Long Snowman Trek ..29 Days

Unbeatable Snowman Trek

The power and beauty of the mountains is more impressive on foot than from any vehicle. Whether you take a two night trek around the Bumthang valley or take the eight day trek to the base of Mt.Chomolhari, the views, villages, people and experi-ence will be unparalleled. Trekking during April and May in the Himalayas brings the deep reds and oranges of the rhododendron blos-som. Earlier in the year the light is shaper but the nights are very cold. In autumn, after the rainy season, the skies clear and leaves begin to turn yellow.

We atGreen Lotus Trekking are committed to offer very personal and efficient services especially for the trekkers. A guide, a cook and some experienced staff accompany all trekkers. Yaks carry by mountain horses and at high altitude provisions and luggage. With the surest footing, they lead trekking groups across the passes.

The horseman and cook will usually run ahead during a trekking day. They will have prepared a packed lunch and will go on to the night's resting place to set up camp. On your arrival at the campsite nothing will taste better than being greeted with a hot cup of tea and biscuits.

Treks vary from short three-day walks across low altitudes to the three weeks Snowman trek that covers 356kms. The northern paths climb as high as 5,500m and should be attempted by strong, experienced walkers. Our Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers. They are expert walkers who have been trained as trekking guides and follow routes that have been walked for centuries.

  • TREK RATING - Strenuous
  • SEASON- August, September, October & till mid November
  • DURATION -29 days / 28 nights

This is a strenuous trek crossing 11 passes, three which are over 5000 m. and you have to be physically fit & mentally prepared. The trek begins from Paro/ Punakha (west) and ends in Bumthang/Trongsa (central). It is a combination of Chomolhari, Laya & Lunana trek crossing the Renchen Zoe pass alt.5, 400m the highest pass in Bhutan. The trek can take 2ldays or 28 days depending on which you prefer to choose. It is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas.

Highlights: This trek leads you to the seldom-, passing some of the last virgin peaks of the Himalayas offering you great varietv of trek king conditions, from picturesque farmland and forest to alpine pastureland. This trek will take you close to the huge snow, ice and rock faces of the mountains where most of the Himalayan peaks tower-ing to the north are unnamed and unclimbed. The only inhabitants are rare species such as bharal, or blue sheep, takin and the snow leopard. During the spring, summer and autumn, the alpine meadows are filled with countless varieties of flowers.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Kathmandu-Paro- During this flight, Druk Air will give you an opportunity to glance at the magnificent view of the Himalayas. You will be greeted by our representatives and drive (20 min.) through the beautiful Paro Valley. Overnight at  Hotel or Resort at an alitude 2.200m.

Day 02: Paro / Paro Full Day Sightseeing.-Afternoon at leisure or visit a farm house. Overnight at Kichu Resort - Altitude 2.200m

Day 03: Paro AM- For better acclimatization hike up to Taktsang monastery - alt. 3000m. The hike takes about 3 hrs overlooking the Paro valley. Lunch at Cafeteria. PM-Easy walk down & drive to resort. You can relax & prepare for the trek.

Day 04: Paro - Shana- 16 kms. 5/6 hrs walk alt. 2800 m.

Day 05: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha- 24 kms. 8/9 hrs walk alt. 3800 m.

Day 06: Soi Thangthangkha -Jangothang- 12 kms. 4/5 hrs walk Alt. 4.050 m

Day 07: Jangothang- Halt at Jangothang. Options-fishing/excursion to Chomolbari base camp/relax.

Day 08: Jangothang - Lingshi- 18 kms. 6/7 hrs walk. Climb over Neyle pass alt. 4700 m.- Camp at alt. 4100 m.

Day 09: Lingshi - Chebisa- 14 kms 5/6 hrs walk alt. 3900 m.

Day 10: Chebisa - Shomuthang-16 kms. 7/8 hrs walk. Climb over Gubu la pass alt. 4600 m. Camp at alt. 4250 m.

Day 11: Shomuthang - Robluthang-18 kms. 8/9 hrs walk. Climb over Jari la pass alt. 4650 m. Camp at alt. 4300 m.

Day 12: Robluthang - Lingmithang-16 kms .8/9 hrs walk. Climb over Shinje Ia pass alt. 4950 m Camp at alt. 4100m.

Day 13: Lingmithang - Laya-13 kms. 5/6 hrs walk. alt. 3850 m

Day 14: Laya halt.Excursion around the village

Day 15: Laya &endash; Roduphu-19 kms. 8/9 hrs walk. Camp at alt. 4150 m.

Day 16: Roduphu &endash; Narithang-16 kms. 6/7 hrs walk. Climb over Tsimola pass alt. 4700 m. Camp at alt. 4250 m

Day 17: Narithang - Tarina-17 kms. 7/8 hrs walk. Climb over Kangla Karchula pass alt. 5100 m. camp at alt. 3900 m.

Day 18: Tarina - Woche-15 kms. 6/7 hrs walk. Camp at alt. 3800 m.

Day 19: Woche - Lhedi-17 kms. 7/8 hrs walk. Climb over Keche la pass alt. 4500 m. Camp at alt. 3650 m.

Day 20: Lhedi -Tanza-18 kms. 7/8 hrs walk. Camp at alt. 4000 m.

Day 21: Tanza - Tshochena-18 kms. 7/ 8 hrs. Climb over Jazela pass alt. 4900 m. Camp alt. 4100 m.

Day 22: Tshochena -Jichu Dramo-14 kms. 6/7 hrs walk. climb over Loju Ia pass alt. 4900 m. Camp at alt. 4400 m.

Day 23: Jichu Dramo - Chukarpo-18 kms. 8/9 hrs walk. climb over Rinchenzoe pass alt. 5400 m. Camp at alt. 4200 m.

Day 24: Chukarpo - Tempetso-19 kms. 8/9 hrs walk. climb over Tempela pass alt. 4600 m. Camp at alt. 3900 m.

Day 25: Tempetso - Marothang-15 kms. 6/7 hrs walk. Camp at alt. 3400 m.

Day 26: Marothang - Nikachu-22 kms. 7/8 hrs walk. Camp at alt. 2600 m or drive to Wangdiphodrang. Overnight Kichu Wangdi Resort.

Day 27: Nikachu &endash; Thimpu-Early morning drive (5 hrs) to the capital city Thimphu. En route visit Punakha the old capital, winter residence of the head abbot.

Day 28: Thimphu - Paro-AM- visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional method are still practised, painting school, National library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, Royal goldsmith workshop, weaving centre & Bhutanese paper making. (Lunch)

PM- visit the Memorial Chorten dedicated to the late King, 15 century, Changangkha Lhakhang, Drupthop Nunnery & Tashichhodzong centre of Government and religion. Drive to Paro (2 hrs).

Day 29: Paro- Kathmandu- Early morning drive to airport for departure.

 

 

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