LAYA - GHASA TREK BHUTAN
The Laya Ghasa trek in Bhutan is like nowhere else in the Himalayas. is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapesIt takes you through the isolated, unique and traditionally rich villages of Chebisa and Laya, passing through several nomadic campsites. Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan.
You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. The trek is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path.
Day-1: Arrival Paro (By Druk Air). Day-2: Paro Day hike to Taktsang monastery Day-3: Paro - Shana [17 Kms, 5/6 Hours] Day-4: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha [20 Km, 7/8 Hours] Day-5: Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang [19 Km, 7/8 Hours] Day-6: Rest Day At Jangothang Day-7: Jangothang - Lingshi [18 Km, 7/8 Hours] Day-8: Lingshi - Chebisa [10 Km, 5/6 Hours Day-9: Chebisa - Shomuthang [17 Kms, 6/7 Hours] Day-10: Shomuthang - Robluthang [18 Kms, 6/7 Hours] Day-11: Robluthang - Limithang [19 Kms, 7/8 Hours] Day-12: Limithang - Laya [10 Kms, 4/5 Hours] Day-13: Rest Day At Laya Day-14: Laya - Chamsa [19 Kms, 8/9 Hours] Day-15: Chamsa - Gasa Tshachu [14 Kms, 6/7 Hours] Day-16: Gasa Tshachu Rest Day Day-17: Gasa Tshachu - Damji [18 Kms, 5/6 Hours] Day-18: Damji - Tashithang - Punakha[16 Kms, 5/6 Hours] Day-19: Punakha - Thimphu Day-20: Thimphu Day-21: Thimphu - Paro
Day-22: Paro Depart
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March to June and September to October
Tour: 22 days
Hotels and Tents
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered
Day-1: Arrival Paro (By Druk Air).The flight into Paro is a brilliant introduction to the
spectacular beauty of Bhutan. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's
highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day-2: Paro Day hike to Taktsang monasteryThe hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. Return to Hotel
Day-3: Paro - Shana [17 Kms, 5/6 Hours]The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at 2580m with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apples orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa at 2810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2870m, just beyond Sharma Zampa, there are several good places in meadows to set up our tents surrounded by trees.
Day-4: Shana - Soi Thangthangkha [20 Km, 7/8 Hours]The trail again follows Pa Chu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch we follow the river and climb up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to an altitude of 3,750m.
Day-5: Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang [19 Km, 7/8 Hours]The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,000m. From here, the view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake is superb.
Day-6: Rest Day At JangothangEnjoying the superb view around.
Day-7: Jangothang - Lingshi [18 Km, 7/8 Hours]The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. We start the climb up to the first ridge with breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang. We then walk towards the valley before ascending to the pass at an altitude of 4700m. After the pass it's a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Langshi Dzong. Camp at the altitude of 4000m.
Day-8: Lingshi - Chebisa [10 Km, 5/6 HoursToday is an easy day and pleasant walk through villages and yak herders camp. After lunch, a short walk will take you to Chebisa village. We stay by the side of stream at the altitude of 3850m.
Day-9: Chebisa - Shomuthang [17 Kms, 6/7 Hours]Today begins with a steep climb up a ridge to Gubu la at an altitude of 4500m, taking nearly four hours. After the pass we descend to a lunch stop, through rhododendron bushes. Afternoon continue along the up and down path, after crossing the stream, through rhododendron forests and yak herders camp. You may see Blue Sheep now and then. Camp at altitude of 4,250m.
Day-10: Shomuthang - Robluthang [18 Kms, 6/7 Hours]The trek starts with a climb to Jari la at the altitude of 4700m. Then descend to Tasharijathang valley, the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takin (national animal of Bhutan) From here we may have to cross the stream as most of the time the foot bridge is washed away. After crossing the stream towards the left, the trail ascends till we reach Robluthang at an altitude of 4200m.
Day-11: Robluthang - Limithang [19 Kms, 7/8 Hours]It's a long climb up to Shinje la pass (altitude 4900 m). The view of the mountains from the path is stunning. After the descend to Lemithang. The path is quite narrow and you may have to cross stream again and get wet. The last part of the trek is very interesting with the view of Mount. Gangchey Ta peak. Arrive at the site at the altitude of 4100m.
Day-12: Limithang - Laya [10 Kms, 4/5 Hours]In the morning you wake up with a superb view of Gangchey Ta peak in front of you. The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a camp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at the altitude of 3800m.
Day-13: Rest Day At LayaExplore the village.
Day-14: Laya - Chamsa [19 Kms, 8/9 Hours]Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chu (mother river of Punakha). Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times, through juniper and fir forests until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3800m.
Day-15: Chamsa - Gasa Tshachu [14 Kms, 6/7 Hours]Walk for about half an house over flat land till the Bele la pass. Its down hill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. Lunch at Gasa village at the altitude of 2700m. After lunch visit the village and Dzong. The Dzong was built in 17th century by the first religious King, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, to protect the valley against Tibetan invaders. Then proceed to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) for camp at an altitude of 2200m.
Day-16: Gasa Tshachu Rest DayAfter a long trek, this is the place to relax.
Day-17: Gasa Tshachu - Damji [18 Kms, 5/6 Hours]The path continues ascending and descending through heavily forested areas and wild orchids. In this area, there are leeches so one must be careful. Camp nearby the village at an altitude of 2400m.
Day-18: Damji - Tashithang - Punakha[16 Kms, 5/6 Hours]It is the last trekking day. Continue following the Mo Chu river down through heavily forested area till you reach Tashithang at an altitude of 1,620m. Connecting Horizons Adventures transport will be waiting to drive you at Punakha (15 kms), following the river all the way. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day-19: Punakha - ThimphuMorning sight seeing in Punakha and Wangdiphodrang valleys visiting Dzong and the local market. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day-20: ThimphuToday city tour of Thimphu. Visiting Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute, Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day-21: Thimphu - ParoMorning for shoping and at leisure. After lunch drive to Paro visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day-22: Paro DepartAfter early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
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Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Hotels twin sharing with breakfast
Bhutan sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
NP entrance fees
Tents, dining tent, eating utensils etc
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Bhutan Tourism Development tax USD 10 per person
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.
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