Gangkhar Puensum Trek

Trip Duration

18 Days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

Above 5000m


Teahouse/Lodge, Tented Camp



Group Size


Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Gangkhar Puensum Trek Overview

Gangkhar Puensum, standing tall at 7,570m(7.570km), lies in the beautiful country, Bhutan. The name ‘Gangkhar Puensum’ stands for the ‘ white peak of three spiritual brothers’. Despite being the highest peak in Bhutan, this mountain is off the limits for climbers. Bhutan has its own religious and cultural beliefs that hold its mountains in the upper respect. It is because of this respect that Bhutan has restricted to climb mountains above 6,000m. However, the Gangkhar Puensum Trek is second to none.

People are allowed to trek to Gangkhar Puensum and enjoy its magnificent beauty from afar. Bhutan itself is a beautiful country, and the route followed during trekking to Gangkhar Puensum is evidence of that. The luxurious forests of rhododendron, blue pines, and bamboo gladly welcome its travelers. These forests are also home to many exotic flora and fauna. Rare Himalayan geese reside in these forests. The travelers witness different wildflowers like the blue poppy, silver fir, etc., which adds more beauty to the trekking. They also get to be mesmerized by the massive size of the Gangkhar Puensum, even if it is from afar. The trek to Gangkhar Puensum provides a heartwarming experience for its travelers. It is the perfect escape from the day-to-day hustle.

Highlights of Gangkhar Puensum Trek

Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan, standing at 7,570 meters (24,840 feet) above sea level. It is located in the eastern Himalayas.

There have been several expeditions to Gangkhar Puensum over the years, with the first successful summit occurring in 1994 by a team of Japanese climbers.

Some highlights of expeditions to Gangkhar Puensum include:

  • The first successful summit of the mountain was in 1994 by a team of Japanese climbers.
  • The first ascent of the mountain by a woman was achieved by Yuka Komatsu of Japan in 1994.
  • The first ascent of the mountain by a double amputee was achieved by Mark Inglis of New Zealand in 2007.
  • The oldest person to reach the summit of the mountain was achieved by Kurt Diemberger of Austria at the age of 80 in 2007.

These are just a few examples of the many highlights and achievements of expeditions to Gangkhar Puensum. The mountain continues to attract climbers from around the world, and new records and achievements are constantly being set.

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Difficulty to Climb

Despite being one of the most beautiful treks, the trek to Gangkhar Puensum is equally challenging. Travellers have to trek up to a height of more than 5,000m. Due to this high altitude, travellers may face altitude sickness. The travellers also have to be prepared for unpredictable weather, as this region lies near a mountain. Besides this, the remoteness and the duration of the journey are other factors that can cause exhaustion among the travellers. The trek to Gangkhar Puensum is considered one of the hardest, but the beauties and sightseeing that one can experience during the trip are worth all the challenges.

Gangkhar Puensum with the best Expedition company

The trek to Gangkhar Puensum is exciting and adventurous, but it has its own set of challenges. Travellers have to trek several hours during the trip at the height of more than 5,000m. It increases the chances of them suffering from altitude sickness. Also, the route is a bit remote and less used, making the trek more difficult. However, with proper preparation and guidance, one can easily overcome these difficulties.

It is where Marvel Treks comes into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Trek works deliberately to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.

Taking care of the basic needs, safety measures and legal formalities to provide satisfactory and convenient services in the best interest of the clients are the main goals of Marvel Trek.

If you want to live your dream of adding adventure to your life and wish to take a break from your day-to-day hustle in the most exciting way with trustworthy help, Marvel Trek is there in your service.

We take care of all the arrangements for your trip at a reasonable cost.

Contact us and book a trip with us, and let’s get going in fulfilling your dream of adventure.

Client requirements

  • The clients should be healthy enough to make the expedition.
  • They should have some prior experiences in trekking.
  • They should be fit and should be trained a bit before the actual departure.

Why should Marvel trek be chosen for climbing?

Marvel trek has been providing its clients with excellent and satisfactory services since 1998 at a reasonable price.

Also the team of Marvel trek has skilled professional guides who have years of experiences in trekking and are familiar with the geography and weather conditions of the mountains.

You can trust them to guide you with proper instructions and full safety without compromising your wish to enjoy the trip.

Marvel trek keeps its client’s satisfaction,safety and comfort as its priorities.

When is Gangkhar Puensum Trekking usually done ?

The trek to Gangkhar Pnensum is one of the hardest ones. But with proper guidance and preparations, trekkings can be done throughout the year. One can easily overcome all the challenges with a bit of determination and lots of preparation. They can enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the trek at any time of the year.

How hard is Gangkhar Puensum Trek?

Trekking to Gangkhar Puensum is one of the demanding treks. Travellers have to trek at more than 5,000m within the periphery of Gangkhar Puensum. Because of this, the traveller can suffer from altitude sickness and have to prepare for the unpredictable weather of the mountain. The remoteness and the duration of the trip itself can also be exhausting for many travellers. Despite all these difficulties, the chance to witness the wilderness and the beauty of mother nature through this trip is worth it.

How long will be the Gangkhar Puensum Trek?

Trekking to Gangkhar Puensum is a self-refreshing activity, yet it can be exhausting too. So, making a rush might not be the best thing to do. The overall adventure of trekking to Gangkhar Puensum takes around eighteen days.

Trekking Equipment list

Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Water proof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifier
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottles


  • The climbers should get themselves tested to make sure they are healthy enough to climb the mountains.
  • A visit to the dentist is also recommended as there is a chance of acute dental problems at high altitudes.
  • It is also highly recommended that the climbers should have some previous experiences with high altitudes.
  • It is also requested that the climbers should workout a bit months prior to ascending the mountain.

Payment and cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip


Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Personsc
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Expedition documentation
- Passports - Visa for foreigners - Expedition permit
Choosing a provider
Marvel Trek is one of the best companies to choose for turning your dream adventures into reality.
Food, Accommodation & Facilities
Quality food will be served 3 times a day along with a warm and comfortable accommodation throughout this 18 days long trip. Additional tea and coffee will also be served for you to enjoy the trip even more. Other facilities will also be provided upto your comfort and satisfaction. What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city? Ans :- While in the cities, a well facilitated accommodation will be provided in the well managed hotel. Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers?Is there a single room option on this trip? Ans:- Yes,you have to share a room as well as a tent with one more climber but there will be two beds in both the room and in the tent, so that both of you will be able to sleep comfortably. What showers and laundry facilities will be available? Ans:- Shower facility will be arranged however,in case of a hot bath additional fee has to be paid.Also,you have to wash your laundry yourself.In case you want someone else to wash your laundry ,you have to pay extra. What food will be available? Ans :-You will have options to choose between the local foods or the western foods or any other MREs(meals-ready-to-eat).Occasional teas and coffees will be served with the food.
The travel will be 18 days long with occasional flights,driving,trekking, camping and few rest days in between.All the travelling cost during the trip from and to Kathmandu will be included in the trip’s cost. Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?When should I need to book my flight to leave? Ans :-It’s recommended that you arrive two days prior to the trip and for the return flight,you can book tickets depending on the days you will be spending with us which will be a minimum of 18 days or we can book one for you. What is the best way to get to Bhutan? Ans:-The best way to arrive in Bhutan would be through Paro International Airport.You can fly to Paro international airport directly or can have transit flights. When should I book my tickets? Ans :-You can book your tickets as early as 3 months before the trip starts.In case trip gets cancelled,you will be compensated with full refund. Can I get a cheap ticket online? Ans:- Usually the online tickets cost as much as the ones that are arranged by any travel agencies.However, sometimes the airlines provide less expensive tickets,maybe you can search for those. Where do we meet?Will I be picked up? Ans :- We will be meeting you at Indira Gandhi International Airport and yes,we will be picking you up directly from the airport.We will also be dropping you off to the airport during your return. Can I arrive early and return late? Ans:-Yes,we are more than happy to welcome you early and bid farewell to you a bit late.You can explore Bhutan if you wish. However, you have to do that at your own expense. Do I need a VISA? Ans:- Yes,if you are a foreigner in Bhutan, you need to have a VISA before arriving in India.
Clothing & Equipment
The company won't be providing personal items, so you have to carry your own warm clothes and other necessary items. Clients should also bear their own trekking or climbing gear. Do you have a recommendation list of clothing that we should bring? Ans:-Yes,we have a recommendation list of the clothing that you should bring for the trip which you can find on the website. Do I need to bring all the equipment in the list? Ans :-Yes,it's highly recommended that you equip yourself with the equipment that we have included in the list. Can I bring food and other gears that's not in the list? Ans:-Sure.In case you need some other foods or gears or any other stuff,you can bring it with yourself. How heavy will my pack be? Ans :-You are allowed to have up to 25kgs of your luggage.From Delhi, your luggage will be transported through trains and jeeps. Also, there will be porters who will carry it for you. How warm do you need our sleeping bags to be?Will there be extra blankets available if required? Ans:-Normal sleeping bag would work.And yes,in case you want more blankets,it will be provided.
Guides & Team members
The entire team of Marvel Trek comprises experts and professional mountaineers who have been climbing and trekking through mountains for ages and know the mountains well. Clients will be facilitated with one experienced and licensed guide to guide them. Also,there are experienced and skilled cooks who will be making sure that you get a healthy warm meal every day. Who goes on your trips? Ans :-We mainly get clients from America and Japan but we have also planned trips with people of other nationality who were fit to carry on with the expedition. Can we contact other guides for this expedition? Ans :-You can leave the trouble of finding guides to us.We have our own team of skilled and experienced guides who won't give you any chance to complain. How many guides will be assigned to our group? Ans :- We will make sure that every group gets one guide each to guide them through the expedition. How much should I tip my guide staff? Ans:-Since, your guide staff are the ones who will help you throughout the expedition, so it is requested to pay them some tips after the completion of the expedition for their hardship. Can my friends and family join me in the trek into the base camp? Ans:-Yes,we will be happy to include your friends and family in the trek. I would like to arrange a private trip,is this possible? Ans:- Yes,we will be glad to arrange private trips for you.
Health and fitness
The journey to Gangkhar Puensum can be exhausting, sothe company will make sure that all of its clients are in good health.So,their health will be checked twice before attempting to climb the summit. Also, the clients will be taught some of the basics that will be required for a smooth and safe climb. What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb at high altitude? Ans :-You should be fit enough to trek for several hours in a day.This might be difficult at first so,in order to make you able to do this,our company will be giving some basic training prior to the actual trip. How do I know this is the right trip for me? Ans :-You can go through our website and look into the information that we have provided and decide for yourself if this trip is for you or not.And even after going through these materials, you still can't decide then maybe you can consult us so, that we might assist you in some way to come to a decision.
Communication & electronics
Walkie-Talkie and satellite phones will be given to members to communicate to and fro between base camp and mountain.the members will also be facilitated with internet services. Will there be any power source for charging batteries and electronic equipment throughout the expedition? What are the voltage requirements? Ans:- Arrangement for power will be done in every camps.The camp will have power through generators and solar panels. Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what are the charges for usage? Ans:-Yes,in case of emergency we will be providing you with a satellite phone without any cost.However, if you want to use it other times too then you have to pay additional fees of $4-$5 per minute.
Weather forecasts
Direct forecasts will be received and followed from the reliable Meteotest that is located in Bern, Switzerland. What weather report service do you use? Ans:-Weather condition is extremely essential for trekking as well as for mountaineering, so we make sure we have accurate weather forecast.For this,we follow the reports that are broadcasted by Meteotest which is located in Bern,switzerland.
Insurance will be provided to all the team members and will be covered by the prepaid cost of the trip. What insurance do we need to get? Ans:-As much as the climbing is thrilling,it's equally dangerous too so, it's always better to have insurance.For this trip,you need to have a high altitude insurance along with a travel insurance.You also need to insure yourself for emergency helicopter evacuation.
Fees & payment
The fees and daily wages of the team members will be paid from the prepaid fees.
Additional fees have to be paid for taking photographs or filming as permit charges.
Safety is one of the major priorities of our team so, everything will be checked and instructed by the group of professionals.In case of emergency,helicopters ride as well as other needed measures will be taken.However,it won't be covered by the costs that you had paid in the beginning of the trip.
Many experienced and licensed guides and Sherpas will be hired along with a government liaison officer to make the trip easy.Also,many skilled cooks and kitchen helpers will also be heird.We will also hire high porters who will help to carry the luggage in the trip.

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