Laya Gasa Trekking

Laya Gasa Trekking

Trip Duration 20 Days

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.

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  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Trekking Tour
  • Activity Level Tour Grade
    Moderate
  • Group Size Minimum
    2/10
All about the Laya Gasa Trekking

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- May and mid Aug- mid November.

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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All meals at 3star hotels
  • Fluent English spoken certified guide
  • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transportation
  • Trekking stuffs, cooks, trekking tents etc.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • One time visa fees US$40
Surcharge (If applicable)
  • In case traveler are below 3 pax Surcharge of US$40/person/night for single traveler and US$30/night for double traveler will be levied.
Discount
  • No charge for the child below age 5 and 50% discount for the child between 5-12 years. But the royalty is set as US$65 per day.
  • The full time student below age of 25 holding valid citizen identity card from institution shell be given 25% discount.
  1. Day 1 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.

  2. Day 2 Paro – Paro

    Morning: Drive to Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 kms 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 watch tower 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.

  3. Day 3 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 camp site is just beyond an army outpost.

    Alt – 2800 mtrs. Distance – 17 kms and time 5-6 hrs.

  4. Day 4 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 camp site is located in a meadow with stone shelter.

    Alt.approx – 3400 mtrs. Distance 15 kms. Time 6-7 hrs.

  5. Day 5 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 sees the yaks and the yak herder’s winter settlements. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Jhomolhari Mountain.

    Alt – 4040 mtrs. Distance 19 kms and time 5-6 hrs.

  6. Day 6 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 mtrs. Distance 19 kms and time 5-6 hrs.

  7. Day 7 Lingshi – Chebisa

    Today is the shortest walking day and you can really take it easy. On reaching the camp site at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses if you feel upto it.

    Alt.3850 mtrs. Distance 12 kms and time 3-4 hrs.

  8. Day 8 Chebisa – Shomuthang

    You walk through a wide pasture land towards Gobu-la (pass). On the way, you will see few people herding yaks. After crossing the Gobu-la (Alt4350 mtrs) descend down to the valley. The camp site is on a bench above a river which is a tributary of Punakha Mochu River.

    Alt.4260 mtrs. Distance 17 kms and time 5-6 hrs.

  9. Day 9 Shomuthang – Robluthang

    As the walk is little strenuous, it is advisable to start early. After crossing the Jarela (pass) atl.4600 mtrs you come down to Tsarijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins. Camp at Tsarijathang.

    Alt 4390 mtrs. Distance 15 kms and time 6-7 hrs.

  10. Day 10 Robluthang – Lemithang

    After crossing the Shingela pass, (alt.4900 mtrs), you come down and follow the valley. Lemithang is under the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with conical bamboo hats. Camp at Lemithang.

    Alt 4140 mtrs. Distance 19 kms 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.

  11. Day 11 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. Camp site is on a high flat bench above the Laya village.

    Alt 3850 mtrs. Distance 10 kms and time 3-4 hrs.

  12. Day 12 Halt in Laya

    Halt in Laya for rest and to explore the Laya village.

  13. Day 13 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 mtrs. Distance 19 kms and time –7 hrs.

  14. Day 14 Koena – Gasa

    You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740 mtrs after which the trail is all the way downhill to the camp site which is close to Gasa Dzong.

    Alt 2900 mtrs. Distance 17 kms and time 6-7 hrs.

  15. Day 15 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.

  16. Day 16 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.

    (Drive 77 kms. Time approx 3 hrs. Overnight in hotel.

  17. Day 17 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.

  18. Day 18 Thimphu- Paro

    Drive to Dechenchholing, 6 kms 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 kms. Time 1 hr drive. Overnight in Hotel.

  19. Day 19 Paro – Paro (Tiger’s Nest day excursion).

    Drive up to Satsam Chorten (10kms 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.

  20. Day 20 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 …

    Thank you and Tashi Delek!

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status   Price (PP) Per Person / Per Night  
March-May -sept- Nov
High Season Price
US $ 250.00
Jan- Feb-June-July and Dec
Low Season Price
US $ 200.00
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutans