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Unknown Snow Man Trek Bhutan

The Ultimate Bhutan Snowman Trek

Choose from two Snowman Trek route options - Hike to the Tigers Nest - One of the world's toughest treks

Is this the worlds hardest trek? The Snowman Trek is certainly regarded as one of the toughest treks by Lonely Planet. Bhutan isn't short of tough treks, but we'd not disagree with Lonely Planet. This is a real Himalayan challenge. Here we have both of the Snowman trek options, the southern exit and the eastern exit. Both are equally challenging and equally remote and are serious undertakings with many high altitude passes to cross and mostly relentless, committed high altitude trekking too. These demanding Bhutan treks not only require a high level of fitness and stamina that will deter even many seasoned trekkers, there’s also the duration and the cost that ensure this remains not only one of the greatest Himalayan trekking achievements to complete, but also one that is completed only by an elite few. Heading towards the border peaks of Tibet, the Snowman trek follows the Himalayan mountains spine. Chomolhari, Jitchu Drake, Gangkar Puensum  and more are the rewards for the committed, as well as uninhabited, wild mountain scenery and legendary remote regions such as Laya and Lunana. Both itinerary options require a flexible approach as either may well need to be adapted along the way dependent upon conditions and weather. Indeed, as we only operate private Bhutan treks, additional contingency days are strongly recommended. This is not only a challenging undertaking for trekkers, but also in terms of logistical support where due consideration must also be given to the support crew and pack animals upon which the trek is reliant. Changes must always be anticipated en route (including the high risk of not being able to complete the trek, whether it be the need for fresh yaks, snow bound passes, washed away bridges etc). The unexpected is almost the norm on this most serious and ambitious of all Himalayan treks. Having to abandon the trek is always a possibility. Sleeping bags (4/5 season) will be required for nights spent camping. Additional contingency days are highly recommended.


This trip features a good Bhutanese standard of hotel accommodation, however there are options to upgrade to 4*/5* top end Boutique Hotels in Paro

30 Days -  Up to 27 Days Very Challenging Walking- Max altitude 5300m - 4nts Hotels - 25nts Camping



The price shown is for guideline purposes. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary (twin share in hotels) - all airport and land transfers,  private overland travel,internal flights within the itinerary (option 2 only),  Full Camp Crew Service (inc Cook), Porterage on Trek (usually pack animals), all camping equipment (except sleeping bags). Tents on twin share basis. all meals as indicated in the itinerary,  permits & fees,  sightseeing where specified, Bhutan Visa & Tourist Taxes & an english-speaking Bhutanese guide.

B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner


Price Guide


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Day 1 - Arrive Paro. Transfer to Paro Hotel


Day 2- Tigers Nest warm up hike


Day 3- Begin the Snowman trek at Shana


Day 4-Trek up to Soi Thangka


Day 5- Trek to Jangothang-Chomolhari Base Camp


Day 6- Acclimatisation walk beneath Chomolhari


Day 7- Over the Nyele La to Lingshi


Day 8- Trek to Chebisa


Day 9 - Gobu La to Somothang


Day 10 - Over the Jhari La to Robluthang


Day 11- Across the Shinge La to Limithang


Day 12 - Gradual descent to Laya


Day 13 - Rest Day in Laya/Contingency


Day 14 - Down & Up to Rodophu


Day 15 - Over the Tsome La to Narethang


Day 16- Karakachu La to Tarina


Day 17 - Trek to Woche


Day 18 - Keche La to Lhedi


Day 19 - Hike to Thanza


Day 2- Rest Day/Contingency


Day 21 - Trek to Danji


From this point the Snowman trek splits into two route options


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Day 22 - The Gophu La to Geche Woma


Day 23 - Rest Day/Contingency


Day 24 - Saga La to Tseriyango


Day 25 -Trek to Dur Sachu


Day 26 -Two Passes to Tso Chen Chen


Day 27 - Down then up to Gorsum


Day 28 -Trek to Bumthang and transfer to Jakhar


Day 29- Fly/Drive to Paro


Day 30 - Depart Paro



Day 22 - Jaze La to Tso Chena


Day 23 - Loju La to Jichu Dramo


Day 24 - Rinchen Zoe La to Chukarpo


Day 25 - Rest Day/Contigency


Day 26 - Walk to Tampe Tsho


Day 27 - Over the Tampe La to Maurothang


Day 28 - Walk to Sephu and transfer to Gangtey


Day 29 - Drive to Paro


Day 30 - Depart Paro

Don't forget, this trip can be customised


Bhutan is also renowned for its traditional, colourful festivals. If you’d like your trip to Bhutan to coincide with a  Bhutan festival, and which ones you’d like to witness you can find out more on our Bhutan Festivals page. As all our holidays to Bhutan are exclusively private and tailor made, most of our itineraries can be designed & timed to incorporate your preferred festival choice.


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