Travel Tips

Snowman Trek – Mountain Tours

  • Day 01
    Day 01    Arrive Paro, Bhutan

    Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Paro.

  • Day 02
    Day 02    Hike to Tiger's Nest

    Hike to Tiger's Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. It is perched on the cliff where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress.

  • Day 03
    Day 03    Trek Starts

    This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

  • Day 06
    Day 06    Halt at Jagothang

    The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

  • Day 19
    Day 19    Rest day at Thanza

    In Thanza walk around and experience some village life or climb up the ridge for fascinating views of lakes and mountains. But as it takes time to arrange new yaks, you might have to spend one day at Thanza anyway.

  • Day 27
    Day 27    Trek ends at Sephu

    Drive through scenic mountains from Sephu to Punakha. Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan.

  • Day 28
    Day 28    Thimphu Sightseeing

    Drive to Bhutan's capital, Thimphu via the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks (about 3 hrs total driving time).

  • Day 30
    Day 30    Depart Paro

    The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of our company and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!

Season Peak Season
Type Adventure & Trekking
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel, Camp
Guide Included
Transportation Included
Meals All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Places Covered Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
Entry Fee & Taxes Included

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The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek and is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Bhutan. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow.

Season: The Snowman Trek is frequently closed because of snow and is almost impossible during winter. The recommended season for this is mid-June to mid-October.

Snowman Trek – Mountain Tours

Trip Highlights

  • Camp overnight beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive mountain peaks.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.
  • Experience fabulous views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, all visitors to Bhutan must apply for a visa with the Bhutan government. Beyond The Clouds arranges this for you and you will receive your visa prior to departure. The visa cost is incorporated in the total trip price. The Bhutan government retains US$60 per person per day from tourists which is used on improving health, education and infrastructure for its people.
This depends on the departure date of your trip. Bhutan is cooler than Nepal due to the higher altitude of places that you are likely to visit. Expect day time temperatures in Paro of 14 -20 degrees in March/ April and October/ November and night time temperatures of zero to ten degrees. Thimpu and Punakha are warmer than Paro but can still be cold at night. It can reach 28 degrees in September in Punakha. On the trek, it will get much colder with increased altitude.
All our treks have experienced English speaking guides who will look after you during the trek. We also provide approximately six staff for every four trekkers. Your trekking team also includes an experienced cook and horseman with a team of ponies to carry your bags.
Trekking in Bhutan is for experienced trekkers who can cope with long days of walking and substantial climbs and descents. Therefore you need to be fit and a regular walker. Trekking can be hard but we encourage you to walk at your own pace.
We suggest bringing a rucksack/backpack is best (50-60 litres) - horses carry the luggage so this style of travel bag is easier to load. Alternatively, a soft bag with handles is fine. Suitcases can not be taken on our treks.
Although our Bhutan treks do climb to altitude, we endeavour to plan the itinerary so that you can acclimatise gradually as you ascend. However, in some cases the altitude gain will be greater due to the geographic terrain. We receommend doing the Tiger’s Nest Monastery hike prior to the start of your trek and if there’s time, climbing to a high pass such as the Chelila Pass (3,810) on the way to Haa. This assists enourmounsly with acclimatisation. It is also important to walk at your own pace and drink plenty of water. You should tell your guide if you have a headache, dizziness or any other health complaint. Our guides are all trained in first aid and understand what to do if someone is suffering from altitude sickness. You may wish to bring suitable medication/alternative remedies including Diamox, ginkgo and homeopathic medicines.
Most Bhutanese (particularly youngsters) are cordial and open to having their photo taken yet do regard them by asking consent. You will have the capacity to take photos outside all the dzongs and chronicled destinations, however please take note of that there is no photography allowed inside. You can likewise take photos at the celebrations.
Bhutan has great restorative offices in the fundamental focuses. There are additionally drug stores in each town. If it\'s not too much trouble illuminate your guide in the event that you require any help.

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ITINERARY & Time Schedule

  • Days Place Duration:
  • Day 01 Arrive Paro, Bhutan
  • Day 02 Hike to Tiger's Nest
  • Day 03 Trek Starts
  • Day 06 Halt at Jagothang
  • Day 19 Rest day at Thanza
  • Day 27 Trek ends at Sephu
  • Day 28 Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Day 30 Depart Paro