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Trip Fact

Trip Name: Snowman Treks

Activities: Sightseeing and Trekking

Trip duration: 28 Days

Accommodation: Tourist standard hotel in Paro with BB plan and Tea house/Lodge during trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trek

Mode of Transfer: Plane/Bus

Maximum Altitude: 5100 m

Difficulty: Fairly strenuous

Group size: 2-12 people

Suitable Time: March-May/Sept-December

Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Check List
  • Altitude Map

Snowman trek is one of the hardest high altitude adventurous 28days long most remote treks in Bhutan. Snowman trek takes you to the most isolated villages, Dzong, wilderness, monastery, Lakes in high altitude, valleys to the high pass. This makes it one of the challenging treks. Bhutan the land of thunder dragon is filled with the pristine landscape, delightful people and charming Buddhist culture. This trek passes through more than five mountains over 7000 m and Crosses nine passes over 4500m.

Snowman trek starts from Paro after you take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro. More appropriately this trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong after you have a short drive from Paro. From there your trail heads towards the Jhomolhari at 7314m (24,135 ft.) the third highest peak in Bhutan. You trek all the way through the Paro Chu river valley climbing gradually up to the mountains viewing the magnificent mountain ranges. Here you will get to visit many ancient and famous monasteries and small villages where you will get an opportunity to experience the fascinating Buddhist culture. During the trek you will passes through the blue pine, juniper and rhododendron forests, and look for the famous Himalayan blue sheep, bearded vultures and Himalayan griffons flying overhead. Snowman trek is one of the strenuous trek which requires good physique.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro. 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Paro and hike to Taktsang monastery. 
Day 03: Trek from Paro to Shana (2800 m).~17 km 
Day 04: Trek from Shana to Soi Thanthangka (3510 m). 
Day 05: Trek from Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4040 m). 
Day 06: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4150 m). 
Day 07: Trek from Lingshi to Chebise (3850 m).~19 km 
Day 08: Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang (4260 m).~17 km 
Day 09: Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang (4160 m).~15 km 
Day 10: Trek from Robluthang to Lemithang (4140 m).~19 km 
Day 11: Trek from Lemithang to Laya (5100 m).~10 km 
Day 12: Trek from Laya to Halt. 
Day 13: Trek from Laya to Rodophu (4160 m).~19 km 
Day 14: Trek from Rodophu to Nirithang (4220 m).~17 km 
Day 15: Trek from Nirithang to Tarina (5100 m).~18 km 
Day 16: Trek from Tarina to Woche (3940 km).~15 km 
Day 17: Trek from Woche to Lhedi (4550 m).~19 km 
Day 18: Trek from Lhedi to Thanza (4050 m).~19 km 
Day 19: Halt at Thanza. 
Day 20: Trek from Thanza to Tsho chena (4800 m).~12 km 
Day 21: Trek from Tsho chena to Jichu Darmo (4880 m)via Lojula la pass.~14 km 
Day 22: Trek from Jichu Darmo to Chukarpo (4950 m).~15 km 
Day 23: Trek from Chukarpo to Tempetso (4200 m).~20 km 
Day 24: Trek from Tempetso to Maorothang (3550 m).~14 km 
Day 25: Trek from Maorothang to Nikachu Chazam (2650 m).~19 km 
Day 26: Drive from Nikachu Chazam to Thimpu (2320 m).~2 hours drive 
Day 27: Sightseeing in Thimpu. 
Day 28: Drive from Thimpu to Paro (2195 m).~2 hours drive

More Information

When you travel to the new place for your holiday, food is most concern part of travel. While, traveling with Yarsa treks, you can experience the delightful cuisine of typical food, continental food, Italian food, Chinese food and different international cuisine. You will be suggested by your guide for good food during your trip. During the trek do not order many dishes and waste food, they have to cater more trekkers before they run off stuck. It is very hard and takes week or more for caravan and porter to brings the food in these places. You will take lunch in route side, breakfast and dinner will arrange in the same lodge/Tea house.

Drinking Water:
During the trek you can get the bottled water but it is hard to dispose plastic and it will be the big problem for environment. We will provide purified mineral water during trek. In tea house you can get bottle water and mineral water in additional cost. It will better to drink mineral water rather than bottled water.

We provide you best touristic hotel with best location. During the trek tea house is main accommodation for trekkers. A tea house is combination of lodge and restaurant. In the tea house lodge are fairly basic, some tea house you can get separate room but in the high altitude rooms are spare with two beds with blanket and little additional furniture.  There will be large dining room where you can get the warm by Bukhara stove. In the tea house there will be the solar electricity but these days most of the tea houses have electricity for charge Camera, Mobile phones and other small appliances.

Things to take:
This is very active trip we can’t stay in same place. You can take very light and necessary things. You will get porter he will carry 30 kg it means 2 trekkers=1 porter. Porters are allowed to carry 30 kg of your stuff. Porter will carry your necessary stuff in duffel bag.

Altitude Map & Route Map:
Yarsa Treks will provide you complete route map and altitude map. At the end of the trip we will provide you Yarsa Treks T-shirt for the memory of trekking with us.

Health & Fitness:
These treks are some of moderate and some of strenuous, passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude. To complete the trip we must have good health, average physical fitness, passionate, confidence, determination and positive attitude. If you have past hiking experience or exercising habits it will be the better for your trek. If you have pre-existing health problem such as lung, heart and other diseases it is better to consult with your doctor or inform Yarsa treks before booking the trip.

Suitable Time to Trek:
For Trekking to the high altitude we should concern about the weather condition. Autumn (Sept-Nov) and spring (March-May) is the best season for trekking in Himalayas. Trekking in summer and Monsoon (June-Aug) is affected by rain. You can also trek in winter but tempters could be most harsh for most trekkers.

Trip Dates/Cost:
Check available start date in our site and for cost please contact us with your departure date.

Important notes:
If you’re confused to pack up your necessary things just see in the check list tab. Bring light and necessary things. You will need medium size bag to carry your daily usable stuff. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the trek.

Note: We can customize trip as possible client’s time frame. We are delighted to take you Himalayan region according to the itinerary.

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,195 m).
Today we fly a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Paro. This flight is as like as free mountain flight for 1 hour. On the way to Bhutan you can see the highest mountain to the north side of Nepal and Bhutan. After landing in Paro our representative assist you from airport to hotel. Rest overnight.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Paro and hike to Taktsang monastery (3,120 m).
Today early in the morning we go for hike to Taktsang monastery. Explore sightseeing and cultural spot around Paro. Rest overnight.

Day 03: Trek from Paro to Shana (2,800 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek from Paro walking for 5-6hours all the way to Shana. We will take short drive to Drukgyel Dzong and start our trek by following the river uphill through narrowing agricultural village. Next we reach to the campsite and rest overnight.

Day 04: Trek from Shana to Soi Thanthangka (3,510 m).
Today early in the morning we start to trek following the river through the narrow trail from Shana all the way to Soi Thangthangkha. We continue fallow river valley and uphill through to the ridge. Next we reach to Soi Thanthangka camp site and rest overnight.

Day 05: Trek from Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,040 m).
Today early in the morning we trek for 5-6hours from Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang (4,040 m). we climb uphill where small army post placed. Here valley becomes wider and we can get the view of high ridge, snows capped mountains and observe the yak herder camps and rest overnight.

Day 06: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4,150 m).
Today early in the morning we trek for 5-6hours from Jangothang all the way to Lingshi (4150m). after bbrief about route and safety we walk through wide yak pasture. On the way we can see the spectacular views of Lingshi Dzong as we come down to the Lingshi basen if the weather is clear. Next we reach Tserim kang and its depending glacier at the end of the valley. Reach campsite and rest overnight.

Day 07: Trek from Lingshi to Chebise (3,850 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek for 5-6hours walking 19km from Lingshi all the way to Chebisa (3,850 m). at the morning we will visit Lingishi Dzong; which is known as Yugyel Dzong in 17th century. It was past control of travel between Tibet and Bhutan. Next we reach Chebisa village and explore the local lifestyle. Rest overnight.

Day 08: Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang (4,260 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek for 6hours walking 17km from Chebisa all the way to Shomuthang (4,260 m). Now we start walk on the high pasture, on the way we can see few people and yak on the way. We camp above a river; a tributeary of the Mo Chu, which came out just below Gasa.

Day 09: Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang (4,160 m).
Today we walk for 5hours covering 15km from   Shomuthang all the way to Robluthang (14400ft). trail climbs to Jhari la pass (4747 m) and descend to Tsharijathang; the valley where herds of Jakin (National animal of Bhutan) are seen in this area. Next we climb to Robluthang at the camp site and rest overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Robluthang to Lemithang (4,140 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek for 7-8hours covering 19km from Robluthang all the way to Lemi Thang (13,567 ft). Strenuous walk will lead us to Singe La Pass (5,050 m) and then descend to Lemithang. Here we can see Mt. Ganchenta (6,840 m) and Ganchenta valley   Rest overnight. Ganchenta means Tiger Mountain. Next we will take rest and overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek from Lemithang to Laya (5,100 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek for 3-4hours from Lemithang all the way to Laya (1,268 ft). we walk for short. Trail goes through the heavily wooded uninhabited valley then climbs through the forest and greet with the great view of Ganchenta and Masang Gang (7,165 m). next we will reach Laya and rest overnight at campsite.

Day 12: Halt at Laya.
Today we acclimatize in Laya and explore local village and community. Here you will get first shop since Paro valley. The local person of Laya speaks their own language. This is unique cultural settlement. Here woman wear bamboo cap and lots of silver jewelry on their back. Rest overnight at campsite.

Day 13: Trek from Laya to Rodophu (4,160 m).
Today we trek for 6-7hours covering the distance of 19km from Laya all the way to Rodophu (4,160 m). Trail takes us downhill to the Lunana trail junctions. After junction we climb to the campsite through maple and rhododendron forest, trail becomes wider climbing out of river valley. Next we camp at Rodophu near the stream and rest overnight

Day 14: Trek from Rodophu to Nirithang (4220 m).
Today we trek for 5-6hours covering the distance of 17km from Rodophu all the way to Narithang (4220m). We are going to walk one of the longest hike of this trek. At first we cross the Tsimo la pass (4950 m) and descend through Dwaf rhododendron forest to Narethang. On the way we walk through shadow of Karchung peak (6395 m) then we camp at 4900 m altitude and rest overnight.

Day 15: Trek from Nirithang to Tarina (5,100 m).
Today early in the morning we start our trek for 6-7hours covering the distance of 18km from   Narithang to Tarina (5,100 m). We start our trail by climbing Karchung la pass (5,240 m) and trail descends to glacical lake which is source of Tang Chhu river. Here we can see towering view of Tsenda Kang (7100 m) and Jelekangpu Gang (7,300 m) above the lake. Next we camp at Tarina and rest overnight.

Day 16: Trek from Tarina to Woche (3,940 m).
Today we trek for 5hours covering the distance of 15km from Tarina all the way to Woche. Fallowing the trail we walk down through conifer forest to reach Pho Chhu River. Next trail lead us over the  ridge  and descend to Woche. We will set camp in best location and rest overnight.

Day 17: Trek from Woche to Lhedi (4,550 m).
Today we trek for 6-7hours covering the distance of 19km from Woche all the way to Lhedi (4,550 m). we steeply climb up to Keche la pass (4,580 m) and trails drop to Thega village. Next walk through beautiful river valley and pass beautiful waterfall to reach Lhedi and rest overnight at campsite.

Day 18: Trek from Lhedi to Thanza (4,050 m).
Today we trek for 5-6hours covering the distance of 19km from Lhedi all the way to Thanza (4,050 m). We fallow trail to reach Chozo village and pass Chozo Dzong. After Chozo Dzong we walk wide valley and approach Thanza village near the foot of Zogophu camp; which is known as table of mountain. Camp will be set at Thanza and rest overnight.

Day 19: Halt at Thanza.
Today we explore the village with mixed up culture. We can use this free day as opportunity to intimate with local villagers with their hospitality. We will explore beautiful surrounded area and hike for 2 hours for our campsite. Rest overnight

Day 20: Trek from Thanza to Tshochena (4,800 m). 
Today early in the morning we start our trek walking 6-7hours from Thanza all the way to Tshochena (4,800 m) crossing Jaze la pass (5,050 m). we fallow steep trail to climb Danji part way up to Jaze la pass and climb up over three false summit to Jaze la pass (5,050 m). next we down to reach Tsho Chena (4,800 m) and rest overnight at campsite.

Day 21: Trek from Tshochena to Jichu Darmo (4,880 m) via Lojula la pass (4,940 m).
Today we trek for 4-5hours crossing Lojula pass (4,940 m) all the way from Tshochena to Jichu Dramo (4,880 m). Trail gradually goes ups and down between the high mountains. Next we climb to cross Loju la pass (4940 m) and desend to campsite.

Day 22: Trek from Jichu Darmo to Chukarpo (4,950 m).
Today we trek for 3-6hours covering the distance of 15km passing through fascinating Rinchinzoe pass (5,140 m) from Jichu Dramo all the way to Chukarpo. We trek through hard climb to Rinchen zoe la pass (5,290 m); this is the highest point of the trek. Next trail goes downhill to Chukarpo which is located above the tree line. Camp set in Chukarpo and rest overnight.

Day 23: Trek from Chukarpo to Tempetso (4,200 m).
Today we trek for 7-8hours covering the distance of 20 km from Chukarpo to Tempetso passing through Tampela pass (4,550 m). Our trail goes most of the way to downhill and walk along the river and reach Umso lake (4,230 m). Here Pema Lingpa found a number of treasures. Camp at Thampetso (4200 m)Rest overnight.

Day 24: Trek from Tempetso to Maorothang (3,550 m). 
Today we trek for 5hours covering the distance of 14km from Tempetso to Maorothang. Trail lead us to the base of Thampe la and steep climb to the pass (4,580 m). next trail goes downhill through rhododendron bush and yak pasture of Maorothang. Camp at Marothang and rest overnight.

Day 25: Trek from Maorothang to Nikachu Chazam (2,650 m).
Today we trek for 6-7hours covering the distance of 23km from   Maorothang all the way to Nikachu Chazam (2,650 m). Today is our last trek so we descend through forest villages to reach Nikachu Chazam and rest overnight.

Day 26: Drive from Nikachu Chazam to Thimpu (2,320 m).
Today early in the morning after breakfast we drive from Nikachu Chazam (2,650 m) all the way to Thimphu. There will be the vicheale in Nikkachu Chazam which take you to Thimpu. If you got time you can explore capital city of Bhutan and rest overnight at hotel.

Day 27: Sightseeing in Thimpu.
Today we go for a full day seeinghtseeing and exploring Thimphu city. We visit famous temple, museum, markets and more. Enjoy the lovely evening dinner and rest overnight at hotel.

Day 28: Drive from Thimpu to Paro (2,195 m).
Today early morning we drive from Thimphu to Paro 51 km Airport for onward flight.

Cost Include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment’s.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.

This list of equipment will help you to bag pack for your trip. You can check the list while packing your bags.  These lists may require vary or little according to the season and your trekking duration. The weight is limit for 15 kg (33 pounds), we suggest you to carry only the valuable things. Your luggage will be carry by porter but you require carrying bag pack with important and valuable things on your own.

Important Documents:
1. Valid Passport, 2 passport size photos
2. Airlines tickets
3. Separate photo copy of your passport
4. Visa form (easily access in Nepal airport)
5. Insurance paper
6. Cash/credit card/ATM/Machine card for withdraw, checks

Head Wear:
1. Sunhat or Scarf
2. Light balaclava or fleece hat
3. Sunglasses
4. Head torch

Upper Body Wear:
1. Cotton T-shirt or thermals
2. Fleece Jacket
3. Down Jacket

Lower Body Wear:
1. Light weight cotton pant
2. Water proof pant
3. Hiking trouser or woolen trousers

Hands Wear:
1. Gloves
2. Light weight fleece gloves

Feet Wear:
1. Thin inner socks
2. Thick warm wool socks
3. Comfortable hiking Boots

Accessories Equipment:
1. Sleeping bag
2. Trekking Bag/Duffel Bag
3. Large plastic Bag (for keeping things dry inside trek Bag)
4. Trekking poles (optional)
5. Water Bottle or Camel Bag etc.

1. Water purification tablets or filter
2. Anti-altitude sickness pills
3. Anti headache pills
4. Stomach antibiotic
5. Skin-blaster repair kit
6. Cold pills
7. First aid tapes and plasters
8. According to health prescription

Personal Huygens:
1. Tissue/Wet wipes/Toilet roll
2. Anti Bacterial hand wash

1. Quick dry Towel
2. Toothbrush and paste
3. Multipurpose soap
4. Face and body moisturizer
5. Female Huygens product

Extra Items: 
1. Guide Book
2. Diary and pen
3. Swimsuit
4. Voltage converter
5. Plug adapter
6. Cigarette lighter and Match box
7. Campus and Gps (optional)
8. Small alarm clock
9. Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
10. Small folding Knife etc.

Altitude Map:

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