UNBEATABLE SNOWMAN TREK

Unbeatable snowman trek is meant for trekkers who are hundred percent physically and mentally fit. Being strenuous in nature, plenty of time has been allocated for acclimatization; the scenic trail leads to maximum altitude of 5400m at Rinchenzoe pass after making several ascents and descents past wide range of ecosystems extending from rugged peaks to rich forests of pine, fir, juniper and rhododendron.

From meandering past yak pastures in Jangothang, exploring the wide open valley and summer grazing ground of Limithang, catching majestic views of Lunana, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake from Tsimo la pass at an altitude of 4700 meters, crossing by the sacred lake called Umtsho, enjoying the warm hospitality of Laya people to spotting a summer feeding ground for the rare Takins (national animal of Bhutan) in Tsharijathang, the different trekking routes as an ensemble offer an interesting challenge to trekkers. If you get lucky, besides takin you may also get to spot other rare species like snow leopard, bharal, blue sheep etc. Eventually, the trek climaxes with Punakha sightseeing tour.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive Paro by Druk Air.
  • Day 02 Day hike to Taktsang monastery.
  • Day 03 Drive to Drugyel Dzong and trek to Shana camp.
  • Day 04 Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha.
  • Day 05 Trek from Soi to Jangothang.
  • Day 06 A rest day at Jangothang.
  • Day 07 Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi.
  • Day 08 Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa.
  • Day 09 Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang.
  • Day 10 Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang.
  • Day 11 Trek from Robluthang to Limithang.
  • Day 12 Trek from Limithang to Laya.
  • Day 13 A rest day in Laya.
  • Day 14 Trek from Laya to Roduphu.
  • Day 15 Trek from Roduphu to Narithang.
  • Day 16 Trek from Narithang to Tarina.
  • Day 17 Trek from Tarina to Woche.
  • Day 18 Trek from Woche to Lhedi.
  • Day 19 Trek from Lhedi to Tanza.
  • Day 20 Trek from Tanza to Tshochena.
  • Day 21 Trek from Tshochena to Jichu Dramo.
  • Day 22 Trek from Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo.
  • Day 23 Trek from Churkarpo to Tempetso.
  • Day 24 Trek from Tempetso to Marothang.
  • Day 25 Trek from Marothang to Nicachu Zam.
  • Day 26 Drive to Punakha sightseeing and drive to Paro via Thimphu
  • Day 27 Transfer to airport for departure.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01

    ARRIVE PARO BY DRUK AIR

    Arrive Paro by Druk air BAe 146-100 series, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by Our members. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort..

  • Day 02

    PARO SIGHTSEEING

    Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight Kichu Resort..

  • Day 03

    A DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY

    Day hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra payment. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Kichu Resort..

  • Day 04

    TREK TO JELE DZONG

    Trek starts to Jele Dzong. Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the secnic beauty of the Paro vally. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forest. Camp will be next to a Dzong which was renovated recently. There is very interesting stories about the Dzong. Camp at 3100 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours..

  • Day 05

    TREK FROM SOI TO JANGOTHANG

    Soi to Jangothang. Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. A easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours..

  • Day 06

    A REST DAY AT JANGOTHANG

    Halt at Jangothang. Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu lake, visit Yakherders or simply relax..

  • Day 07

    TREK FROM JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI

    Jangothang to Lingshi. The trail follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains.Than walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb upto the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass its a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched ontop of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours..

  • Day 08

    TREK FROM LINGSHI TO CHEBISA

    Lingshi to Chebisa. Walk pass the Lingshi Dzong and magnificent peaks. Today is a very pleasant walk through villages, yak herders camps and keep a sharp eye on herds of blue sheep that looks like rock boulders on the mountain side.. lunch will be served at scenic Goyuna village. A short walk after lunch will reach you to Chebisa village at an altitude of 3900 meters. Walking time 4/5 hours..

  • Day 09

    TREK FROM CHEBISA TO SHOMUTHANG

    Chebisa to Shomuthang. Today begins with a stiff climb up a ridge to Gobu la pass 4600 meters taking nearly 3/4 hours to the top but rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas. This is a blue sheep area so always keep a sharp eye. After the pass descend through rhododendrons bushes and lunch will be served at a ideal spot. The path goes up down crossing streams and Yak herders camps. Arrive camp at 4250 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours..

  • Day 10

    TREK FROM SHOMUTHANG TO ROBLUTHANG

    Shomuthang to Robluthang. The trek starts with a climb to Jari la pass 4650 meters. Then descend all the way through alpine forest and rhododendron shrubs to Tsharijathang a summer feeding ground for the rare Takins (national animal of Bhutan). During summer/monsoon the path is all wet so be prepared to get wet as the small wooden bridges are all washed away. After crossing the stream the trail ascends for a while till you reach the camp at 4300 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours..

  • Day 11

    TREK FROM ROBLUTHANG TO LIMITHANG

    Robluthang to Limithang. Today will be a long climb up to Shinje la pass at 4950 meters. The view of Gangchey ta mountain 6800 meters from the pass is breathtaking. From the pass descend all the way with a wider view of the mountain. Arrive Limithang a wide open valley and summer grazing ground for the yaks of the Laya people. Camp at 4100 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours..

  • Day 12

    TREK FROM LIMITHANG TO LAYA

    Limithang to Laya. Wake up with great view of Gangchey Ta mountain in front of you. The walk to Laya is pleasant passing through damp forest filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive Laya village the second highest settlements in the country at an altitude of 3850 meters. Walking time 4/6 hours..

  • Day 13

    A REST DAY IN LAYA

    Laya halt. Explore the village by visiting the home of the laya people. Every home will welcome you with smiling faces and there is no need for invitation. A cup of butter tea, yak milk, Chang (local brewed wine made from wheat or barley) any of your choice will be offered. They are very friendly people and will happily pose for photographs. The Laya women have a dress that is unique in Bhutan. They wear the conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments and dark yak wool dress. If the group is interested in a cultural dance program by the Laya people it can be arranged..

  • Day 14

    TREK FROM LAYA TO RODUPHU

    Laya to Roduphu. From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turning point to Roduphu. After lunch continue uphill through alpine forest and rhododendron bushes. Arrive camp at 4150 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours..

  • Day 15

    TREK FROM RODUPHU TO NARITHANG

    Roduphu to Narithang. Begin a steep climb over Tsimo la pass at an altitude of 4700 meters offering views of Lunana, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. The trail is very faint since it is a barren land and it is advisable to walk with the yaks or horses. Camp at 4300 meters. Walking time 6/7 hours..

  • Day 16

    TREK FROM NARITHANG TO TARINA

    Narithang to Tarina. Today begin a gradual climb till you begin a steep climb over Kangla Karchung pass at 5100 meters. The view from the pass will always be remembered for a life time. The close up view of Kangla Karchung mountain is a highlight from the pass. More mountains like Masakhang, Tsendegang, Teri gang can be seen in a distance. Its all the way downhill from the pass taking almost 3 hours through dwarf rhododendron shrubs. Arrive Tarina valley filled with Juniper trees at 3900 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours..

  • Day 17

    TREK FROM TARINA TO WOCHE

    Tarina to Woche. The day is much easier following the river down the valley. After lunch climb up about 300 meters to the village of Woche at 3800 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours..

  • Day 18

    TREK FROM WOCHE TO LHEDI

    Woche to Lhedi. The trek starts through Juniper and Fir forests and then through dwarf rhododendrons bushes. We climb up to Keche la pass at 4600 meters with wonderful mountain views. After the pass descend to the riverside passing villages and view of the table mountain. Arrive Lhedi at 3650 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours..

  • Day 19

    TREK FROM LHEDI TO TANZA

    Lhedi to Tanza. The trail follows the river rising gradually to Chuzor village and visit the ancient dzong. After lunch at Chuzor continue walk through the wide valley and arrive Tanza the final village of Lunana at 4000 meters. This village consists of two settlements divided by the river. Walking time 6/7 hours..

  • Day 20

    TREK FROM TANZA TO TSHOCHENA

    Tanza to Tshochena. A short climb leads you through a wide open valley till you start the steep climb to Jazela pass at 4950 meters. This climb is a bit tricky since you cannot see the top and the stairs never seem to end but you are rewarded with great views of the Table mountain and others. You will not see any trees for another 2 days. From the pass it is a gradual descend and arrive camp near a lake at 4200 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours. .

  • Day 21

    TREK FROM TSOCHENA TO JICHU DRAMO

    Tshochena to Jichu Dramo. The trek continues through the barren lands passing beautiful turquoise lakes, close up view of the mountains, different species of alpine wild life. The path goes up and down without much difference in altitudes. Arrive camp at 4600 meters..

  • Day 22

    TREK FROM JICHU DRAMO TO CHUKARPO

    Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo. Today you will cross the highest pass in Bhutan the Rinchenzoe pass at 5400 meters. The walk up the pass is rather gradual but could be difficult if there is snow so we suggest to start very early. The beautiful lakes and mountains seen from this high point is the most remarkable in the trek. The descend from the pass is not too steep and walk through the wide valley to the next camp located near a river at 4200 meters..

  • Day 23

    TREK FROM CHUKARPO TO TEMPESTO

    Churkarpo to Tempetso. Walk gradually through Juniper trees and shrubs and ascend slowly upto Tempetsho. Camp will be near the lake at 4000 meters..

  • Day 24

    TREK FROM TEMPESTO TO MAROTHANG

    Tempetso to Marothang. Today cross the Tempe la pass at 4450 meters and the last one. Begin by climbing which takes about 2 hours to reach the top. The weather is rather misty and pass the sacred lake called Umtsho where religious treasures where discovered by Terton Pemalingpa. The descend is quite difficult because trail leads down through huge stone slabs. It is interesting to note how the yaks manage their way down. Arrive camp consisting mainly of yak herders camp at 3700 meters..

  • Day 25

    TREK FROM MAROTHANG TO NICACHU ZAM

    Marothang to Nicachu Zam. The trek is very pleasant today passing scattered farm houses and fields. From a distance you will see the motor road and it is sure a thrill to have challenged one of the most difficult treks in the Himalayan region. Your Agent bus will be there to receive you and drive 3 hours to Wangdi Kichu resort and enjoy the modern comfort..

  • Day 26

    DRIVE TO PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING AND DRIVE TO PARO VIA THIMPHU

    AM drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort..

  • Day 27

    TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE

    Early morning transfer to airport for final departure..

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