Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek
Laya Gasa Trek , 16 Nights 17 days
Day 01. Arrival at Paro.
On arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by the representative of Bhutan Dynasty Travel who will then take you to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02. Paro – Paro.
Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong though in ruins holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interestinclude the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03. Hike to Tiger’s nest/Taktshang
Early breakfast hike to taktsang monastery, popularly known as tiger’s nest located at the elevation of 3100m from sea- level. Hike is important for your body to be acclimatized/preparation for en entire trek.
Day 04. Paro – Soi Thangthagkha
Distance : 17km. Trek time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp.
The trail winds continues uphill following the Paro River until the valley narrows and leads to the slopes. Then it descends down into another valley. Camp in a meadow.
Day 05. Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang.
Distance : 19 km. Trek Time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4040m.
The trek is along a gradual uphill trail which passes an army out post. Pack lunch on the way. After lunch you will be passing through the bases of many snow peaked slopes. Overnight in camp at the base of Mt. Jhumolhari..
Day 06. Jangothang – Lingshi
Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6- 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4150m.
Trek through wide yak pastures and beautiful snow clad mountains. As you approach the Lingshi basin, the breathtaking view of the Lingshi Dzong can be seen. The Tsarim Gang mountain and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Camp near the stone shelter for travellers.
Day 07. Lingshi – Chebisa.
Distance : 12km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hrs. Altitude of camp : 3850m.
This is probably the shortest walking day of your trip and the walk is on a wide trail with hardly and ascends. On reaching camp one can visit the small yak herding village or take a walk to the upper end of the valley.
Day 08. Chebisa – Shomuthang.
Distance : 17 km. Trek Time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4260m
The trek today is through wild high pastures and the trail passes through a few sparsely populated villages. You will be crossing the Gobula Pass atan altitude of 4350m. Overnight in camp.
Day 09. Shomuthang – Robluthang.
Distance : 15km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hours. Altitude of camp : 4320m.
An early start is advisable as you will be crossing the Jarila Pass which stands at 4600 m above sea. Then descend down to Tsarijathang where herds of the National Animal, Takin can be seen. Camp on the flad ledge above the river.
Day 10. Robluthang – Laya.
Distance : 29km. TrekTime : 7 – 8 hours. Altitude of camp : 3804m.
After crossing the Shingela Pass at an altitude of 4900m, the trail descends to the valley beyond. On reaching Lemithang, the trail splits into two, one leading to the army camp while the other sticks to higher ground and brings one to the village of Laya. Camp beside the Laya village.
Day 11. Laya – Laya.
A day of rest and relaxation. One can take a leisurely walk through the village or hike to the monastery above the village. Entertainment by the local dancers in the evening. Overnight in camp.
Day 12. Laya – Koina.
Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6-7 Hours. Altitude of camp : 3800m.
The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtakingviews of the crashing river, feeder streams and water falls.
Day 13. Koina – Gasa.
Distance : 17km. Trek Time : 6-7 Hours. Altitude of camp : 2900m.
You will be crossing the Babela Pass at an altitude of 3740m after which the trail is downhill till the camp site which is by the famous Gasa Hot Spring.
Day 14. Gasa – Gasa.
Relax in the hot spring for the day and let the hot mineral water soothe your aching limbs.
Day 15. Gasa – Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast, drive to the Punakha Dzong for some pictures of the dzong from outside. Then proceed towards Thimphu. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 16. Thimphu – Paro.
Half day Thimphu sight seeing including the National Library, Zilukha Nunnery and the National Memorial Chorten. Lunch in a local restaurant. Evening transfer to Paro.
Overnight in a hotel.
Day 17. Departure.