One of the most challenging and beautiful treks of the whole Himalayas, Lunana Snowman trekking trail traverses through a remote and rarely visited region of the Eastern Bhutan. It covers the distance of 357 kilometers (220 miles), crosses eight high passes, several of which are over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), and stays each place at an average altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). The topography of the trekking trail is characterized by rugged mountains with snow-clad peaks, steep slopes, narrow gorges and flat, narrow valley. The area is still heavily forested and there you will see some animals such as Blue sheep, Takin, Marmots, Himalayan black bear & cubs, blood pheasant, lammergeier and birds of prey among others along the trail.
The permanent snowline varies between 4700 m on the shady faces to over 5500 m on the sunny eastern and southern faces. You will see Bhutan’s spectacular mountains such as Chomolhari and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain in the world and several peaks along the Bhutan and Tibet border while trekking. Climbing Gangkhar Puensum has still been banned by the Bhutanese government because of religious and cultural reasons. Trekking trail has connected three of the most remote and high valleys along the northern border of Bhutan. Chomolhari and Lingshi Trek, Laya and Lunana Trek, Lunana and Nakachhu Trek are parts of Lunana Snowman trek with different names. The longest version of the trek is Laya and Lunana trek. During the trek you will encounter the Lunana and Laya people, a semi-nomadic tribe along the route. Unlike other regions of the Himalaya, we use yaks or horses to carry our load through different villages.
The highlights of the Lunana Snowman trek are – Karchung La.Pass, the rest day at Thanza/ Tshorim Lakes and cross over Saga La Pass , all naturally stunning. As it is a challenging trek, fitness and previous high altitude trekking experience is required to complete it successfully. Months of April-May and September-October are the best time to do this trek.
Nepal Eco Adventure organizes Lunana Snowman trek every year and if you are considering joining this trek please contact us.
What is Included
- Flight fare with tax: Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu (if the trip ends in Kathmandu)
- International arrival/departure transfers (Paro)
- Guided sightseeing tour in Paro, Thimphu & Punakha escorted by local Bhutanese guide
- Private vehicle while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhutan
- Bhutan Monuments entrance fees
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels/resorts with breakfast in Bhutan
- All meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) in Bhutan during trekking
- Porters and pack animals to carry trekking gear in Bhutan
- All necessary trekking permits
- Bhutan government royalty and local taxes
What is Excluded
- International airfare and airport tax
- Nepal entry visa fee $30 USD for 15 day multiple entry visa on arrival.
- Single supplement in hotel during entire trip $750 USD.
- Meals and Hotels in Kathmandu.
- Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
- Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, laundry, international phone call etc.
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Extra luggage charge on the flight
- Upgrade of airfare and type of accommodation
- Tips for guide and driver after sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan
- All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)