Half – Snowman Trek (Gasa-Laya-Lunana-Nikkachu)

Half Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, starts from Gasa to the Lunana region and further down to Sephu in Trongsa district, This trek leads through the most remote areas up to very high altitudes. Trekkers have to camp in altitudes above 5,000m, more than once, and depending on the seasonal temperatures, the camps are sometimes on snow. The Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek is considered one of the most difficult treks in the world.

Grade: Strenuous
Trek Duration: 17days
Best Seasons: (June & October)

Outline Itinerary :

Day1. Arrive to Paro: Overnight at Paro. At:2235m / 7330ft.

Day2. Day Excursion to Tigers Nest (Taksang). Drive 1 hr to Thimphu Overnight at Hotel. Alt: 2320m / 7,6096ft.

Day3. Thimphu to Punakha : 3hr / 76km. Overnight at hotel. Alt: 1200m / 3,936ft.

Day4. Punakha to Gasa: 3hr / 68km. Overnight at the camp. Alt: 2775m / 9100ft.

Day5: Gasa to Koina : 8hr, 6 miles / 10km, Alt: gain: 1098m/3, 600 ft. Altitide loss: 610m/2000 ft. (trek starts) Overnight at camp. Alt: 3262m /10,700ft.

Day6: Koina to Laya . 8hr, 10 miles /16km. Alt gain: 518m /1700 ft. Alt loss: Nil. Overnight at camp near village. Alt: 3800m /12465ft.

Day7. Rest day at Laya : Overnight at camp. Alt: 3800m / 12465ft.

Day8. Laya to Rodophu: 7 to 8 hr, 9miles/14.5km. Alt gain: 975m /3200ft. camp. Alt:13825ft/4215m.

Day9. Rodophu to Narethang : 7 to 8 hr, 10miles/16km. Alt, gain: 2375ft725m. Alt,loss: Very little. Camp, Alt:16,200ft/4905.

Day10. Narethang to Tarina : 6 to 7hr. 10miles/16km. Alt, gain: 265ft/80m. Alt, loss: 1082m / 3350ft. camp, Alt:12,915ft/3938m.

Day11. Tarina to Woche: 5 to 6hr, 8 miles / 14km. Alt,gain:740ft/225m. Alt,loss: Nil. campsite, Alt:13,655ft / 4,163m.

Day12. Woche to Lhedi : 5 to 6hr, 8miles/13km. Alt,gain:1650ft/503m. Alt,loss:2510ft/765m. Camp , Alt:12,790ft/3900m.

Day13. Lhadi to Thanza : 6 to 7hr, 10 miles /17km. Alt,gain:720ft /219m. Alt,loss: Nil. camp. Alt:13,450ft/4100m.

Day14. Rest day at Thanza : Overnight at Camp. Alt: 4100m /13,450ft.

Day15. Thanza to Djundji : 4hr, 4 miles / 7 km. Alt,gain:1640ft/500m. Alt,loss: Nil. camp. Alt: 14,890ft/4540m.

Day16. Djundji to Tsho Chena: 5hr, 5.6miles/9km. Alt,gain:2001/610m. Alt,loss:625ft/190m. camp, Alt: 16272ft/4960m.

Day17. Tsho Chena to Jichu Dramo: 7 to 8hr, 12 miles/19km. Alt,gain:605ft/85m. Alt,loss: 280ft/85m. Camp , Alt:16,595/5060m.

Day18. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo: 7 to 8hr, 12 miles/19 km. Alt,gain:870ft/265m. Alt,loss:2870ft/875m. Camp, Alt: 15,910ft/4850m.

Day19. Chukarpo to Thampoe Tsho: 5 to 6hr, 9 miles/15 km. Alt,gain:1000ft/305m. Alt,loss:1310ft/400m. Camp, Alt:14,285ft/4355m.

Day20. Thampoe Tsho to Maurothang: 5 to 6hr, 13miles/21km. Alt,gain:1015ft/310m. Alt,loss:3165ft/965m. camp. Alt:12,130ft/3698m.

Day21. Maurothang to Nikka Chhu: 5hr, 14.5miles/23.5km. Alt,gain: Small climb. Alt,loss: 3510ft/1070m. overnight at Punakha. Alt:3936ft /1200m.

Day22. Punakha to Paro: 4 hr / 135km. Paro for overnight. Alt: 2235m / 7330ft.

Day23. Airport drop: