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The Snowman Trek

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Paro , Drugyel Dzong, Shodug, Laya, Thimphu, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Quite possibly the greatest trail on Earth, Bhutan's incredible Snowman Trek follows the spine of the Himalaya between Bhutan and Tibet, from Paro in the west to Trongsa in the east. During the course of this unsurpassable 25 day trek, we will cross 11 passes in excess of 4500 metres, including 5 over 5000 metres, and visit the almost separate mountain kingdom of Lunana, one of the remotest inhabited valleys on the planet Earth. Along the way we'll journey through fabled villages, such as Laya and Thanza, walk beneath peaks of six and seven thousand-metres, including Chomolhari, the astounding Jichu Drake, and the World's highest unclimbed peak, Gangkar Puensum. We'll also have time to absorb some of the incredible culture of this unique Himalayan Kingdom with visits to the spectacular cliff-face Taktsang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery and the picturesque Punakha Dzong. Not for novices, this tough trek is the holy grail for seasoned Himalayan trekkers.

Additional Acclimatisation Day for 2018! 
In autumn 2017 we successfully introduced an excellent additional acclimatisation day/trek up to visit the Hermits Cave, just prior to arriving at Chomolhari Basecamp. Not only is this a culturally interesting visit to an area rarely visited by trekkers, it is also a fantastic aid to acclimatisation that will help prepare you for the rest of your trekking holiday.

BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.

Highlights

    • The complete route from Shana to Trongsa
    • Journey through Laya and Lunana across 11 high passes
    • The spectacular lakes of Thpe Tsho & Om Tsho
    • Bhutan visa fees, ALL meals, and return flights from Kathmandu to Paro included!

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 145488
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 32 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified tour leader plus support crew
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Full service camping on trek including all camping equipment
  • 'Thermarest' inflatable camping mats whilst camping
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $9,500 ($297/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Itinerary

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Bhutan, Nepal Kathmandu, Paro, Thimpu, Soi Thangka, Jangothang, Nyele La, Lingshi, Chebisa, Gobu La, Somothang, Jhari La, Robluthang, Shinge La, Limithang, Laya, Rodophu, Tsome La, Narethang, Karakachu La, Tarina, Woche Village, Keche La, Lhedi, Thanza, Danji, Gorphu, Jaze La, Tsochena, Jichu Dramo, Rinchen Zoe La, Chukarpo, Tampe Tsho, Tampe La, Maurothang, Sephu, Gantay, Punakha Dzong
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Julie V  

The guide was excellent and he has a great sense of humour which is really important. The thermarests provided were great, and meant that I slept really well. Normally I don't sleep well when camping but this time I did. Had a great trip!

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Rosemary  

The trip was fab from start to finish- we were welcomed like superstars and congratulated like medal winners. Cooked for, waited on hand and foot and the attention to detail on the trek was outstanding. I have never had a thermarest so luxurious, I had great fun catching up and sharing a tent with with my longstanding but not seen often friend, Kate. My other companions were good fun and easy-going. The real superstar of the trip was our guide, who enlightened and entertained us constantly with stories of Bhutan and Buddhism and the way of life, he even organised the great weather! I will be back....

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Ian 

Yangphel Adventure Travel have the highest level of service from a trek crew I have ever experienced, they have a leader in Namgay (who has now completed the trek 10 times!) who manages the logistics, knows the trail intimately and it is his pleasure to share any detail of Bhutanese culture with you. They provided 3 cooked meals with meat or eggs for protein each day and for most of the time they included fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch with table and chairs at around 5,000m altitude on snow was somewhat surreal but very welcome. For a 25 day wildness trek the trek crew even managed to organise a few hot showers - also very welcome! The standard of hotel accommodation in Bhutan is also very comfortable with some in stunning locations. The 40mm thick "Thermarests" provided by Yangphel seemed to be appreciated by all (I took my own mat and tent). Some of the tents, like much expedition gear, were getting a little tired but generally adequate for the conditions. I understand we were quite fortunate with the weather in that we had unobscured views from every high pass we crossed with stunning mountain panoramas. Be aware that all the paths utilised are primarily local travel/trade routes between villages or valleys using Ponies and Yaks as load carriers, consequently the paths are often badly eroded/muddy/rocky and can require constant focus on each foot placement. I would consider that the KE kit list would serve most people well, the only potential addition I would suggest co

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Amie from FAIR HAVEN 

I had very high expectations before I left for my trip, but landing at the Paro Airport in Bhutan, flying between the high Himalayan mountain peaks, blew those expectations away. From the first day to the last day, our tour guides were amazing, and our entire staff went above and beyond to ensure that everything that was needed, and wanted, was taken care of. We were incredibly lucky to have had beautiful weather, with only one or two days of rain, and the views of the passes, valleys, rivers, and mountains could never be fully captured in a picture. I 100% recommend to anyone willing to sleep in a tent (a very comfortable tent, though) to go on the Snowman Trek with KE. The food was delicious, the staff was so nice and friendly, both our guide and our assistant guide were very knowledgeable and responsible, and I promise that you will not regret going on this trip. One tip would be to bring chocolate with you though, if you, like me, have chocolate cravings, as it is very hard to find in Bhutan. Other than that, bring a camera with a ton of storage, because there are endless amazing photo opportunities.

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David from Corsham 

Stunning scenery in a very remote area, with colour provided by locals - camp beside a live archery range! Excellent local guide, very communicative and knowledgeable about the culture of the country. A fantastic journey.

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Paul from Chippenham 

This trek is amazing but be aware it deserves its billing as one of the worlds toughest treks ! The scenery is wonderful and the panoramas breath taking. In general the trek was well organised and the support staff very friendly and helpful. The quality of the food was incredible given the tricky conditions and remote nature of our route. I would recommend a good quality 4 season sleeping bag as the temperatures drop well below freezing overnight ( probably as low as - 10C )

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KE Adventure Travel

KE is your number one choice for classic treks such as Everest Basecamp in Nepal, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Toubkal in Morocco or the Tour du Mont Blanc in the European Alps. Our record is also second-to-none on climbing expeditions to peaks as diverse as Mera Peak in Nepal, Mount Khuiten in Mongolia and Monte Rosa in Switzerland

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