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Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gasa, Laya, Bumthang 26 Days & 25 Nights

This Snowman trek | Longest trek in Bhutan

This Snowman trek goes to the remote Lunana district and is considered the most difficult trek in Bhutan and perhaps in the world. The attributes those make it a tough trek are; distances, altitude, weather and remoteness. The alpine quest is deemed only for the adventurous trekkers.

Season: The snowman trek is frequently closed because of snow and is almost impossible during winter. The recommended season for this trek is mid June to mid October.

Tour Highlights

Day 1 - Arrive Paro

Flight to Paro is one of the most mesmerizing experience in the Himalayas with great views of snow-peaked mountains. One arrival at Paro, you will be received by Bhutan Travelers representative and transfer to Thimphu. Evening stroll freely in the town or relax in the hotel. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2 - Paro – Thimphu

Today you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. This evening, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Stroll freely in the town in the evening. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3 - Thimphu – Punakha

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu includes, Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan; Art School where 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan is being practiced and kept alive; Traditional Medicine Institute (Bhutanese art of traditional medicines is being taught); Folk heritage Museum (more than one century old farm house converted to a heritage museum). After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass we drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 4 - Punakha – Gasa

In morning, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. You will then drive on to Gasa following Mo Chhu River. The drive is through the high agricultural benches above the Mochu (Chu means River) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees and creepers. Camp below the Dzong at an altitude of 2,900m.

Day 5 - Gasa – Chamsa (trek starts)

After breakfast, visit the Dzong, which was built in 17th century, to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. The path starts with stiff climb up to Bele La pass (3,700m) through bamboo, rhododendron, juniper and fir forests. Then descend for about half an hour to camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,650m. Walking time 6/7 hours.

Day 6 - Chamsa – Laya

The trail starts by descending to the bank of Mo Chhu River. Lunch will be served at the side of the bridge, across the river. After lunch climb up gradually to Laya crossing the army camp. Overnight camp at an altitude 3,800m. Walking time 8/9 hours.

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