Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek 20 days
 
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This beautiful trek begins from Paro Druk Gyal Dzong and follows the same route as the Jomolhari trek 1 till Lingshi, after that then heads north into the high country. Snow Cap Mountain can close the high passes, but they are generally open from mid-March to May and mid-Aug to mid-November.
 
The month of April is considered the best trekking season for Laya trekkers. It also offers diverse flora and fauna, as well as good chances to spot blue sheep and wild taken the national animal of Bhutan.
 
This tour is suitable for anyone who is moderately active. There are portions of the trip that require extended periods of walking over uneven dirt trails or paths, possibly crossing moving bodies of water and climbing.

ITINERARY
Day 1
1 Hours
Arrive Paro by Druk Air or Bhutan Airline
 
You will be received at the airport by our company representative from Bhutan Dragon Adventures and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
1 Hours
Paro
 
Morning: Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 km from Paro town) or the fortress of the victorious Drukpas. From here, the peak of Chomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt 7,329 mtrs/24,029 ft) on the way back, visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.Visit the Rinpung Dzong. Built-in 1645 A.D. This fortress is presently the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monk body.
 
Lunch in the hotel. After lunch, visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means Monastery). Kyichu Lhakhang was built in 659 A.D by the King Soingtsen Gampo of Tibet as one of 108 such monasteries built across the Himalayas to spread Buddhism. It is located between Paro town and Drukgyel Dzong.
 
This temple marks the advent of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Day 3
6 Hours
Trek begins: Paro – Shana
 
Drive up to Drugyal Dzong where the trek begins. Follow the river gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will find plenty of traditional farm houses along the way. The campsite is just beyond an army outpost. Alt – 2800 m. Distance – 17 km and time 5-6 hrs.

Day 4
6 Hours
Shana – Thangthangkha
 
Continue uphill through the river valley which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage.The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter. Alt.approx – 3400 m. Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 hrs.

Day 5
6 Hours
Thangthangkha – Jangothang
 
Walk up along the Pachu (Paro River), pass a small army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow-capped mountains all around and also see the yaks and the yak herder’s winter settlements.
 
Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Jhomolhari Mountain. Alt – 4040 m.
 
Distance 19 kms and time 5-6 hrs.

Day 6
6 Hours
Jangothang – Lingshi
 
Walk up towards the pass through a wide pasture land. Depending on the season you are there, you might find some yak herders in their camping tents along the way. As you come down after the pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent. Alt. 4150 m. Distance 19 km and time 5-6 hrs.

Day 7
4 Hours
Lingshi – Chebisa
 
Today is the shortest walking day and you can really take it easy. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses if you feel up to it. Alt.3850 m.
 
Distance 12 kms and time 3-4 hrs.

Day 8
6 Hours
Chebisa – Shomuthang
 
You walk through a wide pastureland towards Gobu-la (pass). On the way, you will see few people herding yaks. After crossing the Gobu-la (Alt4350 m) descend down to the valley. The campsite is on a bench above a river which is a tributary of Punakha Mochu River. Alt.4260 m. Distance 17 km and time 5-6 hrs.

Day 9
6 Hours
Shomuthang – Robluthang
 
As the walk is little strenuous, it is advisable to start early. After crossing the Jarela (pass) Atl. 4600 m you come down to Tsarijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins. Camp at Tsarijathang. Alt 4390 m. Distance 15 km and time 6-7 hrs.

Day 10
7 Hours
Robluthang – Lemithang
 
After crossing the Shingela pass, (alt.4900 m), you come down and follow the valley. Lemithang is in the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with conical bamboo hats. Camp at Lemithang. Alt 4140 m. Distance 19 km time 6-7 hrs. If you have time, it would be advisable to spend a day here exploring the valley and meeting the people who have a unique culture and way of life.

Day 11
7 Hours
Lemithang – Laya
 
Today, you walk all the way downhill along a narrow winding river valley. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. The campsite is on a high flat bench above the Laya village. Alt 3850 m. Distance 10 km and time 3-4 hrs.

Day 12
1 Hours
Rest Day at Laya
 
Halt in Laya for rest and to explore the Laya village.

Day 13
1 Hours
Laya – Koena
 
The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Camp Alt 3800 m. Distance 19 km and time –7 hrs.

Day 14
7 Hours
Koena – Gasa
 
You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740 m after which the trail is all the way downhill to the campsite which is close to Gasa Dzong. Alt 2900 m. Distance 17 km and time 6-7 hrs.

Day 15
1 Hours
Gasa – Gasa Tsachu (hot spring)
 
After a late breakfast, trek to Gasa Tsachu. After lunch, relax in the hot spring. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan. Camp at Gasa Tsachu.

Day 16
3 Hours
Gasa Tshachu – Punakha
 
The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu (Chu means River) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation. You will also see monkeys and few other animals occasionally.
 
You will be picked up by car. Stop at Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means Male River and Female River. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan in 1637 A.D and is one of the most important and historical Dzongs in Bhutan. Lunch in Punakha. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. (77 km Time approx 3 hrs). Overnight in hotel.

Day 17
1 Hours
Punaka – Thimphu
 
Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972, Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
 
Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D and presently houses the largest monastic school in the country. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the Royal Government as well as the summer residence of the Head Abbot and the central monastic school. Overnight in hotel in Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.

Day 18
1 Hours
Thimphu – Paro
 
Drive to Dechenchholing, 6 km from Thimphu town to view the Queen Mother’s Palace from the outside. You can take pictures of the Palace and the Dechenchholing Monastery from the outside only. Drive back to Thimphu and take a leisurely stroll in the market.
After lunch, drive to Paro 65 km. Time 1 hr drive. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 19
1 Hours
Paro, Tiger’s Nest day excursion
 
Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro town) and from there walk up to Taktsang monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer dro0p of nearly 4000 ft. and offers a stunning view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hours.
 
Overnight in Paro.

Day 20
1 Hours
Departure from Paro Airport
 
This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then we’ll be transported to the Paro National Airport for our departure flights home.
 
Bhutan is a place that you will never, ever forget. Magical memories will be yours to recall forever. Just close your eyes …


WHAT'S INCLUDED
    • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
    • Mineral drinking water.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • 3-star hotels rated by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Fluent English spoken certified guide.
    • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum.
    • All taxes and fees.
    • Transportation.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
    • One time visa fees US$40
    • Airfare should be paid by tourist themselves.
    • Travel insurance and medical
    • Other personals expenses.
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