Lunana Snowman Trek


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.


Day 1
Airport transfer and fly to Paro
Day 2
Morning excursion to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
Day 3
Drive to Drukgyel Dzong & trek Sharna Zampa 2850m/ 17 km/ 5 hrs
Day 4
Trek to Soi Thangthanka 3,510m/ 22 km/ 6-8 hrs
Day 5
Trek to Jangothang 4,040m/ 17 km/ 5-6 hrs
Day 6
Rest/ Acclimatization at Jangothang (4,080m)
Day 7
Cross Nyile La Pass (4,890m) and Trek to Lingshi 4,150m /18 km/ 5-6 hrs
Day 8
Trek to Chebisa 3990 m/ 16 km/ 5-6 hrs
Day 9
Gombu La Pass (4,400m) and Trek to Shomuthang 3,950m/ 17 km/ 5-6 hrs
Day 10
Cross Jhare La Pass (4,780m) and Trek to Robulathang 4,410m/ 16 km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 11
Cross Shinche La Pass (5,000m) and Trek to Limithang 4,160m/ 19km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 12
Trek to Laya 3,800m/ 9 km/ 4-5 hrs
Day 13
Rest day at Laya
Day 14
Trek to Rodophu 4,120m/ 19km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 15
Cross Tsema La Pass (4,905m) and Trek to Narethang 4,900m/ 17km/ 5-6 hrs
Day 16
Cross Karchung La Pass (5,240m) and Trek to Tarina 5,080m/ 18km 5-6 hrs
Day 17
Trek to Woche 3,810m/ 17km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 18
Cross Keshe La Pass (4,435m) and Trek to Lhedi 3,700m/ 17km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 19
Trek to Thanza 3,970m/ 17km/ 6-7 hrs
Day 20
Rest day at Thanza
Day 21
Trek to Tshorim Lake Campsite 5,250m/ 7-8 hrs
Day 22
Gophu Pass (5,240m) trek - Gangkhar Puensum Base Camp 4,970m/ 7 hrs
Day 23
Trek to Geshe Woma (6-7 hrs)
Day 24
Cross Phorang La (4,650m) and Trek to Worithang 4,400m/ 8 hrs
Day 25
Crossing Nephu La Pass (4,560m) and Trek to Dur Tshachu 3,200m/ 5 hrs
Day 26
Duer Tsachu Hotsprings
Day 27
Gongto La (4,327m)- Djule La (4,551m)- Trek to Tso Chenchen 3,850m/ 8hrs
Day 28
Trek Duer Village & Drive to Jakar (Bumthang), 2700m
Day 29
Bumthang Sightseeing
Day 30
Drive to Punakha (1250 m)
Day 31
Sightseeing in Punakha and Drive to Thimphu
Day 32
Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 33
Drive to Paro (2200 m)
Day 34
Departure for Kathmandu.

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.)

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Trip Facts

  • Lunana Snowman Trek
  • Strenuous
  • Minimum 02 person.
  • March-End of May and September-End of December.
  • 5500m
  • Aeroplane, Bus, Car
  • NEABT04

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