Snowman Run - 14 Days | 13 Nights
US$ / per person
- The Snowman run Flag off from Gasa and ends in Bumthang.
- Run through high altitude lakes, grazing meadows and pastures, snow-capped mountains, high passes and terrains.
- Spectacular scenery.
- Cross two high mountain passes: Rinchen Zoe pass at 5350m and Ganglakarchung pass at 5120m.
- Mountains views on trek: Mount Jumolhari at 7314m, Jichu Drake at 6989m, Tsherimgang at 6789m, Kangbum at 6526m, Tiger Mountain at 6840m and Tsenda Gang at 7100m.
Today, Bhutan present sporting fans and spectators from all around the world an opportunity to attend and participate in different sporting events in the country. With breathtaking landscapes and sceneries, Bhutan definitely can be one of the most exhilarating sports training destinations to build up their strength and stamina for all kinds of power sports, from training and participating in marathons to biking and river rafting or kayaking etc.
Snowman run is yet another big international sporting event in Bhutan. For the first time snowman ran will take place in October this year. The event is already gaining its momentum as the runners will be running on the highest snow-capped mountains of Bhutan.
Day 1 (09 October, Friday): Arrive Paro
During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and transfer you to the Hotel. Later in the afternoon you will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. In the evening you can stroll in the paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2 (10 October, Saturday): Acclimatization Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3 (11 October, Sunday): Paro to Gasa
After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Gasa with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters) where on clear day you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. After tea, you will continue your drive to Gasa. Overnight in Guest house.
Day 4 (12 October, Monday): Gasa
Today you will spend a day in Gasa allowing you to get acclimatized in preparation for tomorrow’s run. Overnight stay in Gasa.
Day 5 (13 October, Tuesday): Snowman run flag off: Gasa to Rodophu
DISTANCE 60 KM | Altitude: 3240m-4215m
Day 6 (14 October, Wednesday): Rodophu to Tsojo
DISTANCE 63 KM | Altitude: 4215m-4069m
Day 7 (15 October, Thursday): Tsojo to Pangchenmo
DISTANCE 51 KM | Altitude: 4069m-4500m
Day 8 (16 October, Friday): Pangchenmo to Dhur Tsachu Bumthang
DISTANCE 39 KM | Altitude: 4500m-3900m
Day 9 (17 October, Friday): Dhur Tsachu to Bumthang Chamkhar
DISTANCE 62 KM | Altitude: 3900m-2800m
Day 10 (18 October, Sunday): Bumthang (Rest day)
Day 11 (19 October, Monday): Bumthang to Phobjikha
After early breakfast you will be driving to Phobjekha. Along the way you will stop at the Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the Yathras are designed with unique Patterns that have been conserved long way back in Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Phobjekha valley which is a famous for winter roosting place for Black necked crane. In Phobjekha valley you will be hiking Gangtey Natural Trail. The most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. The trail hike starts from the mani (like Chhorten) stone wall to the north of the Ganagtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. The hike takes about 1hr 30minutes through the pine forest and small bamboo plants. You can see the Phobjkha valley so beautifully from this hike. It is one of the best hike places for the Nature lovers. During the winter months, we can see the endangered species of birds Black Neck Cranes. Overnight hotel in Phobjekha.
Day 12 (20 October, Tuesday): Phobjikha to Thimphu via Punakha.
After breakfast this morning, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On the way you will stop in Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated inbetween the male and female rivers like an anchored ship, after Punakha Dzong you will go and see Pho Chhu Suspension bridge (160m), one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, which gives spectacular view of the Pho chhu valley. Later in the afternoon, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. After exploring fertility temple, you will continue drive to Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 13 (21 October, Wednesday): Thimphu
After breakfast, visit Buddha statue, and is presumed to be the largest Bronze statue in the world. The three storied high throne of the statue will consists of temples on each floor, visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan); visit the school of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school, visit Traditional paper factory, visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp, visit weaving centre. After lunch, you will visit Changgangkha Monastery; visit the mini zoo where you will see national animal of Bhutan Takin, and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Evening: Stroll through the town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 14 (22 October, Thursday): Thimphu to Paro Depart
After your breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you goodbye.
At a Glance
Tour duration: 14 Days | 13 Nights
Difficulty level: Hard
Total distance: 275 km
Event date: 13 October 2020
Maximum elevation: 6395m
Minimum elevation: 3900m
Highest camp elevation: 4500m
- Flight tickets
- Beverages other than tea and coffee
- Sleeping bag on trek
- Internet bill
- Phone bill
- Other bills of personal nature
Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.