Snowman Trek - 30 days

Snowman Trek - 30 days

Snowman Trek is a challenging trek that takes you to a relatively untouched region of Bhutan. Not many men have ventured along this tough trail known to test one's limits to the fullest.

Walking at an altitude of 4,000 and 5,000 meters, you encounter dramatic views of glaciers and mountains and some rare Himalayan wildlife. Cross 11 mountain passes, share the trail with yaks and Blue Sheep, and camp at some of the loveliest campsites in the world. Incredibly breathtaking and physically demanding, the Snowman Trek is the best amongst the best in Himalayan trekking.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • The most challenging Himalayan trek that takes you to altitudes above 5,000 meters.
  • The route weaves across a wild landscape filled with high mountain passes, yak pastures, mountain lakes, and giant Himalayan peaks.
  • Campsites are located in idyllic surroundings near the dwellings of nomadic yak herders. Opportunity to interact with the herdsmen at their tent made of yak hair.
  • Walk past the natural habitats of Blue Sheep, Himalayan Black Bear, and snow leopard.
  • Cross 11 mountain passes and several rivers and waterfalls.
  • Close-up views of Bhutan's tallest mountains – Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Gangkar Museum.
  • Visit some of Bhutan's highest villages.
  • A classic camping adventure. Fully organized camping trek.  Sleeping and dining in tents.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Paro (2,235m/7,331ft)
Day 2 Paro Sightseeing
Day 3 trek to Tiger's Nest - 5 to 6 hours (9km) trek
Day 4 Trek from Drugyal Dzong to Shana - 5 to 6 hours (17km) trek
Day 5 Trek from Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha (3,610m) - 7 to 8 hours (22km) trek
Day 6 Trek from Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,080m) - 5 to 6 hours (19km) trek
Day 7 Rest Day in Jangothang (4,080m)
Day 8 Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4,010m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek
Day 9 Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa (3,880m) - 5 to 6 hours (12km) trek
Day 10 Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang (4,220m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek
Day 11 Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang (4,160m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek
Day 12 Trek from Robluthang to Limithang (4,140m) - 6 to 7 hours (19km) trek
Day 13 Trek from Limithang to Laya (3,850m) - 4 to 5 hours (10km) trek
Day 14 Rest Day in Laya (3,850m)
Day 15 Trek from Laya to Rhoduphu (4,160m) - 7 to 8 hours (19km) trek
Day 16 Trek from Rhoduphu to Narethang (4,900m) - 5 to 6 hours (17km) trek
Day 17 Trek from Narethang to Tarina (4,350m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek
Day 18 Trek from Tarina to Woche (4,350m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek
Day 19 Trek from Woche to Lhedi (4,200m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek
Day 20 Trek from Lhedi to Thanza (4,150m) - 7 to 8 hours (17km) trek
Day 21 Rest Day in Thanza (4,150m)
Day 22 Trek from Thanza to Tshochena (5,000m) - 7 to 8 hours (18km)
Day 23 Trek from Tshochena to Jichu Dramo (5,050m) - 4 to 5 hours (14km) trek
Day 24 Trek from Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo (4,600m) - 5 to 6 hours (16km) trek
Day 25 Trek from Chukarpo to Thampe Tsho (4,300m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek
Day 26 Trek from Thampe Tsho to Maurothang (3,610m) - 5 to 6 hours (16km) trek
Day 27 Trek from Maurothang to Sephu (2,650m) and drive to Gangtey
Day 28 Drive from Gangtey to Thimphu - 3 to 4 hours (135km)
Day 29 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 30 Thimphu to Paro and Final depart from Bhutan - 1:30 hours (55km) drive

Trip Overview

Snowman Trek offers you the ultimate challenge in the Himalayan wilderness of Bhutan. Regarded as one of the hardest treks in the world, the Snowman Trek is not for the fainthearted or beginners. The route takes you on a thrilling hike from western Bhutan all the way to central Bhutan and the Bhutan-Tibet border.

Bhutan is a paradise for nature lovers, surrounded by the soaring Himalayan range and one of planet earth's last surviving virgin forests. The Snowman Trek Bhutan takes you to those hidden parts of the country where few men have reached.

You will be crossing 11 high mountain passes, glaciers, mountain lakes, Himalayan rivers, and nomadic settlements during your adventure. You will be walking past grazing pastures of yaks and Blue Sheep.

You get to visit some of the highest villages in Bhutan, interact with villages and learn more about the ethnic culture.  Walking on alpine meadows covered with wildflowers while enjoying breathtaking views of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and other snow-covered giants is nothing less than heavenly.

The tough trail and thin air will challenge you physically and test your endurance. Far from civilization, you will get to reconnect with nature and recharge your inner being. The sights and sounds of the pristine Bhutanese landscape will fill your whole being with peace which you do not find in other places.

Your trip begins with a sightseeing tour in Paro and a hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest or Taktsang Monastery. A short drive from Paro brings you to the trailhead of your trek, Sharna Zampa.

For 24 days, you walk past dense forests, windy and isolated mountain passes, dramatic glaciers: sacred mountain lakes and gurgling Himalayan rivers. The beauty of nature will blow your mind away.

As each day progresses, you ascend higher and higher and camp at elevations ranging from 4,000 and 5,000 meters. More than anything, the elevation gain will test you physically and make your lungs work overtime. The high mountain pass of Rinchen Zoe La at 5,350m is the highest point you will reach.

After spending three weeks on the trail, your journey ends at the picturesque village of Sephu. A flight from Bumthang brings you to Paro again, where you can spend a day resting and rejuvenating. An extra day before your departure offers you ample time to explore the local market and shop for souvenirs.

If this trek is too challenging for you, you can check out some of our easy and less strenuous trekking adventures – Druk Path Trek, Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek, Jumolhari Trek, Merak Sakteng Trek, and Tour, and Bhutan Tour with Bumdra High Camp Trek. Get on board and drop us a message to start planning for your next Bhutan adventure.

Route Map

Snowman Trek 30 Days Route Map Snowman Trek 30 Days Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Paro (2,235m/7,331ft)

It is a thrilling experience to fly into Paro international airport, located amidst the mountains. After the immigration formalities, your Bhutanese guide will meet you at the airport terminal and drive you to your hotel. Check-in and take a rest. No activity is planned for today. If you wish, you can stroll around and explore a bit of the city on your own.

Overnight in Paro at Hotel.

Day 2
Paro Sightseeing

Your Paro sightseeing tour will commence after breakfast. Visit the most popular heritage spots in the city - Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong. Kyichu Monastery and Drugyel Dzong. Built-in the traditional style of architecture, the dzongs of fortresses used to be key defense posts of the Bhutanese military in the ancient days. Now, these buildings have been converted into museums, monasteries, and government offices.

Overnight in Paro at Hotel.

Day 3
trek to Tiger's Nest - 5 to 6 hours (9km) trek

Taktsang Monastery Taksang Monastery Bhutan - Sacred Buddhist site located in Paro and constructed in 1692

Today you visit one of Bhutan's iconic tourist spots, Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest. After an early breakfast, you will be driven out of town to the base of a hill. You take the rough gravel trail and hike up to the monastery, standing suspended on a steep rocky cliff. The path winds upwards on a well-maintained dirt track shaded by pine trees and decorated with colorful prayer flags.

No technical climbing is required. If you find the hike tiresome, you can hire a pony (you should bear the cost) and ride up to the halfway mark. There's a café at the halfway point, and you stop here for refreshment. Later you resume your journey and make your way up and down a stone staircase on a steep gorge. You can enjoy the Paro valley's stunning views and the mountains surrounding the green valley on reaching the monastery.

Tiger's Nest was Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava's meditation cave that introduced Buddhism in Tibet and Bhutan. According to local folklore, the Buddhist saint flew to this very cave on the back of a tigress. His meditation chamber is located inside the monastery. After visiting the monastery, walk down to the trailhead. Our vehicle will be waiting for you to drop you at your hotel.

Overnight in Paro at Hotel.

Day 4
Trek from Drugyal Dzong to Shana - 5 to 6 hours (17km) trek

Drugyal Dzong Drugyal Dzong- located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan

The trek starts from the ruins of Drugyal Dzong at 2,300m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently, traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and you reach Gunitsawa village, where you pass the army post. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa. Camp at an altitude of 2,850m

Overnight in Shana at Camp

Day 5
Trek from Sharna Zampa to Thangthangkha (3,610m) - 7 to 8 hours (22km) trek

From Paro, we drive for an hour or so to Sharna Zampa, the starting point of our trek. On your first day of the trek, you walk past the Jigme Dorje National Park and get your first view of Mount Jomolhari. The trail meanders past through terraced fields and apple orchards. Follow an up and down trail to the Po Chhu river valley. Your campsite is located in a green meadow overlooking the Himalayan mountains. Enjoy the splendid views as our kitchen staff prepare dinner for you.

Overnight in Thangthangka at Camp.

Day 6
Trek from Thangthangkha to Jangothang (4,080m) - 5 to 6 hours (19km) trek

An ascent up the Paro Chhu valley brings you to vast meadows dotted with temporary settlements of yak herders. The trail goes past an army checkpoint and follows a ridgeline with amazing views of the Bhutanese peaks. Walk past the villages of Takethang, Soe, and Dangochang and observe the rural lifestyle. The camp will be set up at a scenic location in Jangothang, from where you can enjoy clear views of Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Overnight in Jangothang at Camp.

Day 7
Rest Day in Jangothang (4,080m)

Jangothang lies in a picturesque location offering multiple options for short day hikes and excursions. You can enjoy mesmerizing views of mountain lakes and the Himalayan range during your hike. Take a hike to Tsophu Lake or walk towards some of the bigger mountains like Jichu Drake to enjoy close-up views. You can spot blue sheep and yaks while hiking on the slopes. Spending a day at this altitude will allow your body to get used to thin air.

Overnight in Jangothang at Camp.

Day 8
Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi (4,010m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek

jangoghang lingshi Jangothang- one of the most spectacular camping site for Snow Man Trek

You cross your first mountain pass, the Nyilila Pass (4,870m), today. It is a long and arduous climb to the pass from where you get to savor jaw-dropping views of Jichu Drake, Jomolhari, and Tsherimgang. As you walk on the alpine trail, you will get to see herds of Blue Sheep grazing. From the pass head down to the Lingshi Basin. On the trail, you can see tents of nomadic yak herders. Your campsite offers an amazing view of Lingshi Dzong and snow-covered peaks.

Overnight in Lingshi at Camp.

Day 9
Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa (3,880m) - 5 to 6 hours (12km) trek

After starting from your campsite, you reach a chorten. You either take the path to Lingshi Dzong and visit this old citadel sitting on top of a ridge or continue on your way to Chebisa.

En route, you walk past the villages of Goyul and Lingshi. You will be camping in the village of Chebisa, which is made up of traditional Bhutanese wooden houses.  You can visit local homes and interact with the villages.

Overnight in Chebisa at camp.

Day 10
Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang (4,220m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek

Follow the trail that lies behind the village and climb up to the Gobu La pass. Walk past a wide pasture filled with yaks grazing and the yak herders minding their flock. After reaching the pass, you descend to the valley, climb up, and then descend to a U-shaped valley of Shakepasa. A little bit of ascent brings you to your campsite at Shomuthang. The campsite lies above a tributary of the Nochu river.

Overnight in Shomuthang at Camp.

Day 11
Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang (4,160m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek

Climb up the valley and follow a trail covered with wildflowers. Towards the southeast, you can glimpse the glistening snowcapped summit of Kang Bum. Walk up a gentle ascent and reach Jhari La, another mountain pass. From here, Sinche La, a mountain pass you will cross the next day, is visible. You can also enjoy grand views of Gangchennta or the Great Tiger Mountain and Tserim Kang. Walk past a wide river valley where herds of takins (national animal of Bhutan) migrate during summer. Known as Tsheri Jathang, this area is a takin sanctuary. Your campsite is located in Robluthang, a meadow surrounded by boulders and rocks.

Overnight in Robluthang at Camp.

Day 12
Trek from Robluthang to Limithang (4,140m) - 6 to 7 hours (19km) trek

Robluthang Robluthang - campsite for Snowman Trek

It is a tough ascent to Sinche La (5,010m). You spend more than an hour or two climbing up the steep incline. The trail is filled with huge rocks. Once you reach the pass, you make a quick descent down, enjoying views of a glacial lake and lateral moraines.  Your campsite is located in Limithang, overlooking the majestic Gangchhenta peak.

Overnight in Limithang at Camp.

Day 13
Trek from Limithang to Laya (3,850m) - 4 to 5 hours (10km) trek

After enjoying the splendid view of Gangchhenta, you begin your day's trek. You take the route downwards, following a narrow river valley. Walk through a forest filled with moss-covered trees. The trail brings you to the western corner of Laya village. Sitting at an elevation of 3,850m, Laya is the second highest village in Bhutan. Soak in inspiring views of snow-covered Gangchhenta and Mount Masagang from the village.

Overnight in Laya at Camp.

Day 14
Rest Day in Laya (3,850m)

Laya village bhutan Laya village, Bhutan - situated at an altitude of 3800m

You can spend your day exploring the village and interacting with the locals or hike up to one of the small hills surrounding the campsite. 

Overnight in Laya at Camp.

Day 15
Trek from Laya to Rhoduphu (4,160m) - 7 to 8 hours (19km) trek

Follow the trail down the Lunana trail junction and ascend a hill. From the top, you get awesome views of the Mo Chhu and Rodu Chhu rivers. Walk through a forest filled with pine and rhododendron trees. Enjoy grand views of the Tsenda Kang glacier and the glacial valley before reaching your campsite. Your camp for the nightlies beside the Rodu Chhu river at Rhoduphu.

Overnight in Rhoduphu at camp.

Day 16
Trek from Rhoduphu to Narethang (4,900m) - 5 to 6 hours (17km) trek

You walk past the river and climb up to a hill before reaching Tsomo La (4,900m), another high mountain pass. Parts of Tibet are visible from the top of the pass. Savor views of Jichu Drake, Jomolhari, and Lunana also. Cross a treeless plateau and walk to Narethang, where you camp for the night.

Overnight in Narethang at Camp.

Day 17
Trek from Narethang to Tarina (4,350m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek

Today you reach the highest point of your trek, the Ganglakarchung Pass, at 5,120m. From the top of the pass, you get to view some of the important Bhutanese peaks - Teri Gang (7,300m), Jejepangphugang (7,120m), Kang Bum (6,530m), and Tsendhen Gang (7,100m).  Walk down the massive moraines while enjoying views of a glacier sliding down the Teri Gang. You take time out to capture the captivating visuals of the mountain lakes at the glacier base. Take a steep descent to the Tarina Valley and walk to your camp set up beside the pristine Tang Chuu river.

Overnight in Tarina at Camp.

Day 18
Trek from Tarina to Woche (4,350m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek

Hike down the Tangchhu river and cross waterfalls en route to Woche village. Located at an altitude of 4,350m, Woche is the first settlement of the Lunana Region. One of the remotest villages in Bhutan, Woche only has few inhabitants and houses.

Overnight in Woche at Camp.

Day 19
Trek from Woche to Lhedi (4,200m) - 6 to 7 hours (17km) trek

Follow an up and down trail till you reach a glacial lake and the Keche La Pass (4,650m). From the top, you get stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, including the Jejegangphu Gang. Head down to the Pochu valley and trek onwards to Thaga village. From the trail, you can enjoy views of Table Mountain. Head downwards, crossing many more settlements en route. Walking the banks of the Pochu River, you finally reach Lhedi, your stop for tonight.

Overnight in Lhedi at Camp.

Day 20
Trek from Lhedi to Thanza (4,150m) - 7 to 8 hours (17km) trek

It is an easy walk to Thanza. Leave Lhedi and follow the Pochu River towards the north. You cross several small farms and villages, including Chuzo village and Chezo Dzong, an old fortress. Ascend a hill to reach the Thanza valley. Table Mountain looks awesome from this point. We set up camp at a nice spot with amazing views of the mountains.

Overnight in Thanza at Camp.

Day 21
Rest Day in Thanza (4,150m)

Thanza Bhutan Thanza Bhutan - Located at 4150m

Spend the day recharging and resting. You can explore the village and hike to one of the small hills to better view the mountains and lakes. The Table Mountain forming a 3,000m wall of ice and snow looks magnificent. The staff will get new yaks to carry the load and let the old ones go.

Overnight in Thanza at Camp.

Day 22
Trek from Thanza to Tshochena (5,000m) - 7 to 8 hours (18km)

You will climb to a large boulders hill towards the south of Thanza and after few hours of easy walk, we reach Danji (4,500m), which is a summer grazing ground for the yaks. At Danji, you may also see herds of blue sheep grazing on the meadows.

From Danji, we climb a few hundred meters up to the top of the ridge, which offers excellent views of surrounding mountains. Walking for another 20 minutes will reach the junction of trails leading to Gangkar Phunsum and Tshochena. We take the trail to the right that leads to Jaze La pass. The Jazela pass, which is at 5,200m, offers majestic views of surrounding mountains in all directions. From the pass, the trail descends through snow-capped peaks and lakes to Tshochena 5,000m.

Overnight in Tshochena at Camp.

Day 23
Trek from Tshochena to Jichu Dramo (5,050m) - 4 to 5 hours (14km) trek

Walk on the shore of the lake and ascend a hill to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Follow an up and down the trail and cross a lake before reaching another mountain pass, Loju La (5,170m). The trail follows yak trails and pastures. After crossing a hill that looks like a saddle, you enter a glacial valley. Walk down to Jichu Dramo. Located at 5,050m, this is the highest camp of this trek. 

Overnight in Jichu Dramo at Camp.

Day 24
Trek from Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo (4,600m) - 5 to 6 hours (16km) trek

Climb a moraine to reach Rinchen Zoe La (5,350m), a pass dividing two river basins – Pochu and Mangdechu. You can view Bhutan's highest mountain Gangkar Puensum (7,520m), from this pass. You can also clearly see the point where the tree line vanishes. Descend to a picturesque valley dotted with lakes and yak pastures. Your camp at Chukarko can be reached by walking past juniper and rhododendron trees.

Overnight in Chukarpo at Camp.

Day 25
Trek from Chukarpo to Thampe Tsho (4,300m) - 6 to 7 hours (18km) trek

The route follows a riverbank and yak pastures. After reaching the yak herders camp at Galapang Chhu, you make a steep ascent and enter a forest of junipers and firs. Follow a stream till you reach a hidden lake Thampe Tsho, sitting amid the hills. Your camp is set up on the shores of this picturesque lake.

Overnight in Thampe Tsho at Camp.

Day 26
Trek from Thampe Tsho to Maurothang (3,610m) - 5 to 6 hours (16km) trek

Today you cross the last mountain pass on the Snowman trail. Thampe La lies near the lake. After crossing the pass, you head down and walk towards Om Tsho, a sacred lake. This is a popular spot to watch Blue Sheep. Walk past a waterfall and another small lake before descending to the Nika Chhu river. Follow a forested path before finally arriving at your campsite in Maurothang, the last camping spot of your adventure. Your camp is set up near the yak herders' camp, close to the river.

Overnight in Maurothang at Camp.

Day 27
Trek from Maurothang to Sephu (2,650m) and drive to Gangtey

Celebrate the completion of your incredible Snowman Trek with your teammates and local crew. The final leg of your trek takes you down a dense forest and yak pastures. As you walk down, you can see a motorable road and the village of Sephu, the last camping spot of your adventure. From here, you will be driven  (50Km/1 Hour ) down to Gangtey in a private vehicle. Evening, you will rest in the hotel.

Overnight in Gangtey at Hotel.

Day 28
Drive from Gangtey to Thimphu - 3 to 4 hours (135km)

We will visit Punakha Dzong on the way to Thimphu, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan and Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. You will then drive to Thimphu via Dochula pass. Evening, you can stroll in Thimphu city.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 29
Thimphu sightseeing

King’s Memorial Chorten King’s Memorial Chorten -built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Sightseeing in Thimphu includes King’s Memorial Chorten (which was built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck), School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, giant Buddha Statue, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, known as the “Fortress of Glorious Religion”.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 30
Thimphu to Paro and Final depart from Bhutan - 1:30 hours (55km) drive

You will be driven to the airport on time to catch your flight. If you want to extend your trip to Nepal or India, do let us know. We have a range of itineraries that will fit your budget and interest.

Best Time for Snowman Trek

Spring (late May-June) and autumn (end of September-October) are the best seasons for the Snowman Trek. The conditions are ideal during these two seasons, with clear skies, sunny days, and great views of the mountains. Trekking during summer and winter is not recommended because of heavy rainfall, snowstorms, and extreme weather conditions.

A typical day on the trail

You will be woken up with a bed of tea brought to your tent by the kitchen helper. Hot water in a basin will be provided for washing up. Pack your things and get ready. A hearty breakfast will be served between 7 and 8 AM. The heavy luggage will get loaded into the pack animals, and the camp will be dismantled.

Follow your guide and start your hike. Around mid-day, you will stop for lunch at a suitable site. The kitchen crew will go ahead and set up camp. By the time you reach the campsite, they will be waiting with hot mugs of tea or coffee and refreshments to warm you up. Dinner will be served around 6 or 7 PM. While the kitchen staff prepares dinner, you can rest in your tent or sit outside enjoying the view.

Pre-Departure Checklist

As there are limited international flights to Paro, you need to book your tickets well in advance. Make sure that your passport has a validity of at least six months when you submit your details for visa processing.

Equipment and Gear

The following is a comprehensive list of the items you will need during your trip.

  • Daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
  • Trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Trekking pants
  • Hard Shell Trousers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts /shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jumper
  • Inner Thermal (top and bottom)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp,
  • Power bank  and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen lotion, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Quick-drying Towel
  • Crocs or sandals
  • toiletries
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Trekking Poles
  • 5 Season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pee Bottle
  • Reusable Water bottle with Lifestraw, Steripen, or water purification tablets
  • Small thermos

Altitude Sickness

The maximum elevation you will reach is 5,200 meters. One of the major worries of a Himalayan trekking adventure is altitude sickness. The air gets thinner as you go higher, and breathing becomes difficult. Normally AMS or acute mountain sickness hits you at around 2500 meters. To keep yourself safe from AMS, you need to keep yourself hydrated, drink lots of water, warm drinks, and soup. Our itinerary has enough acclimatization/rest days to let your body adapt to thin air. Do not walk too fast and maintain an even pace. Follow the instructions of your experienced guide, and you will be safe.

In case you show signs of AMS (headache, sleeplessness, rapid breathing, nausea, palpitations, etc.), you can take a Diamox. If this does not help, you will have to descend to a lower elevation and spend some time there. One of the crew members will accompany you. If your condition does not improve, an air rescue will take place where you will be flown to a medical facility in the city by helicopter.

This chart shows the depleting level of oxygen in the atmosphere as the elevation increases.


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Trekking Cost for Snowman Trek

The trekking cost for Snowman Trek depends on the group size. If there are more people in the team, it will cost less individually. The total cost includes visa, domestic airfare, permits, transportation, meals, staff salary, accommodation, etc.

Travel Insurance

Please make sure that you have a suitable insurance cover for your trek. Besides providing coverage for the usual travel emergencies like flight cancellations, lost baggage, theft, injury, your insurance policy should cover the cost of rescue and evacuation by air. As we will be trekking to an elevation of 5.200 meters, your policy should provide coverage for an emergency up to that altitude.

Guide and Porter Support

A government-registered local guide will guide the trek. He is an experienced guide who has made several trips with clients along the same trail. He will be supported by assistant guides, porters, and the kitchen crew. Pack animals will be used to carry the camping gear and heavy equipment. You will only carry your daypack, while horses will carry the heavy luggage.

How difficult is Snowman Trek?

This is a challenging trek that takes you to elevations above 5,000 meters. You will be trekking for 24 days and walking for 10 hours on some days. On trails that are sometimes tough to maneuver. This adventure is not for beginners or first-time trekkers. Though technical climbing is not involved, there will be steep ascents and difficult crossing of mountain passes on snow and ice. You will be crossing 11 mountain passes and sleeping at an altitude above 5,000m. As there are no lodges or guesthouses on the trail, you will be staying in tented camps; this trek is only recommended for experienced trekkers.

Training for Snowman Trek

You can start preparing yourself physically for your Snowman Trek 2 or 3 months before you begin your journey. Try to include stamina-building exercises. Jog, swim, climb staircases, cycle, or do deadlifts. Go on long hikes carrying a backpack. Choose a rough terrain for your hikes. Build up your leg muscles, and don't forget to have a balanced diet.

Emergency Rescue and Evacuation

In case of an injury or serious illness, emergency rescue and evacuation will be conducted. Your guide will call an air ambulance or helicopter, which will airlift you to a medical facility in Paro or Thimphu. Please remember that your travel insurance should cover the cost of high-altitude mountain rescue and evacuation.


Your package includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the city as well as on the trail.

While trekking, our expedition cook will prepare sumptuous and nutritious meals. If you require a special diet (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free), please let us know in advance to get stock up the ratio as per your dietary requirement. As there are no fresh produce or vegetables available on the trail, much of the ingredients used to prepare your meals will be dehydrated or dried stuff.

Breakfast may include oats, toast, bacon, eggs, biscuits, porridge, Indian bread, juice, tea/coffee, hot chocolate, cereals, beans, etc.

Lunch is packed and carried before leaving the camp. You stop at a suitable spot for lunch around mid-day for lunch. Items may include rice, noodles, tuna, sardine, chappatis, curry, pickle, dried meat, and fruit. 

Evening tea will be served with some snacks after you arrive at the campsite after the day's trek.

Dinner is an elaborate affair, and you get to feast on a full-course meal starting with soup, followed by the main course, and ending with a sweet dessert. Items may include broth, stew, momos, rice, lentils, curry, noodles, pasta, luncheon meat, Indian and Tibetan bread.

You can carry energy bars and your favorite snacks to munch while resting on the trail.

Drinking Water

Water will be boiled daily by the kitchen crew and filled up in your water bottles.

Accommodation on Snowman Trek

Tents will be provided for sleeping, dining, and washing up. A separate toilet tent is also carried so that you can answer nature's call in privacy. The dining tent will be furnished with chairs and a table. One man or 2-person tents are provided for sleeping.

In Paro, you will be staying at a 3-star hotel or resort.

Electricity and Internet

There is neither electricity nor an internet connection on the trail. Our crew will be carrying solar panels, which will be used to charge your camera and phone. Your guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency calls.

Organizing Your Trip to Bhutan

Our company handles all logistics. You only have to arrive in Paro. Planning the logistics for the trek requires a lot of time and manpower. The trek takes you to some of Bhutan's wildest and remotest corners, where there is no human habitation, modern conveniences, or shops. All the food and tents required during the trek will have to be transported on yaks or mules. Please do let us know in advance if you any special requirements so that we can plan accordingly.

How to Book the Snowman Trek Bhutan?

You can fill up the online booking form on our website. Alternately you can also email us or contact us via Viber, WhatsApp, or any of our social media pages. You will have to pay the full price of your trip as the Bhutan government only offers visas to tourists who have paid for their holiday packages in full.

We accept credit card payment, bank transfer, payment via Western Union, etc. We will send you details of our bank account if you want to send the deposit through a wire transfer.

Ready to go?

If this Snowman trek is for you, get in touch with us ASAP. We are available 24/7 to receive your calls, guide you, and assist you.

Snowman Trek FAQs

Snowman Trek in Bhutan is special as this is the only trek that takes you to some of the wild and beautiful corners of the country. You get to experience a real trekking adventure by walking on rough and challenging terrain and camping at isolated camping sites. You walk through a rare Himalayan landscape filled with glacial lakes, huge mountains, glaciers, yak pastures, high altitude settlements, and pine and juniper forests. This could be the only Himalayan adventure where you get to cross 11 mountain passes within 24 days.

Yes, the Snowman trek is the most difficult and challenging trek in Bhutan.

You need to reserve at least 30 days for this trekking adventure. The actual trekking adventure lasts for 24 days, including acclimatization days.

We have priced the trek competitively. The cost depends on the number of people joining the trek. More people in the group means it will cost less per pax. The package cost includes accommodation, meals, guides, porterage, overland transportation, and domestic flight.

A comprehensive packing list is given in our 'Essential Information' section. Please do go through it.

The trekking permits and entry fees are taken care of by the agency through which you book your trek. As individual travel is banned in Bhutan, all your travel arrangements are made by a government registered travel agency. 

Snowman Trek is one of the most challenging Himalayan treks. This adventure is only for experienced trekkers and not for beginners.

Keep the details of your insurance policy with you in case it's needed. Other documents are not required.

Meals during the trek are energy giving and nutritious. The food is hygienically prepared by our kitchen staff at the campsite. For breakfast, you can expect toast with butter or jam, eggs, cereals, oats, porridge, Indian fried bread (puri, parantha, etc.), muesli, juice, tea or coffee, etc.

Items for lunch generally include rice, meat, pickle, lentil, curry, noodles, Tibetan bread, or sandwich.

After reaching your campsite you will be served evening tea with snacks.

During dinner, a three-course meal is served starting with soup, main course and followed by dessert. For the main course, you can expect items like momo(dumplings), noodles, rice and meat.

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Declan Wheatley
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Oct 31, 2019

Marvelous Adventure!!!!!

This trek was great! I took a month leave and headed to Bhutan to explore its pristine beauty, culture and people. I never anticipated that this trek would give me a lot of wonderful memories. I always wanted to visit the famous Tiger nest monastery, walk across a wild landscape, cross mountain passes, and many more. This trek was perfect for me. I talked with the travel consultant and she even recommended me this trek. After a month, did it! And glad that I did it. I have some of the insane photos from the trek. Incredible views of Mount Jomolhari, and other mountain is the main highlights of this trek. I thoroughly enjoyed the trek. My guide Dawa was friendly and most importantly had all the knowledge for the trek. He made sure I was enjoying the trek, asked me every time if I was enjoying it or not, to which I smiled and replied yes. I will not forget my day in Paro. In love with Bhutan. I Will visit again.
Darnell Welch
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Oct 24, 2019

Not to Miss trip

This trip is definitely not-to-miss trips for anyone who loves to explore Bhutan. I am talking from my experience. This trek has a perfect itinerary that bestows many opportunities, including views of Mt. Jumolhari from the Chele La viewpoint. I could write pages for this trip but would like to request you to look at the highlight of this trip, itinerary and everything on the site. Go check it and you will surely inquire about the trek and eventually book it.
Dirk Larenz
Oct 18, 2019

Wow großes Abenteuer

Wir haben es sehr genossen. Unser Führer war freundlich. Er hat jede kleine Aufgabe mit Perfektion erledigt. Er hat uns unsere Reise genießen lassen. Er hat uns alles erklärt. Wir haben viel über Menschen, Kultur und Orte gelernt. Wir haben tolle Orte besucht und sehr genossen. Wir hatten beste Erinnerungen. Danke Third Rock
Martin Dixon
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Oct 10, 2019

Long Trek but fantastic

We had a great trek in Bhutan. Everything was great, specially our guide. He was knowledgeable and expert on the trek. He answered all our queries and made us smile instantly. He was friendly and managed everything right there and then. Our itinerary was well designed and everything was operated perfectly. Bhutan has a lot to offer and this trek was fantastic.

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