• Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Snowman Trek - III

The Snowman Trek III is a shorter version of the beautiful trek starting from the highlands of Laya and Gasa passing through spectacular landscape dotted with snow capped mountains, high altitude turquoise green-blue glacial lakes, numerous isolated yak herders camps and coming out from the central valley of Trongsa.

Trekking Guide – Lobsang Nima

Lobsang has degree in Bachelors in Computer Applications and ever since his graduation in 2013; he has been working as a Tour Director in Bhutan tourism.  Fun loving, always smiling with right sense of humor, his main concern is the safety and comfort of his guests.

He can be considered as one of the most qualified tour directors in Bhutan owing to his various training he had undergone and back in 2015, the Tourism Council of Bhutan upgraded him as the senior Tour Directors of Bhutan.

He is a certified as well as experienced Trekking guide and now can lead any groups through the Himalayan Bhutan Mountains. He has an experience of 7 years as cultural tour director and 4 years as trekking tour director and been actively trekking with the guests who came to Bhutan from all over the world. His last trekking was on 14 days Laya Gasa Trek with a group of Americans in May 2019.

The feedbacks and reviews of Mr Lobsang Nima as he execute his duty has been exceedingly positive and a talk of the tourism industry online in Bhutan.

For more information visit his Official Page

Trekking Chef – Dorji

50 years old Dorji is a father of two daughters and his wife is a farmer and also a wonderful cook at home. 

Mr. Dorji is a trekking chef certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan and has been working for the last 23 years. He can read the mountains of Bhutan like a back of his hand and very popular among the trekkers for his relentless effort in preparing varieties of food on the mountains and his focus is on ”right food” with “right energy” for the trekkers. 

In his career, he successfully did snowman trek for 3 times and failed once because of weather where he had to return after the 5th night camp. For a challenging trek as Snowman Trek and through such unforgiving Himalayan mountains, he thinks the most important is food, feet and the trekking team and therefore, he gives priority in selecting his own dedicated and experienced team for all the treks he agrees to undertake.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Camping in extreme weather such as cold temperatures and snowy conditions can be expected and extremely enjoyable; Camping on the snow can be peaceful, picturesque and an out door adventure.

All the accommodation while on Trek is twin sharing, double occupancy. Single occupancy in tents can be arranged on demand at an additional charge. All tents are Cold Weather Tents and designed for harsh weather and snowy conditions. Separate tents will be pitched for dinning, kitchen and rest room.

Check for the following Essential Trekking Gears:

  • Trekking Boots (broken in)
  • Waterproof 3/4 season jacket and trousers
  • Camp Footwear (light shoes/sandles/trainers)
  • Several pairs of good quality socks
  • T-Shirts - Highly recommended are synthetic T shirt styles that wick away moisture
  • Thermal Underwear / layers
  • Down jackets
  • Warm mid layers (fleece/micro fibre)
  • Trousers - Lightweight, loose fitting, trekking trousers, pants with zip-off bottoms
  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Tracksuit or fleece pants for evenings
  • Sleeveless fleece and extra layers for winter departures
  • Warm Hat and sun Hat
  • Scarf/neck warmer
  • Gloves and Mitts - waterproof and warm
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Head Torch (spare batteries)
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Light weight towel
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Trail mix / nuts/ muesli bars
  • Whistle
  • Daypack - The daypack you select must have the capacity for the items you may be carrying on a day's walk: rain jacket, trousers, warm clothing, water bottle, camera equipment, washing items and other personal effects. A hip/waist strap provides additional comfort. You should consider daypacks of at least a 30 to 40-litre capacity. Horses will be carrying the rest of your luggage.


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Day 1: Punakha - Gasa – Koina

Distance: 14 kms, Duration: 6 – 7 hours, Camp Altitude: 3,050 meters

Day 2: Koina – Laya

Distance: 19 kms, Duration: 7 – 8 hours, Camp Altitude: 3,840 meters

Day 3: Laya – Rodophu

Distance: 14.5 kms, Duration: 7 – 8 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,215 meters

Day 4: Rodophu – Narethang

Distance: 16 kms, Duration: 6 – 7 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,940 meters

Day 5: Narethang - Tarina

Distance: 16 kms, Duration: 7 – 8 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,350 meters

Day 6: Tarina – Woche

Distance: 14 kms, Duration: 6 – 7 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,350 meters

Day 7: Woche – Lhedi

Distance: 16 kms, Duration: 6 – 7 hours, Camp Altitude: 3,900 meters

Day 8: Lhedi – Thanza

Distance: 17 kms, Duration: 7 – 8 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,100 meters

Day 9: Halt day at Thanza

Day 10: Thanza – Danji

Distance: 8 kms, Duration: 3 – 4 hours, Camp Altitude:

Day 11: Danji – Tshochena

Distance: 12 kms, Duration: 5 – 6 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,970 meters

Day 12: Tsho Chena – Jichu Dramo

Distance: 14 kms, Duration: 5 - 6 hours, Camp Altitude: 5,050 meters

Day 13: Jichu Dramo – Chukarpo

Distance: 18 kms, Duration: 6 - 7 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,600 meters

Day 14: Chukarpo – Thampe Tsho (Lake)

Distance: 18 kms, Duration: 5 – 6 hours, Camp Altitude: 4,300 meters

Day 15: Thampe Tsho Lake – Maurothang

Distance: 14 kms, Duration: 5 – 6 hours, Camp Altitude: 3,610 meters

Day 16: Maurothang – Sephu village

Distance: 18 kms, Duration: 5 – 6 hours