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Bhutan Snowman Trek

Duration: 27 days Place: Paro

Snowman Trek is meant for trekkers who dare to venture into the unknown. Testing your physical and mental endurance, trekking in Bhutan will take you on a long 24 days walk across some of the hidden gems of Bhutan Himalayas. From rugged terrains to green pastures to welcoming Bhutanese villages, trekking in Bhutan offers a complete experience. Starting in the famous travel destination of Paro, the journey takes us across some of the most remote trekking places in the country. Crossing almost 10 high mountain passes, the trek is no less than a major mountain summit. Exploring the offbeat valleys of Bhutan for a complete 3 weeks will definitely take you many steps close to mother nature. The trekking trail would also acquaint you to yak herders, blue sheep national animal of Bhutan, Takins. Not just a wild experience, Snowman Trek offers a perfect blend of nature and heritage of Bhutan.

Day 01- Arrival at Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air, which is the only national carrier of Bhutan. During the flight to Bhutan, you are offered the sight of Mt Everest and many other Himalayan giants. On arrival, proceed with the Visa formality after which you will be greeted by Tour My India’s Executive who will take you to you to your hotel/resort. After arrival at the hotel/resort, complete the check-in formalities after which rest of the evening is for leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the Kichu Resort.

Day 02- Paro Sightseeing

The day starts with breakfast at the hotel after which we will depart for Paro sightseeing tour. Starting on the itinerary is the ruins of the famous Drugyel Dzong fortress. Still a popular tourist attraction spot in the country, the fort is said to have defended the Paro valley from the Tibet invasion in the 17th century. On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of Mt Chomolhari in the backdrop of Dzong. From there, proceed to the watchtower, also known as Ta-Dzong. Now a 7-floor museum, the monument reflects the important aspect of Bhutanese culture and practices, some dating back to 7th century. From there, a short walk will take us to Rinpung Dzong, which is an active administrative centre and school for monks. After visiting Rinpung Dzong, continue walking down crossing the traditional bridge. Once reached the town of Paro head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03- Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Starting our trekking tours in Bhutan from today, we will start our day with a stupendous breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will leave for our hike to Taktsang Monastery. You can also book horses for the hike at additional charges.

The hike is around 3 hours long and it will take us Bhutanese villages and pine forests. The iconic monastery clings to 800 feet, rising from the Paro valley. The monastery was damaged by a fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate efforts to restore the monastery to its former glory. It is believed that Padmasambhava came here in the 7th century on a flying tigress and he meditated in the cave 3 months, eventually stopping demons from entering Paro valley. The monastery was built here in the 17th century and it is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations in Bhutan. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04- Trek to Jele Dzong

Continuing our adventure trekking in Bhutan, today we will head out to Jele Dzong. The breakfast would be served at the hotel after which we will depart for our short trek, which is roughly 5 hours long. The trail gradually increases through dense pine forest. We will set our camp near Dzong, which was renovated recently. You are free to explore the Dzong and stories about it. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 05- Trek from Soi to Jangothang

After early morning breakfast at the camp, pack everything to leave for Jangothang. The trekking trail starts with a slow climb to the army camp. From there, we will follow the river above tree line with picturesque landscapes keeping us company. One of the best treks in Bhutan, Snowman trek takes us through local villages of Bhutan. Stopping at Yak herders camp, we will have our lunch after which we will continue walking towards our destination. An easy walk from the camp will take you Jangothang, which is perched at the height of 4050m. Jangothang offers a panoramic view of Chomolhari(7,320m) and Jichu Drake(6,900m). Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 06- Rest day at Jangothang

After a lavish breakfast at the campsite in Jangothang, explore the nearby areas. Attractions around Jangothang include Tshophu lake and Yak herder camps. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 07- Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi

After early morning breakfast at the hotel, leave for Lingshi. The trekking trail follows the river stream for the first half hour during which we will cross the bridge to the other side. From there we climb up to the ridge to be welcomed by the view of mountains like Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang. From there, we will climb up to the Nyele la pass, which is perched at an elevation of 4,700m. From there, the trek descends to Lingshi Dzong, which is nestled on the top of the hill, offering a commanding view of the valley. Near it is the camp where we will stay for the night. Dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 08- Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa

On the 8th day of trekking holidays in Bhutan, we will head to Chebisa. After a lavish breakfast at the campsite after which we will begin with today’s journey. Walking through pristine Himalayan villages and pine forest, we will reach Goyuna village for lunch. We will continue walking after lunch before reaching Chebisa village. We will camp here tonight and the dinner will be served at the campsite.

Day 09- Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang

After breakfast at the camp, we will proceed with our trekking experience. Today’s stiff climb will take us to Shomuthang. Starting our journey at Chebisa, we will climb up to Gobu la pass ridge, which is at 4,600 metres. The three-hour trek is hard but it’s equally rewarding. You can also spot blue sheep in the region. Crossing the pass, we will descend to rhododendrons bushes. Continuing on the trail we will stop for lunch after which we will continue our journey to Shomuthang. After reaching Shomuthang, we will camp at a site and dinner would be served.

Day 10- Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang

Today’s journey will be a little hard. After a lavish breakfast at the camp, we will proceed towards Robluthang. The mesmerising trek starts with an ascend towards Jari la pass, which is at an elevation of 4,650 metres. After reaching the pass, we will descend to Tsharijathang through dense alpine forests and rhododendron shrubs. It is a summer grazing ground for the national animal of Bhutan, Takins. From there we will cross the river stream and continue our journey till we reach our camp at 4300 metres. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 11- Trek from Robluthang to Limithang

Another day of extensive walking and hiking in Bhutan as today we will trek to Limithang, which is roughly 8 hours long journey. After breakfast at the campsite, we will proceed to climb Shinje la Pass, which is perched at 4,950 metres. From there, the trail descends to offer a wide view of the valley. As we continue walking, we will reach Limithang, which is a wide lush green valley and it is a summer grazing ground for yaks of the local Laya people. We will set our camp and relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 12- Trekking from Limithang to Laya

The morning starts with a breathtaking view of the Gangchey Ta mountain. Breakfast would be served at the campsite after which we will leave for our next destination, Laya. The trek starts with a pleasant walk across the damp forests with birds and moss. The 5-hour long trail will take you to the village of Laya, which is the second highest settlement in the country. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 13- Rest day in Laya

Today is reserved for resting and relaxing in the alluring village of Laya. After breakfast, you are free to explore the local villages and interact with local families. The locals are welcoming and you will be served a cup of yak milk, butter tea or Chang, which is a locally brewed wine made from wheat and barley. You can also take part in the local dance and music performance, performed by villagers. Dinner and overnight stay in the campsite in the village.

Day 14- Trek from Laya to Roduphu

After breakfast at the campsite, we will head out to our next destination, Roduphu. After breakfast, we would start our descend to an army camp after which we will follow the river stream to the turning point of Ruduphu. We will halt for lunch after which we proceed uphill through alpine forests and rhododendron bushes to reach Ruduphu. We will camp at an elevation of 4,150 metres at Roduphu campsite and dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 15- Trek from Roduphu to Narithang

After a stupendous breakfast at the campsite, we will proceed our journey towards Narithang. The trail starts with an ascend to Tsimo la pass, which is nestled at an elevation of 4,700 metres. We can view Chomolhari, Luana and Jichu Drake from the pass. From there we will descend to Narithang. The trail is very faint and it is advisable to walk with yaks or horses. At the campsite in Narithang, we can relax for the day. Dinner and overnight stay at the camps.

Day 16- Trek from Narithang to Tarina

On our day 16 of Bhutan expedition, we will start with a lip-smacking breakfast at the campsite after which we will depart for today’s journey. The trail starts with a gradual climb rapidly changing to a hard climb to Kangla Karchung pass, at an elevation of 5,100 metres. Over the pass, you will be welcomed by the bewitching view of Himalayan ranges like Kangla Karchung mountain, Masakhang, Tsendegang, Teri gang. From there we descend to Tarina valley, which is approximately a 3-hour hike. We will camp at Tarina valley and dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 17- Trek from Tarina to Woche

The day starts with a lip-smacking breakfast at the campsite after which we will depart for Woche. The trail is much easier today as we have to follow the river flowing down the valley. We will halt at a suitable place for lunch after which we will climb up to the village of Woche. Upon arriving in Woche, you can explore the village. We will camp near the village and dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 18- Trek from Woche to Lhedi

Today we will trek to Lhedi which is roughly 8 hours trek. Starting the day with a stupendous breakfast at the campsite, we will hike across the Juniper forest in Woche. After that, we will climb up to Keche la Pass at an elevation of 4,600 metres. Offering the panoramic view of Himalayan ranges, we will descend from the pass, eventually reaching Lhedi. The village is perched at an elevation of 3,650 metres and we will camp near the village. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 19- Trek from Lhedi to Tanza

With a lavish breakfast served at the campsite, we will begin the next day of trekking tour in Bhutan with a hike across Tanza. The trekking trail is moderate, with the initial journey following the river flow which gradually rises to Chuzor village. Upon reaching Chuzor village, visit the ancient Dzong of Chuzor. Lunch would be served at the Chuzor village after which we will resume our journey to the wide valley of Tanza. Tanza is the last village of Lunana and is perched at an elevation of 4,000 metres. We will camp in the village and the dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 20- Trek from Tanza to Tshochena

On day 20 of the trekking experience in Bhutan, we would begin our day with a lip-smacking breakfast at the campsite. After that, we will resume our trekking in Bhutan with a short hike to the valley after which we will ascend to Jaze la Pass at 4,950 metres. A tricky climb, you don’t get to see the top for a really long time but once you reach the top, it will be worth every effort when you witness the table mountains. For the next two days, you won’t see trees. From Jaze la Pass, we will descend down to the campsite near Tshochena, at an elevation of 4,200 metres.

Day 21- Trek from Tsochena to Jichu Dramo

Another day of extensive trekking awaits us as continue our journey to Jichu Dramo. After a lavish breakfast at the campsite, we will hike across the barren lands which passes through beautiful turquoise lakes with Himalayan mountains in the backdrop. The trail goes up and down without any significant gain or loss in altitude. After reaching Jichu Dramo, we will camp at the designated campsite. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 22- Trek from Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo

Today is a special day as you will be passing the highest mountain pass in Bhutan — Rinchen Zoe pass, which is perched at an altitude of 5,400 metres. After a lavish breakfast at the campsite, we will continue trekking to Chukarpo. The walk up to the pass is rather gradual but can be difficult in places. Attributed as one of the best hiking destinations in Bhutan, the view from the Rinchen Zoe pass is unmatched. Offering a panoramic view of lakes and mountains, the trail descends down to the destination of Chukarpo. We will camp here and the dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 23- Trek from Chukarpo to Tempesto

The day starts with breakfast at the camp after which we will proceed towards Tempesto. The trail is an easy walk across the Juniper forests before gradually ascending up to Tempesto. We will camp near the lake and dinner would be served at the campsite.

Day 24- Trek from Tempesto to Marothang

Today we will trek to Marothang before crossing another high altitude mountain pass. After a lip-smacking breakfast at the campsite, we will proceed on our trekking trail. The journey starts with a two-hour climb to Tempe la Pass, which is nestled at 4,450 metres. From there the trail descends to the sacred lake called Umtshato. After we cross the lake the trek gets a bit tricky as it passes through huge stone slabs. Upon arriving Marothang, we will camp in the open. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

Day 25- Trek from Marothang to Nicachu Zam

On the last leg of trekking in Bhutan, we will trek to Nicachu Zam. After breakfast is served at the campsite, we will depart for our journey. The trek will be very pleasant today as we will pass through scattered farmhouses and open fields. You will be able to spot motor roads from the distance and it would be a massive achievement as you would have trekked across some of the most difficult mountains in Bhutan. You will be welcomed by our Executive who will drive you to the Wangdi Kichu resort, which will roughly be a three hours drive. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 26- Drive to Punakha sightseeing and drive to Paro via Thimphu

After a lavish breakfast at the resort, leave for Punakha sightseeing tour. Upon reaching Punakha Dzong which served as the old capital of Bhutan. Built on two rivers, the fort has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February, there is a procession taken out and is known as Punakha Serda. It is celebrated to commemorate the victory over Tibetan. From there we will drive to Thimphu for lunch. From Thimphu, we will proceed to Paro via Simtokha Dzong. Upon reaching Paro, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 27- Depart Paro

After a lavish breakfast at the hotel, leave for Paro airport, thus marking an end to the Snowman Trek tour.

Highlights of the trip

  • Flight to Paro offers scenic view of Himalayan ranges, including Mount Everest.
  • Ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong, which was strategic centre during the war against invading Tibetan army.
  • View of Mount Chomolhari(7,320m) enroute the Ta-Dzong, an ancient watchtower.
  • Taktsang Monastery, which clings onto an 800 metres cliff is an icon of Bhutan tourism.
  • Trek to Jele Dzong offering the scenic beauty of Paro Valley.
  • View of virgin peaks -- Chomolhari and Jichu Drake enroute Jangothang.
  • Tshophu Lake near Jangothang.
  • Trek across Nyele la Pass, which is nestled at an elevation of 4,700 metres.
  • Trek across Gobu la Pass perched at an elevation 4,600 metres.
  • Climb to Jari la pass, which is an elevation of 4,650 metres.
  • Tsharijathang, which is the summer grazing ground for Bhutan’s national animal Takins.
  • View of Gangchen mountain from Shinje la Pass (4,950 metres).
  • Visiting local houses and interacting with locals in Laya.
  • Trek to Tsimo la Pass, which is nestled at an altitude of 4,700 metres.
  • Trek to high altitude Karchung Pass at an elevation of 5,100 metres.
  • Climbing Keche la Pass at an elevation of 4,600 metres.
  • Trekking across Jaze la Pass which is perched at an altitude of 4,950 metres.
  • Trekking across the highest mountain pass in Bhutan, Rinchen Zoe pass at an elevation of 5,400 metres.
  • Crossing Tempe la Pass at an elevation of 4,450 metres.
  • Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan.
  • Punakha Fortress which is a reminder of the Bhutan history and it is built between two rivers.
  • Visiting Simtokha Dzong, which now serves as the campus for University.

Inclusion of the trip

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Breakfast
  • Guide
  • Transport

Exclusion of the trip

  • Airfare / Railfare
  • Government GST of 5%
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide Charges
  • Video and Camera permits
  • Any supplementary services
  • Porterage at hotels and airports, tips, insurance, laundry, liquors, wine
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks
  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels
  • Any compulsory supplement during the stay
  • Any other services not specified above

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