ascent, 330m descent, camp altitude 3,910m)

The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu, passing some impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region

Day 18. Woche-Lhedi (Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 980m ascent, 1,190m descent, camp altitude 3,700m)

It's a steady climb from Woche to the keche La pass at 4580 (15,100 ft), then downhill to Thega village. The hike continues to Lhadi village where we camp.

Day 19. Lhedi-Thanza (Distance 17km, seven to eight hours, 450m ascent, camp altitude 4,150m)

The trail climbs gradually following the main source of Pho Chhu to Chozo village. Above Chozo the valley opens as we approach Thanza village near the foot of 71oom ZogophuGamp, which is known as table mountain, camp site at Thanza.

Day 20. Thanza-Halt

Thanza-Halt have fantastic opportunity to interact with the hospitable local villagers and explore the beautiful surrounding till the farthest point in Lunana valley. As Thanza is a transfer point for horses and yaks, it is important to have a day here for our staff to ensure all the necessary yaks and rounded up by the local herders.

Day 21. Thanza-Tshorim (eight to nine hours, camp altitude 5,120m)

Having chosen the route to Bumthang the trek starts by climbing a ridge with a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. The ridge altitude is 4,500m and it rises gradually up to 4,650m. After lunch, walk upwards towards the left side of the bridge to enjoy the view of snow-capped mountains. You reach the campsite of Tshorim after climbing more ridges.

Day 22: Tshorim – Gangkhar Puensum (six to seven hours, camp altitude 4,970m)

This is one of the highlights of the trek and the day starts with a short climb to the Tshorim Thso. You walk on the side of the lake enjoying a panoramic view of the Gophu La ranges. The last climb to the Gophu La pass (5,230m) is very short. After the pass descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge to enjoy a great view of Gangkhar Puensum. If interested, one can divert to the left side to climb up the Pyramid Peak for a better view or you can go down to the base camp nearby Sha Chhu.

Day 23: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp- Geshe Woma (six to seven hours, camp altitude 4,200m)

The trail further follows the Sha Chhu and descends gradually to Geshe Woma.

Day 24: Geshe Woma-Warathang
(eight to nine hours, camp altitude 4,000m)

The path continues following Sha Chhu for two and a half hours until the stiff climb to Saka La begins. Visibility along the Saka La trail is poor so one must see top of the ridge for guidance. After having lunch nearby a yak herders' camp you climb up to Saka La (4,800m). The path then descends to a couple of lakes and another short ascent is stunning. Scenery once again is beautiful with small lakes and the mountain peaks.

Day 25: Warathang-Duer Tsachu (five hours, camp altitude 3,590m)

A one hour climb leads to Juli La (4,700m). After the pass, you descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. After the bridge a short climb leads to Duer Tsachu. These hot springs, where Guru Padmasambhava is supposed to have taken bath, might be the most stunningly beautiful hot springs of the Himalayas. You might want to spend an extra day at Duer Tsachu.

Day 26: Duer Tsachu-Tshochenchen (eight to nine hours, camp altitude 3,850m)

From the hot springs it is a long and steady climb again with great views of mountains in Lunana. You will also come across blue lakes and yak herder huts.

Day 27: Tshochenchen-Duer Village

This is the last day of the trek and your porters change from yaks to horses. The path follows the Chamkhar Chhu, descending gradually with a few climbs in between. The trek ends here when you arrive at Duer village. From here you drive to Jakar (Bumthang).

Day 28: Bumthang-Phobjikha

After Breakfast drive to Phobjikha via Pele la Pass at the altitude of 3,150 meters, a wonderful opportunity for photographs. En-route stops at Chummy village to visit Yathra weaving central. Which Yathra are made into colourful scarves, bags, blankets and sweater. Continue drive to Phobjikha a bowl-shape valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain, visit Gantey Goenpa as it is a major attraction with an old monastery date back to the 16 century. Later walk around the valley which is also the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes, which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 29: Phobjikha-Punakha

After breakfast drive to Punakha. On the way visit ChhimiLhakhang - this was built in 15 Century (dedicated to Lama Dukpa Kinley also known as divine mad man). It is a pilgrim site especially for childless couple and is a half an hour walk across a local village and rice field. Everyone in this kingdom believes that the Lam's blessings will help a woman conceive. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong- built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Later walk around Punakha and Khuruthang town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 30: Punakha-Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu-approximately 3-hour drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Lunch will be served at Dochula cafeteria. And you even have an opportunity take a picture of Dochula, 108 stupas. Continue drive to Thimphu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 31. Sightseeing-Thimphu Sightseeing

Thimphu Sightseeing – Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Zelukha Nunnery, National library, Memorial Chorten, Handicraft Emporium, Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Changangkha Lhakhang and stroll around Thimphu town. Drive back to hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 32: Departure

After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport for your onward flight. The representative of Atlas Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell.

  • Breakfast and dinner at respective hotels and lunch at local tourist standard restaurant
  • Accommodation (Twin Bed / Dbl Bed sharing basis) in 3 star hotel
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Daily USD 200 per person/night Gov. Sustainable Development Fee
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • English Speaking Local guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Visa fee USD 40
  • Single room supplement charges USD 25 per room per night
  • Insurance Premiums
  • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
  • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other service
  • Airfare

Tour's Location

Do visitors need a visa to visit Bhutan?
1.1. Yes, all visitors will need a visa to visit Bhutan, except for visitors from India, who will require a permit.1.2. Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.1.3. Nationals of Switzerland and Thailand holding diplomatic and official passports shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.1.4. Visitors from India will need a permit to visit Bhutan. This applies to anyone holding an Indian passport, or an Indian voter ID card. For Indian nationals aged under 18 years, a passport or a birth certificate will suffice, and they must be accompanied by legal guardians.
How can visitors process their visa or permit?
2.1. Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage tourism service providers (see for more details) to process the travel documents and plan a trip. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will also offer customer service to help answer questions regarding visa applications and to answer questions about travel within the country.2.2. Although visitors from Bangladesh and Maldives can process visas on arrival and visitors from India can process permits on arrival at the port of entry, it is recommended that these be applied online to reduce wait time and for faster clearance at the port of entry.
What are the documents required to process the visa?
3.1. A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom;3.2. Travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip; and3.3. A recent passport size photograph.
How much is the visa fee and how long does it take to issue?
4.1. The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process.
What are the documents required to process the permit (for Indian guests)?
5.1. Visitors from India can use a passport or voter ID card. Children under 18 years of age can use a birth certificate or passport, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian.5.2. Passport size photograph is also required.5.3. Travel insurance is required and should be valid for the whole duration of the trip.
How can I purchase insurance if I don’t have any?
6.1 There is also an option to purchase domestic travel insurance from Bhutanese insurance providers at the port of entry during arrivals. There are also tourism information officers stationed at all ports of entry who can assist travellers. Click here to get details on the insurance from Bhutan Insurance Limited.
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