This itinerary outlines a 17-day Laya Gasa trek in Bhutan. The trek is a challenging one and requires a good level of fitness. The trek takes you through stunning alpine meadows, beautiful forests, and traditional Bhutanese villages. You will also get to see stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains, including Mount Jhomolhari.
Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, you will visit the National Museum of Bhutan and Paro Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery that dates back to the 15th century.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,120m). The hike takes approximately 5-6 hours round trip and offers stunning views of the Paro valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location on the back of a tiger and meditated here for several years. The monastery is perched on a cliff and is one of the most iconic landmarks of Bhutan. After the hike, you can relax and enjoy a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath to soothe your tired muscles.
Drive to Sharna Zampa (2,870m) and trek to Thangthangkha (3,610m). The trek takes around 7-8 hours.
Trek to Jangothang (4,040m), passing through beautiful valleys and crossing the Takhung La Pass (4,520m). The trek takes around 5-6 hours.
Hike to Twin Lakes at Jangothang and enjoy the stunning views of Jhomolhari mountain.
Trek to Lingshi (4,010m), crossing the Nyile La Pass (4,890m) and passing through the Lingshi village. The trek takes around 7-8 hours.
The trail leads through beautiful forests and passes through several traditional Bhutanese villages to Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful crystal clear waterfall. (3850m)
The trail leads through beautiful alpine meadows and offers stunning views of Mount Jhomolhari, trek with a steep climb up a ridge to Gogu La pass (4500m) Continue through rhododendron forests and yak herders camp to Shakepasa (3980m) After this point, you will be climbing steeply up to the northern side of the valley and passing by a few yak herder’s camp located beside a stream at an altitude 4250m.
The trail leads over the Jari La pass(4700m) and offers stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. Continue trek thru summer residence of rare Himalayan Takins (national animal of Bhutan). After crossing the stream, to the left the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang. (4200m).
The trail leads through beautiful forests and passes through several small villages. As you follow this trail you will be crossing streams and spotting marmot holes and moraine. You will then reach the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m). You will be greeted with the view stunning view of the snow-covered Gangchenta or the Tiger Mountain (6840m). The narrow Trail through cedar forests you will finally arrive at Lingmithang (4140m).
The trail leads through beautiful alpine meadows and offers stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. It is a pretty long walk through this uninhabited valley. As you walk further, you will find yourself at a junction. The upper route will bring you to fields spotted with stone houses. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country. (3800m).
Spend the day exploring the village of Laya and meeting the local people. Hospitality is a big part of Bhutanese tradition. Even to a perfect stranger, traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended with a cup of tea and Chang (local, wine). You will notice that the people in this valley are very unique especially their attire. Women in particular have very conspicuous attire, wearing conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise and silver ornaments.
The trail leads through beautiful forests and passes through several traditional Bhutanese villages to Koina, Car pick us up and Continue Drive to Punakha Via Gasa. Time permits we stop by a Famous Gasa Hot Spring.
Morning Visit Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located at the confluence of two rivers. we will retrace the journey back to Paro over Dochula(3150m), The entire stretch of drive will refresh your mind and give you second chance to enjoy the great snowcapped mountain views of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.
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