Snowman Trek

Snowman Trek

 

The Snowman Trekking goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in Bhutan. Crossing dozens of high passes, many over 16,000 ft, this tough trek includes challenges of long distances, altitude, difficult weather conditions and remoteness. It however also affords some of the most magnificent views in the Himalayas, and traverses through some unforgettable landscapes.

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. Please note that the Snowman trek is only for the experienced, and due to its nature is only being offered to groups of 5 people or more.

Day 01: Arrive at Paro by Druk Air.

Day 02: Day hike to Taktsang monastery.

Day 03: Drive to Drugyel Dzong and trek to Shana camp.

Day 04: Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha.

Day 05: Trek from Soi to Jangothang.

Day 06: A rest day at Jangothang.

Day 07: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi.

Day 08: Trek from Lingshi to Chebisa.

Day 09: Trek from Chebisa to Shomuthang.

Day 10: Trek from Shomuthang to Robluthang.

Day 11: Trek from Robluthang to Limithang.

Day 12: Trek from Limithang to Laya.

Day 13: A rest day in Laya.

Day 14: Trek from Laya to Roduphu.

Day 15: Trek from Roduphu to Narithang.

Day 16: Trek from Narithang to Tarina.

Day 17: Trek from Tarina to Woche.

Day 18: Trek from Woche to Lhedi.

Day 19: Trek from Lhedi to Tanza.

Day 20: Trek from Tanza to Tshochena.

Day 21: Trek from Tshochena to Jichu Dramo.

Day 22: Trek from Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo.

Day 23: Trek from Churkarpo to Tempetso.

Day 24: Trek from Tempetso to Marothang.

Day 25: Trek from Marothang to Nicachu Zam.

Day 26: Drive to Punakha sightseeing and drive to Paro via Thimphu

Day 27: Transfer to airport for departure.

 Tariff for all services related to tourism in Bhutan are fixed by the Government of Bhutan which are consolidated into a package and charged on per night basis. The package comes with all meals; private transportation regardless of destination/sightseeing spots, government royalty, all necessary taxes, agent's handling charge and all other necessary logistic arrangement.

The government fixed package tariff for tourists visiting in a team of 03 persons or more are as follows:-

Tariff for the year 2016-2017 (in US Dollar):

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows (per person per night):

Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug & Dec (low seasons): USD 200 per person per night

Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov (high seasons): 250 per person per night

 

Per night cost is same for Cultural Tours, Treks or any other Special Interest Tours.

These minimum daily rates are inclusive of following services:

  1. Accommodation in standard hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  2. All transfers and sightseeing within Bhutan.
  3. Services of accompanied English speaking guide.
  4. All meals.
  5. Government's royalty & taxes.
  6. Riding ponies and pack animals on treks.
  7. Entrance fees to the monuments.

 

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subject to following surcharges, over and above daily package tariff:

Surcharge incase only single person travelling = USD 40 per night.

Surcharge incase 02 persons travelling together = USD 30 per person per night.

Incase the number of persons travelling together is 03 or more then there is no surcharge.

Agency Commission

As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts wherever applicable. Also there is no commission on FIT Surcharges, applicable incase of 01 and 02 pax.

Single Room Supplements

The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and incase of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:

Festival seasons USD 50 per single room per night.

Other seasons USD 40 per single room per night.

Tourism Development Fund

Not applicable.

Visa Fee

Visa fee USD 40 per person is payable extra and it can pay along with tour payment.

 

 NOTES
 
Wrap clothing in waterproof plastic bags.
As with all hiking and camping adventures, you will want to dress in layers -- to be able to take an outer layer off when you get too warm...and put a layer on when you get chilled.
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.
Bring double extra sets of batteries as cold weather shortens their life.
Carry critical trekking gear on the airplane in case baggage is delayed.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters.
Bring money for tips along with you.
CLOTHING
 
You want your inner layer to be wicking -- no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.
 
Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferrably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.
 
Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
Short-sleeved shirts
Long-sleeved shirts
Undergarments
Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
Rain jacket and/ or rain poncho
Sun hat with brim and chin strap
Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
COLD WEATHER CLOTHING
 
Down jacket or parka (for temperatures below freezing plus wind)
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Fleece pants
Waterproof/rain/shell pants
Long underwear
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaiter
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
Medium weight down jacket or parka
FOOTWEAR
 
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
 
Hiking boots, preferrably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support -- not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture
Gaiters (for mud and scree)
SLEEPING
 
Sleeping bag (Rated 32 degrees F/0 degrees C or colder is recommended)
NOTE: Sleeping pads are provided at no charge.
BAGGAGE
 
Large duffel bag or backpack with rain cover, for porters to carry (80 liters or larger)
Day pack and rain cover, for you to carry
Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
ELECTRONICS
 
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible). Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.
 
Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
Camera, lenses, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
Video camera, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
Tripod (travel size)
GoPro, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
Lens cleaning cloth
TOILETRIES
 
Soap
Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Deoterant
Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
Hand sanitizer
Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
Sunscreen
Lip balm with sunscreen
Small towel and washcloth
Toilet paper
Facial tissue
Shaving supplies
Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
Insect repellent
Q-tips
Sewing kit
Feminine products
Cosmetics
FIRST AID
 
You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
 
Prescription drugs
Malaria pills (if necessary)
Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, Aspirin
Bandaids/plasters
Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
Throat losenges
Vitamins
Antihistemines
Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
Gauze bandages and tape
Diahrea medicine (Immodium AD or similar)
Ace bandage
Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
Diamox for altitude (talk to doctor)
OTHER
 
Sunglasses, straps
Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
Binoculars
Pocket knife
Notebook, lots of pens
Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
Matches or lighter
Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2006 with no tears)
Guide books, maps, language books
Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade
Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
Gifts for guides and local children
Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, santa hats for your holiday photo
Trekking or ski poles
2-3 Water bottles and Camelback (no disposable water bottles)
Bring 3 liters of bottled water for the first day of hiking.
Guides will boil water or use steripens for water sanitization for you along the route.
Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals

 

Month

Trekking Destinations

Chomolhari Trek

Laya Gasa  Trek

Druk Path Trek

Bumthang Cultural Trek

Snowman Trek

January

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February

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-

09th, 16th & 23rd

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-

March

01st, 08th, 15th & 22nd

-

01st, 08th, 15th & 22nd

-

-

April

05th, 12th, 19th & 26th

05th, 12th, 19th & 26th

05th, 12th, 19th & 26th

05th, 12th, 19th & 26th

-

May

03th, 10th, 17th & 24th

03th, 10th, 17th & 24th

03th, 10th, 17th & 24th

03th, 10th, 17th & 24th

-

June

-

07th, 14th, 21th & 28th

07th, 14th, 21th & 28th

-

07th, 14th, 21th & 28th

July

-

-

05th,12th,19th and 26th

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05th,12th,19th and 26th

August

-

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-

09th, 16th & 23rd

September

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

October

04th, 11th, 18th & 25th

04th, 11th, 18th & 25th

04th, 11th, 18th & 25th

04th, 11th, 18th & 25th

04th, 11th, 18th & 25th

November

01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd & 28th

01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd & 28th

01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd & 28th

01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd & 28th

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December

-

-

06th, 13th, 20th & 27th

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-

 

Note:- Fix Departure date and day based on  every Tuesday  from Kathmandu by Druk Air Flight Number KB 401 at 09:25.

Trip Facts

Duration: 26 Nights 27 Days

Max. Altitude: 5,320m

Trekking Grade: Hard

Trek Start: Paro

Trek End: Paro

Best Season: Mid June to Mid October

Group Size: Min. 2 pax – 12 pax

 

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