Trip Snapshot

Name of Trip :

Snowman Trek

Trip Length : 26 Nights/ 27 Days
Difficulty Level :
Rating : Popular
Destination(s) : Bhutan
Highest Altitude : 4890m/ 16137ft.
Max Elevation : 4,890m
Highest Camp : 4,080m
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season : June to mid-October
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends : Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation : Hotels and Resorts
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Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek is not for the faint hearted. The Snowman trek leads through some of remotest areas in Bhutan with the requirement to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once. If you have the endurance, the trek is totally worth it as the journey through the Himalayas offers breathtaking and spectacular scenery. This Trek in contrast to the other treks in Bhutan is possible on during the summers.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Thimphu
  • Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Tashithang
  • Day 04: Tashithang – Damji
  • Day 05: Damji – Gasa
  • Day 06: Gasa – Chamsa
  • Day 07: Chamsa – Laya
  • Day 08: Rest day at Laya
  • Day 09: Laya – Rhodophu
  • Day 10: Rhodophu – Tarina
  • Day 11: Tarina – Woche
  • Day 12: Woche – Lhedi
  • Day 13: Lhedi – Thanza
  • Day 14: Rest day at Thanza
  • Day 15: Thanza – Tshorim
  • Day 16: Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
  • Day 17: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
  • Day 18: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma
  • Day 19: Geshe Woma – Warathang
  • Day 20: Warathang – Dhur Tshachu
  • Day 21: Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen
  • Day 22: Tshochenchen – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang (Jakar)
  • Day 23: Bumthang
  • Day 24: Bumthang – Trongsa
  • Day 25: Trongsa – Paro
  • Day 26: Paro
  • Day 27: Depart Paro

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang and Wangduephodrang

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces, Hindu Temples and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Exciting jungle safari rides.
  • Explore the cave, gorge and hike the mountain viewpoints!
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Snowman Trek

Day 01


Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Bhutan Majestic Travel representative and transferred to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02



Today tour Thimphu, visiting the following as time permits: National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), Handicrafts Emporium, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03


Thimphu – Punakha/Tashithang

This morning we drive to Punakha via Dochu-la pass (3,088m), through magnificent forests of rhododendron and magnolia. From the pass there is a far-reaching view of the eastern Himalayan peaks and the Lunana trekking route. We have our picnic lunch by the riverside at Punakha. From here there is a splendid view of Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It now houses the offices of the district administration, and is the winter residence of the central monk body. After lunch we drive up the valley, following the Mo Chu (river) to Tashithang, where we camp at the road head (1,600m).

Day 04


Tashithang – Damji 8km, 5-6 hours

The trek starts by the riverside, following a well marked path through subtropical forest. There are many wild orchids growing in this rather damp area, but be on the lookout for leeches also! Today's walk is a fairly gentle climb up to Damji village (2,400m), where we camp for the night.

Day 05


Damji – Gasa 15km, 6-7 hours

The path continues on through subtropical forested areas and villages up to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring). The Tshachu is famous for its curative powers, and people come from all over the country to bathe here. There are four pools, with temperatures ranging from warm to hot. After a hot lunch near the spring, we have a stiff climb of about two hours up to Gasa Dzong (2,900m) where we camp overnight.

Day 06


Gasa – Chamsa 13km, 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we visit the Dzong, which was built in the 17th century to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. Today's trek begins with a steep climb up to Bele-la pass (3,700m) through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and fir forests. We then descend for about half an hour to our forest camp at Chamsa (3,650m).

Day 07


Chamsa – Laya 22km, 8-9 hours

The trail descends to the bank of the Mo Chu. After crossing the river we have lunch by the bridge. From here it is a gradual climb up to Laya (3,800m), passing by an army camp en route. We camp at Laya.

Day 08


Rest day at Laya

One can go around the villages, visiting houses and the people. Laya people are very friendly and will happily pose for photographs. Women of Laya wear a special dress and typical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. There will be an evening cultural program by the camp fire, with dances performed by local girls.

Day 09


Laya – Rhodophu 19km, 8-9 hours

From Laya we descend to the army camp and continue following the trail along the river till the turn off point for Rhodophu. After lunch we continue climbing upwards through rhododendrons till we reach a hanging valley where there are yaks grazing (4,350m). We camp here by the river.

Day 10


Rhodophu – Tarina 25km, 10-11 hours

Today's trek is the longest of the trip and it is important to start early, around 5 am. We first climb up to Tsimo-la pass (4,700m). After crossing this first pass and the little summit, we can enjoy a superb view of Lunana, and the peaks of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. We walk over fairly level ground for the next four hours, before starting the climb up to Ganglakarchung-la pass (5,080m). The view from the pass is breathtaking, encompassing the whole mountain range, including the peaks of Masagang, Tsendegang and Terigang. After crossing the pass, it is a very long descent to the Tarina valley, where we camp at 3,980m.

Day 11


Tarina – Woche 17km, 6-7 hours

The path descends through coniferous forest, following the upper reaches of the Pho Chu. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche at 3,800m, the first village since Gasa. Camp at alt. 3,800m.

Day 12


Woche – Lhedi 17km, 6-7 hours

Today's trek begins with a walk through juniper and fir forests and further ahead through rhododendron bushes. We climb up to Keche-la pass (4,480m) and pause to enjoy the wonderful mountain views. After the pass, we descend to a river, with stunning views of Table Mountain and other peaks en route. We walk upstream along this river, which is one of the main tributaries of the Pho Chu, as far as Lhedi village (3,650m), where we camp overnight.

Day 13


Lhedi – Thanza 17km, 7-8 hours

The route continues to follow the river, rising gradually to Choejong village (the biggest village in Lunana) where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we visit the village temple, then walk for some time through a sandy area till meeting the river, which we cross by a suspension bridge. Soon we reach our campsite at Thanza (4,000m), the second biggest village in Lunana.

Day 14


Rest day at Thanza

A welcome day of leisure, for reading, catching up with the washing, or just strolling around. If you are feeling really energetic, you can climb up to the ridge for yet another splendid view of the mountains.

Day 15


Thanza – Tshorim 19km, 8-9 hours

Today's trek starts with a climb up to the ridge, from where there is a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. We cross the ridge, and enter a small valley with a stream running through it. We follow the stream up the valley, enjoying the view of snow-capped mountains, and have lunch near the bridge. We then climb up out of the valley, crossing some small ridges, to reach our campsite at Tshorim (5,125m).

Day 16


Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum Base Camp 16km, 6-7 hours

Today's trek is one of the highlights of the trip. The day starts with a short climb up to Tshorim Lake. We walk around the side of the lake, enjoying a panoramic view of the Gophula ranges. The final stretch up to Gophu-la pass (5,230m) is very short. After crossing the pass, we descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge and enjoying a great view of Gangkar Puensum. According to choice, you can detour left and climb up a pyramid shaped peak for a better view, or you can go directly down to the base camp (4,970m) near the Sha Chu, where we will set up camp.

Day 17


Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

Rest day at the base camp, enjoying the great view.

Day 18


Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma 14km, 6-7 hours

The trek is not yet over! The trail follows along the Sha Chu and descends gradually to Geshe Woma (4,200m) where we camp.

Day 19


Geshe Woma – Warathang 18km, 8-9 hours

The path continues along the course of the Sha Chu for two and a half hours until the stiff climb to Saka-la pass begins. Visibility is poor along this part of the trail, so we must keep watching the top of the ridge in order to stay on course. We stop for lunch near a yak herder's camp, and then climb up to Saka-la pass (4,800m). There are stunning views on the descent to the lakes and another short ascent, during which we see small lakes spread below towering mountain peaks. We camp at 4,000m.

Day 20


Warathang – Dhur Tshachu 14km, 5 hours

A short half-hour climb takes us up to Juli-la pass (4,400m). After crossing the pass, we descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. We then cross a bridge and after a short climb reach Dhur Tshachu hot spring, where legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava bathed in the 8th century.

Day 21


Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen 16km, 8-9 hours

From the spring, it is a long and steady climb upwards, with great views of the mountains in Lunana. Eventually the ground levels out, and we see several beautiful deep blue lakes, yaks grazing on the surrounding pastures, and yak herders camps (3,850m).

Day 22


Tshochenchen – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang (Jakar) 21km, 13 hours

This is the last day of the trek, where we change from yak to pack ponies. We must set off very early in order to reach Bumthang before dark. The path follows the Chamkhar Chu, descending gradually with few climbs. The trek ends when we reach Dhur village, where Bhutan Wilderness Travels transport will meet us and drive us to the lodge in Bumthang (Jakar). Note: Unless very fit, it is best to spread this final stage over two days: Tshochenchen-Gorsum (7 hours); Gorsum-Dhur-Bumthang (6 hours).

Day 23



The Bumthang valley is the cultural heartland of the nation. The hills around the valley are dotted with monasteries dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava. The valley is also the ancestral home of one of the great Buddhist teachers, Pema Lingpa, from whose descendants the present monarchy traces its origin. Today we explore the valley, visiting Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 24


Bumthang – Trongsa

Our journey to Trongsa takes about three hours. Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four monarchs were invested as Trongsa Penlop (governor) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Standing above this fortress is Ta Dzong, a watchtower, which once guarded this place from internal rebellion. A visit to Ta Dzong gives further insights into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history. Overnight at the lodge in Trongsa, from which there is a breathtaking early morning view of Trongsa Dzong and the blue hills and valleys beyond.

Day 25


Trongsa – Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro. Evening at leisure or visit a traditional farm house. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 26



Full day sightseeing in Paro valley, visiting Drukgyel Dzong, Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 27


Depart Paro

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to Paro airport for onward journey.

Snowman Trek

Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.


We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.


When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.


  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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