Duration: 28 Days

Trekking season:
September – October
Grade: Extreme
Average walking hours: 5 -8 hrs
Average ascents: min 5600m
Physical fitness: strong

The trek path is often referred to as the ‘world’s toughest trek’. Lunana Snowman trek combines the Lingshi – Laya trek and the Lunana Trek. This trek passes through the hidden Lingshi and Laya valleys, spectacular landscapes, crossing over 8 high passes and takes you to an altitude of about 5,600m/18,480 ft. with the average altitude around 4000m. The trek walks you through high and remote valleys of migratory yak herder’s. You will be having breathtaking views of 6000m and 7000m peaks. Most of this region remains isolated for many months during the winter from the mainland. Good fitness and previous high altitude trek experience are necessary to embark on this trek. This is one epic mountain journey for the ardent mountain pilgrim.

Day:  1 Arrive Paro International Airport

During the flight, you will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our guides.

 

Overnight at Hotel in Paro.

 

Day :  2 Paro – Sightseeing

Followed by breakfast you will be visiting Drugyel Dzong. Drugyel dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 to commemorate his victory over marauding Tibetan armies. The fortress was destroyed in 1951, the reconstruction has already started giving an impressive and imposing sight.

 

This spot unfolds a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of goddess” (Alt 7329 meters). 

 

After the visit you will visiting a farmhouse to see the typical lifestyle of authentic Bhutanese family. You will be going to the hotel with dusk.

 

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day : 3 Paro – Shana

Today you will be covering a distance 17 kms. It takes about 5 – 6 hours. Altitude of Shana – 2800 meters.

 

The car will drop you at the road end at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields. The night’s camp is just beyond an army outpost.

 

Day : 4 Shana – Soi Thangthangkha

You will be continuing uphill through the river valley, which is bit of narrow and close path. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage. The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter. The highest altitude will be 3500 metres with a distance coverage of 14 kilometres. It takes about 6/7 hours. 

 

Day :  5 Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang

Distance – 19 kms. The journey takes about 5/ 6 hours. Jangothang is at an elevation of 4040 meters above sea level. The trek starts up through the banks of the Pa Chu river. An army outpost is crossed along the way. The valley begins to widen as you walk further. The high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks come into view. Yaks and yak herders’ winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. The night camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jhomolhari.

 

Day:  6 Jangothang – Lingshi

The journey takes about 6 hours and the distance to be covered is 19 kilometres. The next stop stands at an elevation of 4150 metres.
Trek through wide yak pastures and passes. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day. Tsarim Khang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Night halt is a choice between a stone hut and the tent.

 

Day:  7 Lingshi – Chebisa

Today’s journey will be the shortest. You will be covering a distance of 12 kilometres and it takes about 6 hours to complete the journey. The Altitude at Chebisa is 3850 meters. On reaching camp at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses and meet local people.

 

Day: 8 Chebisa – Shomuthang

The distance coverage will be 17 kilometres and it takes about 6 hours’. The altitude at Shomuthang is 4260 metres. The trek is through wild high pastures. The area is sparsely inhabited. The trail leads to Gobula, a pass at an altitude of 4350 meters. The camp is on a ledge of flat land overlooking a tributary to the Mo Chu.

 

Day:  9 Shomuthang – Robluthang

The distance you will be covering will be 15 kilometres. It’s a 5-hour journey. Robluthang stands at an altitude of 4400 ft. You will be crossing the Jerela pass at an altitude of 4600 meters. After crossing Jerela, the trail descends to Tsharijathang, the valley where herds of Takin are usually seen. Overnight in camp.

 

Day:  10 Robluthang – Lemithang

After crossing Shingela Pass at an altitude of 4900 meters, the trail descends to the valley beyond.

 

Day:  11 Lemithang – Laya

The altitude of Laya is 12680ft. The campsite is on a flat piece of land overlooking the east end of the Laya village.

 

Day:  12 Laya Halt

Visit the village houses and take short hikes around the area.

 

Day :  13 Laya – Roduphu

The day has a distance coverage of 19 kilometres and takes about 6/7 hours. Roduphu stands at an altitude of 4610 meters. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  14 Roduphu – Narithang

The distance of 17 kilometres takes about 5 to 6 hours. The place stands at an altitude of 4220 meters. Overnight at camp.

 

Day: 15 Narithang – Tarina

The distance is 18 km. About six-7 hours journey.

The trek crosses Ganglakarchungla at an altitude of 5100 meters. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  16 Tarina – Woche

Distance: 15 km | 15 hours

 

On arrival at camp, visit a village house. From this point, the Lunana area begins. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  17 Woche – Lhedi

Distance – 19 km | 7 hours
The trail crosses the Kechela at an altitude of 4550 meters. Stop at The village en route. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  18 Lhedi – Thanza

Distance:19 Kms | 6 hours | Altitude 4050 metres

 

You will be visiting Chezo Dzong. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  19 Thanza – Halt

Spend the day visiting village houses and meeting the local people. Short hikes can be taken around the camp area. Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  20 Thanza – Tsochena

Distance: 18 Kms | 7 hours | Altitude: 4500 meters.

The trail crosses Jezela Pass at an altitude of 5050 meters.

Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  21 Tsochena – Jitchu Drama

Distance: 14 Kms | 5 hours | Altitude: 4880 meters.

 

The trail crosses Lojula Pass at an altitude of 4940 meters.
Overnight at camp.

 

Day:  22 Jitchu Dramo – Chukarpo

Distance: 15 Kms | 5 hours | Altitude: 14,731 ft.

The trail crosses Rinchenzoe Pass at an altitude of 5140 meters. Overnight halt at camp.

 

Day:  23 Chukarpo – Tampetso

Distance: 20 Kms | 7/8 hours | Altitude: 13,895 ft.

The trail crosses Tampela Pass at an altitude of 4550 meters. You will also be visiting the Umtso Lake, which is famous for the religious treasures, that Terton Pamalingpa found.

 

Overnight halt at camp.

 

Day 24:  Tampetso – Maorothang

Distance: 14 Kms | 5 hours | Altitude: 11,844-ft.

The trek is downhill all the way through stunted Rhododendron trees. The camp is situated near the Nike Chu River. Overnight halt at camp.

 

Day  25:  Maorothang – Nika Chu Chazam

Distance: 23 Kms | 7 hours | Altitude: 2650 metres

This is the last day of walking. The trail passes through the agricultural fields and the village of Sephu.

Overnight halt at camp.

 

Day  26:  Nika Chu Chazam – Thimphu

Early morning drive to Thimphu. Halt for lunch at Wangdiphodrang.

Overnight in Hotel at Thimphu.

 

Day  27:  Thimphu – Sightseeing

Visit Tashichho Dzong – the main Secretariat Building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made. Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive. Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Simtokha Dzong (six Kms. From Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 A.D. The Simtokha Dzong houses the largest monastic school in the country. Overnight halt at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day  28:  Thimphu – {Paro International Airport)

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representative will bid you Bon Voyage.