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

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

Grade: Strenuous
Trek Duration: 17 days

Tour Duration: 22 nights
Best Seasons: (June & October)

Outline Itinerary

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

Day2. Day Excursion to Tigers Nest (Taksang) and drive to Thimphu (1 ½ hrs) Alt: 2320m / 7,6096ft.

Day3. Thimphu to Punakha (3hrs / 76km). Alt: 1200m / 3,936ft.

Day4. Punakha to Gasa (3hrs / 68km). Alt: 2775m / 9100ft.

Day5. Gasa to Koina Camp (8hrs/ 10km). Alt gain: 1098m/3, 600 ft. Alt loss: 610m/2000 ft. Alt: 3262m /10,700ft.

Day6. Koina to Laya Camp(8hrs/ 16km). Alt gain: 518m /1700 ft. Alt loss: Nil. Alt: 3800m /12465ft.

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

Day8. Laya to Rodophu Camp (7 to 8 hrs/ 14.5km). Alt gain: 975m /3200ft. Alt: 4215m/13825ft.

Day9. Rodophu to Narethang Camp (7 to 8 hrs /16km). Alt gain: 2375ft725m. Alt: 4905m/16,200ft.

Day10. Narethang to Tarina Camp (6 to 7hrs/16km). Alt gain: 80m/265ft. Alt loss: 1082m/ 3350ft. Alt: 3938m/12,915ft.

Day11. Tarina to Woche Camp (5 to 6hrs/ 14km). Alt gain: 740ft/225m. Alt: 4,163m/ 13,655ft.

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

Day13. Lhadi to Thanza Camp (6 to 7hrs /17km). Alt gain: 219m/720ft. Alt loss: Nil. Alt: 4100m/13,450ft.

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

Day15. Thanza to Djundji Camp (4hrs/ 7 km). Alt gain: 500m/1640ft. Alt loss: Nil. Alt: 4540m/14,890ft.

Day16. Djundji to Tsho Chena Camp (5hrs/ 9km). Alt gain: 610m/2001ft. Alt loss: 190m/623ft. Alt: 4960m/16272ft.

Day17. Tsho Chena to Jichu Dramo Camp (7 to 8hrs/ 19km). Alt gain: 85m/280ft. Alt loss: 85m/280ft. Alt: 5060m/16,595ft.

Day18. Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo Camp (7 to 8hrs /19 ½ km). Alt gain: 265m/870ft. Alt loss: 875m/2870ft. Alt: 4850m/15,910ft.

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

Day20. Thampoe Tsho to Maurothang Camp (5 to 6hrs/ 21km). Alt gain: 310m/1015ft. Alt loss: 965m/3165ft. Alt: 3698m/12,130ft.

Day21. Maurothang to Nikka Chhu Camp (5hrs/ 23.5km). Alt gain: Small climb. Alt loss: 1070m/3510ft. Overnight at Punakha. Alt: 1200m/3936ft.

Day22. Drive 4 ½ hrs from Punakha to Paro. Alt: 2235m/ 7330ft.

Day23. Airport drop.