Duration: 28 Days
Snow Man Treks is world class treks. These 22 days treks considered to be one of most the difficult treks in the World. Treks go on the base of most of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains and cross three passes above 5000m. At the base of Table Mountains located highest settlement in Bhutan, Lunana at 4300m. Peoples here are known for their difficult characters.
Day 1 Paro
Enter Bhutan amidst its breathtaking landscape from Kathmandu, Kolkata or Bagdro – and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, Kanchen Dzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received by our friendly, traditionally dressed representative with the offering of a white welcome scarf.
- Transfer to hotel in Paro (about 25-minute drive from airport).
- Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.
- Stroll around Paro town, which was developed after the airport was built in 1983.
- Visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built in 1649 by Paro Governor Tenzin Drugda to protect the fortress below. The Ta Dzong was almost destroyed in 1965 but was restored by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk into the National Museum of Bhutan in 1968.
- Visit Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Rimpoche. It was built to protect Paro Valley from frequent Tibetan invasions. Today this Dzong serves as the administrative office of Paro district and houses 110 monks.
- Visit Kichu Lhakhang which was founded by Tibetan king Songtshen Gyambo in 659 AD. It was built to subjugate the demon occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism. The king built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon.
- Over night hotel in Paro.
Day 2 Paro
- Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery, the holiest monastery in the Buddhist World
Over night hotel in Paro.
- Drukgyal Dzong to Shana.
- Drukgyel Dzong, end of peace road, trekking crews and pack horses will meet. Trails follow farm road and through farm road till Metshena Suspension bridge. Gradual climb through the rice field for two hours and reach to Chorten, it is good sport for lunch sport. Trail follow through pine wood forest and reach to Army check post where required special treks route permit from Army Head Quarter. After 10 minutes cross the nether suspension bridge to left side of Paro chu. Thirty minutes to reach to camp.
- Shana to Thathangka
- Today is longest and hard day. The trail is rough and stony with many rises and drops through different vegetation zone. Crossing Paro River two time till reach to camp site.
Day 5 Treks
- Thathangka to Jangothang
- One hour walk from camp reached to Army camp. After army camp trail goes through wide open river valley pass by many yak herder permanent houses.
- Halt day explore around in many different direction. There are five different places can explore around. Or take rest and do laundry.
- Jangothang to Lingshi
- Walk toward northern direction following the river end of last house in Soe valley, cross the small wooden bridge and start steep climb for one hours. Walk through the wide open meadow till again start climbing to Nelela pass(4890m). From the pass, decent down 40 minutes there is good place for lunch. After lunch cross the small steam and follow the ridge and drop drown to camp site.
- Lingshi to Chebisa
- Start climb toward Lingshi Dzong, 100m below the Dzong, trail goes down to Lingshi school. Today walk is gradual and beautiful walk along the ridge and passing by isolated village called Gongyul. After two hours walk from Gongyul village reached to nether small village where will camp to night.
- Chebisa to Shakeyapasang
- It is steep climb from the camp to Gogu La pass(4440m), while climbing may see herds of Blue Sheep and Himalayan Griffin flying over your head. From pass decent down hill into the rhododendron trees and fir forest. Finally reached to open river valley and other side of river is our camp site.
- Shakeypasang to Robluthang
- Day start 230m climb to yaks herder camp and trail follow the steam source coming from Jeri la. After one hour walk along the steam, then again starts climbing to Jeri La pass (4780m). From Jeri La get good view of Gangchen Ta or Tiger Mountain (6840m) and to Robulathang camp site. Drop down hill through fir forest and reach to open valley. In the summer season hundereds of Takins (National Animal of Bhutan) migrate in these areas. One hour climb to camp site.
- Robluthang to Ligmethang
- The trail follows many moraines dam and walk along the steam source coming from Sing Chen La. Two hours continues walk, start steep zigzag climb to Sing Chen La pass(5000m). Three hour drop down to river valley, following the steam lead to Ligmethang camp.
- Ligmethang to Laya
- Today there is no major pass to cross but there is climb through the dense coniferous forest. Cross two major river bridges which come from Tiger Mountain. Camp in the Laya villages.
- Laya (Halt Day)
- There are many places can explore around the Laya, depending on once interest. Walk around the villages and visiting temples. If you are adventurous take four hours walk to climb top of Rocky Mountains at the top of Laya village. There is nether option to visit Yellow and Black lake behind the Laya village.
- Laya to Roduphu
- The trail leaves through farm houses and field, after 5 km walk down each to Army camp, where have to produce Treks route permit. Thirty minute walk down following the Mo chu reach to trail junction, trail on left side goes to Roduphu, and right side goes to Gasa. From here steep one hour climb to yaks headers camp through coniferous forest. Gradual walk down to river, and follow the river toward Mt Tshendagang’s base camp. Before reaching to camp, cross bridge to right side, where Tourism council has built hut for trekkers.
- Roduphu to Narethang
- Today there are three pass to cross all are more than 4500m. From camp steep one hour climb through draft rhododendron forest to Amachesa marines. Trails follow through old rock fall and start climb to Tsimo La(4780m).The trail drop slightly after pass then winds higher through alpine meadows. To night camp is in the front of Mt Gala Karchung(6300m).
- Narethang to Tarina
- About one hour from camp reach to popular pass Gangla Karchung(5223m). The high peaks of Lunana are visible from pass in good weather, Tarina, Jejikhangphu Gang, Tshenden Gang. Trail drop 300m steep from pass, about two hours walk see two huge lake at the base of Tarina Mountains. Camp is far south of Tarina valley.
- Tarina to Woche
- The trail follows farther south of Tarina valley following the Tarina River for about three hours and steep climb through dense coniferous forest till Woche village. There is around ten houses hold.
- Woche to Lhedi
- The trail out of Woche winds through fir forest and yaks pasture land, with views of Jejikhangphugang and Gangla Karchung Gang. Climb over the Keche La(4663m). From pass trail drop down to Thega village and then trail follow upriver main source of Pho chu until trail drop down to river side village, where we camp to night.
- Lhedi to Thanza
- The trail continues up river following main source of Pho chu crossing glacier drainages. 2 to 3 hours walk from camp reach to cluster village called Chozoe, in the middle of the village huge Dzong stand. From here another 3 to 4 hours walk to Thanza camp.
- Halt Day at Thanza
- Visit around the villages and talk to peoples about their life in the mountains. Or hick to lake Rabsel Tsho and Thothome Tsho, two hours walk from Thanza. Or take rest and do laundry.
- Thanza to Tshochena
- Today is hardest day on this trek. Morning start climbs to pasture land and river valley. Follow the steam for one hour and trail turn right, cross the small wooden bridge, start steep climb to Jazoe La(5250m), through rocky terrine. From the pass see glacier very close. Trail drop down to two big lakes, where our camp to night.
- Tshochena to Jichu Dramo
- Days is interesting pass many lakes and good pictures of surrounding mountains. Trails goes several gradual ascent and decent. Finally ascent to Lojula pass(5000m), from pass trail decent down to Jichu Dramo camp.
- Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo
- Two hours continues climb to second highest trekking pass Rinchenzoe La(5302m) in Bhutan. Before and after pass there are many glaciers lakes with different colour. From pass long way down to camp.
- Chukarpo to Tempetsho
- Gradual down hill walk following Chukarpo, through draft rhododendron for three hours and reach to coniferous vegetation zone. After the fresh land slide, steep climb start till reach to big lake, above the like there is good camp site.
- Tempetsho to Morothang
- Walk one and half hours from camp reach to last pass Tempe La(4500m). Decent down from pass through yaks pasture land, and pass by secret lake, in 15th century Lama Pemalingpa discovered treasures from this lake. Again trail drop down to another lake and steep decent down to camp.
- Morothang to Sephu
- Trail follows left side of Nika Chu all the way down to end of the treks. Treks end at Sephu village where fiddle road is connected, car and driver is waiting here with refreshment and with well-come back scarf.
- Two hours drive to Gangtay valley where warm shower is ready.
- Over night hotel in Gangtay.
- Gangtay to Punakha
- Visit Gangtay Gonpa, the only Ningma Monastery school in western Bhutan. The temple is 457 years old and was founded by first reincarnation of Terton Pemalingpe. It was rebuilt by his successive reincarnation Teazin Lakpay Dendup in 1613. Today it is site of Pedling (Teaching of Terton Pemalingpa).
- Visit the Cranes Information Center and enjoy a good view of the whole crane habitat.
- Hick around the crane’s habitat.
- After lunch in Gangtay, drive to Punakha.
- Over night hotel in Punakha.
- Punakha to Thimphu.
- Visit Punakha Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery. The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.
- Hike to Chemi Lhakhang through a nice walk along the rice field and through farm houses. The temple was built by Lama Nawang Chogyel in 1499 and is today a popular temple where barren women come to pray for a child. The temple is popularly known as the Fertility Temple.
- Stopovers on the way at enchanting Docula pass (3040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas Mountains ranges, which had came across during your treks.
Over night in Thimphu.
- Thimphu to Paro.
- Visit the Memorial Chorten of third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The Chorten was built in 1974 by Her Royal Grand Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Today it is popular worship place in Thimphu city.
- Drive to Mini Zoo located in North West of Thimphu city. It is Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.
- 5-minute drive from zoo to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower (BBS) to get panoramic view of Thimphu city.
- Visit nunnery founded by 16th Drubthob Tshangthong Gyalpo in 1976. More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.
- Over night hotel in Paro.