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Beautiful Laya – Gasa

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    OVERVIEW

    Beautiful Laya – Gasa

    A trekking adventure in Bhutan unveils a realm of untouched natural beauty and cultural wonders. The kingdom’s pristine landscapes, from lush forests to lofty mountain peaks, serve as the backdrop for thrilling trekking routes like the iconic Snowman Trek or the scenic Druk Path Trek.

    As travelers traverse the undulating terrains, they encounter traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking vistas that showcase Bhutan’s serene charm. The trails, adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, lead to high-altitude campsites where the star-lit Himalayan nights are as enchanting as the days. Bhutan’s commitment to environmental conservation ensures that these trekking experiences are not just adventures but also journeys of immersion into the kingdom’s unspoiled nature and rich cultural heritage.

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    DAYS

    Join the league of people who have had a taste of this beautiful trek along Bhutan’s northern frontiers. Capture the scenic and mesmerizing views of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain), Masangang, Gangkhar punsum and other peaks, along with the opportunities to spot blue sheep and even takins.

    Interact with the nomads; the unique culture and appearance of the Layaps (people of Laya district) and end the trek with a refreshing dip at Gasa hot springs. Tour Highlights
    WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE?

    When to visit for Bhutan Luxury Tour

    Bhutan experiences distinct seasons, with a monsoon season bringing heavy rainfall from June to September, nourishing the lush green landscapes. Winters, from November to February, bring cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall in higher elevations. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, offer pleasant weather with clear skies and blooming flora.


    4-25
    °C
    20-50
    MM
    Spring
    MAR – MAY
    15-27
    °C
    90-120
    MM
    Monsoons
    JUN – AUG
    3-26
    °C
    0-70
    MM
    Autumn
    SEPT – NOV
    (-2)-17
    °C
    5-10
    MM
    Winter
    DEC – FEB

    Trip Highlights

    Laya and Gasa

    Laya and Gasa, two enchanting destinations in Bhutan, beckon travelers to the northern reaches of the kingdom with their unique charm and cultural richness. Laya, perched at high altitudes, is renowned for its distinctive customs, including the women’s traditional conical bamboo hats. The journey to Laya unveils stunning mountain vistas, pristine landscapes, and encounters with the friendly Layap people. Further south, Gasa is famed for its soothing hot springs and the iconic Gasa Dzong, set against a backdrop of lush forests. Both destinations offer a retreat into the tranquility of Bhutan’s northern realms, providing a glimpse into the traditional way of life amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Travelers can immerse themselves in the warm hospitality of these remote communities, making the journey to Laya and Gasa a truly enriching and memorable experience.

    Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Bhutan unveils a harmonious blend of cultural treasures and natural wonders. From the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery to the historic Punakha Dzong, each site narrates a tale of spirituality and architectural splendor. The Dochula Pass offers panoramic views, while the cultural hub of Thimphu showcases a seamless fusion of tradition and modernity. Amidst valleys adorned with prayer flags, Bhutan’s sightseeing experience is a captivating journey into the heart of a kingdom where ancient heritage meets breathtaking landscapes.

    Bhutanese Culture

    Bhutanese culture, nestled in the Himalayas, welcomes travelers with a rich tapestry of tradition and spirituality. Festivals like Paro Tsechu showcase vibrant mask dances, offering insight into the country’s identity. Dzongs and traditional attire echo an ancient heritage, while warm hospitality invites cultural engagement. Bhutan’s culture, seamlessly blending with its stunning landscapes, turns every traveler’s experience into a profound journey of discovery.

    Tour Includes

    • Accommodation: Luxury Hotels

    • Meal Plan: All the meals

    • Transport: Very Comfortable Transport (SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus)

    • Guide: Professional English Speaking

    • Visa / Permits: Bhutan Visa & All Permits

    • Sightseeing: Extensive Sightseeing & Touring

    • Entrance fees: All Historic Monuments

    • Tax: Government Royalties And Taxes

    Tour Excludes

    • Airfare

    • Laundry

    • Private Calls

    • Beverages or Drinks

    • Insurance for travel and other contingencies.

    • Bank Charges

    Single room supplement charges of US $ 40 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.

    Itinerary

    DAY 01: Arrival at Paro

    Fly into Paro.

    The flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left hand side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel

    DAY 02: Paro – Sightseeing

    A very special day, with a excursion to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest) perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley, to acclimatization the altitude for the trek. It is 1-2 hours hike. Lunch at Taktshang cafeteria. After lunch visit the place of interest in Paro.Over night at hotel.

    Start of Trek. DAY 3 Paro – Sharna: Trek Day 1

    Distance: 15 kms/ 9.5 miles.

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 310m / 1020ft

    Altitude loss: 80m / 260ft

    Starting at Drukgyel(2580m / 8064ft) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2890m / 9480ft). Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

    DAY 03: Paro – Sharna

    Trek Day 1

    Distance: 15 kms/ 9.5 miles.

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 310m / 1020ft

    Altitude loss: 80m / 260ft

    Starting at Drukgyel(2580m / 8064ft) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2890m / 9480ft).

    Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.

    DAY 04: Sharna – Thangthangka

    Trek Day 2

    Distance: 22 kms/13.6 miles

    Walking Time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 685m / 2250ft

    Altitude loss: 0m/0ft

    Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m/9840ft) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m/11,730ft).

    The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jumolhari can be seen from your camp site on clear days.

    DAY 05: Thangthangka – Jangothang

    Trek Day 3:

    Distance: 17 kms/10.5 miles

    Walking Time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude Gain: 469m / 1530ft

    Altitude loss: 0m/0ft

    Starting at Thangthangka (3630m/11,730ft) and camp at Jangothang (4044m/13,260ft)

    Today trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jumolhari.

    DAY 06: Jangothang – Halt

    Trek Day 4:

    Acclimatization Day.

    You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at camp.

    DAY 07: Jangothang – Lingshi

    Trek Day 5:

    Distance: 21 kms/13 miles

    Walking time: 5-6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 2780m/845ft

    Altitude loss: 2890m/880ft

    Starting at Jangothang (4044m/13260ft) and camp at Lingshi (4010m,13,150ft)

    Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m/16,040ft ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.

    DAY 08: Lingshi – Chebisa

    Trek Day 6:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: No major elevation gain or loss

    Altitude loss: No major elevation gain or loss

    Starting at Lingshi (4010m/13,150ft) and camp at Chebisa (3990m/13,090ft).

    Today is a pleasant walk and you encounter parts of Lingshi village and the settlement of Goyak. On reaching camp at Chebisa village you can visit the village houses.

    DAY 09: Chebisa – Shomuthang

    Trek Day 7:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 5-6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 450m/1470ft

    Altitude loss: 440m/1440ft (plus few small up and downs of less 40 m)

    Starting at Chebisa (3990m/13,090ft) and camp at Shomuthang (4220/13,845ftm).

    Todays walk is mostly through wild high pastures and yak pastures with few people & Yaks. You also encounter a pass ‘Gobula’ at 4440m/14,560ft. Camp is on a bench above a river, a tributary to the Mo Chu which comes out just below Gasa Tsachu.

    DAY 10: Shomuthang – Robluthang

    Trek Day 8:

    Distance: 16 kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude gain: 785m/2575ft

    Altitude loss: 785m/2575ft

    Starting at Shomuthang (4220m/13,845ft) and camp at Robluthang (4160m/13,645ft)

    On the early part of the trek you will get views of Kang Bum (6526m). After crossing Jhari la pass at 4785m/15,695ft, you get views of Gangchenta (6840m), Tserim Kang and upper half of Jumolhari. You pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by the riverside where herds of Takin are normally seen during the summer months.

    DAY 11: Robluthang – Limithang

    Trek Day 9:

    Distance: 14 kms/8.5 miles

    Walking time: 6-7 hours.

    Altitude gain: 840m/2755ft

    Altitude loss: 840m/2755ft

    Starting at Robluthang (4160m13,645ft) and camp at Limithang (4140m)

    today is a hard day as you have to cross Sinche la (5000m/16,400ft) the highest point on your trek. The second half of todays walk is through rocky trails and moraines. Limithang is in the Laya district and here you begin to see the wonderful children in funny hats. Camp at Limithang is beneath Gangchhenta, the Great Tiger Mountain. If you have time it would be worthwhile to spend a rest and exploration day here.

    DAY 12: Limithang – Laya

    Trek Day 10:

    Distance: 9 kms/5.5 miles

    Walking time: 5 hours.

    Altitude gain: few small climbs

    Altitude loss: 360m/1180ft

    Starting at Limithang (4160m/13,645ft) and camp at Laya (3800m/12,465ft)

    Today is all the way down hill along a winding river valley with quite a closed-in feeling. The trail splits, one going down with the river to the campsite used by the army. The other stays high and brings you into the west side of Laya village. You can camp on a high flat bench above the east end of Laya village. The peak towering above Laya is Masagang (7165m)

    DAY 13: Laya – (Halt)

    Trek Day 11:

    Visit Laya village houses or hike above the camp. A day halt is interesting here or just spending the day with the Layaps (nomads)

    DAY 14: Laya -Koina

    Trek Day 12:

    Distance: 16kms/10 miles

    Walking time: 6 hours.

    Altitude gain: 0m/0ft

    Altitude loss: 560m/1837ft

    Starting at Laya (3800m/12,465ft) and camp at Koina (3240m/10,627ft)

    The trail winds up and down along the Mo Chu river, avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water-falls. The beginning of the trek will take you past an army camp and the route junction for the Snowman trek. Campsite at Koina is one of the worst campsites on this trek but you will have to use it due to non-availability of campsites or availability of water.

    DAY 15: Koina – Gasa

    Trek Day 13:

    Distance: 12 kms/7.4 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: 660m/2165ft

    Altitude loss:1680m/5510ft

    Starting at Koina (3240m/10627ft) and camp at Gasa (2220m/7282ft)

    The route may seem all the way downhill but you have to cross the last pass on this trek – Barila pass at 3900m/12,792ft, after which is all the way down hill till you reach camp. The camp is near the Gasa Dzong and village. You can go further 1-1/2 hours to Gasa Tsachu (hotspring) if you prefer a hotspring dip than the Gasa village. The decision should have been made at the start of the trek and the camp staff should have been informed.

    DAY 16: Gasa – Geon Damji – Punakha

    Trek Day 14:

    Distance: 14 kms/8.7 miles

    Walking time: 4-5 hours.

    Altitude gain: 0m/0ft

    Altitude loss:30m/99ft

    Starting at Gasa (2220m/7282ft)

    today trail winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests, our transport will we waiting us at Gaza Pang, Over Night at Damchen Resort or Zangdopelhri.

    DAY 17: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

    This early morning we drive to visit the Punakha Dzong, which is one of the most beautiful and architecturally impressive Dzong in the country. It is ideally located between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. It was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and it has served as the seats of the Government till 1953. The construction of the the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoch, who predicted “a person named Namgyel will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”.

    At the time there was a smaller Dzong “smaller Dzong” that house a statute of Duddha. It has said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in from of the statue. While Palep was sleeping in front the statue; the Shadrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From this vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper.

    The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness.” Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo “Chief Abbot” and central monk body. Here the war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved. In 1952; King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here. Thereafter you will drive to to Paro. Lunch will be serve at Dochu-la Pass and continue your journey to Paro.

    DAY 18: Departure

    Depart for Paro airport for your onward flight. Thank you for your visit, we wish you a wonderful flight and safe journey back Home.

    “The Last Shangri-la”.

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