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The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas and South Asia comprised of mountains and forests. The country is called by its people “Druk Yul”, meaning “The Land of The Thunder Dragon”. Trekking in Bhutan is dissimilar from other regions in Asia. You are trekking in a country steeped in Buddhist traditions, culture and mountains. Bhutan Himalaya is covered with a forest shrub and plenty of rain. There are a lot more flora and fauna than anywhere else in this region. There are fewer villages in the high mountains. Trekking there does not require any special technical skills.

You will have opportunity to challenge yourself, relax your mind, immerse yourself in nature and local culture, also have a good night ‘s sleep under the stars. This is a wonderful experience in your life in The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Tour duration – 17days/16nights

Trek duration – 12days

Tour destination – Western Bhutan.

Tour overview  The Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most scenic and difficult treks in Bhutan with altitude differences of 2500m and nearly 5,000m, start from Paro to Gasa and take you through isolated beautiful high altitude mountain villages, gorgeous alpine meadows, and beautiful waterfalls of crystal water. It offers you spectacular views of sacred Mount Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain) and amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. You might also spot the unique Blue Sheep and the takin, national animal of Bhutan. Additionally the trek offers relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs. The trek begins at high altitude, so before the trek you will have two pleasure excursions in Paro to acclimatize. The best times to embark on this trek from late March to June and September to November.

Day 01: Arrival in Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides the most spectacular view of The Himalayas. As the plane approaches Paro, you will see the beautiful snow peaks of Himalaya range. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. Our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel. After a brief rest you will start to discover beautiful Paro at 2280 metres by visiting the National Museum of Bhutan (Ta Dzong), originally built as watchtower around 1649. It is on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Paro Rinpung Dzong and Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. This dzong was converted into the National museum of Bhutan in 1968. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then we head to the Paro Rinpung Dzong, meaning the fortress of The Heap of Jewels, is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal between 1642 and 1646. This dzong now houses monk body and administrative offices of Paro and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Afterwards we will visit the Sangay Handmade Bowl and Cup Factory, nearby Paro Rinpung Dzong. You will see demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups. It calls Shagzo – the art of wood turning, one of thirteen traditional Bhutanese arts. You can try your hand as well if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Discover Paro

In the morning we take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery as good acclimatization for the trek. Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most holy sites in Bhutan, clings to a cliff more than 3000 metres above sea level and 900 metres above The Paro valley floor. The legend says that Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) arrived here on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Subsequently, he meditated here for three months. You will have lunch at Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

On the way back to the hotel, we will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in The Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. This temples marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Guru Padmasambhava.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Sharna Zampa– Soi Thangthangkha
  • Distance: 20km
  • Estimated time: 8hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3610m

In the early morning we drive to the starting point to start this trek. The trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley, you will you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari

Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4080m

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view in the early morning. The trek continues up the Paro Chhu which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the beautiful villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another highlight on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mt. Jomolhari. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari.

Day 05: Rest day at Jangothang

Take a rest day at Jangothang will have with acclimatisation. It provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. You can also trek up to Tosoh lake or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Day 06: : Jangothang – Lingshi
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 7-8hrs
  • Camp altitude:4010m

The trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. We camp in a stone shelter near Lingshi Dzong.

Day 07: Lingshi – Chebisa
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 5-6hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3880m

Today is the shortest walking day. Shortly after starting you will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. After Lingshi Dzong (4,220m) you will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa (3,910m) it is possible to visit some village houses and a waterfall just behind the village.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shoumuthang
  • Distance: 17km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4220m

The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through wild pastures. On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. . We cross the Gobu La Pass (4410 m) before reaching Shomuthang. The camp is near a tributary to the No Chhu.

Day 09: Shoumuthang – Robluthang
  • Distance: 18km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4160m

We start with a climb to Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.

Day 10: Robluthang – Limithang
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 4140m

After reaching the Shinche La Pass (5,005 m), the path descends and goes through the valley. Limithang is in the Laya district where the locals will be seen wearing unique regional dress. Looking back you can still see Jitchu Drake and Tsheri Kang in the west. We camp at Limithang with Great Tiger Mountain.

Day 11: Limithang – Laya
  • Distance: 10km
  • Estimated time: 5hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3840m

Today you walk downhill through a winding river valley and enters the eastern end of Laya village. From the west of the village you will have spectacular views of Mt. Gangchhenta and catch Mt. Masagang. In the village centre is a community school. The campsite is located below the school.

Day 12: Rest day at Laya village.

Today we will take a rest, explore Laya village and meet local people.

Day 13: Laya – Konia
  • Distance: 19km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 3050m

The trail follows the river valley of Mo Chhu and there is the breathtaking views of the raging river, feeder streams and waterfalls. The trek then drops down to the large stream of Koina Chhu, where you will find the campsite of Koina.

Day 14: Konia to Gasa
  • Distance: 14km
  • Estimated time: 6-7hrs
  • Camp altitude: 2240m

We cross the Bari La (3,740m), after the trail descends to Gasa village we descend for another hour to the Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) and relax in the rejuvenating mineral waters. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan. The campsite is close to Gasa Dzong.

Day 15: Gasa to Punakha
  • Distance: 40km
  • Estimated time: 1.30hrs

In the morning your car awaits you at the trek endpoint to take you to Punakha. On arrival in Punakha, we will visit the Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. It is an imposing structure and was built in 1637 at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It served as the capital and seat of government until the early 1950s. The dzong is still the winter residence of the monk body.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 16: Punakha to Paro

Today after breakfast we visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang, a temple plus nunnery perched on a ridge overlooking the valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, comprises a double storied temple, a chorten resembling Nepal’s boudhanath stupa and a nunnery complex.

Then we return to Paro, on the way we take a pleasant hike to across hillock fields to the Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of Fertility and built in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley –“Divine Madman”.

On the way we will stop at at Dochula pass for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. Dochula pass is high on top of a mountain, overlooking the Himalayas with 108 chortens (stupas) known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” and Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, built in memory of Bhutanese sol-diers killed in the 2003 battle against Assamese insurgents from India. The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, commissioned the monument after the Fourth King, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was victorious in the struggle to dislodge the rebels who were using Bhutan as a base to raid India.

On arrival in Paro, we will take an explorative stroll around main streets and market at Paro town if you wish.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 17: Depart Paro

After early breakfast at the hotel, your guide will accompany you to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck) and hope to see you again.

Peak Season
1 March, April, May, September, October and November
  • Single traveler: US$ 5,160 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 4,950 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 4,520 per person
Off Season
$15 January, February, June, July, August and December
  • Single traveler: US$ 4,360 per person
  • Group of 2 people: US$ 4,200 per person
  • Group of 3 people: US$ 3,720 per person.
  • If you are planning to travel Bhutan with a group of 4 people and more, please feel free to contact us to get the cost for your group.
The cost includesThe cost excludes
Bhutan visa fee.Laundry/beverages/telephone calls and any personal expenses.
3 star categories hotel/resort twin sharing roomTravel insurance.
Accommodation in the best 3 star hotels/resorts in Bhutan.Airfares.
All meals in day.Airport taxes if any.
Bottled water on the trip.Excess baggage charge.
Government Royalty.Tips to guides and drivers.
Museum fees and other special entry fees.Services not mentioned.
Internal transportation with experienced driver throughout the trip.
Experienced trekking guide and cook and support staff for trekking tours.
Essential equipment for trekking tours: tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment.

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