With a completion rate of less than 50%, the epic 25-day Snowman Trek is often billed as one of the world's toughest treks, forcing most trekkers to turn back due to snowfall or altitude sickness. While not for the faint of heart, the trek rewards those that power on with pristine mountain scenery and glimpses of everyday life in remote valleys seemingly untouched by the outside world.
The Snowman Trek I initially traces the same route as the shorter Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, crossing half of Bhutan in a vast semi-circle between trailheads in Paro and Trongsa, passing through the wildly beautiful Lunana Valley en route.
After heading north to the Jomolhari "base camp" (though it has never been used as such by climbers) at Jangothang, the trail continues northeast along the icy spine of Bhutan's border with Tibet. Eventually, the trail crosses Sinche La, the first of five passes over 5,000m (16,400ft), which marks the entry into Bhutan's high country. From here the trail passes through Laya and Lunana districts, barely dropping below 4,000m (13,120ft) until the final descent to Sephu in Trongsa Dzongkhag.
Duration: 25 days
Includes: Guide, meals, camping equipment and horses/mules