Snowman Trek

Description

  1. Name Snowman Trek
  2. Length in days 25 days
  3. Start of trail Drukgyel Dzong
  4. End of trail Sephu or Duer
  5. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  6. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

The Snowman Trek is the longest and most strenuous and difficult trek in Bhutan. It takes 25 days to complete and reaches a maximum altitude of 5320 m. It starts from Drukgyel Dzong near Paro in the west of Bhutan, and actually coincides with the Laya Gasa Trek until Laya. From Laya it splits off into the remote higher altitudes. This means regular camping at high altitude (over 5000 m) and somtimes on snow.

The trek takes you through the isolated Lunana region. On day 19 from Thanza there are two options:
Snowman Trek I: continue to Sephu near Trongsa in Central Bhutan
Snowman Trek II: continue further east to Duer village in Bumthang

Even the Bhutanese rate this trek as hard, so that is still an understatement, you can be sure. For the experienced and very fit and hardy only!

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Trekking in Bhutan
  • A guidebook to 22 multi-day treks in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, including the Jhomolhari, Druk Path and Dagala treks. The trails vary from 2 to 23 days long. The routes are mostly in western and central Bhutan, and range from easy to strenuous depending on the length, altitude and difficulty. Includes advice on cultural awareness. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fifty Places To Hike Before You Die
  • In Fifty Places to Hike before You Die outdoor experts share some of the world’s greatest destinations with walking enthusiasts. Each of the fifty chapters strives to capture the special characteristics that make these hiking venues inspirational, must-do experiences for the avid walker. The places are brought to life with more than 40... Read more
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