Bhutan: Laya-Gasa Trek

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  • Trip Duration: 15 Nights 16 Days
  • Trip Type: Trek & Cultural
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer & Autumn
  • Elevation:

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Laya-Gasa is considered as one of the most challenging and scenic treks in Bhutan. The trekking begins from the Drukgyel Dzong in Paro leading all the way to Koina in Gasa taking you through picturesque farmlands, forests of alpine pastureland, high isolated passes and valleys. Take a minute to enjoy breathtaking views of Bhutan’s towering peaks such as Mt. Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake, and Masang Gang as your trek procedes. Laya and Gasa is situated in the Himalayas of Bhutan, therefore it offers refreshing breeze and an opportunity to explore different types of plants, animals and valleys filled with unique culture and tradition unlike any other in Bhutan. 

While trekking along the Himalayan passes, you will feel like you have reached a magical kingdom. To reach this potential, the tour highlights on:  

  • Night at the base of the Great Tiger Mountain
  • Experience the highlanders’ hospitality
  • Acquaintances with the culture and customs of the Highlanders
  • End trek with a soak in the natural hot springs of Gasa

Trip Costs

The minimum daily tour package covers the following services.

$ 6395 (Single Traveler)
$ 5883 (Couple -per person)
$ 5499 (3 – 6 Travelers -per person)
$ 5116 (7- 9 Travelers -per person)
$ 4860 (10 Travelers & above – per person)

Price Includes

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars can be upgraded at an additional fee)
  • All meals / Tea & snacks
  • All internal transport (excluding Domestic flights)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • An experienced English speaking tour leader
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • SDF (Sustainable Development Fees/Government Fees) & Visa Fees

While on trek the following are included

  • Camp site
  • Two person tents
  • Fees All meals (Veg/Non-Veg as per your preferences)
  • Foam mattresses
  • Eating utensils
  • Dining & toilet tents
  • Pack Ponies to transport equipment

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Additional personal expenses such as souvenirs, meals, snacks, alcohol, laundry, tips, and gratuities for the tour leader and staff.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Paro

Elevation: 2350m / 7710ft 

Paro sightseeing

Attractions

– Paro Dzong

– Paro Museum

– Explore in Paro Town

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 02: Paro -hike to Tiger’s Nest

Driving duration: 15km/ 30 Minutes

Elevation: 2250m / 7382ft 

Day Hike to Tiger-nest (5-6 hrs round trip)

Attractions

– Tigers-nest Hike (one of the 10th Holiest places in the world)

– Visit Traditional Farmhouse

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 03: Paro –Trek begins from Shana - Soi Thangthangkha

Driving Duration: (17km/1hrs) from Paro to Shana.

Walking Distance: (20km, 8 hours)900m Ascent

Elevation: 3750m/ 12303ft

Attractions:

– Drukgyel Dzong

– The trail follows Pachhu (Paro River), ascending through pine, oak, spruce, and Rhododendron forests.

Overnight camp at Thangthangkha 

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang

Walking Distance: (19km, 7- 8 hours) 290m Ascent

Elevation: 4040m/ 13254ft

Attractions:

– Your trek pass through yak herder settlements of Soe and Takethang

– The views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake 

Overnight camp at Jangothang 

Day 05: Jangothang Halt (acclimatization)

Elevation: 4040m/ 13254ft

Attractions:

– Excursion to the twin Tshophu Lakes on the way to Bongtela Pass. Most people show signs of mountain sickness at this altitude, and it is recommended that all trekkers halt here. 

– You are likely to spot rare blue sheep, Himalayan rhubarb, griffon vultures, golden eagles, and the remarkable blue poppy.

– If you do not wish to hike then simply relax in camp, either way it will be a memorable day.

Overnight camp at Jangothang 

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi

Walking Distance: (18km, 7- 8 hours) 800m Ascent,730 Descent

Elevation: 4010m/13156ft

Attractions:

– view of Jhomolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tsherim Gang (6789m).

– You will be climbing to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,830m.

– enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and Lingshi Dzong

Overnight camp at Lingshi

Day 07: Lingshi – Chebisa

Walking Distance: (12km, 5-6 hours) 250m Descent.

Elevation: 3850meters (12631ft) 

Attractions:

– Breathtaking views of green hills, meandering rivers and magnificent of Lingshi Dzong

– Lingshi Primary School

– Walk through Lingshi Village & Yak herders Camp.

– Waterfalls

– Chebisa Village 

Overnight camp at Chebisa

 

Your Organizer

Day 08: Cebisa – Shoumuthang

Walking Distance: (17km, 6-7 hours) 570 Ascent, 290m Descent.

Elevation: 4130meters (135491ft) 

Attractions:

–  Begin your trek with a steep climb up a ridge to Gogu La pass (4500m) which will take nearly four hours.

– It is common to spot rare blue sheep on the rocks near the top of this pass.

– The trail will pass through rhododendron bushes & Yak herder camps.

Overnight Camp at Shoumuthang 

Day 09: Shoumuthang – Robluthang

Walking Distance: (18 km, 6-7 hours) 570 Acent, 290m Decent.

Elevation: 4130meters (135491ft) 

Attractions:

– The trek begins with walking through the Edelweiss bound trail and then a climb to Jari La pass at an altitude of 4700m where you can visible snowcapped mountains of Khangbum (6526m)

– Tsarijathang valley which is the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takins (National Animal of Bhutan).

Overnight Camp at Robluthang

Day 10: Robluthang – Limithang

Walking Distance: (19 km, 7-8 hours) 850 Ascent, 870m Descent.

Elevation: 4140m/135821ft

Attractions:

– Today you will reach the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m) one of the highest passes in entire trek.

– spectacular view of the snow-covered Gangchen Tag or the Tiger Mountain (6840m).

– Limithang is a beautiful campsite, with scattered meadows by the river with Tiger Mountain (Gangchen Tag) towering behind your campsite.

Overnight camp at Limithang

Day 11: Limithang – Laya

Walking Distance: (10 km, 4-5 hours) 150 Ascent, 190m Descent.

Elevation: 3850meters (12631ft)

Attractions:

– The trek passes through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds and it is a long walk through this uninhabited valley.

– Waterfalls

– Laya Village

Overnight Camp at Laya 

Day 12: Laya Halt ( Explore Laya Village)

Elevation: 3850m/12631ft

Attractions

– Visit a local farmhouse for an experience for authentic Bhutanese lifestyle and unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

– Layap Women have very conspicuous attire, wearing conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments.

Overnight camp at Laya

Day 13: Laya –koina (19 km, 6-7 hours.Trek End)- Gasa

Walking Distance: (19 km, 6-7 hours) 950m Descent.

Elevation: 2850m/ 9350ft

Driving Duration: Koina -Gasa: 17km/1.5hrs

Attractions

– The trek descends to army camp and join the Mo Chhu (Female River of Punakha) through juniper and fir forests until you reach Koina at an altitude of 2900m.

– The drive from Koina to Gasa is through the fir, spruce, and rhododendron forest and after descending almost 1250m you reach Gasa.

– Gasa Dzong

– Dip in the Tshachu or the hot spring which will treat relieving you from any muscle aches after a long trek.

Overnight Camp at Gasa Hot Spring

Day 14: Gasa- Punakha

Driving Duration: 81km,3 hrs

Elevation: 1310m/4300ft

Attractions

– Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten

– White Water Rafting at Mo Chu River (Extra Cost $250) if you are interested.

– Punakha Dzong

– Suspension Bridge

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha

Day 15: Punakha-Thimphu

Driving Duration: 77km,2 hrs

Elevation: 2350meters (7710 ft),

Attractions:

– Chimmi Lhakhang Temple

– Lobesa Village

– Dochula Pass (108 stupa)

– A Giant Buddha Statue with the view of Thimphu City

– Takin (National Animal)

– 13 Traditional Arts & Crafts (closed on government holidays)

– Explore Thimphu Town.

Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu

Day 16: Thimphu- Departure

Driving Duration: 65km/1.5 hrs

Elevation: 2350m/ 7710ft

After breakfast, drive to Paro Airport for Departure

Attractions:

– Tachog Temple

-Chuzom ( Confluence of Thimphu & Paro River)

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