32 Days
Duration
Bhutan
Destination
5150m
Altitude
Trekking
Activities
This is our most challenging trek in Bhutan and one of the finest in our Himalayan program. It is undertaken by only a handful of trekkers each season and accesses Lunana – the most remote region of Bhutan.
Travelling into the Lunana district the Snowman trek is so named for the six mountains over 7000 meters (23,100 ft. ) which the trek passes beneath.

        The Snowman Trek is an extension of the beautiful Laya Gasa Trek, and leads from Laya into high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It takes tough and enduring trekkers into the Lunana region and further on to Gangkar- Puensum and Bumthang or down to Sephu in Trongsa district, depending on which route you choose. The Snowman 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.
Snowman Trek is one of the reputed and most difficult treks of the world. The best time for Snowman Trek is summer – unlike many other high altitude treks of Bhutan. Many groups that attempt this tough trek do not finish due to problems with the high altitude or snow blocked passes. However, those who make it will remember this trek as an outstanding, beautiful and as one of the most rewarding trek of their life.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL PARO ,REST DAY

DAY 2: PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING

DAY 3: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST

DAY 4: DRIVE TO CHELE LA, HIKE FOR 2 HOURS TO KILA NUNNERRY & CYCLE DOWNHILL

DAY 5: DRUKGYEL DZONG – SHARNA ZAMA

DAY 6: SHARNA ZAMPA – THANGTHANGKHA

DAY 7: THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG

DAY 8: JANGOTHANG HALT

DAY 9: JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI

DAY 10: LINGSHI – CHEBISA

DAY 11: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG

DAY 12: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG

DAY 13: ROBLUTHANG – LIMITHANG

DAY 14: REST / ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN LAYA

DAY 15: LAYA – RHODUPHU

DAY 16: RHODOPHU – NARETHANG

DAY 17: NARETHANG – TARINA

DAY 18: TARINA – WOCHE

DAY 19: WOCHE – LHEDI

DAY 20: LHEDI – THANZA

DAY 21: REST DAY AT THANZA

DAY 22: THANZA – DANJI

DAY 23: DANJI – TSHOCHENA

DAY 24: TSHOCHENA – JICHU DRAMO

DAY 25: JICHU DRAMO – CHUKARPO

DAY 26: CHUKARPO – THAMPE TSHO

DAY 27: THAMPE TSHO – MAUROTHANG

DAY 28: MAUROTHANG – SEPHU

DAY 29: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY SIGHTSEEING – PUNAKHA

DAY 30: PUNAKAHA DZONG – THIMPHU

DAY 31: THIMPU FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING

DAY 32: AIRPORT TRANSFER – TRIP ENDS

  • Fabulous view of surrounding Bhutan peaks
  • Explore the ancient Buddhist monasteries and Bhutanese livelihood.
  • Less crowed path than other trekking regions
  • The region is rich in flora and fauna.
  • Rare animal like snow leopard can be seen.
  • High Altitude Passes

  • Expenses of Personal : Telephone, Alcohols, Cold Drinks, Entry fee of places and Personal Insurance
  • Covers immediate medical facilities
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances like landslide, strike, accidents, natural calamities, ropeway and tips etc

  • Nights Stay at Hotel
  • Camping
  • Trekking

  • 5 nights hotel
  • 4 nights camping
  • 4 days Trekking

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Guide
  • Entry fees

Additional information

GradeChallenging
RouteParo – Laya – Thimpu
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL PARO,
Check and Witness archery match and stroll in the Paro traditional house town.
Overnight @ Hotel.
Paro at 2250m elevation
DAY 2 – PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING
In the morning visit National Museum Paro, claim to be best museum and originally watch tower of Paro from 1649 set high on the hill offers magnificent view of Paro Dzong, Town, Airport, & Paro valley. This formidable circular structure houses six floors of interesting and rare collections from throughout the kingdom dating back to early as 2000BC. Apart from cultural artifacts and mural paintings museum is set to give client an awesome collection of stamps whereby Bhutan stand number one in the world for its known stamps. Towering over is 1646 Paro Dzong translated as ‘fortress on heap of jewels ‘used to ward Tibetan invasions in centuries gone by. Dzong located above Paro Chu river houses government office and monastic school and its one of Bhutan impressive fortresses view the striking Bhutanese Architecture. This Dzong image reflected in Oscar by small shot of Little Buddha movie. Visit Rimpung Dzong-Fortress of the heaps of jewels; walk down to wooden cantilever bridge, famously known as Little Buddha Bridge after Hollywood film the ‘Little Buddha’. Check into Hotel for rest and Lunch.
After lunch, drive to Kichu Monastery the oldest temple in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan Buddhist King Songtsen Gompo and drive. Drive back to town for free time stroll and witness Archery game- the national sports of Bhutan.
Driving Distance: 46KM
Duration: 7-8Hours
Overnight@ Hotel.Paro at 2250m elevation
DAY 03 – HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST :
Half hour drive to base of tiger’s nest and two -hour climb, via the cafeteria, to the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, named Taktsang Goemba defies logic, gravity and reason at 3000m elevation. As legend, where Guru Padmasambhava landed at Cliffside on back of flying tigress, bringing Buddhism and evil under control and of the 13th best holy places in the world. Upon reaching the nestled view of tiger’s nest descend down through steps whereby seeing beautiful waterfall, then climb up the stairs and visit monastery.
Retrace steps to view point and head further downhill to cafeteria for lunch. Continue walk down to base to meet car to drive hotel. Riding ponies are available for the ascent to the last view point at an additional charge. Then any spare time on this day will be free time to rest and prepare for the trekking.Half hour drive to base of tiger’s nest and two -hour climb, via the cafeteria, to the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, named Taktsang Goemba defies logic, gravity and reason at 3000m elevation. As legend, where Guru Padmasambhava landed at Cliffside on back of flying tigress, bringing Buddhism and evil under control and of the 13th best holy places in the world.
Upon reaching the nestled view of tiger’s nest descend down through steps whereby seeing beautiful waterfall, then climb up the stairs and visit monastery. Retrace steps to view point and head further downhill to cafeteria for lunch. Continue walk down to base to meet car to drive hotel. Riding ponies are available for the ascent to the last view point at an additional charge. Then any spare time on this day will be free time to rest and prepare for the trekking.Rest to prepare for trek.Overnight @ Hotel.
Paro at 2250m elevation. Duration: 6-7Hours
DAY 04: DRIVE TO CHELE LA, HIKE FOR 2 HOURS TO KILA NUNNERRY & CYCLE DOWNHILL
Early morning to drive towards the Highest Motor able pass Chele La Pass at height 3988m above the sea level. The drive from the bottom of the valley will have the amazing views of the entire Paro valley with countless switchback paved road which considerably and favorably of the downhill mountain bikes. As you are driving along the vegetation changes with different trees and flowers. As soon as you reach a top you will surrounded with countless different colors of wishful-filling prayers both for good luck & for deceased ones.
If weather permits with absolute blue sky one can view the mountain Jhomolhari the second highest mount in Bhutan at 7314m above the sea level. Depending upon the wind force you can enjoy the views and if wind seems much stronger then start hiking through the beautiful forest for 2 and half hours to peaceful retreat as well study place for nuns known as Kila Gonpa Nunnery.
There are almost 30-50 nuns accommodating at cliff site in their own simple house. They are most welcoming nuns with their smile on their face and if tourist are happy to have a drink; nuns might offer you cup of hot tea with snacks. As a kind of thanks to nuns you can make some donations for peaceful nuns and make some offerings inside the temple.
After visiting the nuns and the temple then walk down to the car park for another half an hour more and stop for lunch. Depending on your pace one can fly down with mountain bikes but not compulsory. Overnight @ Hotel, Paro at 2250m elevation ,Duration: 7-8Hours
DAY 05: DRUKGYEL DZONG – SHARNA ZAMPA:
(Distance 17km, four to five hours, 360m ascent, 80m descent, and camp altitude 2,850m). Drive up to Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m): Drive to North valley and visit to Drukgyel Dzong- victorious fortress of Drukpa and unfortunately rats carried fire and turned into ruin. On the clear day we can see Mt. Jhomolhari at its summit of 7314M with snow throughout the year.
The paved road ends there and starts the trek. Today the walk is a gradual climb on unpaved road follows the Paro Chhu passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about Four hours you will reach the army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army check post your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The actual campsite is on the opposite side of the river, or sometimes depending on the group size and time permitting the campsite will be further up at Sharna Zampa near by a small village or just 20 minutes above Sharna Zampa in the middle of the beautiful forest.
Day 6 – Rest Day Jangothang
Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m. On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.
DAY 07: THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG
Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m. If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
DAY 08: JANGOTHANG HALT
The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lay directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.
DAY 09: JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI
Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m. This is one of the longest days of the trek. A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surroundings. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains.
From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. It’s a gradual descent to the camp where you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tents, made from yak wool. The herders use these tents while travelling to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, a beautiful U-shaped valley, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on clear days. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.
DAY 10: LINGSHI – CHEBISA
You begin by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.
DAY 11: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG
Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, 890 m ascent, 540 m descent, camp altitude 4,220 m. The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. After crossing Gobu La (4,410m), you descend into the valley, then climb again a little bit, before descending again to Shakshepasa (3,980), a large U-shaped valley. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu River.
DAY 12: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG
Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 700 m ascent, 760 m descent, camp altitude 4,160 m. You begin by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Gang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of Takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a Takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.
DAY 13: ROBLUTHANG – LIMITHANG
Distance 19 km, 6-7 hours, 850 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,140 m. The trek starts out with an initial 40-60mins ascent before gradually raising for another 1.5 hours through a boulder field. It is then a 1 hour steep ascent before reaching Sinche La (5,005m) – the final and highest pass on the trek if you don’t intend to continue the Snowman trek from Laya onwards. As you descend the far side of the pass you will see an impressive terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. You can see classic examples of lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks up both sides of the valley. Below the moraine, you cross the Kango Chhu and soon reach the Limithang campsite. The peak of Gangchhenta towers over the campsite even though it’s quite a distance away. 
DAY 14: REST / ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN LAYA
If you have trekked from Paro Valley you should spend a day recuperating from the trek to Laya and preparing yourself for the rest of this challenging but spectacular trek. If you have started from Gasa (Punakha) you should also walk up to Laya to acclimatize, and not just stay at the trail junction to Lunana. It-s worthwhile to spend one day in Laya just for the great views from Laya and its extraordinary inhabitants.
DAY 15: LAYA – RHODUPHU
Distance 19km, six to eight hours, 1,030m ascent, 750m descent, camp altitude 4,160m. From Laya we descend to an army camp and continue following the river till the turn off point to Roduphu. After lunch the climb continues through rhododendron bushes till you reach the camp at Roduphu just next to the Rhodu Chhu.
DAY 16: RHODOPHU – NARETHANG
Distance 17km, five to six hours, 740m ascent, camp altitude 4,900m. After following the river for about half an hour you will have a steady climb to a high open valley at 4,600m and then further up to Tsomo La (4,900m). Tsomo La offers a superb view of Lunana, Mount Jomolhari and Jichudrakey, and the Tibetan border. The route then crosses a flat, barren plateau at about 5,000m. The campsite at Narethang is towered by the peak of Gangla Karchung (6,395m).
DAY 17: NARETHANG – TARINA
Distance 18km, five to six hours, 270m ascent, 1,200m descent, camp altitude 3,970m. From the camp you will climb for about an hour to Gangla Karchung La (5,120m). The view from the pass is breathtaking and the whole range of mountains including Jekangphu Gang (7,100m), Tsenda Kang and Teri Gang (7,300m) can be seen. The pass descends along a large moraine. Again one has great views: a massive glacier descends from Teri Kang to a deep turquoise lake at its foot. Up here a glacial lake burst through its dam in the early 1960s, causing widespread damage and partially destroying Punakha Dzong. Finally, it is a very long descent through thick rhododendron to Tarina valley, where you will find several good campsites along the Tang Chhu.
DAY 18: TARINA – WOCHE
Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 270m ascent, 330m descent, camp altitude 3,910m. The walk leads down through conifer forests following the upper ridges of the Pho Chhu, passing some impressive waterfalls. The trail then climbs over a ridge and drops to Woche, a settlement of a few houses, the first village in the Lunana region.
DAY 19: WOCHE – LHEDI
Distance 17km, six to seven hours, 980m ascent, 1,190m descent, camp altitude 3,700m. The trek starts through juniper and fir forests, and further ahead, through rhododendron bushes. Climb up to Keche La pass (4,650m) where one can have the great view of surrounding mountains again. After the pass, descend to the riverside walking through a village with a stunning view of Table Mountain and others. Follow up the river till Lhedi Village. Lhedi has a basic health unit, a school and a wireless telephone connection.
DAY 20: LHEDI – THANZA
Distance 17km, seven to eight hours, 450m ascent, camp altitude 4,150m. In clear weather, you will have great views of Table Mountain (7,100m). Around lunchtime you will pass the small village of Chozo (4,090m) which has a dzong still in use. Reaching Thanza again you will have a great view of Table Mountain which forms a 3,000m high wall of snow and ice behind the village. Although there are possibilities to camp directly at Thanza, most groups prefer to camp in Thoencha.
DAY 21: REST DAY AT THANZA
In Thanza walk around and experience some village life or climb up the ridge for fascinating views of lakes and mountains. But as it takes time to arrange new yaks (the yaks from Laya will not go further than Thanza) you might have to spend one day at Thanza anyway.
DAY 22: THANZA – DANJI 
Distance 8km, three to four hours, 80m ascent, camp altitude 4,230m. From Thoencha, the trail climbs up to a large boulder from where you will have excellent views of Thanza, Toencha and Choso village and the surrounding mountains. After a few hours of relatively flat and easy walking, you will reach a yak meadow with some yak herders’ huts. An excellent campsite with a great chance to spot some blue sheep on the hills above. A trail junction near the campsite will give you the choice between the route up to Gangkar Puensum base camp, and further on to Bumthang or to Sephu (Trongsa). Both routes are described in this website.
DAY 23: DANJI – TSHOCHENA 
Distance 12km, five to six hours, 980m ascent, 240m descent, camp altitude 4,970m. Having chosen the route to Sephu, the trek crosses the creek and after a long climb, you will reach Jaze La (5,150m) with spectacular panoramic mountain views. The path then descends between snow covered peaks and a couple of small lakes to the campsite near the Shore of Tshochena Lake.
DAY 24: TSHOCHENA – JICHU DRAMO 
Distance 14km, four to five hours, 230m ascent, 150m descent, camp altitude 5,050m. You follow the bank of the blue green lake before arriving at a ridge at 5,100m, where there is another spectacular view in all directions. After going up and down over small hills to reach a glacial lake, the route descends first before climbing again up the next pass, the Loju La (5,140m). Finally after crossing a small saddle (5,100m) you will enter a wide glacial valley from where the trail descends gradually to the campsite at Jichu Dramo.
DAY 25: JICHU DRAMO – CHUKARPO
Distance 18km, five to six hours, 320m ascent, 730m descent, camp altitude 4,600m. Right after leaving the camp you will climb through a moraine to Rinchen Zoe La (5,320m). Spectacular mountain scenery with Gangkar Puensum amongst the impressive mountains is the reward for climbing the highest pass on this trek route. Rinchen Zoe Peak (5,650) towers above the pass the west. Descending from the pass, the route leads into a wide valley with several lakes and goes steeply down along a moraine to the Thamphe Chhu. Here the vegetation begins to thicken again and you will see the first real trees since Lhedi. After a couple of hours you reach the campsite at Chukarpo.
DAY 26: CHUKARPO – THAMPE TSHO
Distance 18km, five to six hours, 400m ascent, 700m descent, camp altitude 4,300m. The descent continues along the river till you reach the yak herder huts at Gala Pang Chhu (4010m). From here the trail climbs steeply towards Thampe Tsho, a beautiful clear turquoise lake, with the campsite next to it.
Day 27: THAMPE TSHO – MAUROTHANG 
Distance 14km, five hours, 330m ascent, 1020m descent, camp altitude 3,610m. From the lake you climb steeply to the last pass on your trek, the Thampe La (4,600m) with a good chance to spot some blue sheep on the way. Then the path descends to the sacred lake Om Tsho. Passing a waterfall you will reach another, smaller lake 100m below to descend steeply to the Nikka Chhu. The path finally leads through mixed forest to large clearing on the banks of the river with a few yak herder huts, Maurothang.
DAY 28: MAUROTHANG – SEPHU 
Distance 18km, five to six hours, 990m descent. On the last day of this extraordinary trek your porters will have to change from yaks to horses as the yaks will not be willing to go further down. The path follows the Nikka Chhu to reach a large grassy area overlooking the road and the village of Sephu. You finally reach the road at the Nikka Chhu Bridge at Sephu where you will find several stores (mainly selling bamboo products) and small restaurants. On the afternoon drive to Phobjikha is approximately one hour drive, you will by-pass Pelela. Once you negotiate the winding climb to enter Phobjikha, the vegetation changes abruptly and the last descent down to the valley across the mixed vegetation of weeping willows and dwarf bamboo canes brings you to your hotel for check-in and rest.
Driving Distance: 30KM.
Overnight @ HotelElevation: 2900m
DAY 29: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY SIGHTSEEING – PUNAKHA
Phobjikha valley is often referred to as ‘The valley of the Heavenly Bird’ in consequence of the denizens of this place, the Black Necked Cranes that have found their winter breeding ground here in the marshland. Locally known as Thrung thrung for their beauty, elegance, and as a veritable symbolism of longevity, these globally endangered birds are an inspiration for Bhutanese songs, folklores and dances. Today after breakfast, your guide will welcome you to a quick 5 minute drive to the crane information centre.
It provides good location to view the birds through the binoculars placed inside the centre with 20 minutes documentary film about the heavenly bird habitat and migration. Then drive about 20 minute’s takes you to Gangtey Goemba monastery which is biggest Nyingma Monastery founded in 16th century by grandson of Pema Lingpa, the Treasure Revealer. The treasure revealing tradition takes root by the fact that a lot of the practitioners of the Nyingma school of Buddhism justified their practices by retrieving the relics believed to be hidden by Guru Padmasambhava to be revealed to the world in a specified time period.
After the visit to the temple, drive down to the valley floor for two hours and continuing the drive, the valley opens with superb views of terraced fields and beautiful scattered farm houses into the Lobesa valley, where the painting of colorful human size phalluses will greet you from the front entrances of the houses. In the interlude, you will be given some preparatory directions by your guide for a visit to Chhime Lhakhang.
More popularly known as the Temple of Fertility, it serves as a final refuge for the barren women who propitiate the Divine man by receiving ‘Wang’, a sort of empowerment blessing from the pair of wooden phalluses that are the main relics of this temple. About 20 minutes walk back to the car park just before the walk ends brings to a cafeteria where you stop for lunch and refreshments before the onward drive to Punakha valley. After lunch continue your drive to Punakha valley along the Mochu River for 10 minutes to Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.Driving Distance: 85KM. Duration: 6-7 Hours (Inclusive of sightseeing, lunch stop and drive) Overnight @ Hotel
DAY 30: Punakha dzong – THIMPHU:
This morning drive towards Punakha Dzong following the Punatsang-Chhu for 20minutes and visit the impressive Dzong in the country. Punakha is synonymous with history: the very reason that it is the winter Capital of Bhutan, the chosen refuge of the Chief Abbot and his monk subjects makes this locale a place of enormous holistic proportions. The main highlight of the trip to the Punakha valley partially owes its credit to the Dzong. Aptly named ‘Pungthang Dewachhen Phodrang (which translates as ‘the Palace of eternal joy’), this Dzong is the personal favorite of the majority not just for its historical associations but for the fact that the Bhutanese people who revere the mastermind builder of this and other Dzong’s in the country, the Venerable Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.
Built in 1637 at the confluence of the Pho Chu-Male River and Mo Chu-Female Rivers, Punakha Dzong is the winter home for the central monk body headed by the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. From the exterior, this formidable structure holds a commanding position and as you cross over a suspension bridge and embark on an exploration of this 17th century fortress with its white washed walls, steep entrance stairs and ornate interior, you will marvel how such a structure came to be built in the absence of modern technology. As you step in the Kuenrey or the assembly hall, the walls will reveal to you an intricate mural depicting the pictorial story from the events of the life of the Buddha while three giant gold statues dating from the 18th century preside over the 1000 praying monks. Resume your back-ward journey to Thimphu with a short stop for
DAY 31: THIMPHU FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF BHUTAN
DAY 32: AIRPORT TRANSFER

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Q1. Are you a licensed trekking agency ?
Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than eleven years.

Q2. Can your guides speak English ?
Our guide and his assistants speak reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

Q3. Do you arrange private treks ?
Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of your friends are wanting to go for this trip you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it solo trip. We assign local guide, porters etc who you can trust your life with.

Q4. How difficult are the treks ?
Trekking requires lots of willpower, tolerance of harsh conditions and reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to the time of booking.

Q5. When is the best season for trek ?
In India We have main two seasons for trekking. The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for attempting trekking, although we do have some departures during some other months as well because we would like to offer some opportunities for some people who cannot make their holidays during the best months. The best months has been defined due to their nature of best visibility and best weather condition other then.

Q6. What is the general duration of the everyday trek ?
The duration of the trek depends on interests which you have. Generally, your trek can range from 4-7 days to month time or longer periods if you wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route. Duration can be Customized.

Q7. What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking ?
In the trekking areas most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine for safe water. And it will be possible to buy the bottle water at every place so you can easily plan to buy mineral water during the trekking period. If you are in trek with Off road adventure our kitchen staff will make sure to give u boil water throughout the trek.

Q8. What kind of luggage should I bring ?
If you are joining our trekking trips, you should be bringing trekking rucksack- which to be carried by our Sherpa helper and you bring separate day bag (20 to 30 ltrs recommended) where you could put your day required thing along with your valuable document- passport, money etc. We would provide you our trekking duffle bag if you do not have proper trekking bags so it is not a problem.
If you are joining our tours, you can bring suitcase or any other common luggage bag you have. Usual travelling bags are fine.

Q9. What should I pack ?
This is a very frequently asked question but of course it depends entirely on your destination, the season you’re travelling in and the activities you’ll participate in. The most important thing to pack is your sense of humor because this can get you through any situation – including lost luggage. Most of our high altitude treks, you should be having warm clothing, bring your regular clothing stuff for tours. Please see each trip itinerary for the required equipment for the trips.

Q10. What type of food is served during a trek ?
On a CAMPING TREK we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

Q11. Do you provide any equipment while trekking ?
On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks.

Q12. Is there electricity during the trekking ?
Only few trekking areas like Singalila in West Bengal and trekking routes of Himachal Pradesh, we get electricity. You can charge your camera batteries. However it is likely that the electricity can off in mountain anytime so you should be bringing your personal head lamp or light additionally for the safety.

Q13. How safe travelling alone women with your company ?
We ensure all safety and security for individual woman travelers while with us, we are more responsible for these kinds of issues. So we have trained our guide’s staffs, the way our clients want. We have been organizing private treks, tours to solo women travelers since our establishment, we have trained our guides especially on this regards so do not hesitate to join us. We assure you our great safety during your trip with us. We can also Provide Lady Guide if asked.

Q14. What about security during trekking ?
Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Q15. What problems can arise on altitude ?
Our itinerary specially tailored considering with a high degree of minimization of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, altitude sickness stars from 3,600 meters/11,808 feet and there is no problem below this standard. During your trip this is a best solution go slowly with body acclimatization. Consider in the higher altitude there is less oxygen in the air. Suppose, crossing high passes more than 5,000 meters/ 16,400 feet, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to acclimatization during the travel in high Himalaya.

Q16. What are the Preventive facilities of Altitude Illness ?
Altitude illness, AMS is a very unpredictable condition, but all of our guides are very experienced with the symptoms and treatment of AMS. Every time our guides are ready to help you. We do, however, strongly advise people with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before trekking.

Q17. Are your staffs equipped/trained & insured ?
Yes! Our guides and porters are fully equipped. Actually we are working in a team. We all are boss and we all are workers. Most of our staffs are trained mountaineers who are certified by various mountaineering institute of India, Some have experience of Working in trekking field for more then two decades making our Company a team of Qualified and Experienced Trekkers. We provide one of the best informative guides for your holidays who can explain about Culture, Geography, Eco system, Plants and History. Some are multi lingual also.

Q18. Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget ?
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

Q19. Does your company arrange domestic and international flight and other services ?
Yes, we can arrange all kind of flight tickets and services. Additional help will be provided for you to the different activities like river rafting, city guided tour, Paragliding, jungle safari etc according to your interest and requirements.

Q20. Can we change the itinerary ?
Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.