Snowman Trek

/Snowman Trek
Snowman Trek 2019-03-03T15:10:27+00:00

Day 1; Rest day at Laya
One can go around the villages visiting houses and the people. Laya people are friendly and will happily pose for photographs. Women of Laya wear special dress and typical bamboo hats, decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. Cultural evening with dances performed by the local girls. Laya (12465ft/3800m)

Day 2; Laya-Rhoduphu
From Laya we descend to army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Rhoduphu. After lunch continue the climb through rhododendron bushes till we reach the camp at attitude of 4,350m. Walking time 8/9 hours. Camp Rodophu (13825ft/4215m)


Day3: Rhodophu -Nharithang

Following the Rodo-chu upstream over undulating terrain covered in dwarf rhododendrons and arid scrubland, the trail reaches an open valley and ascends gradually to cross Tsemo La (4905m), from where mount Jumolhari can be seen in the distance. Now level, the trail crosses a small, exposed plateau frequented by yak caravans, to reach the campsite at Narethang which is situated beneath Mount Gangla Karchung (6301m). Settle in for the first really high camp.

Camp Altitude: (4940m/16200 ft)


Day 4: Nharithang-Tarina

The trail ascends slowly about 1-1.5 hr climb to cross Gangla Karchung La (5020m) is not too hard- about 80m, with a steep section at the end. Crossing the pass leads into the Lunana area. An overwhelming view rewards all the hard labor of the last two days. In front and far below three beautiful, dark blue-green lakes are visible, and above the mountain Teri Kang (about 7300m) with some side peaks. A long and sometimes steep descent (1055m, 3 hrs) follows on a good trail through rhododendron buses to reach the valley floor and the campsite at Tarina.
Camp Altitude: (3938m/12915 ft)

Day5; Tarina- Woche
The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche at altitude of 3,800m, the first village scene Gasa.. Walking hours 6/7 hours.

Camp at altitude 3,800m


Day 6; Woche-Lhedi
The trek starts through juniper and fir forests and further ahead through rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche La pass (4480m) where one can have the great view of mountains. After the pass, descend to the riverside walking through the village with a stunning view of Table Mountains and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi Village, which is one of the main sources of Pho Chhu. Camp at altitude of 3,650m


Day 7; Lhedi halt

Here you can visit Lunana school and BHU


Day 8: Lhedi-Thanza
The trek continues following the rivers and rising gradually to Choejong village. Cross the bridge to reach Thanza. Camp at altitude 41000m. Walking time 7/8 hours.

 Day 9: Rest day at Thanza
One can walk around or climb up the ridge for fascinating view of lakes and mountains.

Day 10; Thanza- Tshorim
The trek start by climbing the ridge, with great view of Table Mountain and Thanza valley below. The ridge altitude is 4,500m and it rises gradually up to 4,650m. After lunch, walk upwards the left side of the bridge enjoying the view of snow-capped mountains. Further climbing ridges, you reach the campsite of Tshorim at altitude 5,125m. Walking time 8/9 hours.

Day 11; Tshorim-Gangkar Puensum Base Camp.
This is one of the highlights of the trip and day starts with a short climb to the Tshorim Lake. Walk on the side of the Lake enjoying the panoramic view of Gophula ranges. The last climb to the Gophula pass (5,230m) is very short. After the pass descend to the base camp, walking along the ridge and enjoying the great view of Gangkar Puensum. If interested, one can divert to the left side to climb up the pyramid peak for a better view or you can go down to the base camp nearby Sha Chhu at the altitude of 4,970m. Walking time 6/7 hours.

Day 12; Gangkar Puensum Base Camp
Rest day at the base camp enjoying the great view of the Gangkar Puensum which is the tallest unclimbed mountain in Bhutan.

Day 13; Gangkar Puensum Base Camp-Geshe Woma
The trek is not yet over. The trail further follows the Sha Chhu and descends gradually to Geshe Woma at an altitude of 4,200m. Walking time 6/7 hours.

Day 14; Geshe Woma – Warathang
The path continues following Sha Chhu for 2 and half hours until the stiff climb to Sakala begins. Visibility along the Sakala trail is poor so one must see top of the ridge for guidance. Lunch nearby a yak herder’s camp. After that, climb up to Sakala pass at altitude 4,800m. Later descend to the lakes and another short ascent is stunning. Scenery once again is beautiful with small lakes and the mountain peaks. Camp at altitude of 4,000m. Walking time 8/9 hours.

 Day 15; Warathang – Dur Tsachu
A short half hour climb leads to Julila pass (4,400m). After the pass, descend to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forests. After the bridge a short climb leads to Dur Tsachu hot spring where Guru Padmasambhava is supposed to have taken bath in 8th hot spring. Walking time 5 hours.


Day 16; Dur Tsachu – Tshochenchen
From the spring, it is a long and steady climb again with great views of mountains in Lunana. You also come across the blue lakes and yak herder’s camp at an altitude 3,850m. Walking time 8/9 hours.

 Day 17: Tshochenchen- Dur-Bumthang (Jakar)
This is the last day of the trek where you change from yaks to pack ponies. The path follows the Chamkhar Chhu, descending gradually wit few climbs. The trek ends here when you arrive at Dur village where White Lake transport will pick you up and drive to the lodge in Bumthang (Jakar).