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Snowman Trek with Gangkar Puensum

challenging-Total Trip: 26 Nights / 27 Days
6 Nights Hotels/Lodges
20 Nights Camping
Trekking Max. Altitude: 4900m / 16076ft


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

  • Double room on twin sharing basis in government approved 3 star hotels
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Single room supplement is additional of USD 45 per night per room
  • All three meals (does not cover water and other beverages ordered in hotels/restaurants)
  • Bottled mineral water for the entire trip (except water ordered in the hotels and restaurants)
  • Afternoon tea and snacks
  • English speaking and knowledgeable guide
  • Comfortable SUV and a reliable driver
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Visa fee and processing charges
  • Tourism Development Fund
  • Government taxes
  • All administrative cost
  • Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
  • Airfare to and from Bhutan (we can arrange you tickets for you if you wish)
  • Any other beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) including water ordered in restaurants and hotels
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Wire transfer
  • Laundry
  • Gratuity/Tip for guides and drivers


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