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Snow Man Laya Trek – trekking dream in Bhutan


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Tour description

With a little weather luck, the approach to Paro in western Bhutan already shows what makes the famous Snow Man Trek so appealing for passionate tours: the high mountain panorama of the Himalayas captivates with its powerful beauty and creates a deep desire to experience this mountain world for yourself with all your senses. The kingdom of Bhutan, which is not quite 40,000 km² in size, lies between north-east India and Tibet (China), which is why it has connected important trade routes for centuries.

In the past, it was members of the “Laya”, a semi-nomadic tribe living here whose name also means “snow”, who transported goods of all kinds over peaks and through valleys. We will follow part of their route, which includes crossing eight of the highest passes in the world, on this trek. After an initial acclimatization phase, which also gives us the opportunity to visit important sights, the Snow Man Trek finally starts on day three of our stay, which takes us over a total of eleven passes and up to a maximum altitude of 5200 m above sea level in 24 days. Fitness and good health are basic requirements for this trek.

Overcoming the physical challenge is rewarded with the experience of unique mountain panoramas, untouched forest landscapes, crystal-clear mountain lakes and mystical waterfalls, the chance to spot some very rare animal species such as blue sheep (bharal) or even snow leopards, as well as meeting the inhabitants of this peaceful kingdom, where “breeding national happiness” is placed above economic growth.

We are happy to customize your tour to your needs.
Combine your tour with other destinations or activities. Contact us – we will be happy to help you.

Highlights

  • Fascinating mountain world with breathtakingly beautiful panoramas
  • Untouched forests, picturesque mountain lakes & waterfalls
  • Sighting of rare animal species, impressive biodiversity and encounters with locals such as the semi-nomadic Laya
  • National Museum
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) from the 17th century, built on a 900 m high cliff face
  • Punakha Dzong and National Library in Thimphu
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 – 2: Arrival at Paro International Airport, sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 3-5: Trek from Shana to Jangothang. Overnight stay in a tent
  • Day 6: Rest and acclimatization day at 4115 m above sea level. Overnight stay in a tent.
  • Day 7-12: Trek from Jangothang to Laya. Overnight stay in a tent
  • Day 13: Rest and acclimatization day at 3880 m above sea level. Overnight stay in a tent.
  • Day 14-19: Trek from Laya to Thanza. Overnight stay in a tent.
  • Day 20: Rest and acclimatization day at 4060 m above sea level. Overnight stay in a tent.
  • Day 21 – 26: Trek from Thanza to Nikachu. Overnight stay in a tent
  • 27. 28. day: Drive from Nikachu via Punakha to Thimphu, sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel
  • Day 29: Drive to Paro and flight home or onward flight.

Best time to travel

The spring months are ideal for a vacation in Bhutan, when nature awakens to colorful life, as is autumn, when the monsoon has left the country. We follow the Snow Man Trek in the months of April, May and June as well as in September and October.


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