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Manaslu Circuit was an incredible trip, great communication pre trip, amazing scenery, guides and porters great!”
Jess Pealing (UK) | Manaslu Circuit, Nepal

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  • Yaks having a bath in Lunana
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Walking in forest near Shana
  • Near Jangothang
  • Mount Chomolhari
  • Farmhouse near Jitchu Drake
  • Mount Jitchu Drake 6,789m
  • Herd of blue sheep near Chomolhari Base Camp
  • On top Ngele La
  • Goyok village
  • Ponies approaching Gombu La
  • Autumnal colours below Gombu La
  • Children near Robluthang
  • Robluthang camp
  • Laya women
  • Archery near Laya village
  • Festival in Laya village
  • Festival in Laya village
  • View from Karchung La
  • View from Tarina camp
  • Yak on trail
  • View from Kesha La
  • Chozo Dzong
  • Lunana
  • Lunap family in Thanza
  • "Caterpillar fungus" (Cordyceps sinensis)
  • Camp near Thanza in Lunana
  • Thanza village
  • Yakherder near Thanza
  • Views on approach to Gophu La
  • Prayer flags on Gophu La
  • Near Minchugang
  • Lake near Saga La
  • Loading yaks at Worithang camp
  • View from Saga La
  • Approaching Gorsum camp
  • Yak herders’ camp near Chomolhari BC
  • Walking below Lingshi dzong
  • Djule Lake

Lunana Snowman

This is a long and challenging trek travelling to Lunana a remote and rarely visited region of the Eastern Himalaya. Far more people have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest than completed this unique traverse of Bhutan.

Our Snowman trek in April/ May 2020 is now guaranteed to run, please get in touch soon if you like to join the Spring 2020 group.

The Mountain Company has 100% track record of organising Lunana Snowman in Bhutan with our groups having successfully completed this trek on ten previous occasions from 2018 to 2011, 2008 and 2006.

This is a 29 day trek crossing the north of Bhutan along the border with Tibet covering 356km and crossing eight Himalayan mountain passes. Very few westerners have ever visited the remote district of Lunana due to its inaccessibility; one can only get in and out by crossing mountain passes over 5,000m that are frequently blocked by snow. Our itinerary completes the full journey starting in Paro and finishing near Bumthang.

At the start of the trip we organise a visit to Haa valley for two nights in order to help essential acclimatisation before the trek. This valley offers wonderful scenic walk along trails passing through traditional villages and magnificent monasteries. This is a beautiful area adorned with pristine alpine forests and still remains one of the least visited areas in the country.

The mountain views throughout Lunana Snowman trek are spectacular with many peaks along the Bhutan and Tibet border un-named and un-mapped, you will see several mountains over 7,000m such as Chomolhari and Gangkar Punsum the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. The Lunana Snowman has been described by the Bhutan Trekkers Guide by Cicerone as "one of the most difficult and beautiful of the whole Himalayas.

Please take a look at our video of Lunana Snowman October 2019 hosted on The Mountain Company’s channel on YouTube



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Trip Details

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 34 days from Paro
  • Leadership: Almas Khan
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 people
  • Cost: 2020 -£6,895 (US$8,795 or €7,595) 2021 -£6,895 (US$8,795 or €7,595)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections at Paro
  • Twin share room at all hotels in Bhutan
  • All meals included while in Bhutan
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western & Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Two Thuraya satellites phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location onto Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Bhutan Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Paro
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • September 21st to October 24th 2020
  • April 26th to May 29th 2021
  • September 20th to October 23rd 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Paro (2,280m), afternoon sightseeing 
  • Day 2 Morning walk to Taktsang monastery (3,120m), afternoon drive to Haa Valley (2,712m) via Chele La (3,780m) 
  • Day 3Day walk around Haa valley (2,712m) 
  • Day 4Drive to Chele La (3,780m) and walk along the ridge for acclimatisation then drive to Paro and onto Shana (2,790m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Soi Thangthanka (3,510m) 
  • Day 6 Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 7Acclimatisation day at Chomolhari Base Camp (4,080m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Lingshi (4,150m) crossing Nyile La (4,890m)  
  • Day 9Trek to Chebisa (3,850m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Shomuthang (3,950m) crossing Gombu La (4,400m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Robulathang (4,410m) crossing Jhare La (4,780m)  
  • Day 12Trek to Limithang (4,160m) crossing the Shinge La (5,000m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Laya (3,700m) 
  • Day 14Rest day 
  • Day 15Trek to Rodophu (4,120m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Narethang (4,900m) crossing Tsema La (4,905m) 
  • Day 17Trek to Tarina (5,080m) crossing the Karchung la (5,240m) 
  • Day 18Trek to Woche (3,810m) 
  • Day 19Trek to Lhedi (3,700m) crossing Keshe La (4,435m) 
  • Day 20Trek to Thanza (3,970m) 
  • Day 21Rest day 
  • Day 22Trek to before Danje (4,540m) 
  • Day 23Trek to Tshorim lake camp (5,250m) 
  • Day 24Trek over Gophu la (5,240m) and to Geche Woma (4,450m) 
  • Day 25Trek to Mischugang (4,200m) at base of Phorang La 
  • Day 26Trek to Worithang (4,400m) crossing Phorang La (4,650m) and Saga La (4,820m) 
  • Day 27Trek to Dur Tsachu (3,200m) crossing Nephu La (4,560m) 
  • Day 28Trek to Tso Chenchen (3,850m) crossing Gongto La (4,327m) and Djule La (4,551m) 
  • Day 29Trek to Gorsum (2,680m) 
  • Day 30Contingency day or extra rest day 
  • Day 31Trek to Minchugang then drive to Bumthang 
  • Day 32Drive to Punakha 
  • Day 33Drive to Thimphu, afternoon exploring town 
  • Day 34Drive to Paro airport for flight back home 
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