Laya - Gasa Trek

Laya - Gasa Trek

Package Duration
22 Days / 21 Nights
Destination Covered
Paro - Shana - Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang - Lingzhi - Lingshi - Chebisa - Shoumuthang - Robluthang - Limithang - Laya - Chamsa - Gasa Tshachu - Damji - Punakha - Thimphu

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  • Description :
    This route offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Chomolhari and Jichu Drake, are also features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated dzongs and scattered settlements, including the extraordinary village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest en route.

    Max Elevation: 5005m
    Standard: Medium hard
    Seasons: April - June and September - November.

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro

    On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by your Bhutan Odiyana Adventures representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit Paro Dzong and Explore the Paro town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

    Day 2: Paro

    Today's full day sightseeing in Paro valley includes visits to Ta Dzong (National Museum), Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) and Kyichu Lhakhang. After the lunch take a hike up to Tiger's nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery) and Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

    Day 3: Paro - Shana 17km, 5-6 hours

    The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,540m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently 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 the army post of Gunitsawa (2,825m). This is the last stop before Tibet. The trail continues up to 2,870m, just beyond Sharma Zampa, where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

    Day 4: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha

    20km, 7-8 hours
    The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

    Day 5: Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang

    19km, 7-8 hours
    The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder's camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040m). From here, the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.

    Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang

    Enjoy a leisurely day at this scenic spot, enjoying a superb view of the south face of Chomolhari and the ruined dzong and next Jichu Drakey.

    Day 7: Jangothang - Lingzhi

    18km, 7-8 hours

    The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right bank. We now start our climb up to the first ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor, until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (4,700m). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (4,000m), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

    Day 8: Lingshi - Chebisa

    10km, 5-6 hours

    We continue on the trail past Lingshi Dzong, perched on its hilltop, enjoying exhilarating views of green hills, the winding river and magnificent peaks as we walk. It is an easy day, and a pleasant walk through villages and yak herders' camps. After lunch, a short walk takes us to Chebisa village, where we camp by the side of a stream (3,850m).

    Day 9: Chebisa - Shoumuthang

    17km, 6-7 hours

    Today begins with a stiff climb of nearly four hours up a ridge to Gubu-la pass (4,500m). We descend from the pass through rhododendrons to our lunch place. We cross the stream after lunch, and continue along the up and down path, through rhododendron forests and yak herders' camps, occasionally sighting flocks of blue sheep as we walk. Tonight's campsite is at an altitude of 4,250m.

    Day 10: Shoumuthang - Robluthang

    18km, 6-7 hours

    The trek starts with a climb up to Jari-la pass (4,700m). We descend from here to Tsarijathang valley, the summer grazing ground of the rare Himalayan takin (Bhutan's national animal). We may have to ford the stream here, as the footbridge is frequently washed away. After crossing to the left bank of the stream, the trail ascends to Robluthang (4,200m) where we set up our camp for the night.

    Day 11: Robluthang - Limithang

    19km, 7-8 hours

    We start the day with a long climb up to Shinje-la pass (5006m), enjoying stunning mountain views from the path. After crossing the pass we descend to Limithang. The path is quite narrow and it makes little harder with rocky trail. We may have to ford the stream again and get wet. The last part of today's trek is rather a scramble down a steep path, with the compensation of splendid views of Gangchenta peak (6,840m) along the way. Tonight we camp at 4,100m on flat ground above the river in a forested area, with Gangchenta towering directly above us to the north.

    Day 12: Limithang - Laya

    10km, 5-6 hours

    In the morning we wake to a superb view of Gangchenta peak in front of our camp. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views along the way. We pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. We set up camp on arrival at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at 3,800m.

    Day 13: Rest day at Laya

    Today we explore the village and environs. You can go and visit any of the houses around. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to a perfect stranger, and a cup of tea and chang (an alcoholic drink) is always offered. The people in this village are very interesting, especially the women, whose plain black yak wool garments are set off by elaborate necklaces and conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments. In the evening, witness a cultural program of dances performed by village girls by the camp fire, and enjoy the local alcohol (ara and chang, brewed from barley) if you have a strong stomach.

    Day 14: Laya - Chamsa

    19km, 8-9 hours

    We descend from Laya to the army camp at the side of the Mo Chu (Mother river of Punakha), and then walk alongside the river till reaching a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the track winds up and down through juniper and fir forests. We camp in the forest at Chamsa (3,800m).

    Day 15: Chamsa - Gasa Tshachu

    14km, 6-7 hours

    After a 30 minute walk over flat land to Bele-la pass, it's downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. We take lunch at Gasa village (2700m), afterwards visiting the village and Gasa Dzong. The Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. We then descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring), where we set up our camp (2,200m).

    Day 16: Gasa Tshachu rest day

    After a long trek, this is the place to relax! Enjoy a hot bath and try some of the local alcohol and some imported Indian beers.

    Day 17: Gasa Tshachu - Damji

    18km, 5-6 hours

    The path winds up and down through heavily forested areas where you can see many wild orchids. Take care, as there are leeches too! We camp overnight near Damji village (2,400m).

    Day 18: Damji - Punakha

    16km, 5-6 hours

    This is our last end of the trekking day and you will drive to Punakha.The the road descends through heavy forest, following the course of the Mo Chu, till you reach to Tashithang (1,620m). And you will continue drive through the warm broad leaves forest and reach at Punakha. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

    Day 19: Punakha - Thimphu

    Morning sightseeing in the Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys, visiting Punakha Dzong and local market. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 20: Thimphu

    Today tour Thimphu, visiting the following as time permits: National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine , Handicrafts Emporium, Folk Heritage and Textile Museum. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 21: Thimphu

    Today tour Thimphu, visiting the following as time permits: National Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine , Handicrafts Emporium, Folk Heritage and Textile Museum. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 22: Departure


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