Travel to Bhutan

Laya Gasa Trek (18 Nights / 19 days)

Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek Facts

Trek duration: 14 days.

Duration: 18 nights / 19 days.

Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.

Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.

Difficulty Level: Strenuous.

Group size: Minimum 2 pax

Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.

Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek is a 14-days Trek, an extension of the Jumolhari Trek and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue Sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). It introduces you to the unusual culture of the Layap people (The Nomadic people of Upper Himalayas bordering Tibet) and offers a stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa. It is a popular Trek. Highest point is 4115 Meter.

Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive Paro 2280 meters (By Druk Air): After lunch, visit

  • Ta Dzong
  • Paro Rimpung Dzong.

Dinner and over night in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.  www.tnr.bt .

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.
  • Drive to Chelila pass to view Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet including Mt. Jumolhari.
  • Visit to a Farm house.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 02. Paro 2280 meters: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:

  • Hike to Taktsang monastery as good acclimatization for the trek.

After lunch, visit

  • Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong.
  • Kichu Lhakhang that was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

Dinner and over night in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.
  • Drive to Chelila pass to view Higher Himalayas bordering Tibet including Mt. Jumolhari.
  • Visit to a Farm house.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Paro:

Day 03. Paro – Shana (Start of Trek): Our trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong at 2580 meters following the Paro river and we pass cultivated fields and tiny picturesque villages. The forests are alive with numerous birds and brightly coloured butterflies. Dinner and overnight at camp Shana. Altitude 2,850 m; Distance 17 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 360 meters ascent, 80 meters descent.

Day 04. Shana – Thangthangka: Dinner and overnight in camp. Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours, Ascent: 770 meters, Descent: 10 meters.

Day 05. Thangthangka – Jangothang: Dinner and overnight in camp.

Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 meters Ascent

Day 06. Jangothang: Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.

For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.

  1. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  1. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).

Day 07. Jangothang – Lingshi: Dinner and overnight in camp. Altitude 4000 m; Distance 17 km; Time 6 – 7 hours.

Day 08. Lingshi – Chebisa: Dinner and overnight in camp. Camp site at an altitude of 3880 m; Distance 10 kms; Time 5 – 6 hours, Ascent: 280 meters, Descent: 410 meters.


Day 09. Chebisa – Shomuthang:
Camp at Altitude 4220 m; Distance17 kms; Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 890 meters, Descent 540 meters.

Day10. Shomuthang – Robluthang: Camp at Altitude: 4,160 m; Distance 18 kms; Time 6 – 7 hours, Ascent 700 meters, Descent 760 meters.

Day 11. Robluthang – Lemithang: Camp at Altitude 4,140 meters; Distance: 19 kms; Time 6-7 hours. Ascent 850 meters, Descent 870 meters.

Day 12. Lemithang – Laya: Camp at Altitude3840m; Distance10 km; Time 4-5hours, Ascent 60 meters, Descent 340 meters.

Day 13. Laya (Halt): We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people.

Day 14. Laya – Koena: The rail winds along the river valley offers breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Over night in camp.

Camp at Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 km; Time 6-7 hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters

Day 15. Koena – Gasa Tsachu: Camp at Altitude: 2,638 m; Distance 14 km; Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 900 meters, Descent 1710 meters.

Day 16: Gasa Tsachu – Goen Damji – Punakha (End of Trek): Dinner and over night in Punatshangchhu Cottages or similar. www.punatshangchhucottages.bt

Gasa – Damji (18 km), 5-6 hours, Ascent 470 meters, Descent 280 meters.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Punakha: 

Day 17. Punakha –Thimphu (Altitude: 2320 m)(Distance:72 Km, 3 hrs):After breakfast, visit

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
  • Chimi Lhakhang also called Temple of Fertility built by Lama Drukpa kuenley in 17th

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Thimphu: 

Day 18. Thimphu sightseeing: After breakfast, visit

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974)
  • Dupthop Lhakhang
  • National Library
  • Painting School.

After lunch, visit

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world
  • Archery Match.
  • Tashichho Dzong
  • Handicrafts Emporium/Shopping for souvenirs

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Phajoding/ Tango/Cheri  Monastery.
  • Village walk to Kabisa
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu valley.
  • Talk on GNH/Buddhism
  • Bhutanese Cultural Show

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Thimphu: 

Day 19. Departure: Early Morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

Cost inclusive of :
a. All Meals
[Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 50 per room per night.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
f. Visa Fee.
g. Airport tax
h. Tourism Development fund
i. Guide.
j. Sightseeing
Cost exclusive of:
* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers :
Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- Royalty.
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring :
• Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
• Sunscreen
• Flash light
• Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
• Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
• Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
• Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
• Lots of socks
• Warm clothes
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN • Sunglasses
• Head gear
• Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
• One towel
• Pillow case
• Wet-packed tissue paper.
• Pillow.