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Snowman Trek with Gangkar Puensum (Very Challenging)


This trek goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered to be the most difficult trek in Bhutan. The circumstances which make this a tough trek are: distances, altitude, weather conditions and remoteness. A very fit trekking group could tackle the final stage from Tshochenchen to Bumthang (Day 22: 21 km, 13 hours) in one day, but the less fit should allow two comfortable days, and either reduce time allotted for post-trek sightseeing or else add a day to the total length of the tour. Months: The Snowman Trek is frequently closed because of snow and is almost impossible during winter.

Months: mid-June to mid-October.
Day 01

Arrive Paro, transfer to Thimphu

Day 02

Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 03

Drive from Thimphu to Tashithang (Punakha), camp overnight

Day 04
8km, 5-6 hours

Trek Tashithang – Damji

Day 05
15km, 6-7 hours

Trek Damji – Gasa

Day 06
13km, 6-7 hours

Gasa – Chamsa

Day 07
22km, 8-9 hours

Chamsa – Laya

Day 08

Rest day at Laya

Day 09
19km, 8-9 hours

Laya – Rhodophu

Day 10
25km, 10-11 hours

Rhodophu – Tarina

Day 11
17km, 6-7 hours

Tarina – Woche

Day 12
17km, 6-7 hours

Woche – Lhedi 17km

Day 13
17km, 6-7 hours

Lhedi – Thanza

Day 14

Rest day at Thanza

Day 15
19km, 8-9 hours

Thanza – Tshorim

Day 16
16km, 6-7 hours

Tshorim – Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

Day 17

Rest day at Gangkar Puensum Base Camp

Day 17
14km, 6-7 hours

Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma.

Day 18
14km, 6-7 hours

Gangkar Puensum Base Camp – Geshe Woma.

Day 19
18km, 8-9 hours

Geshe Woma – Warathang

Day 20
14km, 5 hours

Warathang – Dhur Tshachu

Day 21
16km, 8-9 hours

Dhur Tshachu – Tshochenchen

Day 22
21km, 13 hours

Tshochenchen – Dhur (motor road) – Bumthang (Jakar)

Day 23

Full Day Bumthang Sightseeing

Day 24

Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa, afternoon Trongsa sightseeing

Day 25

Drive from Trongsa to Paro

Day 26

Full Day Paro Sightseeing

Day 27

Fly to onward destination

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