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The Laya Gasa trek takes you to remote northern Bhutan where nomadic communities live within its rugged topography.
On this trek you will sight Blue Sheep, Griffons, Snow Leopard in their natural surroundings and the Blue Poppy, Bhutan’s national flower.
The trail passes through sub tropical and alpine panoramas and mountain passes with striking views of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang.
The trek also offers the opportunity to get a close view of the Layaps, a nomadic community that lives in this region and rears yaks for a living.

  • Trek through unspoiled and one of the least traveled trekking routes.
  • Enjoy the spectacular landscape, picturesque pastureland and crystal clear lakes with stunning views of snow-covered peaks.
  • Get to know about people’s way of living in high isolated places and spend time in the extraordinary village of Laya.
  • Day hike to “Tiger’s Nest” monastery that clings to a sheer cliff above Paro valley.


Day 01~ Arrival Paro

Day 02~ Paro Acclimatise hike & Trek start

Day 03~ Shana – Thangthangka. Distance 21 km – time approx 7 – 8 hours

Day 04~ Thangthangka – Jangothang. Distance 15 km – time approx 5 – 6 hours

Day 05~ Jangothang. Exploration

Day 06~ Jangothang – Lingshi, 18 km (7 / 8 hours)

Day 07~ Lingshi – Chebisa, 10 km (5/6 hours)

Day 08~ Chebisa – Shomuthang (17 km, 6/7 hours)

Day 9~ Shoumuthang – Robluthang (18 km, 6/7 hours)

Day 10~ Roluthang – Limithang (19 km, 7/8 hours)

Day 11~ Limithang – Laya (10 km 4/5 hours)

Dat 12~ Laya Halt

Day 13~ Laya – Chamsa (19 km, 8/9 hours)

Day 14~ Chamsa – Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours) Trek Ends

Day 15~ Gasa – Punakha (48km, 4 hours)

Day 16~ Punakha – Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)

Day 17~ Depart Paro

Day 01~ Arrive Paro
Paro ValleyAt Paro Airport, you will be received and welcomed by a Bhutan Bokar Tours & Treks representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress on heap of jewels) built in 1646 AD by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Ta Dzong (watch tower) built in 1651, which was turned into a natural history museum in 1967.

Also visit ruin Drukgyal Dzong (fort of victory) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetans, Kitchu lhakhang built in 7th century by Buddhist Tibetan king Songtshen Gampo. Evening, take a stroll around town’s main street.

Day 2~ Paro acclimatise hike & Start Trek
Tigers Nest ParoEarly morning uphill hike to Taktshang monastery, which takes about 3-4 hours at moderate pace. The monastery clings to the side of a cliff 900m above the valley floor. In the afternoon, drive the dirt road to Gunanitsha, the starting point of your trek to Shana. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

Day 3 ~ Shana – Thangthangka. Distance 21 km – time approx 7 – 8 hours.
Paro Shana
Today’s route is long and goes through thick forests where you will encounter few settlements from the starting point until a place called Shingkarap.
The route continues through forest crossing several small wooden bridges left and right and when you are close to the campsite the route opens to a meadow at 3610m. Overnight in tented camp.

 

Day 4~ Thangthangka – Jangothang. Distance 15 km – time approx 5 – 6 hours.
Thangthangka TangothangAfter crossing the small army checkpost the route passes through meadows leaving the tree line where you will see a few yaks. You will walk through a valley with a few homes, a health centre and a school.

After few minutes walk you will reach the Jomolhari base camp at 4080m. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

Day 5~ Jangothang. Exploration
JangothangToday you can either hike up the ridge at 4750m to view Jichu Drake and Jomolhari peaks or take an excursion to Tshophu Lake. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

 

Day 6~ Jangothang – Lingshi, 18 km (7 / 8 hours)
LingshiThe route follows a small stream, crosses a bridge and climbs the ridge offering views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. After descending to the valley, the trail goes up to Nyele la pass at 4,700m. Then it goes downhill towards the campsite at 4,000m. From here, the beautiful Lingzhi Dzong can be seen with mountain peaks in the background. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

Day 7~ Lingshi – Chebisa, 10 km (5/6 hours)
ChebisaPass Lingshi Dzong and from the hilltop enjoy splendid views of the hills, winding roads and exhilarating views of mountain peaks. Walk through villages, yak huts and finally reach Chebisa village, your campsite at 3,850m.Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

Day 8~ Chebisa – Shomuthang (17 km, 6/7 hours)
Blue SheepThe route starts with a steep climb to Gubu La (pass) 4,450m then descends through rhododrendon forests to a stream. The trail then goes up and down through forests and yak huts where blue sheep is occasionally encountered. Camp at Shomuthang, 4,250m.Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

Day 9~ Shoumuthang – Robluthang (18 km, 6/7 hours)
RobluthangThe route climbs to Jari La pass at 4,700m then goes down to Tasharijathang valley, the grazing grounds of the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. After crossing the stream, the trail moves up to Robluthang, the campsite at 4,200m. Overnight in tented campBLD

 

Day 10~ Roluthang – Limithang (19 km, 7/8 hours)
LimithangToday, the walk is quite long and the trail climbs up to Shinjela pass at 4,900m. The path is narrow and crosses a stream. The trail offers stunning views of peak Gangchenta (6,840m). The campsite is just above the river in the forest at 4,140m with views of peak Gangchenta. Overnight in tented campBLD

 

Day 11~ Limithang – Laya (10 km 4/5 hours)
LayaDon’t miss the beautiful view of Gangchenta in the morning. Step into the beautiful village of Laya after passing through a forest of cedar and fir. Laya is the second highest settlement in the country at 3,800m. Your camp will be at Laya village. Overnight in tented campBLD

 

Day 12~ Laya Halt.
HaltSpend the day relaxing or explore the unique Laya village. Visit the home of nomads and experience how they live. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

 

Day 13~ Laya – Chamsa (19 km, 8/9 hours)
Children of LayaWalk down to the army camp and reach the Mo Chhu river. Cross a bridge and walk through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Chamsa at 3500m. Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

 

Day 14~ Chamsa – Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours)
DamjiIn morning, after walking for some time, cross Belela pass and move down towards Gasa hot springs. On the way down, explore around the village and visit Gasa Dzong built in the 17th century. Move down to campsite near the hot spring at 2,200m.Overnight in tented camp. BLD

 

 

Day 15~ Gasa – Punakha (48km, 4 hours)

Damji TashithangThe last day of trek descends into thick forest along the Mo Chu River until Tashithang. Drive to Punakha. Overnight in hotel, Punakha. BLD

 

 

Day 16~ Punakha – Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)
Stupas at Dochula PassMorning visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637, and hike to Chimi Lhakhang the temple of fertility. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Stop at Dochula to view the 108 stupas of Druk Wangyel chorten. Evening visit Thimphu Tashicho Dzong. Overnight in hotel, Thimphu. BLD

 

Day 17~ Depart Paro

Drukair flight at paroAfter breakfast drive to Paro International Airport for flight to onward journey.

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