Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa Trek
Activity
Trekking & Tours
Destination
Bhutan
  • Trip Grade
    Easy 
  • Max Altitude
    4900 m
  • Group Size
    04 - 20 People 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Camp 
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Dec 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $8,100USD

Trip Overview

Laya Gasa Trek takes you on a trail through lush Himalayan forests and Bhutanese villages bordering Tibet. Explore ancient dzongs or citadels and isolated Buddhist gompas en route. Visit Laya, the highest village in Bhutan, and experience the unique culture of Layaps, an indigenous Himalayan tribe.

An acclimatization hike to the cliffside Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest sets the mood and prepares you for the long Laya Gasa Trek. Starting from Drukgyal Dzong in Paro you walk through pristine alpine forests, traditional villages, and four high mountain passes above four thousand meters. Enjoy a wildlife experience as the trail weaves through the habitats of musk deer, takin, Himalayan blue sheep, marmots, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear.

Your trip begins from Paro with a sightseeing tour of the city’s historic sites. Before setting off on your trek, you hike to the Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, a sacred site and a popular destination for day hikers. Your trek commences from Drukgyal Dzong, an ancient fort set above the city of Paro. In bygone days this fort was used to repel attacks from the Tibetan forces.

Walking through paddy fields, villages, and forests beside the Po Chu river you arrive at Shana the first camping site of your trek. Over the next couple of days, you follow a forested trail close to the Tibetan border. Breathtaking views of Mount Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and other Bhutanese giants keep you inspired.

The trail meanders through rich forests of blue pine, rhododendron, and fir. You stop for brief rests at the seasonal camps of yak herders and set up camps near abandoned forts and grassy meadows with panoramic views of the mountains. Walking near the army outposts and military camp at the border, you get a glimpse of Tibet on the other side.

At Jangothang you reach the Chomolhari Base Camp, from where you can savor spectacular views of snow-covered peaks.  You cross the first mountain pass Nyelela Pass (4700m) while trekking from Jagothang to Lingshi. Gokula Pass, Jerela Pass, and Shingela Pass are the other three mountain passes you will traverse during your journey. The highest and the toughest crossing will be of the Shingela Pass which lies at an elevation of 4900 meters above sea level.

Following a tributary of the Mo Chu River, you reach Laya a charming village with a unique culture. Stretching below the majestic Tsenda Kang(6481m), Laya is the highest human settlement in Bhutan. The village is home to the Layaps, an indigenous tribe who have their own language and customs. They have a unique style of dressing in clothes made of yak hair. The women wear conical bamboo hats and adorn themselves with beautiful silver accessories.

An extra day at Laya will give you ample opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Layaps. At Gasa Tsachu you can relax your tired muscles with a soothing dip at the hot spring which is supposed to have healing properties. After descending to a lush tropical forest your trek ends in Khuruthang a small town in Punakha. Before leaving Bhutan, you get to explore the cultural sites of Punakha and Thimphu.

This is a fully organized camping trek. A support crew made up of local guides and kitchen staff will accompany you and keep you well-fed and safe. Each day they will serve you nourishing meals and set up camp before you reach the camping site. The heavy baggage and cooking supplies will be carried by mules or horses.

The best seasons for the Lasa Gaya Trek are spring and autumn when the weather remains warm and dry and the skies clear. As the trek involves crossing high mountain passes above 4000 meters it would help if you have previous high-altitude trekking experience. You walk through a wild and remote part of the country with few human settlements en route. Overland transfers between cities will be made via private vehicles.

Laya Gasa Trek of 20 days offers you a fascinating wilderness trekking adventure with opportunities to experience Bhutanese indigenous culture. Choose this trip and discover one of the rarely explored trails of Bhutan.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Paro

Day 02: Paro Acclimatization Hike

Day 03: Paro to Shana [trek starts]

Day 04: Shana to Soi Thangthangkha

Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Day 06: Jangothang to Lingshi

Day 07: Lingshi to Chebisa

Day 08: Chebisa to Shomuthang

Day 09: Shomuthang to Robluthang

Day 10: Robluthang to Lemithang

Day 11: Lemithang to Laya

Day 12: Laya [halt]

Day 13: Laya to Koena

Day 14: Koena to Gasa

Day 15: Gasa to Gasa Tsachu [hot spring]

Day 16: Gasa Tsachu to Geon Damji

Day 17: Geon Damji to Tashithang

Day 18: Tashithang to Khuruthang [trek ends]

Day 19: Thimphu [Morning] to Paro [Afternoon]

Day 20: Depart from Paro

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Assistance in acquiring Bhutan visa and visa fee
  • Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Paro and Thimpu, approved by Bhutanese Government
  • Single room surcharge when travelling 2 people in a group
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and tours
  • Tented accommodation during the trek,
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their meals, salary and insurance
  • Mineral water will be supplied during the tour and boiled water during the trek
  • All entry/permit fees during the tour/trekking
  • All applicable government taxes and tourist service charges
  • Our office expenses and service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary”
  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee
  • Personal shopping, internet/Phone bill, and laundry
  • Pony service and porters
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

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