Bhutan’s Snowman Trek is rated one of the toughest in the world. From 16-25 days trekkers will be well over 4000 m and the highest point is around 5200 m! This trek is almost an expedition and careful mental & physical preparation plus detailed planning is essential.
The trek trail covers the high altitude eastern Himalayan border region between Bhutan & Tibet. There are two major passes on the route at 5005m and 5120m. Far fewer individuals attempt this journey then do attempt Mt Everest each year. It’s reputation for being at high altitude for such a long duration, in challenging conditions, means many trekkers do not finish the journey. In fact part of the trek trail is too high for horses and yaks are bought in for transporting the equipment.
You will need a minimum of 5 trekkers, in addition to the professional trekking crew, in order to keep the costs under control, and travel insurance covering emergency evacuation & repatriation is essential. The best season for this trek is late-SEP to late OCT.
One of our close clients and friends, Heather McNeice, has recounted her experience on this trek, along with companion Krista, in her new book ‘Yak on Track’. A gripping read and an ideal starting point for anybody contemplating such a test of their endurance.
Bhutan & Beyond has the experience to put this test of your endurance into a reality. We also have a range of other high altitude treks to best suit your fitness level and budget.
Contact us for further information.
Article by James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert
James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert.
James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years & has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale Travel genres.
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