Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in this beautiful Himalayan country. 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. Laya Ghasa trekking in remote Bhutan also grants us the opportunity to gain knowledge about lifestyle of the nomadic people who mostly depend upon of Yaks for their livelihood. The wonderful rewards of this trek you can explore snow capped peaks, Turquoise-tinted lakes, high altitude wildlife, nomadic yak herders and ancient religious sites. The Layaghasa trekking route passes through diverse geographical and cultural regions: from farmland to forests and to alpine highlands.
After arriving at Paro, next day our Bhutan Laya Ghasa tour begins with trek to Shana. The trek passes through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro River and encountering herds of Yaks. The Laya trail follows the Pachu River ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forest to Soi Thangthangkha. We approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m that welcomes you with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. Crossing very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4890m), would be wonderful experience for you. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains and descend to valley of Lingshi.
The Laya Ghasa trek in Bhutan continues towards Chebisa, a lovely little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village. We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Jholethang valley, Shomuthang and Tsarigathang valley. You can see classic examples of the lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks on every route of these valleys. With a superb view of Gangchey Ta peak, pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds, reach Laya valley. Passing the koena valley and crossing Balela pass we reach Gasa, a beautiful old Dzong city. Enjoy a hot spring bath and explore the surrounding area at Ghasa hot spring and trek to Geon Damji and finally back to Thimpu. Trekking of Laya Ghasa in Bhutan is a wonderful experience for one who enjoys hiking and camping in rich natural forest, meeting with the local people/yak and their traditional cultures.
Day 1: Arrive Paro and transfer to Hotel
You will have spectacular scenic flight of Himalayas
including Everest and Bhutanese foothills and the landscapes to the Paro Airport
of Bhutan. On arrival at
Day 2: Trek to Shana (2870m): 5-6 hrs
Today the trek begins from Drukgyel Dzong with a short
downhill walk on a wide train. The trek pass through a wide, rich, cultivated
valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the
Day 3: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (3800m): 6-7 hrs
We continue up through the valley of the Paro River. Today
is a long day with occasional glimpses of the peaks along the Tibetan border,
which we are steadily approaching. The trail again follows the
Day 4: Trek to Jangothang (4040m): 6-7 hrs
After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast we ascend for a while till you reach the army camp. We ascend a beautiful river valley and hike along rushing streams through deep forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak. A few yak-herding families are based in this area, and we may be lucky to pay them a visit and try some of their dried yak cheese. The valley levels out as we approach Jangothang, Chomolhari Base Camp at 4100m, with a full frontal view of the huge bulk of Chomolhari. The view of Chomolhari (7320m) and Jichu Drake (6900m) is superb.
Day 5: Rest day at Jangothang
Today is our rest day and also a day for the excursion of
the Jangothang area. You can hike to an open area where you can sit and watch
the grazing blue sheep. You can explore the surrounding areas of
Day 6: Trek to Lingshi (4150m): 6-7 hrs
Leaving the valley by a short steep trail we ascend through
a broad open landscape. It is a long climb about 3-4 hours to reach the first
high and very windy pass of this trek, the
Day 7: Trek to Chebisa (3990m): 3-4 hrs
This is the most pleasant walk of the whole trek. Walk past
the Lingshi Dzong, perched on the hilltop with a commanding view of the green
Day 8: Trek to Shomuthang (4220m)
Today you walk through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). The trail descends on a muddy path into main Jholethang valley in a deep forest of fir and birch. We climb gradually and head down to the camp near a riverbed. You may see some flocks of Blue Sheep and yak herder’s camps.
Day 9: Trek to Robluthang (4160m)
The trek starts with a climb to Jari la pass at an altitude of 4,600 meters. We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsarigathang valley. After crossing the stream, the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang camp. 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: Trek to Lemithang (4140m)
A long climb up to the Shiche la passes (altitude 5005 meters). The views of the mountains from the pass are breathtaking. You can see classic examples of the lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks up both sides of the valley. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes. The last part of the trek is very interesting with a view of Mt. Gangchey Ta peak. Our campsite is in a meadow by the riverbank.
Day 11: Trek to Laya (3880m)
In the morning you wake up with a superb view of Gangchey Ta
peak in front of you. We walk along the river, one of the tributaries of the
Mochu. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds.
The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. Laya is also part of the
Day 12: Laya – Excursion
Today is the day to visit the village of laya and explore it. You can go and visit many of the houses in the village. The people in this village are culturally and traditionally very interesting. From the west of the village you will view Gangchhenta again and catch a glimpse of Masagang.
Day 13: Trek to Koena (3050m): 6-7 hrs
The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles. The trail winds up and down along the river valley, through beautiful forests with great views of waterfalls, swift streams and a wonderful variety of birds. You reach the camp at Koina at an altitude of 3,240 m. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek to Gasa (3240m)
We gradually climb up to Balela pass at 3,740 m. 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. Then trail descends until you reach
Day 15: Trek to Gasa Tsachu
Descend for about one hour to the Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) and relax in the thermal water. It is a wonderful place to lounge after a long trek. Enjoy a hot spring bath and explore the surrounding area. Set your camp today at 2220m altitude.
Day 16: Trek to Geon Damji
The path continues descending and ascending, through heavily forested areas with lots of wilds orchids. The trail winds through rolling hillsides with the vista of fields, villages and forests of oak and pine. You finally rech Damji village which is famous for its well maintained life style.
Day 17: Trek to Tashithang and drive to Thimpu
The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mo Chhu. We pass through lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and the sight of an occasional monkey. From Tashithang we will catch our drive back to Thimpu.
Day 18: Full Day Sightseeing in Thimpu (2350m)
Today we have full day sightseeing in Thimpu. Visit Pangri
Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond
Day 19: Final Departure
After breakfast, we will bid you farewell at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
Duration: 19 Days
Best Travel Time:Late September to Mid November & late March to mid May
Transportation: Private Car/Van.
Trek Leader and Staffs:
Government certified hiking & trekking Guide
Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation
Daily Meals on the Trek:
Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)