Laya Gasa Trek – 20 Days

Highlights:
✓ Taktsang Monastery
✓ Thangthangkha
✓ Laya
✓ Gasa

✓ Jangothang

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Description

Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most scenic treks that go through gorgeous alpine meadows; High Mountain passes and encounters the unique lifestyles of the Layaps, highlander nomadic people of Bhutan. The trek begins from Paro traverses through the popular Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park known for its pristine environment and unspoiled landscapes. The trek follows the same route as the Jomolhari Trek till Lingshi and offers some spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari including others snow-capped peaks like Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta. The trail also provides an opportunity to spot blue sheep and even Takin in between the route from Jangothnag and Laya which hardly goes below 4,000 meters.

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Laya Gasa Trekking
Trip Duration: 20 Days
Max. Altitude: 4,440m/14,567ft (Gobula Pass)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
Min Group: 2 pax

Highlights:

• Witness majestic views of the world’s highest peaks onboard flight to/from Paro
• Enjoy guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu
• Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition
• Witness spectacular views of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drakey, Jomolhari
• Visit Jichu Darkey base glaciers lake.
• Visit the Bhutan’s old capital city – Punakha
• Experience the lifestyle and traditions followed by Bhutanese people
• Explore abundant flora and fauna

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival by Druk Air to Paro

Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Kathmandu or Delhi the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left hand side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel

Day 02: Paro (2250m) – Sightseeing

Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu to Drugyel-Dzong, the ruined Fort which once defended this Valley from Tibetan invasion. Mt. Jumolhari, the sacred summit, can be viewed on clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch arrive to TA-Dzong to visit National Museum and stroll in the Paro town. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Paro (2250m) – Sharna (2870m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 1: Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Drukgyel(2580m) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2870m). Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

Day 04: Sharna – Thangthangka (3630m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 2 : Distance 22 kms and walking distance 6-7 hours. Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m). The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari can be seen from your camp site on clear days.

Day 05: Thangthangka – Jangothang (4090m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 3 : Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6 hours. Starting at Thangthangka (3630m) and camp at Jangothang (4090m)Todays trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here . Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.

Day 06: Jangothang – Halt

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at camp.

Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi (4010m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 5 : Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.

Day 08: Lingshi – Chebisa

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 6 : Distance 10 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Lingshi ( 4010m) and camp at Chebisa (3880m). Today is a pleasant walk and you encounter parts of Lingshi village and the settlement of Goyak. On reaching camp at Chebisa village you can visit the village houses.

Day 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang (4220m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 7 : Distance 17 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Chebisa (3880m) and camp at Shomuthang (4220m). Todays walk is mostly through wild high pastures and yak pastures with few people & Yaks. You also encounter a pass ‘Gobula’ at 4440m. Camp is on a bench above a river, a tributary to the Mo Chu which comes out just below Gasa Tsachu.

Day 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang (4160m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 8 : Distance 18 km and walking time 6-7 hours.Starting at Shomuthang (4220m) and camp at Robluthang ( 4160m) On the early part of the trek you will get views of Kang Bum(6526m). After crossing Jhari la pass at 4747m you get views of Gangchenta (6840m) , Tserim Kang and upper half of Jumolhari. You pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by the river side where herds of Takin are normally seen during the summer months.

Day 11: Robluthang – Limithang (4140m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 9 : Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Robluthang (4160m) and camp at Limithang (4140m) Today is a hard day as you have to cross Sinche la (5005m) the highest point on your trek. The second half of todays walk is through rocky trails and moraines. Limithang is in the Laya district and here you begin to see the wonderful children in funny hats. Camp at Limithang is beneath Gangchhenta, the Great Tiger Mountain. If you have time it would be worthwhile to spend a rest and exploration day here.

Day 12: Limithang – Laya (3840m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 10 : Distance 10 km and walking time 4-5 hours.Starting at Limithang (4140m) and camp at Laya (3840m) Today is all the way down hill along a winding river valley with quite a closed-in feeling. The trail splits, one going down with the river to the camp site used by the army. The other stays high and brings you into the west side of Laya village. You can camp on a high flat bench above the east end of Laya village. The peak towering above Laya is Masagang (7165m)

Day 13: Laya – (Halt)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 11 :Visit Laya village houses or hike above the camp. A day halt is interesting here or just spending the day with the Layaps (nomads)

Day 14: Laya -Koina (3050m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 12 : Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Laya (3840m) and camp at Koina (3050m) The trail winds up and down along the Mo Chu river, avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water-falls. The beginning of the trek will take you past an army camp and the route junction for the Snowman trek. Campsite at Koina is one of the worst campsites on this trek but you will have to use it due to non availability of camp sites or availability of water.

Day 15: Koina – Gasa (2770m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 13 : Distance 14 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Koina (3050m) and camp at Gasa (2770m) The route may seem all the way downhill but you have to cross the last pass on this trek – Barila pass at 3900m after which is all the way down hill till you reach camp. The camp is near the Gasa Dzong and village. You can go further 1-1/2 hours to Gasa Tsachu (hotspring) if you prefer a hotspring dip than the Gasa village. The decision should have been made at the start of the trek and the the camp staff should have been informed.

Day 16: Gasa – Geon Damji (2430m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 14 : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Gasa (2770m) and camp at Geon Damji (2430m) Todays trail winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests. Gasa Dzong will be visible behind you, glued to the valley wall. Todays walk takes you through small settlements and finally at camp of Geon Damji village – a large village with rice terraces on the hillsides.

Day 17: Geon Damji – Tashithang (1840m)

Laya / Gasa Trekking Day 15 : End of Trek : Distance 16 km and walking time 5 hours. Starting at Geon Damji (2430m) and ending at vehicle point at Tashithang (1840m) From here it is 18 km (1 hour drive) to Punakha but the initial 5-6 km is unpaved.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Punakha (1310m) – Thimphu (2350m)

Visit Chhimi Lhakhang – the temple of the devine madman (roundrtrip 1-1/2 hours walk ). Visit Wangdue tomw and after lunch to Thimphu (3hours) drive.

Day 19: Thimphu Sightseeing – Paro

Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom and continue the journey following the Thimphu river till Chuzom (Confluence) and taking the direction toward Paro following Pa-chu for 2 hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Departure

Your Laya / Gasa Trekking terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

Cost Includes:

• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

Cost Excludes:

• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

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