This trek goes to the remote Lunana district and considered as the most challenging trek in Bhutan. The attributes those make it a tough trek are ; distances, altitudes, weather and remoteness.
Due to the snow, especially during the winters, the Snowman Trek is frequently closed. The best time to experience this trek is from mid-June to mid-October.
Day 01: Land At The Paro International Airport
Arrive at one of the most thrilling and fascinating airports in the world, the Paro International Airport. Onboard, get to witness the snowy capped gleaming Himalayas. As the plane closes into Paro, you will enjoy the green Paro valley with amazing paddy fields on the ground. To top that, the breezy and sparkling Pa Chu (Paro River) flowing gently through the valley alongside Paro Dzong (Fortress) and Ta Dzong (Watchtower) will offer a sight that will remain forever in your memories.
As you step down the Drukair, relax and breathe in the healthy carbon-negative air. The representatives of ours will warmly greet you at the airport making sure you are well blended into the new environment.
Travel towards the capital city, Thimphu, enjoying the ride along the way.
Upon arrival, spend overnight at one of the best hotels in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Tour
A whole day tour of the city on the second day is gracefully waiting for you. Thimphu is a city where you can experience both traditional and modernity.
Waste none of your time and visit the following places:
Memorial Chorten – Was built as a monument to world peace and prosperity and also serves as a memorial to the Late 3rd King
Trashichho Dzong – This magnificent fortress houses the throne of His Majesty The King, the Secretariat building, and the offices of the King and various government officials
National Library – Get an opportunity to view the ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
Art School (Institute for Zorig Chusum) – Was opened in 2001. Students here undertake a six-year course on 13 different traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You can get a chance to interact with the students and teachers and get to know more about the institute.
Traditional Medicine Institute – The institute has a library dating back to around 1616 when Tibetan Buddhism was formally introduced to Bhutan.
Handicrafts Emporium – This government-run enterprise will surely make you attracted to a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism, and Himalayan culture.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum – This is one of the finest museums opened in 2001 that provides in-depth knowledge of the Bhutanese material culture and traditional way of life. I am sure you will get to know more about the history and tradition of Bhutan after leaving this place.
I am sure after a whole day tour, you will need a good rest. Be assured and stay overnight at one of the finest hotels in Thimphu
Day 03: Journey From Thimphu To Punakha / Tashithang
It’s day 3. Let’s take a ride towards Punakha / Tashithang. As you do so, enjoy the fresh view of rhododendron and magnolia on the way.
Dochula Pass (3050 m above sea level): Let’s briefly halt at one of the best sightseeing passes in the country. Here you can have a panoramic view of eastern Himalayan peaks and an enticing view of the Lunana route.
After reaching Punakha, you will be right on time for a picnic lunch by the beautiful, calm riverside, Mo Chu. While doing so, enjoy the serene view of the amazing Punakha Dzong (Fortress) which was built in 1637 during the time of Shabdrung. The Dzong is now used as the winter residence of the monk body and administrative center of the district.
After a hearty lunch, you will be going towards Tashithang following the Mo Chu.
After reaching the destination (Tashithang), we will camp at the end of the road at an altitude of 1,600 m.
Day 04: Tashithang To Damji (5-6 hours of walking time)
Doesn’t it feel wonderful to wake up at a campsite? Surely you must have felt a bit cold but worry not, you will start trekking by the riverside following a well-made path through the semi-tropical forest. This will surely burn up your calories, warming you up.
Due to the area being quite wet, look out for leeches. Also for flower lovers, there are abundant wild orchids available.
The day walk is fairly gentle climbing up to Damji village.
We will camp at the Damji site which is at an altitude of 2,250 m.
Day 05: Damji To Gasa (6-7 hours of walking time)
The path continues through semi-tropical forests and villages up to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring).
The Tsachu is a famous place where people from all over the country come to have a bath, believing to have curative powers. There are four pools of different temperatures from mild to hot to your suitability.
After the bath is over, hot and delicious lunch will be served close to the spring.
Eat your food well because you need to walk up a steep hill to Gasa Dzong (Fortress).
Upon reaching the destination, we will camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900 m.
Day 06: Gasa To Chamsa (6-7 hours of walking time)
It’s the 6th day and you must be wondering what the new day has in stock for you. Well, after a delicious breakfast, the prehistoric Dzong waist you. Gasa Dzong was built in the 17th century to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders.
After the visit, you will start the journey with a stiff climb up to Bele La pass (3,700m) through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper, and fir forests.
Good news; after a hard climb, descend for about half an hour to camp at Chamsa at alt. 3,650 m.
Day 07: Chamsa to Laya (8-9 hours of walking time)
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Taktsang Village Resort
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Things you should know
The daily $250 tariff
Foreign travelers to Bhutan have to pay an all inclusive daily Tariff of $ 250. This pays for all their expenses during their stay.
Mandatory travel guide
All tourists must be accompanied by a guide assigned to them by their travel agent. The guide fee is paid from their daily tariff.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.