Bhutan Trekking Tour
 
 

Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek

Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek
Bhutan Laya Gasa TrekBhutan Laya Gasa trekking is a 20-day trek, an extension of the Jomolhari trek, and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue sheep, Takins and the Blue poppy (Bhutan’s National flower). It introduces you to the unusual culture of the layap people and offers a stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa. Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek is a popular trek. Highest point is 4115M.

Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu:
Arrival you will be received by tour manager and escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Our tour manager will give you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is leisure.
Day 02 - Kathmandu city tour:
After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath Temple), Patan, Boudhanath sputa and Pasupati temple. Over night at Hotel.
Day 03 - Arrive Paro:
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro, offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. On arrival you will be received by your guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro. In the evening visit Paro town, stroll through its quaint two streets and browse through the shops. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04 - Paro Sightseeing:
Bhutan Laya Gasa TrekAfter breakfast, sightseeing to Drukgyel Dzong, the fort of the victorious Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this fort is renowned as the stand from which several Tibetan invasions were repulsed.  To the north can be seen in all its majesty, the dome of sacred Mt. Chomolhari or the abode of the "mountain of goddess.”
En route, see one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan. The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here.
After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong, originally the Watch Tower for the Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted into the National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts a wide range of antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and natural and historic artifacts.
Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or the 'fortress of the heap of jewels' which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints.  Walk down to the cantilever bridge below the dzong where your car awaits. After an evening tea, drive to Thimphu.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Paro- Shana (Trek start):
Drive up to Drugyal Dzong where the road ends and the trek begin. The trail follows the Paro Chu and is a gentle walk through terraced fields and a narrowing valley. There are a few quaint farm hamlets en route. The campsite is just beyond an army outpost. Alt. 2800m, distance - 17 km and time 5-6 Hr.
Day 06 - Shana - Soe Thangthangkha:
Continue uphill through the river valley which closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the river bank. After the initial climb, most o the way is downhill. The campsite is located in a meadow with a stone shelter. Alt. Approx.3400m, distance 15 km, time 4-5 Hr.

Day 07 - Soe 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 yaks and herders settlements. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Jomulhari Mountain. Alt. 4040m. , Distance 19 km and time 5-6 Hr.
Day 08 - Jangothang - Lingshi:
Walk up toward the pass through a wide pastureland. Depending on the season, 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 beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent. Alt. 4150m. Distance 19 km. Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 09 - Lingshi - Chebisa:
Today is the shortest walking day and you can realx? On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses if you feel up to it. Alt. 3850m. Distance 12 km. Time 3-4 Hr.
Day 10 - 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 (Alt. 4350m) descend down to the valley. The campsite is on a bench above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu River. Alt. 4260. Distance 17 km. Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 11 - Shomuthang - Robluthang:
As the walk is little strenuous, it is advisable to start a little early. After crossing the Jarela (pass) Alt. 4600m you come down to Tsarijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins. Camp at Tsarijathang. Alt.4390m. Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 12 - Robluthang - Lemithang:
After crossing the Shingela pass, alt. 4900m., you come down and follow the valley. Lemithang is under the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats. Camp at Lemithang. Alt. 4140m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hr. If you have time, it would be advisable to spend a day here exploring the valley and meeting the people who have their own unique culture.
Day 13 - 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. Campsite is on a high flat bench above the Laya village. Alt. 3850m. Distance 10 km. Time 3-4 Hr.
Day 14 - Halt in Laya for rest and to explore the Laya village:

Day 15 - Laya - Koena:
The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles with breath-taking views of the river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Camp. Alt. 3800m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 16 - Koena - Gasa:
You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740m, after which the trail is all the way down to the camp site which is close to Gasa Dzong. Alt. 2900m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 hrs.
Day 17 - 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 18 - Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji:
After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see beautiful views of Gasa Dzong, seemingly afloat in midair. Camp. Alt. 2280m. Distance 21 km.Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 19 - Geon Damji – Punakha (end of trek):
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 other tropical foliage. You will also see monkeys and few other animals occasionally. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20 - Punakha sightseeing – Thimphu:
After breakfast visit Chimi lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the Divine Mad Man. The temple is revered for giving fertility to barren woman and thus a cynosure for childless couples. Visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 on a sliver of land between two rivers.
After lunch drive to Thimphu (The Capital) which takes about 3hrs. Evening Reception with cultural program. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21 - Thimphu sightseeing -Paro:
Morning visit the memorial temple that depicts the Buddhist teachings in form of paintings and statues. Originally the Third King who is known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan” initiated this temple to protect the nation against negative elements. His son the present King and the Queen Mother completed the temple. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, where life in medieval Bhutan is still showcased; the National Library, the repository of all ancient books and manuscripts; the Textile Museum for antique textile collections; and the Zilukha Nunnery and the 12th century Changgangkha temple. Drive up to the highest viewpoint overlooking Thimphu valley and while returning, the Takin research center. Should time permit, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of both spiritual and temporal powers. Independent tour of the town in the evening.
After an evening tea, drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 22 - EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG:
After an early breakfast,  drive to the foot of the Taktshang cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face.  Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century. He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes four hours for which riding ponies can be arranged.
Day 23 - Fly back to Kathmandu:
Representative of Mission Eco Trek will bid you farewell. TASHI DELEK.

SEASON: April –June & Sept-Nov.
CLIMATE: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be very cold and in winter sometimes comes below freezing points.
WHAT TO BRING: Personal clothing, strong normal clothing (accordingly), preferably cotton for summer. Woolen clothes for evening and winter.

For TREKKING:Strong trekking boots, sunglasses, headgear, raincoat, sleeping bag, torchlight etc

Short Info

Mission Eco Trek has been organizing Trekking and tour in Bhutan since many years. We Specialize in the Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek. On our Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek, the entire group treks led by our highly experienced guide. All the food on the Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek provided. We stay in hotel or in tents on the Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek. The Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek takes 23 days, with some time in Kathmandu.

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