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Classic laya Trekking

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The Laya Gasa trek is quite a popular 17 days trek that is rated a medium hard one. It takes you through diverse terrain and mountain villages down to Gasa. The hot springs here are famed for their medicinal properties. For the five days this trek follows the route of the Jhomolhari trek till Lingshi. For the next five days you walk 6-7 hours each day, making numerous ascents and descents with flowers, juniper and medicinal plants.

 

Trip Facts

Trek Duration: 17 Days

Trek Start: Shana

Trek End: Thimpu

Max altitude : 4400 m

Minimum group size: One Pax 

The Laya Gasa trek is quite a popular 17 days trek that is rated a medium hard one. It takes you through diverse terrain and mountain villages down to Gasa. The hot springs here are famed for their medicinal properties. For the five days this trek follows the route of the Jhomolhari trek till Lingshi. For the next five days you walk 6-7 hours each day, making numerous ascents and descents with flowers, juniper and medicinal plants.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Paro international airport & transfer to the hotel. An orientation talks in the evening. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing of the paro valley. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest, about 4-5hrs walk up and down) . Overnight stay in the hotel. 

Day 03: Paro to Shana, 17 km walk, alt. 2800m (Trek begins)

Day 04: Shana to Soi Thangtahankha, 9-10hrs walk, alt. 2800m

The trail ascends through the river valley. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. Camp is just beyond an army post. Alt.2800m. Distance is about 21km, 7-8 hours.

Day 05: Soi Thangtahankha to Jangothang, 19 km trail, alt. 4040m

The trail climbs up the Pa Chu pass a small army post where the valley begins to widen out. Views of high ridge and snow-capped peaks are seen all around, and close by are yaks and yak-herders camps. Lunch will probably be served at one of the camps beneath a ruined fortress, at the base of Chomolhari. Altitude 4040 m distances 19 km, about 5-6 hours.

Day 06: Jangothang to Lingshi, 19 km trail, alt. 4150m

You will come across the yak pastures on the way up and down the pass. You will enjoy the great views of Lingshi Dzong as you come down Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Altitude 4150 m, distances 19 km, about 5-6 hrs.

Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa, 19 km walk, alt. 3850m

An easy walk today- covering 19 km in about 5-6 hrs; there will be time to stroll around the village houses of Chebisa(Altitude:3850m) before resting at camp.

Day 09: Chebisa to Shomutang, 17 km walk, alt. 4250m

The hike today is through wild and high altitude pastures, across Gobula pass (altitude 4350 m); camping at a bend overlooking the river -a tributary of the Mo chu that passes by Gasa Tsachu - hot springs; camp site altitude is about 4250 m after covering a distance of 17 km in 6 hours.

Day 10: Shomutang to Robluthang, 18 km trail, alt. 4400m

Start off early today towards the Jarela Pass alt. 4400 m, crossing over to Tsharithang. It is possible to come across herds of the unique Takin grazing on the slopes. Distance covered is 15 km after about 5 hrs, campsite is at altitude of 4400m.

Day 11: Robluthang to Lemithang, 19 km walk

 After crossing the Shingela Pass alt. 4900 m descends and skirts the valley towards Lemithang that falls within Laya district. Notice the unique dress worn by the Layaps - the high altitude cattle dependent, herders. Lemithang stands beneath the Great Tiger Mountain - Gangchenta. Depending on your time and interests 0 you can explore around for a day in these mountains. Overnight at camp alt 13,567 ft. Distance covered is 19 km in 6-7 hrs.

Day 12: Lemithang to Laya, 10 km trail, alt. 3800m

All downhill hike today along the winding river valley. Two paths lie before you- one leading to the army camp, the other stays high and reaches west side of Laya village- the path taken leads you to your camp site on a high plateau at alt 3800 m with a distance of 10 km covered in about 4 hrs.

Day 13: A day rest at Laya. Discover around the village.

Spend this day relaxing and taking in the natural habitat of the Laya people, visit the unique houses and learn of their unique ways of living. Depending on your interests, there could be arrangements for song and dance performed by the Laya folk by the campfire.

Day 14:- Laya- Koena: The trail winds up and down along the river valley, crossing natural obstacles and witnessing breathtaking views of water falls and swift streams.Camp at altitude 12,682 ft, distance covered is 19 km in about 7 hrs.

Day 15:- Koena - Gasa: Scaling the Belela Pass, altitude 12,267 ft, the trail descends untill you reach camp near the Gasa Dzong - altitude 9250 ft, distance of 17 km in 6-7 hrs.

Day 16:- Gasa - Gasa Tsachu: After a late-relaxed breakfast trek to Gasa Tsachu Hot springs. A good time to heal your body aches, sore feet and calves, simply relax in these natural hot spring used by the Bhutanese for all kinds of ailments and sickness. Overnight camp by the Hot Springs.

Day 17:- Gasa Tsachu- Geon Damji: For the botanists and natural life enthusiasts - the Gasa trek portion can be most thrilling and memorable experience; one passes through virgin forests of oak, pine, rhododendrons- exotic flowers and most colourful and varied butterflies- as if taken out of a romantic painting of nature; as you proceed down the valley- Gasa Dzong fades into the distance, in a shimmering play of light. Overnight camp at Goendamji altitude 2280m distance covered is 21km in about 7 hrs

Day 18:- Goen Damji - Tashithang: The trail descends gradually into the lush semi-tropical warmth of the Punakha valley- where you find wild bananas, creepers, monkey and totally different vegetation from barely 2 days back. After about 17 km in 5-6 hrs we reach Tashithang where your pick-up crew may remind you of the 20 th century. Ride the dirt road to Punakha town.

Day 19: Morning sightseeing of the Punakha and Wangdi valleys. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Morning sightseeing of the Thimphu valley. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 21: Drive to Paro visiting Simtokha Dzong on route. Farewell dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 22: Departure.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Paro international airport & transfer to the hotel. An orientation talks in the evening. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing of the paro valley. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest, about 4-5hrs walk up and down) . Overnight stay in the hotel. 

Day 03: Paro to Shana, 17 km walk, alt. 2800m (Trek begins)

Day 04: Shana to Soi Thangtahankha, 9-10hrs walk, alt. 2800m

The trail ascends through the river valley. It narrows and closes in and the trail winds up and down along the drainage. Camp is just beyond an army post. Alt.2800m. Distance is about 21km, 7-8 hours.

Day 05: Soi Thangtahankha to Jangothang, 19 km trail, alt. 4040m

The trail climbs up the Pa Chu pass a small army post where the valley begins to widen out. Views of high ridge and snow-capped peaks are seen all around, and close by are yaks and yak-herders camps. Lunch will probably be served at one of the camps beneath a ruined fortress, at the base of Chomolhari. Altitude 4040 m distances 19 km, about 5-6 hours.

Day 06: Jangothang to Lingshi, 19 km trail, alt. 4150m

You will come across the yak pastures on the way up and down the pass. You will enjoy the great views of Lingshi Dzong as you come down Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Altitude 4150 m, distances 19 km, about 5-6 hrs.

Day 08: Lingshi to Chebisa, 19 km walk, alt. 3850m

An easy walk today- covering 19 km in about 5-6 hrs; there will be time to stroll around the village houses of Chebisa(Altitude:3850m) before resting at camp.

Day 09: Chebisa to Shomutang, 17 km walk, alt. 4250m

The hike today is through wild and high altitude pastures, across Gobula pass (altitude 4350 m); camping at a bend overlooking the river -a tributary of the Mo chu that passes by Gasa Tsachu - hot springs; camp site altitude is about 4250 m after covering a distance of 17 km in 6 hours.

Day 10: Shomutang to Robluthang, 18 km trail, alt. 4400m

Start off early today towards the Jarela Pass alt. 4400 m, crossing over to Tsharithang. It is possible to come across herds of the unique Takin grazing on the slopes. Distance covered is 15 km after about 5 hrs, campsite is at altitude of 4400m.

Day 11: Robluthang to Lemithang, 19 km walk

 After crossing the Shingela Pass alt. 4900 m descends and skirts the valley towards Lemithang that falls within Laya district. Notice the unique dress worn by the Layaps - the high altitude cattle dependent, herders. Lemithang stands beneath the Great Tiger Mountain - Gangchenta. Depending on your time and interests 0 you can explore around for a day in these mountains. Overnight at camp alt 13,567 ft. Distance covered is 19 km in 6-7 hrs.

Day 12: Lemithang to Laya, 10 km trail, alt. 3800m

All downhill hike today along the winding river valley. Two paths lie before you- one leading to the army camp, the other stays high and reaches west side of Laya village- the path taken leads you to your camp site on a high plateau at alt 3800 m with a distance of 10 km covered in about 4 hrs.

Day 13: A day rest at Laya. Discover around the village.

Spend this day relaxing and taking in the natural habitat of the Laya people, visit the unique houses and learn of their unique ways of living. Depending on your interests, there could be arrangements for song and dance performed by the Laya folk by the campfire.

Day 14:- Laya- Koena: The trail winds up and down along the river valley, crossing natural obstacles and witnessing breathtaking views of water falls and swift streams.Camp at altitude 12,682 ft, distance covered is 19 km in about 7 hrs.

Day 15:- Koena - Gasa: Scaling the Belela Pass, altitude 12,267 ft, the trail descends untill you reach camp near the Gasa Dzong - altitude 9250 ft, distance of 17 km in 6-7 hrs.

Day 16:- Gasa - Gasa Tsachu: After a late-relaxed breakfast trek to Gasa Tsachu Hot springs. A good time to heal your body aches, sore feet and calves, simply relax in these natural hot spring used by the Bhutanese for all kinds of ailments and sickness. Overnight camp by the Hot Springs.

Day 17:- Gasa Tsachu- Geon Damji: For the botanists and natural life enthusiasts - the Gasa trek portion can be most thrilling and memorable experience; one passes through virgin forests of oak, pine, rhododendrons- exotic flowers and most colourful and varied butterflies- as if taken out of a romantic painting of nature; as you proceed down the valley- Gasa Dzong fades into the distance, in a shimmering play of light. Overnight camp at Goendamji altitude 2280m distance covered is 21km in about 7 hrs

Day 18:- Goen Damji - Tashithang: The trail descends gradually into the lush semi-tropical warmth of the Punakha valley- where you find wild bananas, creepers, monkey and totally different vegetation from barely 2 days back. After about 17 km in 5-6 hrs we reach Tashithang where your pick-up crew may remind you of the 20 th century. Ride the dirt road to Punakha town.

Day 19: Morning sightseeing of the Punakha and Wangdi valleys. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Morning sightseeing of the Thimphu valley. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 21: Drive to Paro visiting Simtokha Dzong on route. Farewell dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 22: Departure.

Departure to your next Destination. 

The Cost Includes

  • Trekking tims & permits.
  • Airport pickup drop
  • Guide/porters insurance
  • Guide / porters accommodation
  • Food salary
  • All transport
  • Client’s accommodation food, tea coffee.

The Cost Doesn’t Includes

  • Visa fee
  • Airport tax
  • Insurance yourself
  • Beverage coke, fanta, any alcohol drink.
  • Personal expenses tips / donation.
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