Laya/Gasa Trek

Trip length: 22 Days
Level: Moderate / Difficult
Season: April to June & September to Mid November

Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport

On the flight to Paro International Airport, the guests will experience breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan mountain ranges, including the sacred Mount Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by Mr. Sonam Peljore, CEO or the representative of Sonam Tshoey Travel together with the Guide and driver who will take you directly to the hotel for a short rest and some refresments.  Depending on the time, the guests can take a stroll around the town and visit some interesting local handicraft shops.  Overnight at a hotel in Paro. 

Day 2: Paro Acclimatization Hike

After breakfast, full day excursion to Taktsang (tiger’s nest) Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above the Paro valley.  It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan which is visited by all the people of Bhutan atleast once in their life time.  It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this sacred site on the back of a tigress and meditated here.  A vegetarian lunch will be served at the Cafeteria overlooking the picturesque monastery.  After lunch, return to Paro and make the site visits after which the guests are free to stroll on their own.   Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro - Shana (Trek starts)

After the breakfast, the guests will be driven to Drukgyal Dzong where they will be met by the trekking team with horses and then the trek starts by following the river through the narrow valley of paddy fields and apple orchards. The guests will find plenty of traditional farm houses in a pure rural and simple setting. The campsite for the first night will be at Shana close to the river.  Altitude of 2800m, Distance - 17 km and walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 4: Shana - Soe Thangthangkha

After the breakfast, slowly start the trek uphill through the river valley, which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the old trail which is used by the nomads and villages in the mountains.  Most of the trail actually is down hill after the initial climb. The campsite is located in a meadow with stone shelter.  Altitude  approx. 3400m, distance 15 km,and walking time 4-5 hours.

Day 5: Thangthangkha - Jangothang

After the breakfast, slowly start the trek along the Pachu (Paro river), passing a small Royal Bhutan Army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. The guests can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow-capped mountains all around and also see the yaks and the yak herder’s winter camps.  The camp site will be arranged near the ruined fortress at the base of Jumolhari Mountain.   Altitude 4040m., Distance 19 km and walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 6: Jangothang - Lingshi

After the breakfast, slowly start the trek towards the pass through a wide pastureland. Depending on the season of your trekking, you might find some yak herders in their camping tents along the trekking route. As the guest's descend from the pass to the Lingshi basin, the guests will see spectacular view of the Lingshi Dzong, it's valley, Mount Tserim Gang and the glaciers at the north end of the valley. The camp site will be near a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent.   Altitude  4150m. Distance 19 km. and walking time of 5-6 hours.

Day 7: Lingshi - Chebisa

This day will be the shortest trekking day.  After the breakfast, the guests can take a leisurely trek thus making it easy and relaxing.  On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, the guests can either rest or they are free to  visit the village houses and mingle with the villagers and see their lifestyle in the mountains.   Altitude 3850m. Distance 12 km. and walking time 3-4 hours.

Day 8: Chebisa - Shomuthang

After a good rest and a nice breakfast, the guests can slowly start their trek by walking through a wide pastureland towards Gobu-la (pass). On the way, the guests will see few herdsmen with their yaks. After crossing the Gobu-la at an altitude of 4350m, slowly descend to the valley. The campsite is on a bench above a river, which is a tributary of the Mochu river that goes through Punakha.   Altitude of 4260. Distance 17 km. and walking time 5-6 hours.

Day 9: Shomuthang - Robluthang

After an early breakfast, slowly start the trek since the trek on this day will be quite streneous.  After crossing the Jerela (pass) at an altitude of 4600m the guests will come down to Tsharijathang valley where the guests will usually see herds of Takin (National Animal of Bhutan).   The camp site will be arranged at Tsharijathang at an altitude of 4390m. Distance 15 km. and walking time  of 6-7 hours.

Day 10: Robluthang - Lingmithang

After a warm breakfast, start the trek slowly crossing the Shingela pass at an altitude of 4900m, and then the guests will descend to follow the valley. The village Lingmithang is under the Laya District and the guests will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats on their head.  If the guest will have time, it would be advisable to spend a day here exploring the valley and meeting the people who have a different and unique culture.The camp site will be arranged at Lingmithang at an altitude of 4140m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 hours.