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Trekking in Bhutan is an opportunity for you to discover the country in a different way from regular tours and to challenge yourself. With its location on the Himalayas and over 70% of land is forests, Bhutan is every trekker’s dream.

The country has 5 national parks, 4 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 strict nature reserve, covering 51.44% of the country. This is why Bhutan is the first and only carbon-negative country until now. The flora and fauna are diverse with many rare and endangered animals and plants. You may come across some of them in your trek like the blue sheep and takin (Bhutan national animal), since most treks will go through forests, national parks and also villages.

For beginners who want to explore the Himalayas, we have some easy treks for you. One of the most popular treks is the Druk Path Trek from Paro to Thimphu, which is fairly easy and takes short time to travel. Depending on the trail, you can reach altitudes from hundreds to 5,000m. So if you are interested in more intense and difficult treks, we also provide these hikes at Bhutan Pelyab Tours. The toughest trek is the “Snowman Trek”. It takes about 30 days to finish the trek and you will be camping at altitudes above 5,000m.

The best time for trekking in Bhutan is in spring (March – May) and in autumn (September – November). Winter is also a good season for journeys at lower altitudes, especially for the Nabji Korphu trek. You can enjoy the experience of getting away from the busy life by immersing yourself in the picturesque Bhutan nature, seeing majestic views from Himalayas peaks and crystal clear lakes, and sleeping under the starry sky.

Tour duration – 30days/29nights.

Trek duration – 24days

Tour destination – Western and Central Bhutan

Tour overview The snowman trek is one of the most difficult and toughest treks in the world. The trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkhar Puensum and Bumthang. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow. The trek begins at high altitude, so before the trek you will have two pleasure excursions in Paro to acclimatize. The good time for this trek is the first three weeks of October, its perfect weather without rain or snow. At any other time, the weather is very wet, snowy or both.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest you will start to discovery Paro valley which is a beautiful valley at 2280 metres by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then we head to the Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal between 1642 and 1646. This dzong now houses monk body and administrative offices of Paro and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Afterwards we visit the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory, nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest for It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

Then we will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Sharna Zampa – Soi Thangthangkha
  • Distance: 22km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3610m

In the early morning we drive to the starting point to start this trek. The trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you will you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4080m

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view in the early morning. The trek again follows the Paro Chhu which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the beautiful villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another highlight on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari.

Day 05: Rest day at Jangothang

Take a rest day at Jangothang will have with acclimatisation. It provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. You can also trek up to Tosoh lake or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4010m

The trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. We camp in a stone shelter near Lingshi Dzong.

Day 07: Lingshi – Chebisa
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3880m

Today is the shortest walking day. Shortly after starting you will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. After Lingshi Dzong (4,220m) you will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa (3,910m) it is possible to visit some village houses and a waterfall just behind the village.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shomuthang
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4220m

The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through wild pastures. On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. . We cross the Gobu La Pass (4410 m) before reaching Shomuthang. The camp is near a tributary to the No Chhu.

Day 09: Shomuthang – Robluthang
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4160m

We start with a climb to Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.

Day 10: Robluthang – Limithang
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4140m

After reaching the Shinche La Pass (5,005 m), the path descends and goes through the valley. Limithang is in the Laya district where the locals will be seen wearing unique regional dress. Looking back you can still see Jitchu Drake and Tsheri Kang in the west. We camp at Limithang with Great Tiger Mountain.

Day 11: Limithang – Laya
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3840m

Today you walk downhill through a winding river valley and enters the eastern end of Laya village. From the west of the village you will have spectacular views of Mt. Gangchhenta and catch Mt. Masagang. In the village centre is a community school. The campsite is located below the school.

Day 12: Rest day at Laya village

Today we will take a rest, explore Laya village and meet local people.

Day 13: Laya – Rhoduphu
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 6-8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4160m

From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu, just next to the Rhodu ChhuFrom Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu, just next to the Rhodu Chhu.

Day 14: Rhodophu – Narethang
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4900m

We follow the river and will have a steady climb to a high open valley at 4,600m to reach Tsomo la (4,900m). Tsomo La offers a superb view of Lunana, Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, and the Tibetan border.Then we cross a flat, barren plateau at about 5,000m. The campsite at Narethang is towered by the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m)

Day 15: Narethang – Tarina
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3970m

From the camp you will climb to Gangla Karchung La (5,120m). The view from the pass is breathtaking and the whole range of mountains including Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. The pass descends along a large moraine. Again one has great views: a massive glacier descends from Teri Kang to a deep turquoise lake at its foot. Finally, it is a very long descent through thick rhododendron to Tarina valley, where you will find several good campsites along the Tang Chhu.

Day 16: Tarina – Woche
  • Distance: 16km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3910m

The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu, passing some impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region.

Day 17: Woche – Lhedi
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3700m

We will go through juniper and fir forests and rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche La pass (4,650m) where one can have the great view of surrounding mountains again. After the pass, descend to the riverside walking through a village with a stunning view of Table Mountain and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi village.

Day 18: Lhedi – Thanza
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4150m

In clear weather, you will have great views of Table Mountain (7,100m). You will pass the small village of Chozo (4,090m) which has a dzong still in use. Reaching Thanza again you will have a great view of Table Mountain which forms a 3,000m high wall of snow and ice behind the village. Although there are possibilities to camp directly at Thanza, most groups prefer to camp in Thoencha.

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.

Day 20: Thanza – Tshorim
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 5120m

The trek starts with a climb up to the ridge, from where there is a great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. We follow a stream through a small valley, enjoying the view of snowcapped Mountains. We then climb up out of the valley to reach our campsite at Tshorim (5,125m).

Day 21: Tshorim – Gangkhar Puensum Base Camp
  • Distance: 16km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4970m

This is one of the highlights of the trek. The day starts with a short climb to the Tshorim Lake. We walk on the side of the lake enjoying a panoramic view of the Gophu La ranges. The last climb to the Gophu La pass (5,230m) is very short. After the pass descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge to enjoy a great view of Gangkhar Puensum. Climb up a pyramid shaped peak for a better view or you can go directly to the base camp (4,970m) near the Sha Chu.

Day 22: Gangkhar Punsum Base Camp – Gashe Woma
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4200m

The trail follows the Sha Chhu and descends gradually to Geshe Woma.

Day 23: Geshe Woma – Warathang
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 8-9hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4000m

The path continues following Sha Chhu until the stiff climb to Saka La begins. Visibility is poor along this part of the trail, so we must keep watching the top of the ridge in order to stay on course. The path then descends to a couple of lakes and another short ascent is stunning. The scenery once again is beautiful with small lakes and the mountain peaks.

Day 24: Warathang -Duer Tsachu
  • Distance: 14km
  • Estimated time: 5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3590m

We climb to Juli la (4,400m) before descending to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. We then cross a bridge and after a short climb reach Dhur Tshachu hot spring, where legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava bathed in the 8th century.

Day 25: Duer Tsachu to Tshohenchen
  • Distance: 16km
  • Estimated time: 8-9hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3850m

From the hot springs it is a long and steady climb again with great views of mountains in Lunana. You will also come across blue lakes and yak herder huts.

Day 26: Tshochenchen – Duer village
  • Distance: 21km
  • Estimated time: 13hrs

This is the last day of the trek. The path follows the Chamkhar Chhu, descending gradually with a few climbs in between. The trek ends here when you arrive at Duer village. Your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to the hotel in Bumthang.

Day 27: Duer to Bumthag explore Bumthang valley (Chamkher)

In the morning we will drive to the Jambay Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Goenpo in the 7 century throughout Tibet and the Himalayas overcome a giant demonen. Like Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro, the temple is one of the two of the 108 built in Bhutan. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche visited the site several times and deemed it exceptionally sacred. From here we take a walk to the Kurjey Lhakhang where Guru Rinpoche meditated here, subdued demonen and left his body imprint on a rock.

After lunch at farmhouse, we drive to Bathpalathang to visit the Red Panda Brewery. It was the first established beer brewery in Bhutan and its owner is a Swiss man. You can observe the process of producing beer and taste freshly brewed beer and cheese as well.

Then we visit Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery, the famous and sacred place blessed by Guru Rinpoche and the seat where Nub-ben Namkhai Nyingpo became an accomplished Yangdag master. Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery is the seat of the successive Namkhai Nyingpo reincarnates, afterwards we walk downhill towards town which will take approximately 20mins.

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

Day 28: Bumthang to Punakha
  • Altitude in Punakha : 1300
  • Distance: 212km
  • Estimated time: 8hrs

Today after breakfast we will drive to Punakha valley with sightseeing en-route. We will stop at certain places for tea/refreshments and drive slowly towards Punakha valley. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 29: Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, we visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang, a temple plus nunnery perched on a ridge overlooking the valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, comprises a double storied temple, a chorten resembling Nepal’s boudhanath stupa and a nunnery complex.

Afterwards we head to the Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. It is an imposing structure and was built in 1637 at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It served as the capital and seat of government until the early 1950s. The dzong is still the winter residence of the monk body.

On the way returning to Paro, we take a pleasant hike to across hillock fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility and built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley –“Divine Madman”.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 30: Depart Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.

Peak Season
1 March, April, May, September, October and November
  • Single traveler: US$ 9,650 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 9,360 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 8,490 per person
OFF PEAK SEASON
$15 January, February, June, July, August and December
  • Single traveler: US$ 8,200 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 7,910 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 7,040 per person
  • If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
The cost includesThe cost excludes
Bhutan visa fee.Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing roomTravel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.Airfares.
All meals in day.Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip.Excess baggage charge.
A sustainable development fee.Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees.Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.
Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.

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