Laya Gasa Trek

Duration: 19 Days

Laya Gasa Trek is quite possibly the most beautiful and unspoiled long-distance treks in Bhutan. The trekking route runs alongside Bhutan’s border with Tibet offering stunning Himalayan landscape views. Our 20-day-long Laya Gasa Trek takes you to Bhutan’s pristine, remote and isolated high Himalaya. This trek also introduces you to the Layap community in northwest Bhutan. Laya in the Gasa district is home to the Layap ( Dzongkha) community. They are an indigenous group of people residing in Laya, just below the Tsendagang mountain. While on the journey, we might cross paths with Bhutan’s national animal Takin, Himalayan blue sheep, and spot the exotic Himalayan Blue Poppy, Bhutan’s national flower.

Laya Gasa Trek begins from in Paro with an acclimatization hike to Takstang Palphug Monastery ( Tiger’s Nest), the world-famous sacred Buddhist site- a temple complex in the cliffside in Upper Paro Valley.  As we move to higher altitudes we acclimatize once again, in Jangothang at 4,040m on the sixth day of our trek. We continue on through beautiful alpine meadows with stunning views of Mt. Jomolhari, Tsherimgang and Jichu Drake accompanying us. We also cross high mountain passes. We follow the Jhomolhari trekking route till Lingzhi then gradually drop northwest towards Laya. The northern highlands of Laya and Gasa have unique culture and traditions.

The regions house semi-nomadic tribes of indigenous communities like the Layap and are home to Himalayan animals like blue sheep and Takins. We relax at the natural hot springs in Gasa. Gradually, we move downwards to Thimpu then to Paro and take a flight to our respective destination from there.  Adventure Club Trek has been organizing trips to Bhutan, Tibet and in Nepal since 2008. Our Laya-Gasa Trek itinerary comes with acclimatization period, experienced and well-trained guide, and an overall well-managed schedule, which is customizable, at an affordable price.  We also offer shorter treks in Bhutan like our Jhomolhari Trek-12 Days, Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days,  and Druk Path Trekking-10 Days. Find all our Bhutan Treks and Tours Here. 

Trip Highlights:

  • Trekking in remote Bhutanese Himalaya
  • Trekking the trails of indigenous Layap people, Bhutan’s national animal Taking and rare blue poppy flower
  • Crossing high passes like Balela Pass at 3,740m
  • Shingela Pass at 5,010m, Jarela Pass(4,750m), Gogu Las Pass(4,500m), Shakepass at 3,980m
  • Amazing views of Mt. Drake, Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Tserim Kang, and Mt. Gangchen Ta Peak among others.
  • Sightseeing in Paro, visiting Tiger’s Nest, Drugyal Dzong, and Rinpung Dzong among other historical sites.
  • Sightseeing in Thimpu, visiting Tashichho Dzong, a fortress, and monastery, craft bazaar for local art, National Library and Memorial chorten of Bhutan’s third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro
  • Day 02: Paro Acclimatization Hike
  • Day 03: Paro to Shana(2800m): 17km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Shana to Soi Thangthangkha(3400m):15km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang(4,040m): 19km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Jangothang Acclimatization
  • Day 07: Jangothang to Lingzhi(4,150m): 19km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 08: Lingzhi to Chebisa(3,850m): 12km, 3-4 hours
  • Day 09: Chebisa to Shomuthang(4,130m): 17km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 10: Shomuthang to Robluthang(4,160m): 15km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 11: Robluthang to Lemithang(4,140m): 19km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 12: Lemithang to Laya(3,850m): 10km, 3-4 hours
  • Day 13: Laya to Koena(3,800m): 19km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 14: Koena to Gasa Tsachu(2900m): 19km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 15: Gasa Tsachu to Geon Damji(2,280m): 21km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 16: Geon Damji to Tashithang(1,700m): 17km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 17: Tashithang to Thimphu via Punakha
  • Day 18: Thimphu to Paro
  • Day 19: Depart from Paro
  • Trip Duration 19 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
  • Trip Style Hotel and Tented camp
  • Accomodation Standard hotels and camps
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