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Laya Ghasa Trek – 18 Days

This trek heads northwest from Paro, offering a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and sub-tropical forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. This trekking route has a combination of thick forests of

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Max Altitude: 5,000 m /16400 ft
Trip Starts From: Paro
Trip Ends At: Paro
Trip Region: Bhutan
Best Season: 
March to May; September to November
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Paro-Shana-Jangothang-Shakya Pasang-Shinchela Pass-Limithang-Gasa Hot Springs-Punakha-Thimphu-Paro

Trip Information

This trek heads northwest from Paro, offering a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and sub-tropical forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. This trekking route has a combination of thick forests of rhododendron, willow, oak, blue pine, golden birch, juniper. It takes you through the isolated, unique and traditionally rich villages of Chebisa and Laya, passing through several nomadic campsites. Wild life such as Takin and Blue Sheep can be seen and even snow leopards can sometimes be spotted on this trek. Relax at the hot springs. It is truly a rewarding trek!


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m). Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 02 – Sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) – Distance: 15 kms – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 04 – Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) – Distance: 22 kms – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 05 – Trek to Jangothang (4,044m) – Distance: 17 kms – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 06 – Rest Day in Jangothang. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 07 – Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) – Distance: 21 kms – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 08 – Trek to Chebisa – Distance: 16 kms – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 09 – Trek to Shakya Pasang (4,000m) – Distance: 14 kms – 5 hours. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 10 – Trek to Robkuthang (4,160m) – Distance: 16 kms – 8 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 11 – Trek to Limithang (4,160m) – Distance: 14 kms – 7 hours. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 12 – Trek to Laya (3,800m) – Distance: 9 kms – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 13 – Rest day in Laya. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 14 – Trek to Koina (3,240m) – Distance: 16 kms – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 15 – Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2,220m) – Distance: 12 kms – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.

  • Day 16 – Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha – Trekking Distance 14 kms – 5 hours. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 17 – Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 18 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

    Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. After lunch visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro

    Day excursion and sightseeing at the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan, in a way also a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hrs for round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We’ll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 03 - Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15 kms - 5 hrs

    Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chillies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes and wheat.

    The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hrs the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 04 - Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) - Distance: 22 kms - 7 hrs

    Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops.

    Following the river upstream from the campsite we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

    The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3,250m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear weather we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow.
    Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 05 - Trek to Jangothang, also called Chomolhari Base Camp (4,044m) - Distance: 17 kms - 5 hrs

    After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 06 - Rest Day in Jangothang

    A rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp, and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 07 - Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) - Distance: 21 kms - 7 hrs

    After breakfast a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4,890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

    Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 08 - Trek to Chebisa - Distance: 16 kms - 4 hrs

    This is the most pleasant walk of the whole trek. Leaving Lingshi we gently climb to another village, Gom Yu, set right below a 300m cliff. Another hour walk brings us to a little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village of Chebisa, where we camp by the side of the river. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 09 - Trek to Shakya Pasang (4,000m) - Distance: 14 kms - 5 hours

    The day begins with stiff climb to Gogu La (4,440m) then a long descent to a stream at 4,170m. It is a long climb over the ridge, the trail descends on a muddy path into Jholethang valley deep in the forest of fir and birch. The trail traverses high above the valley floor on stream to Chachim, a yak pasture at 4,260m. The camp is beside a stream at the bottom of the valley. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 10 - Trek to Robkuthangd (4,160m) - Distance: 16 kms - 8 hrs

    A long haul over the Jarela pass at 4,785m where we get stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsarigathang valley, the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takin (Bhutan’s National animal). After crossing the stream, the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang camp at altitude of 4,160m. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 11 - Trek to Limithang (4,160m) - Distance: 14 kms - 7 hours

    This day is long as well as tough crossing Shinchela pass (5,000m/16,400 ft), the last and highest pass en route. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes, eagles, griffin vultures and yaks. The descent is a rough and rocky trail that follows moraine into another glacial valley. The last part of the trek is very interesting with fascinating views of Mt. Gangchey Ta. Our campsite is in a meadow by the riverbank. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 12 - Trek to Laya (3,800m) - Distance: 9 kms - 4 hrs

    A very pleasant walk to Laya with wonderful views along of the river, one of the tributaries of the Mochu. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country at altitude of 3,800m. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 13 - Rest day in Laya

    The rest day is spent at your leisure or you can visit village houses and mixing with the Layaps. People in Laya are semi-nomadic yak-herders. In contrast to women in the rest of the country, Laya women wear their hair long and wear a distinctive dress made of yak hair and sheep’s wool – a black skirt with brown vertical stripes, a black jacket a special conical bamboo hat. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 14 - Trek to Koina (3,240m) - Distance: 16 kms - 6 hrs

    Descend to army camp and follow the Mo Chhu River till you cross the bridge after which it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Koina. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 15 - Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2,220m) - Distance: 12 kms - 6 hrs

    Beginning with a long climb to Balela pass (3,900m). There is a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. The route starts down again, through a bamboo forest to a stream. Later it is downhill all the way to Gasa Hot Springs. If time permits we will visit Gasa village and Dzong built in 17th century. Then descend to Gasa Hot Springs for camping. Overnight at tented camps.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 16 - Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha - Trekking Distance 14 kms - 5 hours

    We climb away from Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) the trail winds through the hillsides with the vista of fields, villages and forests of oak and pine. Gasa Dzong will be visible behind you glued to the valley wall, seeming afloat in space. The trail descends from the high agricultural benches into a lush semi-tropical gorge above Damji village. Our transport meets us here, and we drive 3 hours to Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 17 - Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening

    We visit the Punakha Dzong (the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and the central monastic body) then depart to Paro across Dochula pass. Lunch and sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 18 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.

    After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Guided city tour in Paro by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees for all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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