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Beautiful Laya/Gasa Trek

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20 Days Bhutan Trek
Best Season: March - November
The attractions of this trek are diverse and many. The semi tropical and alpine forests at lower altitude give sanctuary to a wealth of bird life and flora, while above the tree line there is every chance of seeing blue sheep and various species of eagles and vultures. Throughout the trek, there are magnificent views of the mountains, with Chomolhari (22,500ft), Jitchu Drake and Mt. Gangchey Ta being particularly prominent.


No Experience Required
No former trekking experience is needed for this trek. To take part in this trek, you should be physically fit, meaning you should be able to walk a full day with a small day pack. Animals will carry the bulk of our loads.

At a glance:
DAY 1 Arrive - Paro by Druk-Air
DAY 2 Paro - Sightseeing
DAY 3 Trek Day 1 Start of Trek - Paro-Sharna Zampa
DAY 4 Trek Day 2 - Sharna Zampa -Thangthangka
DAY 5 Trek Day 3 - Thangthangka-Jangothang
DAY 6 Trek Day 4 - Jangothang-HALT
DAY 7 Trek Day 5 - Jangothang-Lingshi
DAY 8 Trek Day 6 - Chebisa
DAY 9 Trek Day 7 - Chebisa -Shomuthang
DAY 10 Trek Day 8 - Shomuthang-Robluthang
DAY 11 Trek Day 9 - Robluthang-Lemithang
Day 12 Trek Day 10 - Lemithang-Laya
Day 13 Trek Day 11 - Laya-HALT
Day 14 Trek Day 12 - Laya-Koena
Day 15 Trek Day 13 - Koena-Gasa
Day 16 Trek Day 14 - Gasa Tsachu-Geon Damji
Day 17 Trek Day 15 End of Trek - Geon Damji-Tashithang-Punakha
Day 18 Punakha - Thimphu
Day 19 Thimphu sightseeing - Paro
Day 20 Farewells and departure.

From Day 1 to Day 7 the sights and trekking trail is identical to the Jhomolhari Trek. This trek begins to differ from day 8:

Day 8 Lingshi - Chebisa
Trek Day 6 : Distance 10 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Lingshi ( 4010m)
Trek day 6 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 9 Chebisa - Shomuthang
Trek Day 7 : Distance 17 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Chebisa (3880m)
On this day we walk mostly through wild high pastures and yak pastures with few people and their herds of Yak. We also walk through the 'Gobula' pass at 4440m. Camp is above a tributary to the Mo Chu river.

Day 10 Shomuthang - Robluthang
Trek Day 8 : Distance 18 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Shomuthang (4220m) and camp at Robluthang ( 4160m)
On the early part of the trek you will see views of Mt. Kang Bum (6526m) and Mt. Gangchenta (6840m). We pass by Tsheri Jathang, a valley by the river side where herds of Takin are normally seen during the summer months.

Day 11 Robluthang - Limithang
Trek Day 9 : Distance 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Robluthang (4160m)
Trek day 9 is a bit tough as we have to cross Sinche la (5005m) the highest altitude point on the trek. The second half of day's 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 10 km and walking time 4-5 hours.Starting at Limithang (4140m)
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 camp site used by the army while the other stays high and takes you into the west side of Laya village. We can camp on a flat table land above the east end of Laya village.

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 19 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Laya (3840m)
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 camp sites or availability of water.

Day 15 Koina - Gasa
Trek Day 13 : Distance 14 km and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Koina (3050m)
The route may seem all the way downhill but you have to cross the last pass on this trek - Barila pass at 3900m after which is all the way down hill till you reach camp. The camp is near the Gasa Dzong and village. If you prefer a hotspring dip you can go on for another 1-1/2 hours to Gasa Tsachu (hotspring). However, you have to decide at the start of the trek and inform the camp staff accordingly.

Day 16 Gasa - Geon Damji
Trek Day 14 : Distance 18 km and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Gasa (2770m)
On trek day 14, the trail winds through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and Oak and Pine forests. The trek also takes you through small settlements and final camp site at Geon Damji village - a large village with rice terraces on the hillsides.

Day 17 Geon Damji - Tashithang
Trek Day 15 : End of Trek : Distance 16 km and walking time 5 hours. Starting at Geon Damji (2430m) and ending at vehicle point at Tashithang (1840m) From here it is 18 km (1 hour drive) to Punakha.

Day 18 Punakha - Thimphu
Visit Chhimi Lhakhang - the temple of the devine madman (roundrtrip 1-1/2 hours walk ). Visit Wangdue and after lunch, drive on to Thimphu.

Day 19 Thimphu Sightseeing - Paro
We start in the morning with a visit to the Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung. We continue the journey following the Thimphu river towards Paro.

Day 20 Farewell and departure.

Cost in USD Per Person: (MIN 2 PAX)

Cost Includes:
● Bhutan permit, entrance fees.
● Airport transfers.
● Daily guided sightseeing tours.
● Privately guided tours & transfers as per given itinerary.
● Twin sharing accommodation.
● All meals.
● Complete camping, cooking gears & camping staffs.
● Pony/porters for transporting luggages during camping.

Cost Excludes:
● Anything not mentioned under Services Included.