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Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek I (25 nights 26 Days)

The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes.

Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.

The Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek as one of the most difficult treks of the world. The best time for Snowman Trek is summer – unlike many other high altitude treks of Bhutan. Many groups that attempt this tough trek do not finish due to problems with the high altitude or snow blocked passes. However, those who make it will remember this trek as an outstanding, beautiful and as one of the most rewarding trek of their life. In this version of the Snowman Trek, one has the possibility of spending a day or two at perhaps one of the most beautiful hot springs of the Himalayas.

Duration: 25 days

Max. Elevation: 5,320m

Highest Camp: 5,120m 

Standard: Hard

Best Seasons: Mid June to Mid October

Start: Gunitsawa Village, Paro Valley

Finish: Duer Village, Bumthang

Max Elevation 5,320 m
Min Elevation 2,850 m m
Difficulty Hard
Season June, July, August, September, October
No. of Days 26 Days


Day 1: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa

Day 2: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha

Day 3: Thangthangkha – Jangothang

DAY 4: Jangothang Halt

Day 5: Jangothang – Lingshi

Day 6: Lingshi – Chebisa

Day 7: Chebisa – Shomuthang

Day 8: Shomuthang – Robluthang

Day 9: Robluthang – Limithang

Day 10: Limithang – Laya

Day 11: Rest / Acclimatisation day in Laya

Day 12: Laya – Rhoduphu

Day 13: Rhodophu – Narethang

Day 14: Narethang – Tarina

Day 15: Tarina – Woche

Day 16: Woche – Lhedi

Day 17: Lhedi – Thanza

Day 18: Rest day at Thanza

Day 19: Thanza – Tshorim

Day 20: Tshorim – Gangkhar Puensum Base Camp

Day 21: Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma

Day 22: Geshe Woma – Warathang

Day 23: Warathang – Duer Tsachu

Day 24: Duer Tsachu – Tshochenchen

Day 25: Tshochenchen – Duer Village

The Snowman Trek – ends here.