Bhutan Snowman Trek - Go Adventurous in the Land of Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is a country that holds a lot of surprises. This mountainous kingdom has lots in store as it not only mesmerizes you with its scenic beauty but also captivates you with its adventurous activities. Snowman trek is one among them and stands out in the lot. This 27-day long trek is considered to be one of the toughest and expensive treks in the world and is held in the remote valleys of Bhutan.  
  • Duration:25-26 days only trekking i.e. approximately seven hours a day and most of the itineraries come with a total of 29- 30 days including the sightseeing and other activities.
  • Elevation: Six mountains are to be seen and they are situated at an elevated height as follows; Mount Jumolhari is of 7314m, Jichu Drake is of 6989m, Tsherimgang of 6789m, Kangbum is of 6526m, Tiger Mountain is of 6840m and Tsenda Gang of 7100m and the maximum altitude is 5320m
  • Difficulty Level: Hard and there are times where people returned halfway too.
  • Best time to trek:  March to May and September to November
  • Starting point:  Your Trip starts in Paro and you will be introduced to your tour guide and he will pick you up near the airport and the trip follows as per your itinerary.
  • How to reach Paro: There are flights to Paro International Airport from New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Bangkok and Kathmandu.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Tiger's Monastery is one of those go-to places in Bhutan and hikes to this place you cannot afford to miss.
  • Camping in Jangothang at an altitude of 4050m offers picturesque views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake leaving your day memorable.
  • Visiting Lingshi Dzong located on the hilltop provides the sight of commendable mountain peaks and green hills.
  • Chebisa is another small village that never fails to charm you with its beauty and waterfall.
  • Reaching the top of Shingchen La pass of 5005m is an awesome feeling.
  • Exploring the Laya village as part of your rest is an added advantage as you cannot miss the traditional Bhutanese hospitality.
  • The splendid views of other peaks like Kangbum, Teri Gang from Ganglakarchung pass of 5120m are simply stunning.
  • The climb towards the Duer Tsachu from Warathang leaves you in awe as you will find hot springs which are said to be the most beautiful in the Himalayas. After tiresome trekking who doesn't want to have a peaceful bath. Isn't it?

Tour Itinerary Trails

Lingshi Dzong
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1) Your trip starts in Paro and after your refreshments, you will leave for sightseeing of the town.
2) After the acclimatisation hike to Tiger's nest, your trek starts the next day in Drugyl Dzong in Paro.
3) The trek that starts in the Paro valley and ends in Trongsa.
4) From there you travel along  Soi Thangkthanka, Jangothang, Lingshi and pass villages like Chebisa, Lunana and so on and finally ends in Bumthang Valley.              
5) In this long trek, you will be crossing two high passes like Shingchen La Pass of 5005 m and Ganglakarchung Pass of 5120m.

Things You Need to Know

Without Visa/ permit you won't be able to leave Paro Airport, so make sure you carry all your documents like Passport, identification proof etc.,
Tour Cost:  Peak season- US$ 8,250 per person and off-season - US$ 6,800 per person.

Inclusion:
  1. A tour guide will be provided.
  2. Bhutan Visa fee and sustainable development fee.
  3. Entry fees into Museums
  4. Camping and its equipment
  5. Cook and support staff
Exclusion:
  1. Airfares are not included.
  2. Tips to any staff person, guide etc.,
  3. Travel insurance
  4. This above-mentioned list of items might vary depending on the tour agency.

Things to Carry

Mount Jumolhari
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  1. Hiking boots, at least 2 pairs.
  2. Woollen clothes  like socks, sweaters etc.,
  3. Hiking Pants and jackets
  4. Camera
  5. Extra covers to pack used clothes.
  6. Waterproof cover to save your bag from rain.
  7. Sanitary essentials
  8. Moisturizers and sunscreen lotions
  9. Medicines
  10. Small speaker to have a fun time while camping
Snowman trek offers its trekkers the pristine and exhilarating view of the mighty mountains and leaves an enthralling experience for its trekkers. Although many trekkers leave this in between because of snow blocking the passes, the people who complete this trek cherish for their lifetime.

This post was published by Harshitha Pudota

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