Snowman Trek

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This is a strenuous and a very challenging trek crossing 11 passes, three which are over 5000 meters and requires strong physical and mental preparedness.

The trek begins from Paro (west) and ends in Bumthang (central). The trek leads you to the seldom visited region of Lunana, passing some of the last virgin peaks of the Himalayas offering you great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forest to alpine pastureland.

Bharal, or Blue Sheep, takin and Snow Leopards can be spotted on this trek. During the spring, summer and autumn, the alpine meadows are filled with countless varieties of flowers.

Starting out at Punakha, this unique and challenging itinerary spends three days climbing the steep gorge leading to Laya before crossing the mighty Karakachu La to enter Lunana proper. After spending seven days walking through this ‘paradise on earth’, the route crosses the Gophu La to explore the valleys south of Gangkar Puensum, which remains the highest unclimbed peak on earth. Seven long days trekking remain to reach the wide-open fertile valleys of Bumthang. Probably one of the most challenging treks in the Himalaya.

 

Day 1 Arrival Paro by Druk Air
On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing at Paro
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. On a clear day one can view Mt. Jumolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back we visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch at the hotel, we drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town

Day 3 Paro – Sharna
Start of Trek Day 1: Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Drukgyel (2580m) and camp near Sharna Zampa (2870m). There is a gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. We camp opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

Day 4 Sharna – Thangthangka
Trek Day 2 : Distance 22 kms and walking distance 6-7 hours.
Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m) and camp at Thangthangka (3630m). The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through the conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. On a clear day, you see a magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari

Day 5 Thangthangka – Jangothang
Trek Day 3 : Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6 hours
Starting at Thangthangka (3630m) and camp at Jangothang (4090m).Todays trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here. We camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.

Day 6 Jangothang – Halt
Trek Day 4: Acclimatisation Day.
You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 7 Jangothang – Lingshi
Trek Day 5 : Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.

Day 8 Lingshi – Chebisa
Trek Day 6 : Distance 10 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Lingshi ( 4010m)
Trek day 6 is a pleasant walk and you encounter parts of Lingshi village and the settlement of Goyak. On reaching camp at Chebisa village you can visit the village houses.
Day 9 Chebisa – Shomuthang

Trek Day 7 : Distance 17 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Chebisa (3880m)
On this day we walk mostly through wild high pastures and yak pastures with few people and their herds of Yak. We also walk through the \’Gobula\’ pass at 4440m. Camp is above a tributary to the Mo Chu river.

Day 10 Shomuthang – Robluthang
Trek Day 8 : Distance 18 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Shomuthang (4220m) and camp at Robluthang ( 4160m)
On the early part of the trek you will see views of Mt. Kang Bum (6526m) and Mt. Gangchenta (6840m). We pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by the river side where herds of Takin are normally seen during the summer months.

Day 11 Robluthang – Limithang
Trek Day 9 : Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Robluthang (4160m)
Trek day 9 is a bit tough as we have to cross Sinche la (5005m) the highest altitude point on the trek. The second half of day\’s walk is through rocky trails and moraines. Limithang is in the Laya district and here you begin to see the wonderful children in funny hats. Camp at Limithang is beneath Gangchhenta; – the Great Tiger Mountain. If you have time it would be worthwhile to spend a rest and exploration day here.

Day 12 Limithang – Laya
Trek Day 10 : Distance 10 km and walking time 4-5 hours.Starting at Limithang (4140m)
Today is all the way down hill along a winding river valley with quite a closed-in feeling. The trail splits, one going down with the river to the camp site used by the army while the other stays high and takes you into the west side of Laya village. We can camp on a flat table land above the east end of Laya village.

Day 13 Laya – (Halt)
Trek Day 11 : Visit Laya village houses or hike above the camp. A day halt is interesting here or just spending the day with the Layaps (nomads)

Day 14 Laya – Rodophu
Trek Day 12 : Distance 19km and walking time 6-7 hours.
Starting at Laya (4160m), the trek starts with a gradual downhill walk and after an hour or so you start to climb again till we reach the camp site through conifer, maple and Rhododendron forest.

Day 15 Rodophu – Narethang
Trek Day 13 : Distance 17km and walking time 5-6 hours
Starting at Rodophu we start the trek with the trail leading uphill through dwarf Rhododendron bushes and cross a pass called Tsomola at 4780m. We camp at Narethang which is on a small plateau beneath the 6395 m peak of Gangla Karchung.

Day 16 Narithang – Tarina
Trek Day 14 : Distance 18km and walking time 18km and walking time 5-6 hours.
Starting at Narethang we climb up to the Karchung la pass at 5120m and then down to glacial lakes which will also be our camping site.

Day 17 Tarina – Woche
Trek Day 15 : Distance 17km and walking time 5-6 hours
Starting at Tarina the day\’s walk leads through coniferous forest following the stream flowing from Tarina. It takes a two hour climb to reach the village of Woche. From here the Lunana area begins.

Day 18 Woche – Lhedi
Trek Day 16 : Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours
Starting at Woche, todays trail leads via the Kechela pass at 4580m to the village of Thega where you stop for lunch and continue the journey till you reach the village of Lhedi.

Day 19 Lhedi – Thanza
Trek Day 17 : Distance 17 km and walking time 5-6 hours
Starting at Lhedi we climb uphill following the main source of Pho-Chu river till you reach the Chozo village. Here we make a brief stop to explore the village and continue the journey to Thanza village placed below the snow capped peak of the Table Mountain locally known as Zonggophu Gang (7100m).

Day 20 Thanza halt
Trek Day 18 : Visit village houses and interact with the locals Raphstreng Tsho with a packed lunch (round trip of 4-5 hours).

Day 21 Thanza – Tshochena
Trek Day 19 : Distance 20 km and walking time 7-8 hours
We start early from Thanza to the base of Taze-la pass. Then trek to Jaze-la pass at 5050m and downhill until we reach the camp site.

Day 22 Tshochena – Jichu Dramo
Trek Day 20 : Distance 14 km and walking time 4-5 hours.
Today the trail raises and falls at regular intervals as we trek between the snow capped peaks and cross Loju-la pass at 4940m. We camp at Jichu Dramo

Day 23 Jichu Dramo – Chukarpo
Trek Day 21 : Distance 18 km and about 5-6 hours.
Starting from Jichu Dramo, we trek to Gang Rinchen-zoe la pass at 5140m and then its all the way down hill till you reach Chukarpo.

Day 24 Chukarpo – Thampe Tsho
Trek Day 22 : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours
Starting from Chukarpo its mostly downhill till Um Tsho (lake) 4230m. This is where a lot of religious treasures were discovered. The camp is is bit further at Thampe Tsho.

Day 25 Thampe Tsho – Maurothang
Trek Day 23 : Distance 14 km and walking time 5 hours.
Starting at Thampe Tsho, the day\’s trek starts with a couple of hours walk to the base of Tampela and then on to the Tampela pass at 4580m. From here the trek goes all the way down hill through Rhododendron bushes till you reach a yak pastures.

Day 26 Maurothang – Nikachu
Trek Day 24 End of Trek : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours

Today is your last day of trek. The trail passes through bamboo thickets and fields following the Nikachu river and ends at the village of Sephu at 2500m by the Nikachu bridge. From here you can either drive to Trongsa (2hours) and then continue sightseeing of Trongsa and Bumthang , this will extend your itinerary by 3 more days or drive from Nikachu towards Thimphu. Night halt at Wangdue Phodrang.

Day 27 Wangdue Phodrang – Thimphu
Morning rest or visit Chhimi Lhakhang in Punakha and sightseeing of Punakha town. Afternoon drive to Thimphu.

Day 28 Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast we visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late King. We also visit the Handicraft Emporium/Chokey handicraft and the National Painting School. After lunch we shall visit Simtokha Dzong and explore Thimphu town. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday then visit the weekend market.

Day 29 Thimphu – Paro
Continue sightseeing of Thimphu and afternoon to Paro (2 hours).

Day 30 Farewells and departure.

Includes

  • Bhutan permit, entrance fees.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Daily guided sightseeing tours.
  • Privately guided tours & transfers as per given itinerary.
  • Twin sharing accommodation.
  • All meals.
  • Complete camping, cooking gears & camping staffs.
  • Pony/porters for transporting luggages during camping.

Excludes

  • Anything not mentioned under Services Included.

Visa/Entry Permit

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa. 

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC).

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan.  Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa.  The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account.  Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Online Regional Permit System

In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists.

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