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Laya Gasa Trek


Seasons : April to May & September to November

Grade: Demanding-Stenuous

Duration: 14 days

This is a 14-day trek, an extension of the Jumolhari trek, and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot blue sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy ( Bhutan ‘s national flower). It introduces you to the unusual culture of the Layap people…

This trek is the combination of Jumolhari and the Laya Gasa treks and ranks as one of the finest trek. It begins from Paro in the west and follows the old trade rout to Tibet and then makes northward through the secluded valleys of Lingshi & Chebisa and the beautiful Laya. After Laya the trek turns southward to Gasa, where the natural hot spring is a great treat and finally the trek ends in Punakha after passing through semitropical forests. The highlight of this trek is the camping at the base of beautiful peaks such as Jumolhari, Tsherim Gang, Jichu Drake, Great Tiger Mountain (Gang Chen Ta) and several other peaks. It takes you through the isolated, unique & traditionally rich villages of Chebisa and Laya, passing through several nomadic campsites. Wild life such as Takin, Blue sheep and may be even snow leopard can be seen on this trek. It is truly a rewarding trek! If one is physically fit to overcome three days, he can easily do this trek as he builds up and acclimatizes after the 3rd or 4th day.

Itinerary:

Day
Activity
Day 01
Arr. Paro.
Day 02
Paro S/s
Day 03
Trek begins from Paro-Shana
Day 04
Trek to Soi Thangthaka
Day 05
Trek to Jangothang (Base)
Day 06
Jangothang – Lingshi          
Day 07
Lingshi – Chebisa.                         
Day 08
Chebisa – Shomuthang.                            
Day 09 Shomuthang – Robluthang     
Day 10 Robluthang – Laya                      
Day 11 Laya – Laya.
Day 12 Laya – Koina.
Day 13 Koina – Gasa
Day 14 Gasa – Gasa
Day 15 Gasa – Goen Damji.
Day 16 Goen Damji – Tashithang – Punakha
Day 17 Punakha – Thimphu
Day 18 Thimphu – Paro
Day 19 Departure

Day 01. Arrival at Paro.

On arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by the representative of Bhutan Exodus 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 interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03. Paro – Shana.

Distance 17Km 5-6hours. Altitude of camp-2,800mtrs.

Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields of the Tsento Village. Overnight in camp near the army outpost.

Day 04. Shana- 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 at an 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 dancersin 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 breathtaking views 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 – Goen Damji.

Distance : 21 km. Trek Time : 6-7 hours. Altitude of camp : 2280m.

After a short climb the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. As you move away from Gasa, if you look back you can see the Gasa Dzong glued to the sky seeming to wave you goodbye.

Day 16. Goen Damji – Tashithang – Punakha.

Distance : 15 km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hours.

It is a fairly easy day of the trek. At the end of the trek, your transportation will be waiting to take you to the hotel.

Day 17. 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 18. Thimphu – Paro.

Half day Thimphu sight seeing including the National Library, Zilunkha Nunnery and the National Memorial Chorten. Lunch in a local restaurant. Evening transfer to Paro. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 19. Departure.

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