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the Snowman Trek Hiking trail ( Bhutan – Asia )
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The Snowman Trek ( +200 Miles / 320km. is considered one of the hardest main high-altitude hiking trails on the planet. The trail goes through no less than 11 passes. It takes around 20-25 days to hike the Snowman Trek and it is best hiked in a short window, in the beginning of October
Bhutan is a tiny, ancient mountain country and kingdom between India and China high up in the Himalaya mountains. There live less than a million people in Bhutan, and it is considered one of the happiest, most peaceful countries in the region.
The Snowman trail is Bhutan’s most famous hiking trail, tough to do, with most of the trail situated higher than 12000 feet / 4000 meters in altitude, going between some high peaks and along at least 9 mountain passes with long stretches of snow, but also visiting ancient monasteries, local forests and villages along the way.
Read more about the Paro Taktsang Monastery on Wikipedia
Meeting the locals in Bhutan is part of the hiking experience most places in the world, here are a few research sketches around the Snowman Trek of locals:
Read more about the Layap people on Wikipedia
Wikipedia: More about Bhutan on Wikipedia
National Geographic: Speed record on Snowman Trek
Telegraph UK: Snow-leopards on Snowman Trek
Travel descriptions from Travel agencies:
MythicalBhutan.com: The Snowman trek
HimalayanExpedition.com: The snowman trek tour
- Himalayan Expedition also have 150+ photos on Flickr about the snowman Trek here