Beautiful Laya-Gasa Trek Duration 19 days 13NTS stay in camp 5NTS Stay in Hotel

13NTS stay in camp

5NTS Stay in Hotel

Grade : endurance

Max Ascend : 4960 meters

Passes : 5 ( Nylela 4800m / Gophula 4365m/ Jarila 4600m/singhlea 4960m /Barila 3780m

Physical fitness : Strong

Average walking hours : 5-6 hours

This trek provides fascinating insight into Bhutan’s ethnic Diversity. The most important villages of Laya, Gasa and Lingshi fall on this trekking route and these villages are home to a mountain people of Tibeto — Burmese origin who are famous for their yak hair clothing and conical bamboo hats. You will also meet semi-nomadic families grazing their yaks on the high summer pastures.

 

Beginning upstream along the Paro chu, we follow the ancient caravan route to Tibet, through the Seo valley in the shadows of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, over the Nyele la pass and into the Lingshi valley. The numerous lakes in the Seo valley abound with fish. At Lingshi, we get to visit the picturesque Dzong from where it is actually only a day’s walk to Tibet.

 

Heading east over the three high passes of Gobula, Jarila and Shinjela and we then enter the famous Laya valley. The ethnic diversity of the nomads here can be seen in the villages. We then continue on to the well-known hot springs of Gasa ending our trek at Tashitang — the road head where we will meet our vehicles and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

 

where we will meet our vehicles and drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The trek involves some 150 miles of rugged walking across passes up to 4960m. Our efforts will be well rewarded in this outstanding trek in one of the most remote and beautiful corners of the Himalaya.

Day 01 flight to Paro (2200m) in the morning

On arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Paro valley. O/N hotel on full board.

 

Day 02 Paro

Full day sightseeing of Paro including the famous Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest) clinging on the hilltop – one of the highlights of this trip. O/N Paro.

 

Day 03 Drive to Drugyel Dzong (2300m)

begin trek to Shana village (2575m) along the Pahchu (Paro river). Approx. 5-6 hrs of walking.

 

Day 04 Shana to Soithangka (3520m)

Today’s walk is through rich forests of juniper, pine, conifers – approx. 7 hrs.

 

Day 05 Soithangka – Jangothang (Chomolhari Base camp) (4040m)

Another lovely walk passing yak herders settlements with great views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake from camp. 5-6 hrs of walking. O/n Camp

 

Day 06 Rest day

An excellent place to relax or take excursions for better views. O/N Camp

 

Day 07 Jangothang – Lingshi (3980m)

Climb gradually to Nyelela pass (4800m) from where we descend to the beautiful village of Lingshi. 5-6 hrs. O/N Camp

 

Day 08 Lingshi – Chebisa (3850m)

Morning visit to the Lingshi Dzong and take a leisurely walk to our next camp at Chebisa – 3-4hrs, another lovely village where we get to visit the villagers in their homes. O/N Camp

 

Day 09 Chebisa – Shomuthang (3960m)

We cross the Gobula pass (4365m) and another unnamed pass (4110m) and descend to camp at Shomuthang. 5-6hrs. O/N Camp

 

Day 10 Shomuthang – Roluthang (4130m)

We cross the Jarila pass (4600m) from where we descend to the river and then climb another 300m to camp at Roluthang. 7-8hrs. O/N Camp

 

Day 11 Roluthang – Lamithang (4100m)

Cross the Shingela pass (4960m). It is worthwhile to take a walk up to the ridge at 5000m for better views. Descend to Lamithang. 6 hrs. O/N Camp

 

Day 12 Lamithang to Laya (3720m)

A lot of up and down walking today as we descend to the wonderful village of Laya. Approx. 5 hrs. O/n Camp

 

Day 13 rest

A day’s rest to visit the village where the village folk will entertain us with some local singing and dancing. O/n Camp

 

Day 14 Laya to Konea (3220m)

We walk through forests today going up and down several times to Konea. Various bird species can be seen here including the musk deer if you are lucky. Approx 7 hrs. O/n Camp

 

Day 15 Konea – Gasa (2210m)

Cross another pass – Balela (3780m) and descend to the wonderful hot spring of Gasa – 5-6 hrs. Here we also see the Gasa Dzong, which use to be an outpost fort guarding the trade route to Tibet. A dip in the Gasa hot springs is a pleasure here. O/n Camp

 

Day 16 Gasa Springs – Punakha

Drive through lush vegetation for about 2 ½ hrs brings you back to picturesque Punakha valley, check in at hotel followed by sumptuous dinner and retire .O/n hotel

 

Day 17 Punakha – Thimphu

70 km 3 hrs exciting drive through beautiful natural setting crossing over Dochula pass ( 3150 m) on arrival Sightseeing in and round Thimphu city . Evening shopping for souvenirs for your love one. End the evening with cocktail and dinner at one of the local restaurant. O/n Hotel

 

Day 18

Drive to Paro and overnight

 

Day 19

Fly out of Bhutan to onwards destination