Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek (20 Days)

Trek Duration: 14 days.
Total Duration: 20 days.
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.

This is a fourteen-day Trek and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue Sheep, Takin (National Animal of Bhutan) and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). The trek gives you an opportunity to interact with the people of Laya (Nomadic community) and  to experience a soak in the natural hot spring in Gasa. It is a popular Trek. The highest point is 4115 Meter.


Day 01. Arrive Paro 2280 m

  • Chen-Ray Travel & Tours’ representative will receive you on arrival at the Paro International Airport with a traditional white welcome scarf (called Khadhar).
  • Check in to your Hotel
  • Evening free to stroll in the town for photography.

Day 02. Paro 2280 m

  • Visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower now a National Museum.
  • The Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) now used as district head quarters of Paro district.
  • Witness an archery game (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan).
  • Drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m)
  • On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang that was built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

btechnophiles_chenray_cult_tour_tango taktsangDay 03. Paro 2280 m, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery(2900m):

  • Short drive till the viewpoint point of the monastery.
  • Hike to the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery built in 1600s.
  • Visit a Bhutanese Farm House.

Day 04. Paro – Shana (Start of Trek):
(Altitude 2,850 m; Distance 17 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 360 meters ascent, 80 meters descent).

  • Trek to Shana starts at Drukgyal Dzong at 2580 meters following the Paro,
  • Overnight at camp Shana.

Day 05. Shana – Thangthangka
Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours. 770 meters ascent, 10 meters descent)

  • The trail follows the river through a heavily forested area with a few isolated farmhouses,
  • Pass a junction en route, where another path leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet.
  • Camp in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Day 06. Thangthangka – Jangothang:
(Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Kms; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 meters Ascent)

  • After passing a small army post,
  • The trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley,
  • Passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen,
  • We arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m).

Day 07. Jangothang (Halt):

  • Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view,
  • Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
  • Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  • Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake,This is 8 hours (Back and forth).

btechnophiles_chenray_trekking_layagasa_mountain_featuredDay 08. Jangothang – Lingshi: (Altitude 4000m; Distance 17 kms; Time 6 – 7 hours.)

  • With spectacular views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tserim Gang.
  • Start climbing straight away and after some 3 to 4 hours reach the Nyelela pass (4,700 m).
  • After the pass we descend to a circular hut just below Lingshi,and camp.

Day 09. Lingshi – Chebisa
Altitude of 3880m;Distance 10 kms; Time 5 – 6 hours, Ascent: 280 meters, Descent: 410 meters.)

  • Leaving Lingshi behind gently climb to reach another delightful village, Gom Yu,( 300 m cliff),
  • Hours walk brings us to a lovely little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village of Chebisa,
  • Camp by the side of the river.

Day 10. Chebisa – Shomuthang:
(Altitude 4220m; Distance17kms; Time 6-7hours, Ascent 890 meters, Descent 540 meters.)

  • Start with quite a stiff climb through high pastures up the Gokula pass (4,320 m)
  • Camp near a riverbed.

Day11. Shomuthang – Robluthang:
(Altitude: 4,160m; Distance 18 kms; Time 6 – 7 hours, Ascent 700 meters, Descent 760 meters)

  • A long haul over the Jarela pass at 4,640 m,
  • We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsarigathang valley,
  • Cross a knee deep river before climbing up Robluthang where we camp.

Day 12. Robluthang – Lemithang
Altitude 4,140 meters; Distance: 19 kms; Time 6-7hours. Ascent 850 meters, Descent 870 meters)

  • One of the hardest days of the trek.
  • Climb slowly up to Shinchela pass at 4,870 m.
  • Descend down to camp on a lovely spot by the riverbank.

Day 13. Lemithang – Laya
(Altitude 3840m; Distance 10 kms; Time 4-5hours, Ascent 60 kms, Descent 340 meters)

  • walk along the tributaries of the Mochu, through a forest,
  • Enter the village of Laya,
  • Spent the leisure or visiting village houses and mixing with the villagers.
  • Good views of the Masagang and the other peaks.

Day 14. Laya (Halt):
(Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 kms; Time 6-7hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters)

  • Rest day at Laya and opportunity to meet the local people.

Day 15. Laya – Koena
(Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 kms; Time 6-7hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters )

  • View the crashing river, feeder streams and waterfalls.
  • Overnight in camp.

Day 16. Koena – Gasa Tsachu
(Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 kms; Time 6-7hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters)

  • Gradually climb up to Balela pass at 3,740 m and then descend to Gasa village.
  • Then drop steeply down to the river for an hour and camp near the Hot Spring a chance for a good, hot bath!

Day 17: Gasa Tsachu – Goen Damji – Punakha (End of Trek):
(18 kms), 5-6 hours, Ascent 470 meters, Descent 280 meters)

  • Trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu,
  • The vehicle will pick you up at Damji and drive to Punakha (2 hours).

btechnophiles_chenray_cult_tour_bnkt_punukhaDay 18. Punakha -Thimphu 72 Kms)

  • Visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river).
  • After lunch, drive to Thimphu.
  • Enroute visit Chimi Lhakhang also called Temple of Fertility built by Lama Drukpa kuenley in 17th century.

Day 19. Thimphu sightseeing:

  • Visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in memory of our late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • The Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • Visit the National Library.
  • Institute of Zorig Chusum ( 13 arts and crafts of Bhutan)
  • Kuenselphodrang to see the world’s biggest Buddha (Dhordenma) Statue (169 feet).
  • Visit Tashichho Dzong.
  • Visit Royal Textile Academy.
  • Craft Bazaar for souvenir shopping.

Day 20. Departure: End of your travel in Bhutan. Our team will drop to the airport and bid farewell.

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