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Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa Trek 17 Days - The most-beautiful trek in Bhutan

Tour Highlights

Laya Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic long distance treks in Bhutan. Running along the border with Tibet, the trek offers amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. The trek begins at Drugyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows and High Mountain passes with awe-inspiring views of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. You will trek through remote semi-nomadic village of Laya with unique culture, traditions and appearance. You will also see indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins along the trail. From Laya, we descend to Gasa, where you will have a day of relaxation at the hot spring to rejuvenate yourself.


ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, you will visit the Rimpung Dzong, dating back to the 17th century. This building is an ancient fortress and center of civil and religious government in the Paro valley. From the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. From here, you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

5Km | 4-5 hours | 900m Ascent
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which stands at 3180m gives you acclimatization for the next day’s trek. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Explore the Monastery and hike back to Paro. On the way, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Drugyel Dzong to Shana (Trek starts)

17Km | 5-6 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 2850m
The trek starts from the ruins of Drugyal Dzong at 2300m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach Gunitsawa village where you pass the army post. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa. Camp at an altitude of 2850m.

Day 04: Shana to Soe Thangthangkha

21Km | 6-7 hours | 900 Ascent | Camp altitude 3750m
On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path, which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up at the altitude of 3750m. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jumolhari.

Day 05: Soe Thangthangkha to Jangothang

19Km | 4-5 hours | 300 Ascent | Camp altitude 4050m
This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley, which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area, yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 06: Jangothang Halt

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tsophu Lake or hike around the area.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi

19Km | 6-7 hours | 800 Ascent | 730 Descent | Camp altitude 4100m
The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4830m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong.

Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa

12Km | 5-6 hours | 100m Ascent | 250m Descent | Camp altitude 3850m
Shortly after starting you will reach a Chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here, you have the choice of staying on the main trail or taking a detour up to the Lingshi Dzong (4220m), which sits right atop a high ridge. After Lingshi Dzong, It is an easy day and pleasant walk through villages and yak herders camp. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, you will have plenty of time to visit the village houses. There is also a beautiful waterfall located behind the village that is worth visiting.

Day 09: Chebisa to Shomuthang

17Km | 6-7 hours | 570m Ascent | 290 Descent | Camp altitude 4130m
The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village through a wide pastureland towards Gogou La pass at an altitude of 4420m. On the way, you will see a few people herd Gogou La, you descend into the valley, then climb again a little bit, before descending again to Shakshe pasa (3980m), a large U-shaped valley. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Mochu river.

Day 10: Shomuthang to Robluthang

15Km | 5-6 hours | 620m Ascent | 590 Descent | Camp altitude 4160m
You begin by climbing up the valley. Edelweiss abounds along the trail. The snow peak you can see to the southeast is Kang Bum (6526m). After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchenta 6840m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.

Day 11: Robluthang to Lingmithang

19Km | 7-8 hours | 850m Ascent | 870m Descent | Camp altitude 4140m
It is a long climb unto Shingchen la pass (5010m). The view of the mountains from the path is stunning. As you descend, you will see an impressive terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. Below the moraine, you cross the Kango Chhu and soon reach the Lingmithang campsite. The peak of Gangchenta towers over the campsite even though it’s quite a distance away.

Day 12: Lingmithang to Laya

10Km | 3-4 hours | 60m Ascent | 340 Descent | Camp altitude 3850m
In the morning you wake up with a superb view of Gangchenta peak in front of you. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at altitude of 3850m. From the west of the village, you will have spectacular views of Mt. Gangchenta and catch Mt. Masagang.

Day 13: Laya to Kohina
19Km | 6-7 hours | 50 Descent | Camp altitude 3800m Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chhu river. Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times, through juniper and fir forests until you reach the camp at Koena at an altitude of 3,800m
Day 14: Kohina to Gasa (Trek ends)
19Km | 6-7 hours | 300m Ascent | 1200m Descent | Camp altitude 2900m Walk for about half an hour over flat land till the Barila La pass (4100m). After this it is downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. Lunch will be served at Gasa village. After lunch visit the village. Then descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) for camp at an altitude of 2900m. You soak in Hot Spring, which has curative values for various ailments.
Day 15: Gasa to Punakha
Today you will drive to Punakha on unpaved roads. The drive is through the high agricultural benches above the Mochu (Chu means River) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees and creepers. After lunch, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 16: Punakha to Thimphu
Set out for Thimphu with a stop at Dochu La Pass for tea, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Check into your hotel on arrival in Thimphu. In the afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 17: Thimphu-Departure
In the morning, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

What is Included During the Trek?

  • All Trekking Meal during the Trek
  • One Trekking Expeditions Leader
  • Horsemen
  • Trekking Staffs/Helper
  • Group Medical Kit
  • Good Quality accommodation throughout. The use of a world expedition trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, and insulated mat
  • All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
  • Pony to carry 20 Kgs personal equipment

What is not Included During the Trek?

  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

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