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Holi The Festival of Colour in Nepal

Holi Festival Nepal

As we all know that being a secular state there are many festivals are celebrating in Nepal. Among all these festivals one of the most exciting and enjoyable festivals is Holi. Holi: The Festival of Colour in Nepal is also knowing as faun Purnima in Nepal. Falgun means colour in the Nepali language and Holi is the festival of colour. The excitement of celebrating this festival increases as it falls during the beautiful season of Spring. Hoi always falls on the full moon day at the end of the month Falgun. On the English calendar, Holi is celebrating during the month of mid-February.

Holi is celebrating by rubbing colour powder on one’s face. People celebrate this festival by spraying water. The festival Holi is celebrating all over Nepal and India. Hoi is celebrating in the Terai region after a day which celebrates in the hilly and Himalayan region. This festival celebrates as the death of Holika, on full moon night before Ranwali Holi. On the night before Holi dung cakes and wood are burned and people offer prayer a wish of health. This festival holds great religious significance in the Hindu Veda scriptures. It says that on this day the Lord Vishnu burn the evil goddess Holika. So, Holi festival in the joy of the death of evil.

On the day of Holi, the colours run riot and people get together in public places and chase one other with colours and water. Holi is a unique festival and nowadays Holi is celebrating all over the world. People mostly children love to play Festival Holi. People make their faces colourful sing and dance in this festival.


How is Holi celebrated in Nepal?

Holi is one of the main festivals that is enjoying in Nepal. This festival is enjoying with great joy and happiness over Nepal and many parts of India. As Holi is all about celebrating and enjoying the colours. During this festival, people splash water on each other and exchange colour. Holi is mainly famous and is celebrated by children. Throughout this day people sing and dance smirk colour among the family members, friends, and relatives.

Now a day’s people tend to wear a white t-shirt or Happy Holi printed t-shirt. The reason behind wearing white during this festival is that colour while plying can be seen. The main colours that are used during Holi are blue, green, and red.

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People also make different types of paintings on their faces. People also say that using different colours during Holi will get a chance to live a year full of happiness and joy. The clothes using while playing the holi they are keeping for a year. which is for hahat people wear during Holi are also p happiness and memory alive throughout the year. In many cities of Nepal, the blacktopped road is seen colourful by playing Holi. Pihckari is famous too used by hidden during hoi. They fill up the colourful water in the Pihckari and splash them to other peoples.

Water balloons are the most important thing during this festival. Nepal government also gives public holiday on the occasion of Holi so, the shop and office are also closed. The entire country is decorated in different colours. Another important thing about Holi is Bhang. Bhang is a special drink, which is mainly consumed during Holi and Shivaratri festival.

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Nepal Holi Festival

The tradition of celebrating this festival has been for a very long time. Holi is celebrated traditionally in the major cities of Nepal. In Basantapur Durbar square of Kathmandu, hoi is celebrated by erecting a long bamboo stick which is called lingo, which is covered with pieces of many colours in a different cloth. In the Holi eve the lingo is bought down and the cloth.

It is also said that the festival of colour has been known and celebrated since the 4th century. Festival Holi is all about enjoyment and celebrations. Gujiya is a famous dish which is cooked during Holi. People smirk one another with colours, water and celebrate by eating and dancing together. The celebration of Holi begins a couple of days before the actual festivals.

Holi is the combination of colours, water, music with your close once. smirking colour answers to one another are considered as an act of love. After smirking at colours and people visit the houses of their relatives and enjoy. Thus, this day is celebrated by singing, dancing, and playing with colours. Generally, Holi is celebrated in different places at different times, so the date of celebration of Holi differs from place to place. Traditionally the Pihckari was used to make out of bamboo but nowadays there are different designs of Pihckari.   Children use Pihckari to play with the water whereas adult people use water balloons.

Different Colour powder and water are mixed and splashed to one another. Holi is one of those festivals where one another forgets their fights and celebrate without with joy. It does not matter if you know the person or don’t know they will play Holi with you. Mainly foreigners enjoy this festival more.


Significance of Celebrating Holi

Being a colourful and joyful festival Holi also holds various aspects of significance in our lives. Though some of the significance might not be apparent and very much related to our lives here you are going to know about the various significance of Holi in our life.  Knowing all these significances about Holi you must heartily enjoy and cherish this festival.   If you are in Nepal during this exciting festival then please don’t hold yourself back, enjoy this exciting festival and without any hesitation. Holi is all about enjoying even with the person you do not know. This is an opportunity to be close with the local people of Nepal.

People also fill water in the plastic and play Holi with it. The plastic bag local which Usually, kids start playing Holi with the balloons and Lola. Before one week of the main day, they start playing. At the time of the night on Holi, people collect woods and burn the fire and also play music and dance. People drink bhang and go crazy. People are believing burning fires on this day will keep them and their families away from the evil powers. The burning fire also indicates the death of the evil goddess Holika. This tradition is also called Holika Dahan.


Mythological significance

There is an important sign of Holi as it is celebrating the great story of our legend and religion. It is said that once there was an imp and mighty king in a state. his name was king Hiranya Kashyap who was known for his authoritative and controlling behavior. He wanted himself to be called a god and wanted all people to call him and worship him as a god, but he was very furious.

On the other hand, he had a son named Prahlad he was just the opposite of this father. As Prahlad started growing, he began to worship Lord Vishnu. Seeing his son worship Vishnu, Hiranya Kashyap tried many ways to make his son stop worshipping Vishnu but Prahlad didn’t agree with this father. So Hiranya Kashyap was very furious, so he asked his sister asked, Holika to help him get rid of his son. His sister Holika, who was unburnt by the fire, took Prahlad in her lap and sat on the blazing fire. According to some legends, Prahlad was saved by that fire because of his extreme devotion toward the Lord Vishnu.

On the other hand, Holika who was known as the unburnt, because of her sins she was burned by the fire.  Thus, as the tradition of burning the evil Holika, Holi is celebrating.

Holi includes God with Radha and Krishna

Another legendary story of celebrating Holi includes the great god Radha and Krishna. This story describes as a prank lord Krishna applied colour and water to Radha and another Gopi’s. Later on, this prank of Krishna became a tradition and everyone started celebrating Holi as a festival.

There is one more mythology of celebrating Holi which includes lord, Krishna. Once when Krishna was an infant child Ogress Pootana was a devil. That devil tried to kill Krishna by feeding him poisonously. Later on, Ogress Pootana was killed and as a celebration of his death, Holi is celebrated. In addition to this, another significance also says that Lord Krishna drank the poison but it didn’t affect him. But because of this poison Lord Krishna is said to have a blue body.

Another popular story behind the celebration of Holi is that the legend Ogress Dhundi used to trouble and scared off children of the Raghu kingdom. Later Ogress Dhundi was pranked and chased away from the children on the special occasion of Holi. Because of this story, children play and also prank each other on this day.


Cultural significance

All the legendary and most believed story behind the celebration of Holi is to reassure the people of the power of truth and brightness to lies and darkness. The story tells the ultimate win of good over bad. As mention above the story of Hiranya Kashyap and Prahlad also shows that, it doesn’t matter who you are or what power you have at the last god will always take his true devotee and believer in his shelter.  These stories will help people to believe and follow god’s conduct and the path that God has set us in. it also teaches us to be loyal and truthful to all.  Since now a day many people don’t believe in truth or god.

Holi is a festival to remind people about the importance of truth in this world.  Holi teaches people to be honest and truthful about everything. also, Holi is celebrated at the time when the fields are fully blooming and people are harvesting. the good harvest gives people hap [pines and reason to celebrate Holi. It is also Witten in the holy book of Hindus that all the festivals are celebrated to remember the power of truth and loyalty to all.

Another reason why Holi is celebrated is more believed by the people and is extremely popular in India. Holi is taken as the occasion of celebrating the sacrifice of Kamadeva who is called lord of passion. Lord Kamadeva risked his life to revive lord shiva from his mediation. After lord shiva woke up from his meditation then he killed all the devil and shave the world from many evil powers.


Social Significance 

In today’s generation, people don’t have time for celebration or communication with each other. For this problem, Holi is a solution that brings society together and strengthens the trust and relation of the people. for the people with busy live Holi is a chance to spend some quality time enjoy with family and friends. Because of these reasons people from other religions like Islam, Christian, Shik everybody come together and celebrate Holi. Holi is the only festival where your religion doesn’t matter to celebrate.

Holi is such a festival where you can enjoy with your enemy and friend forgetting all your grudges. This is the festival where your enemy will turn into your friend. While playing hole it does matter where you belong form or if you are rich or poor if the colour is applied to your face then everyone is the same. This festival will increase brotherhood and strengthen your social relationship. On the religious occasion of Holika Dahan people also do many social works like feeding poor people and animals.

People also organize many awareness programs regarding the importance of education, environmental protection, and the end of many social problems.


Biological Significance 

Celebrating festivals is significant for our lives and in many other ways other than just providing fun or excitement in our lives. we must be thankful to our ancient human generation who stated the beautiful trend of celebrating Holi at the beautiful time of the year possible. In today’s busy life holing has become an opportunity to celebrate and have fun. Holi falls during the month of Falun which is the start of the spring season in Nepal. Spring is the time when nature and the environment change their dress and become very refreshing.

The weather and climatic condition during this month are perfect for the celebration of Holi. To celebrate the change of season people, sing, dance and enjoy the color. This will also help to energize and refresh your lives.

On the other hand, while celebrating Holi nowadays because of these fake and chemical mixed colours may cause rashes in your bodies. Biologists have also stated that the colour can enter your body through your body pores and may cause some sink related damage. In addition to this, using the Holi colour on your face will result in pimples all over. If the colour that you are using is fake then if, make a stain on your face or your body for several days. So, you should be more careful while playing Holi.

Scientific reason to celebrate

There is also a scientific reason for celebrating Holi, the scientific reason is related to the tradition of Holika Dahan. Holi falls during the mutation period of the winter and summer seasons. because of this bacteria grows in your body and the environment. So, when Holika was burned the temperature rises to 145-degree F. so following this tradition while celebrating Holi the heat of the bonfire also kills bacteria in your body as well as in the environment.

Now a day’s people from different parts of Nepal, celebrate this festival by promoting good health and doing good deeds. After Holika was burned in the fire, later people collected the ash where Holika was burned and mix Chandan with the ash and put it on their forehead. They also mix Chandan with the leaves of flowers and mango tree and drink it. People believe that Consuming that paste will cure you of different diseases.

In many parts of the country, people believed that playing with colours will help to promote good health but the doctors and scientists strongly denied thy says playing with the colours will result in different diseases in your body. People clean their house and take bath and celebrate this festival.


Why Holi is celebrating?

Among many significances of celebrating Holi, it is also believed to keep general people safe from the diseases that might transfer while with the change of the season from winter to spring. In the traditional time while making colour for celebrating Holi people used an extract from different flowers. They used to mix those colours to generate new colours. The original colours include Turmeric, Mehndi, Kumkum, etc. these colours are also used as medicine to cure different diseases like high fever, skin diseases, and these ingredients are also very good for your skin. But nowadays you can find many synthetic colours in the market these colours are considered to be very harmful to the skin and your health.

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Celebration of Holi in modern ways.

One of the reasons for celebrating Holi is the indication that spring has arrived. the colours used while celebrating Holi denotes the various variation of the spring season. in the traditional days, people used to make the colours by different natural means. They are getting to extract many colours from different flowers.  So the color use while celebrating Holi is completely natural.  But nowadays the colours are mixing with many chemicals. These artificial colours are very harmful to people and especially animals. So, because of this, the importance of the celebration of Holi has become quite less than before.

Traditionally people used to drink bhang and alcohol as a means of celebrating festivals but drinking Bhaang in Holi has become an undesirable practice. Especially adult people create different problems by cons8uming alcohol and Bhaang. Because of this problem, the spirit and reasons for celebrating the festival have been very less. Celebrating Holi in modern ways also creates unnecessary environmental pollutions. So, people should be conscious while playing Holi and celebrate this festival with non-hazardous and eco-friendly manners. You should also consider the animals using artificial colours.


Preparation for celebrating Holi

Holi is the festival of enjoyment with the colours. The entire country looks like a garden full of colourful flowers while celebrating this colourful festival.

Since there is a public holiday on this day shops and offices are closed so, you can celebrate Holi without any tension. People hold different parties, programs, and concerts on the occasion of this joyous festival. As preparation for Holi, people bring lots of beers and different colours. Pihckari is made in different styles of plastics. Parents during different styles of Pihckari and balloons. Women of the house start many kinds of different dishes for Holi. They make varieties of sweets, mathri, papri, and Gujiya for the family and relatives.  They also make many types of drinks.

Background of Holi, Nepal Water Festival

The origin of the Holi Festival is often traced back to the “Mahabharata”, an Indian famous epic. consistent with the legend, King Hiranyakashipu was so arrogant and didn’t allow people to worship Lord Vishnu. However, Prince Prahlada was a fanatical devotee of Vishnu and openly opposed his father. This enraged Hiranyakashipu. Since then, the king ordered his sister Holika to burn the prince on the complete moon night. From getting the blessing of God Vishnu, Prahlada was unscathed while Holika was burned into ashes. When the prince walked out of the hearth, people sprinkled him with colorful water to precise the praise of goodness and hatred of evil.

Traditions of Nepal Holi Festival

Different from Indian Holi rituals, Holi Festival in Nepal features a special ceremony for erecting a wood pole. On today, Nepali women dress in beautiful Sari with auspicious things in hand, then revolve around the pole to wish for blessings. Durbar Square and therefore the surrounding streets become a sea of waters, colors, and music. and you will have the prospect to ascertain the foremost prestigious singers working on the stage. On the eighth day, the festival involves an end with a Holi bonfire.

 Holi: The Season of Bloom

Everyone gets excited about the season of Holi.  Traditionally Holi was celebrating as spring has come. Holi is also the best festival of the Spring season of Nepal. the spring season is the best reason, especially for the farmers. Since spring starts after the end of the winter season so, the environment also gets very exciting. Forest comes with red rhododendron all over and the weather condition also remains very fine during this season.  framers celebrate Holi as their harvested plants start to grow. Nature also wears its finest and new clothes during the spring season.


Season of colour

People celebrate this festival with great exhilaration and excitement. At the time of the Holi, the roads are also quite empty because of the holiday so you can enjoy and walk anywhere around the street. The most important colour during this day is pink which name is gulal in Nepali. People also throw a bucket of water at each other. Thus, Holi is a colourful festival and is playing around entire Nepal with full joy and enjoyment. This festival is celebrating to enjoy the win of brightness over darkness.


Holi Festival Nepal 2021

In ancient times Holi used to be celebrated for a week. In some villages, Holi is still celebrating for a week but in the major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, it celebrates for a day. You should also be a part of Holi. You can do a water balloon fight and colour smirking. It is also a chance to be close to the culture and tradition of Nepal. Adult people celebrate Holi to remember the days of their childhood. During this festival, people do not care about their appearance and cleanliness.

You can go crazy during this festival. Since2021 is the time where the pandemic becomes a little less dangerous in Nepal so you can celebrate Holi but remember to follow the safety rules set by the government. For instance, you can go to a different concert and Holi program organize Kathmandu and other public places. Basantapur Durbar Square is the main place where the Holi festival is celebrateing with great enthusiasm and excitement. although the lockdown has ended the virus is still there so to prevent this virus you should not gather more people in the name of the festival.

You must follow all the safety precautions and celebrate Holi with a lesser number of people as possible. Since the festival is the reason which makes your life more exciting so you should enjoy this beautiful festival of colour. as per the lunar calendar, Holi always falls on different dates. Holi Festival Nepal 2021 falls on March 28 and March 29.


Some tips you need to know for celebrating Holi

  • Since the synthetic colours are harmful to your face and your body so to keep your body safe from the chemical reaction, before playing Holi massage your body with coconut oil, including your hair and face. Make sure that you massage for about 10 minutes.
  • To prevent the global coronavirus this year, keep your body safe and hand sanitizes. Also do not walk here and there unnecessarily and play Holi with the lesser amount of people as possible.
  • Since the colours can make your nail dirty, it is better to wear darker shades of nail polish as it will be your nail clear.
  • Before going out to play Holi you will have to remove and change all your ornaments like gold and silver as they might damage with the colours permanently.
  • Holi is a raw festival; you should not wear any type of makeup except body moisturize because while playing Holi there will be a chemical reaction between your make-up and the colour which may lead to several skin-related problems.
  • Your hair can get damage while playing Holi as the dry colours will make your hair drier.  So it is always s better to tie your hair up in any kind of pun or plait which will enable the colour to reach your scalp or hair roots.


Tips to consider while playing Holi

  • The quality of colour is very important for playing Holi these days, s, if possible, avoid the use of synthetic colours as they can cause skin irritation and other kind problems.
  • Do not go crazy while playing Holi, remember to play it slowly as the more colour you play with it will be harder to scrub or wash it off.
  • As there is the saying what you sow shall you reap, you should play Holi in a proper manner. If you misbehave with the people while playing Holi then you might get into serious problems so be careful and enjoy it like a festival.

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Tips for after playing Holi 

  • When you finish playing Holi remember, before going to the shower once again apply coconut oil in your body where there is colour. this will help to get rid of the colour stain quickly.
  • The colour may enter your ever for any reason, in that case, dip cotton buds in Luke warm water and apply it to your eyes or ears from outside. This will clean the colour from inside eyes and ears.
  • At the end of the day if you have Bhaang or alcohol then, make yourself some nice lemon juice and have it. And you can also use the left-over lemons to scrub your palms and heels as this will make it softer.


Interesting facts about Holi 

  • The word Holi is describing in the legendary story of Prahalad. According to this story Holi derived from the name Holika as it is the celebration of her death.
  • Holi is also the national festival of many parts of Nepal and India. Although Holi is a Hindu festival it also considers as the secular festival as people of all the religion celebrate Holi. Despite the difference in the case, religion and nationality all people celebrate Holi by apply color to each other’s faces.
  • On Holi eve a born is light in every corner of the country and people offer religious prayer to that fir asking for forgiveness and wipe out the evilness from the society.
  • Earlier Bhaang juice makes during Holi to increase the spirit of the people for celebrating Holi. Thi makes forget all kinds of restriction and enmity among each other.
  • Traditionally Holi celebrates in Nepal and India only but nowadays Holi has been celebrating in many nations of the world like Barcelona, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and America. Thus, Holi has been evolving and spreading among the various nation of the world.
  • Holi is a celebration of good and truth over evil.
  • This also gives the indicator of the change of season. in earlier days people used to know that winter has ended and spring has arrived when they celebrate Holi.
  • Holi is a festival that is celebrated in two days in the major cities of Kathmandu. On the first day preparation of Holi. Later born fire is light to do tractional rituals and the second day of Holi is “Ranwali Holi” is the main day.


Bhutan Snowman Trek – When to Travel and more

Bhutan Snowman Trek

Bhutan is an incredible place gifted with great cultural and natural features.  People often say that a thunder dragon protected the country and its people from any trespassers or evil spirits. Bhutan was isolated for generations from the outside world to preserve and protect the culture. But in today’s world Bhutan is the center of attraction for tourist and adventure geeks. Among many famous trekking places in Bhutan Snowman Trek is one of the finest treks where you will witness pristine mountain lakes, imposing glaciers, and some of the world’s most endangered species. Bhutan Snowman trek region is also known as Land of the Thunder Dragon.

This trek is also considered one of the challenging and finest treks in Bhutan. You will get to explore and enjoy the hidden and untouched part of Bhutan along with the great Himalayan range. Bhutan Snowman trek takes 30 -35 days to be completed and the maximum elevation of this trek is 5,050 meters from sea level. Through this trek, you will also get an opportunity to be close to the culture and tradition of the Bhutanese people. The trail to the Bhutan snowman trek goes through the green grassland.

The trail on the way to the snowman trek also goes through many high mountain passes, you will be shocked to see the beautiful mountain range that seems scattered, floating above the clouds like islands of snow.  Combined attributes of distance, going through high altitudes, extreme and unpredictable weather conditions and remoteness makes this trek tough and hard to climb.

Throughout the trek, you will notice tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages all over. Snowman Trek in Bhutan is all about nature, peace, high snow peaks mountains, and welcoming people.

Bhutan snowman trek

Bhutan Snowman Trek Difficulty

Snowman trek is the most difficult and probably the highest trek in Bhutan.  This route is only recommended for trekkers who have experience in trekking different mountains. Snowman trek is also the longest trek, this trek is combined with the two most incredible treks like Chomolhari base camp and Laya Lingshi trek. Walking at such a high altitude might be problematic for many people.  Beginners should not trek snowman trek without proper and complete training. You should also be physically strong for this trek. For increasing your physical strength, you can do exercise daily, yoga, swimming, or gym before 3 months of this trek.

During this trek, you will need to cross 9 passes which are above the altitude of 4500 meters from sea level. Crossing these passes might be very difficult for many trekkers. This trek also goes through the Drukgyel Dzong and Paro were the third highest mountain of Bhutan Jhomolhari which is at an altitude of 7314 meters. Winter in the snowmen trek region is very extreme and difficult to trek. Because of this reason snowman trek is mostly closed during the winter season. Along with this, this trek is not for beginners, you will need to have some trekking techniques and experience before this trek. This trek is not for the solo and family trekkers. There must be 5 people in a group for this trek.  The itinerary of the snowman trek is very long and many people might be fitted to the itinerary.

Snowman trek will refresh your mind and your soul and connect you with the peace of nature.  Bhutan trek is a small world in itself where you can drown without resurrection.


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More about Bhutan Snowman trek

Here are some of the things that you might need to know before this trek: –

  • Currency

The currency of Bhutan is called The Bhutanese Ngultrum is commonly known as Nu. The value of Bhutanese currency is equal to the Indian currency. Some of the major currencies of the world like US Dollars, Sterling Pounds and Euros, and even the cheques of the trekkers can change in the airport of Paro and banks or hotels. Bhutanese Ngultrum is a close currency is a closed currency so, his currency can only be exchanged after you arrive.

Although there are different hotels and banks on the trek where you can exchange our currency but we recommend you to take the local currency (Bhutanese Ngultrum) on the trek. Remember that in the shops or hotels in Bhutan cash economy and a credit card are not quite accepted.  If you are carrying a credit or debit card during the trek for an emergency fund then you will have to make sure that your card can be used abroad.


2) Trekking Bag Weight

While trekking in foreign countries you will have to know the weight up to which you can carry your luggage. The luggage limit o Bhutan for trekkers and travelers is 15 kgs. This would be more than adequate for the things you will need during the trek. Your trekking bag will be weighed before you leave the country at the airport. If your trekking bag is overweighed then you will have to take out some of the items from the bag. While packing for the snowman trek to Bhutan you will have to put all of your trekking equipment in the trekking bag. You can carry your personal belongings like password, I card visa on your hand carry.


3) Bhutanese etiquette

Except for the courtyards, people or trekkers are not allowed to take pictures inside any monastery, temple, or dzong all around the country. While visiting temples or any religious sites in Bhutan walking in the clockwise direction is considered to be the best way.   If you point your fingers at any scared or religious object then it is taken as very disrespectful. For those people who smoke Bhutanese government has imposed a 200% tax at the airport, there will get a permit to smoke. If you smoke without a permit in the public areas or trekking Dzongs and Monastery then you will be taken into custody.


4) Food and Drinking water in Bhutan

As Snowman trek in Bhutan is a very long trek so you will have to carry some energy bars also dried fruit and nuts are also considered to be a good source for providing energy to your body. Also, carry energy drink powder and water purifying powder during this trek. You should not worry about the food during this trek as there are plenty of hotels on the way to the snowman trek. Remember to eat healthy and energy giving food brought the entire trek. You should not worry about the drinking water as well because you can buy water anywhere on the trail or drink water at the hotels.

We also suggest you bring re-usable water bottles on the trek to reduce the use of plastic, if you bring a reusable bottle then you can fill and carry the water. Drinking water during the trek helps to hydrate your body and adapt to the weather condition of the snowman trek. Besides the please avoid hard drinks like alcoholic, beverages as they might not be safe to drink in high-altitude places.

chomolhari trek

5) Important information

This trek holds a lot of challenges but once you reach the destination it will worth it. You will be provided with a trekking guide. You will need to have the day to day update of the weather and temperature of the snowman trek. Your trek might be delayed due to various reasons so, you should make your trek flexibly. Always carry ash with you as many of the hotels will not take cards.


Trekking in Nepal vs trekking in Bhutan

Though snowman trek of Bhutan is very much like trekking in Nepal. The main difference between trekking in Nepal and trekking in Bhutan is that there are very few people trekking in Bhutan. You will not see many other trekkers while trekking in Bhutan but on the other hand while trekking in Nepal you will meet many fellow trekkers on the way. You will also observe that people living on the hills or at the higher latitude places are lower in Bhutan. But here are a higher number of people who reliving in the higher altitude places like the Khumbu region.

Because of his daring the entire trek you will see Jangothang, Lingshi, Goyok, Laya, Woche, Chozo, and Thanza villages. But while trekking in Nepal you will see a village or stay at villages daily. The landscape in Bhutan is a heavier forest than the landscapes in Nepal.

Although animals like deer, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard are found in both countries. Besides all these differences almost all the culture between these countries is same.


Itinerary of Bhutan Snowman Trek


Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

After you arrive at the Kathmandu airport out team above the Himalayan will pick you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. If you arrive in Nepal in the daytime then you, we have some time to roam and visit around Kathmandu. At the time of dinner, you will meet with your guide and trekking partners. You will also have a small meeting with our team regarding the trek.


Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Paro (2280 meter)

You will have a flight from Kathmandu to Paro. Paro is the main point from where you will start your trek to the snowman in Bhutan. While flying from Nepal you will have an exotic aerial view of the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga. Observing the beautiful landscape and foothills of Bhutan from the sky you will reach Paro.  You reach Paro you will meet with your Bhutanese guide. You will be escorted to your hotel.


Day 3: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (2,000ft/609m)

Taktsang Monastery is also referred to as “Tiger’s nest” this place is one of the most religious places of Bhutan. The significance of the Taksang monastery is that this place is the point where Indian guru Taktsang Padma Sambhava flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons who were against Buddhism in Bhutan. The trail to this monastery goes through the pine forest. From the top of this monastery, you will have a magnificent view of the mountains and Paro city. Which returning to Paro you will see Kyichu Lakhang which is also a small Buddhist monster. Kyichu Lakhang is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan.

Tiger's nest Bhutan

Day 4: Drive from Paro to Shana (2860) meter to Shiring Karup (3100m)

Duration: 4 hrs.

You will start your trek after your breakfast. From Paro, you will take a drive to Shana. After driving for about 20 minutes, you will reach Drukyel Dzong where you will have lunch.

You will be continuing your journey, after the drive of 1- 2 hours you will reach Shana.  from ere your actual trek starts, on the way to Shiring Karup you will be passing through the incredible fields of rice, wheat, barley, mustard, potato, and radish as well as herds of cows.  On the trail, you will also get the first view of the mount of Jomolhari (7314m).  After few kilometers of walking, you will reach the remote village of Shiring Karup. Overnight at the camp on Shiring Karup.

Day 5: Trek from Shiring Karup to Soi Thangthanka, 3,586m/11,765ft – (7-8 hours)

After having breakfast, you will be trekking within Jigme Dorje National Park which is probably the largest protected area of Bhutan. The total areal of this national park is 4350 sq. km. you can see isolated farmhouses and plenty of wildlife on the way to Soi Thangthanka. The forest of Soi Thangthanka is filled with oaks, maple, birch, larch pine and alders, and rhododendron. After walking for about 7 -8 hours on the trail you will reach Soi Thangthanka.


Day 6: Trek from Thangthanka to Jangothang 4,102m/13,458ft – 5-6 hours

Jogothang is the famous place on the Bhutan snowman trek from where you will get the best view of Bhutan’s second-highest mountain, Chomolhari on the top of the remote valley. From Thangthanka out will have to walk for about an hour, slowly you will be leaving the forest line and climbing up to the lovely village called Tengethang. Here you can observe the remote life of Bhutanese, there is a big school in the middle of the village where you will see children playing.  On walking few kilometers, you will reach the ba8se camp of Mount Chomolhari. Many of the trekkers might suffer from altitude sickness on the base camp. Overnight at the base camp.


Day 7: Rest and acclimatization day at Jangothang

Since acclimatization is very important while trekking in a higher altitude place. Here at Jangothang, you will be having a day off. If you want to get the best view of the mountain range you will have to walk for about an hour from Jangothang.  Some of the famous places in jangothang are Tshophu and Nyile La pass.  Today you can observe the local lifestyle of Bhutanese people closely. There also few yak herds on the side of the lake. From here you will have a beautiful back view of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake.


Day 8: Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi, 4,001m/13,126ft, crossing the Nyile La Pass, 4,817m/15,804ft – 6-7 hours

Today you will be walking through some of the places with the exotic view of the stunning Himalaya range like Jitchu Drake, 6,850m/22,470ft, and Tsering Kang, 6,994m/22,946ft. After hiking upward for about 4 hours you will reach Nyile pass at an altitude of 4,817 meters. From there you will have to trek down towards Lingshi where you will get the first view of dzong atop. Dzong atop was damaged badly by t8he earthquake. There might be the repairing work of houses, hunts, and buildings going on. With the fine weather of Bhutan, you will enjoy the walk with the spectacular views of the mountains.  It takes about 4 – 5 hours of walk to reach Nyile la pass from Lingshi. On the way, you will see many yak herders and small stupas throughout the way. Overnight at the camp in Nyile la pass.

Day 9: Trek to Chebisa, 3,870m/12,697ft – 5 hours.

You will be continuing your journey with the amazing view of the mountains and observing the cuter n tradition of the Bhutanese people.  Today you will be heading on the northeastern part toward Lingshi Dzong. The trail includes the high alpine forest filled with rhododendron and pine tree. if you are lucky enough then you might get the glan8ce of the beautiful daphne. Once you reach the Chebisa valley you will be stunned by the picturesque and uniqueness of Chebisa. The houses are made up of stoned and are singled roofs. On the way to Chebisa, you will also be crossing a huge and lovely waterfall.  Overnight at Chebisa.


Day 10: Trek to Shomuthang, 4,222m/13,852ft, crossing the Gobu La Pass, 4,349m/14,268ft – 5-6 hours.

From Chebisa our next trekking destination is Shomuthang. The trail to Shomuthang has lots of ups and downs so, it might be very difficult for you to walk.  Gobu La pass is another pass that you have to cross during this trek. Gobu La pass lies at an altitude of 4440 meters. From here you can get the backside view of the beautiful village of Lingshi with the best view of the mountains. The path to Shomuthang goes through the gorgeous valley below Jarela. From here you will have to descent through the forest. If you are tired then after walking for about half an hour from the forest you can camp here.


Day 11: Trek to Robulathang, 4,152m/13,662ft, crossing the Jarela Pass, 4,635m/15,207ft – 7-8 hours.

Today will be a long walk so you will have to get up early in the morning. After that, you will be continuing your trekking journey toward Robulathang.  When you start your trek, you will have to trek upward crossing the grassy slopes and windswept hills. After that, you will reach Jare La Pass. You can see Blue sheep and lammergeiers on this pass.  After this, once you reach the gap you will see the mark of flags and cairns from where you will see the valley and Sinche La pass.  The trail further moves toward the forest of rhododendron, spruce, cypress, and brish toward the valley.  After reaching Robulathang valley you will observe the local people wearing distinctive clothes.


Day 12 Trek to Limithang,

Total Attitude- 4,118m/13,510ft,

Passing the Shingela La

Total Altitude- 4,912m/16,115ft

Duration 6-7 hours.

Trek to Limithang via shingle la pass on the snowman trek to Bhutan might be the most difficult part of this trek. From the camp, it will take about 4 – 5 hours of ascent to cross Since La pass.  This ascent to Sinche La pass is very hard as the trail is straight upward. If you take a slow and steady pace to be comfortable then it will be more difficult for you. So, we recommend you to walk fast without a pause to this trek. While crossing the Shingela La pass you will see the striking view of Gnagchenta.

While descending the grassy slopes will make it hard to walk.  Moving further to Limithang you will witness the wonderful glacial blue lake and white stream below the exquisite peak “tigers Ears”. Overnight at camp

Chomolhari trek

Day 13: Trek to Laya, 3,812m/12,506ft – 4 hours.

From Limithang your next trekking destination is Laya. Your trek starts with the descend from the Zamdo Nangi Chhu to the Laya village. Laya village is the largest village on this trek. On the way, you will have to pass through the thick forest and the lovely river flowing at the side of the forest. Laya village is the only village on this trek that is well developing and rich in culture and facility both.

You can find all kinds of facilities here like a large school, electricity, a phone signal and is now only a day even the road head at Koina. Vertically striped yak-hair clothing and strange conical bamboo hats are the major thing that s famous in Laya. The interesting fact of Laya is that there are more Tibetan/Mongolian people more than Bhutanese people living here.

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Day 14: Rest day at Laya

Acclimatation is the key to a successful trek. Today you are again acclimating at Laya. You can release all the tiredness and pain from the trek. Hot stone bath is also offered in Laya where you can realize your pain and just relax.  You can spend this day resting and exploring the beautiful village of Laya. You can even communicate with the local people. Walking few meters up from Laya village will provide you the best view of the mountains. Horses are very famous in Laya you can also do horse riding here.  


Day 15 Trek to Rodhophu through Taksaka

Altitude- 4,206m/13,800ft

Duration-7-8 hours.

From the Laya village, you will be descending a long way down to the gorge. You will be going through the wooden gateway leaving the 14 Laya village. The wooden gateway is ancient and old lots of cultural beliefs of the people living there.  After walking half an hour from the gateway, you will reach the army post of Takasaka. From here walking for few kilometers, you will be heading east toward Lunana.

Here you will have to climb the forest gradually to an old hut. There are no villages or any kind of human habitat here. You will be gradually climbing up to a higher altitude from here. You will be entering a ringed valley with the Rocky Mountains behind. The trail to Rodhophu has a rocky trail that causes ups and downs. After walking for few minutes, you will see a checkpoint where you will have to show your trekking permit and passwords.


Day 16: Cross Tsome La Pass, 4,709m/15,450ft, and trek to below Gangla Karchung La, 4,900m/16,076ft – 5-6 hours

After about 2 – 3 hours of walk through the rocky trail, you will reach Tsome la pass.  Tsome la pass is an extremely beautiful and remote area of Bhutan.  After you cross the pass there is a rolling series of folds around the large mountainside of the trek. On the trail to Gangla Karchung la, you will also get to witness the great mountain range of Gangla Karchung (6395m).


Day 17: Cross the Gangla Karchung La, 5,156m/16,916ft, to Tarina, 3,919m/12,857ft – 6-7 hours

Today is probably the great day of this trek as you will be climbing up to the pass from where you will witness the glacial lakes and Kang Bum 7100 meters. The mountain is surrounded by the debris dams at the top of the Lunana. The lakes like snakes twisting down the valley. The trail also goes through the wide forest of red rhododendron with the stunning view of the mountains all over. From the rhododendron forest after walking for a couple of hours you will reach Tarina.


Day 18: Trek to camp above Woche, 4,114m/13,599ft – 6 hours

From Tarina, you will have a pleasant walk downwards. The downward valley is surrounded by rock walls and rocky peaks. From here you will observe many exotic glasses of the waterfall from the hill. The valley can be seen very colorful with the flowers and colorful heathers all over. After that again you will be climbing up to reach to first Lunana village of Woche. Woche is very famous for the tea and it has the different varieties best tea in the world. You can enjoy and communicate with the local people of Woche.


Day 19: Trek to Lhedi, 3,728m/12,231ft, across the Kashe La Pass, 4,556m/14,947ft – 6-7 hours

The next day you will be trekking further toward Lhedi.  The trail to Lhedi goes by crossing the Kashe La pass.  On the trail, you will observe the sacred lake of the people which is in pea-green color. You will have to respect the culture of the people and throwing stones and garbage is not allowed on that lake.  Continuing your trek, you have to pass Kashe La pass with the magnificent few of the mountains. After that trekking for few hours, you will reach Lhedi.  Lhedi s another beautiful village with the string houses on the terrace high and the river flowing by the side of the villages. The Houses are here are making of rock.


Day 20: Trek to Thanza, 4,126m/13,537ft – 4-5 hours.

There are lots of junctions and confusion of the route to Thanza. If you walk continually from Lhedi you will reach Thanza within four hours. On the way, you can stop at Chozo the artic view of the mountains. From Lhedi you will have to follow the river o the junction, then you will be following the route to the upper valley. Once you reach the upper valley then shortly after a few minutes f walk you will reach Chozo. Chozo is also a village of Lunana, and the people of the Chozo valley are more superstitious and believe in the spirits.

From Chozo village you Chozo will have to walk through the plain, gradually you will reach to the higher upper valley which is the big village and divided into two sides of the river.

From here trekking for about an hour you will reach Thanza.


Day 21: Rest day in Thanza

Today is the third acclimatization day of this trek. Today you will be resting and exploring the village of Thanza. You will be exploring and communicating with the people of the Thanza village. We will also discover new things about the culture and tradition of the people living in the Thanza village. You can also enjoy wearing the cultural and traditional dress and playing the traditional games of the local people.


Day 22: Trek to before Gophu La, stop at Tshorim, 5,225m/17,142ft – 7-8 hours

You will resume your trek by the steady climb from Thanza.  From here you will have to cross the Gophu La pass.  On the way, you will exigence the ups and downs on the rocky trail with minor waterfalls from the hills.  You will also witness a great view of the lake surrounded by the high snow Peaks Mountains.

After you reach Tshorim by crossing Gophu La pass there are two campsites one is before the lake and the other is after the lake. You can choose any campsite and stay overnight.


Day 23: Cross the Gophu La with altitude 5,454m/17,894ft, to Geche Woma (4,625m/15,174ft) – 8 hours

This day will be the most beautiful day of this trek. Today you will be having breath-taking views of the mountain’s peaks and the green grassland. In the morning you will observe the striking view of the sunrise from the middle of the mountain peaks.

When you cross the Gophu La you will have a great view of Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/24,770ft. Geche Woma is the camping place in the valley where you will stay overnight.


Day 24: Cross the Saga La pass, 4,930m/16,175ft. Trek to Sachu Kheti, 4,267m/14,000ft – 7-8 hours

The trek continues down to the valley. From the valley, after walking for about 45 minutes you will reach the lunch spot.  You can rest and explore there for some time. Then you will have to cross the Saga La pass and while crossing the pas you will have a dramatic view of the mountains.  From the pass, you will be trekking down on the steep trail slowly and from here you will reach Sachu Kheti.


Day 25: Travel unnamed pass (4,520m/14,829ft) & Trek to Demsho Wom (4,520m/14,892ft – 4 hours)

This is one of the fabulous days of the trek. Today you will be going through the farmlands which consist of oddly shaped towers, unusual spires, mushrooms of rock, and great cantilevered flakes. While crossing the unnamed pass you will also get a great view of Saga La Pass. From the pass, you will be walking through the huge valley meanders off to your right with more intriguing peaks and cliffs.


Day 26: Trek from Demsho Wom to Tshering Dorji Yak Herder Camp (Meluthang), 4,425m/14,518ft – 6 hours

Today is a great day along with the great challenge of this trek. it takes 45 minutes to reach a large lake from the Demsho Wom. Just below the Demsho La pass, there is a fine-looking valley that consists of two lakes.  This valley lies far from the civilization. Habitat is also very less in this region. You will breathe in the cold and clean air in this region. After crossing the path hiking for about 4 hours you will reach Tshering Dorji Yak Herder Cap.

Day 27: Cross small pass (4,360m/14,340ft), Trek to Padim (4,515m/14,813ft – 5 hours)

This is also one of the important days of this trek you will be crossing many small passes today and final cam at Padim. The route goes through the many lakes on the higher altitude place and eventually climbing up and down from here to the tail which consists of a level grassy platform. Is and eventually believed that there is a path that leads to Gangkar Punsum heading north, but for humans only; it is too difficult for animals, so after a short walk from here you will reach Padim.


Day 28: Trek from Padim to Khemi La Khemi La, 4,572m/15,000ft and trek below to Chachi La pass, 3,682m/12,080ft – 6-7 hours

If you get up early in the morning you will get a magnificent view of the sunrise and mountains.

After that, you will continue your trek. Today you will be crossing two paths. First of all, you will be crossing Khemi la Pass, and the after you will be moving down and cross Chachi La pass.


Day 29: Trek from Chachi La pass 4,638m/15,216ft to Maurothang, 3,682m/12,080ft – 6-7 hours

We have nearly come to the end of this trek. Today we will be crossing Chachi La pass and trekking down to the Maurothang. On the trail, you will observe beautiful and clear views of the mountain’s peaks. Walking through the sloop and grassy trail finally you will reach Maurothang.

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Day 30: Trek to Sephu, 2,672m/8,766ft – 5-6 hours. Drive to Paro

This will be the last day of your snowman trek to Bhutan. It takes 4 hours to trek back to Sephu. From Sephu you will drive Paro via Punakha. On the way, you can see the oldest monastery in Punakha.  After you arrive at Paro we will go to the hotel and have a rest.

Day 31: Flight from Paro to Kathmandu and final departure

This is your last day Bhutan. If your flight is in the evening then you can roam near Paro. After that, you will catch your flight to Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport, you will have your final departure.  Happy trekking!!!!

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Frequently asked questions on the Bhutan Snowman Trek


  1. When is the best time to trek Bhutan snowman trek?

Since the Bhutan snowman trek is not possible during winter due to extreme cold weather. But there are two main seasons for trekking to Bhutan snowman trek spring and autumn season. The spring season falls starts in March and carries on to the end of May and the Autumn season starts from mid-September to the end of November. Weather and temperature remain best for trekking during these times of the year. The trekking trail to snowman trek goes with blooming rhododendron and pine trees all over. Precipitation is also very less during the autumn and spring season.


  1. What happens if I get sick during this trek?

It is common to get sick while traveling to a different country. Your body might not adapt to the weather or atmosphere of a new place. When it comes to trekking in a higher altitude place like snowman trek in Bhutan then the chance of getting sick is even more. However, our team of above the Himalayan, we allow sufficient time for trekkers to acclimate during this trek. We also provide guidelines or ways for avoiding diseases. We have a connection with the hospitals or medical services in Bhutan where at the time of emergencies we can take you there. But if you seriously fall sick during the trek then we would arrange a helicopter evacuation back.


  1. What kind of facilities that I will have during this trek?

Bhutan Snowman trek is well facilitating. Although there are something’s that you will need to compromises. As this trek goes through the remoteness of Bhutan, you will not have many facilities there. For example, you might not be able to charge batteries, mobile for your electrical device, so you should carry a power bank as an alternate. On camping, you will have to cook your food and sleep on the camp which is uncomfortable.


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