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Laya Gasa Trek
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Introduction:
Laya Gasa traverses:
This trek offers interesting trekking conditions from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan's most impressive peaks are also the features of this trekking route. Various isolated places of cultural interest fen route further enhance its characteristics. Kingdom of Bhutan in many ways the Last Shangri-la, the geographical isolation has left the country in a time warp - culture, traditions and way of life still a reflection of past centuries than any indication of 21st century. Bhutan is the last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism. Against the backdrop of majestic Himalayas, Buddhist Spirit permeates almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and Dzongs dot the landscape, and religious festivals are celebrated through out the year. Due to Bhutan’s staunch conservation policies, country’s forest and environment are in pristine condition. Bhutan is one of the Biodiversity Hotspots with greater that 200 mammals, 770 birds and more than 5400 plants. Visit Bhutan with Himex, our experience, extensive contacts within the country and our personalized services would make your visit to Bhutan truly enjoyable and memorable one.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Flight to Paro, Bhutan.
Day 04: At Paro with sight seeing tour.
Day 05: Trek to Shana, 17 km (5 / 6 hours)
Day 06: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (20 km, 7 / 8 hours)
Day 07: Trek to Jangothang (19 km, 7 / 8 hours)
Day 08: Trek to Lingshi, 18 km (7 / 8 hours)
Day 09: Trek to Chebisa, 10 km(5/6 hours)
Day 10: Trek to Shomuthang (17 km, 6/7 hours)
Day 11: Trek to Robluthang (18 km, 6/7 hours)
Day 12: Trek to Limithang (19 km, 7/8 hours)
Day 13: Trek to Laya (10 km 4/5 hours)
Day 14: Trek to Chamsa (19 km, 8/9 hours)
Day 15: Trek to Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours)
Day 16: Trek to Damji (18 km, 6 hours)
Day 17: Trek and drive to Tashithang (16 km, 6 hours)
Day 18: Punakha - Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)
Day 19: Thimphu - Paro (55 km, 2hours)
Day 20: Depart Paro-Bhutan.
Day 21: In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 22: International Departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 05 Oct-26 Oct
Available
Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu.1, 300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Bhutan and Nepal.
   
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03: Fly to Paro, Bhutan.
  In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a spectacular view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom, afternoon take an exploratory walk around Paro Main Street. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples in the Kingdom, dating back to 7th century, overnight at the hotel in Paro.
   
Day 04:
At Paro for sight seeing tour.
  Morning visit to Ta Dzong, built in 17th century, as watch tower to defend Paro Dzong and valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1968 and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan's renowned postage stamps. Below the Ta Dzong, is fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels", which has a long and interesting history. Afternoon visit, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
   
Day 05: Trek to Shana, 17 km (5 / 6 hours)
  The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at 2,580m with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa at 2,810m. This is the last stop before Tibet. At 2,87m, just beyond Sharma Zampa, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
   
Day 06:
Trek to Soi Thangthangkha (20 km, 7 / 8 hours)
  The trail again follows Pa Chhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, reaching to the campsite at the altitude of 3,750m.
   
Day 07:
Trek to Jangothang (19 km, 7 / 8 hours)
  The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take you to the camp at Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the view of Mount. Chomolhari and Jichu Drake is superb.
   
Day 08:
Trek to Lingshi, 18 km (7 / 8 hours)
  The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the ascent upto the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Mount. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Khang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Nyele la pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, it's a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Campsite at altitude of 4,000m.
   
Day 09: Trek to Chebisa, 10 km (5/6 hours)
  Proceed further passing Lingshi Dzong, perched on hilltop with a commanding view of green hills, the winding roads and magnificent peaks. The actual name of Lingshi Dzong is Yugyel Dzong. Built in 17th century it played a role in controlling travel over Lingshi La (pass) between Tibet and Bhutan. Today's walk is easy and pleasant through villages and yak herders camp. Camp by the side of a stream at 3,860m.
   
Day 10:
Trek to Shomuthang (17 km, 6/7 hours)
  The day begins with stiff climb to Gomby La (4,450m) then it is a long descent to a stream at 4,170m. Later the trail again climbs over a small ridge through a cedar forest. It is a long climb over the ridge, then the trail descends on a muddy path into main Jholethang valley in a deep forest of fir and birch. Afternoon, the trail traverses high above the valley floor on stream right to Chachim, a yak pasture at 4,260m. The camp at 4,250m is in a cluster of brush beside a stream at the bottom of the valley.
   
Day 11:
Trek to Robluthang (18 km, 6/7 hours)
  The trek begins with a climb to Jari La pass at altitude 4,700m then descents to Tasharijathang valley, the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takin (Bhutan's National animal). Later after crossing the stream, the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang camp at altitude of 4,200m.
   
Day 12:
Trek to Limithang (19 km, 7/8 hours)
  This day is long as well as tough crossing Shinjela (4,900m), the last and highest pass en route. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes. From Shinjela, the descent is on a rough, rocky trail that follows moraine into another glacial valley. The last part of the trek is very interesting with fascinating view of Mt. Gangchey Ta. Campsite in a meadow at 4,140m.
   
Day 13:
Trek to Laya (10 km 4/5 hours)
  The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country at a altitude of 3,800m.
   
Day 14:
Trek to Chamsa (19 km, 8/9 hours)
  Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chhu river. Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,500m.
   
Day 15:
Trek to Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours)
  Walk for about half an hour over flat land till the Bari La (3,900m). There is a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. The route starts down again, sometimes steeply, through a bamboo forest to a stream. Later it is downhill all the way to Gasa Tsachu. Afternoon visit Gasa village and Dzong built in 17th century. Then descend to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) for camp at an altitude of 2,200m.
   
Day 16:
Trek to Damji (18 km, 6 hours)
  The path continues ascending and descending through heavily forested areas and wild orchids. Overnight camp at altitude of 2,400m.
   
Day 17: Trek and drive to Tashithang (16 km, 6 hours) and to Punakha.
  Continue following the Mo Chhu river through heavily forested area till you reach Tashithang at an altitude of 1,620m. Picked up by our transport and transfer to the hotel in Punakha.
   
Day 18: Drive to Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)
  Morning visit to Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Then drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. Afternoon drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.
   
Day 19:
Drive back to Paro ( 55 km, 2hours)
  Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu, visit to Memorial Chorten, Trashichhodzong, National Library, Arts & Crafts School, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, evening drive to Paro for overnight stay.
   
Day 20: Depart from Bhutan.
  After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination or back to Kathmandu.
   
Day 21:

Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 22:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotels & Lodges in Bhutan as per itinerary on full board basis.
 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Paro.
 4.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 5.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary in Bhutan with accompanying Guide and applicable entrance fees.
 6.  Trekking and Camping arrangement as per itinerary on full board basis.
 7.  Transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 8.  Flight Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu.
 9.  Bhutan Entry Visa fees.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8.  Personal clothing and necessary trekking gear.
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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Laya Gasa Trek
  • Trip Duration : 22 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : m
  • Month : Apr-May, Sep-Nov