Bhutan is a country that has gone unnoticed, a country that has swept under the radar of many a traveller.
People who do visit Bhutan are greatly thankful for this as the quiet country provides a relaxed atmosphere that is hard to replicate anywhere else. This also extends to Bhutan’s treks where the trails are empty, the tea hoses vacant and the wilderness is still a wilderness.
Among Bhutan’s many treks sits one of the most infamous and difficult treks on earth – The Snowman Trek.
The Snowman Trek
Often termed the most difficult trek in the world, the Snowman Trek is a titanic trek of high passes, hidden valleys and stunning vistas.
Trekkers face some of the most inspiring, difficult and mesmerizing terrains on earth over 25 days. Such is the length of the trek that the trail is only suited to the most experienced hikers. Trekkers who have little experience at altitude or hiking over many days should not both even attempting this one!
The Snowman Trek begins in Paro and follows the spine of the Eastern Himalayas between Bhutan and Tibet before finishing in the east near Trongsa. To make it clear why the trek is so difficult, the trail crosses over 11 passes standing over 4,500 meters and 5 of these stand at an altitude of over 5,000 meters! Even for experienced hikers, 11 high passes is a lot and the Snowman Trek can only be completed during summer as the passes are all covered in snow during the other periods.
The trek also takes you into the almost unknown kingdom of Lunana which is almost separate to Bhutan (but not quite). Here you will visit one of the most remote regions and valleys on earth! You will also visit long lost villagers such as the fabled Laya and Thanza, trek in the shadow of many 6,000 meter peaks including the stunning Jitsu Drake, the daunting Chomolhari and the highest unclimbed mountain on earth – Gangkar Puensum.
If this is not enough, you will also visit several of the most notable monasteries (or Dzongs) in Bhutan including the famous Takstang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monatery which sits on the side of a cliff and the large Punakha Dzong. Both are incredibly important both in terms of history and culture and give views are great insight into Bhutanese culture and architecture.