Laya Gasa Trekking

Duration: 18 Days

Laya Gasa Trekking is one of the most awesome treks in the Kingdom of Bhutan. This trek offers a diverse variety of Bhutanese landscapes and culture and is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas. The unique culture of the friendly Layap people is fascinating to experience and gives a sense of being in a truly remote corner of our world. Laya Gasa trekking begins at Drugyel Dzong passing through interesting villages, scattered hamlets, and farmland. Vegetation zones differ from richly forested valleys to high alpine pastureland where Yak herders graze their animals. Trout fishing in a sky blue lake with magnificent views of three majestic peaks is an activity that can be done on a rest day. You will also encounter rare species like the blue sheep, and with any luck, possibly even the snow leopard! The unique culture of the friendly Layap people is fascinating to experience and gives one a sense of being in a truly remote corner of our world.

The first part of the Laya Gasa Trekking goes along the same route as the Chomolhari Trek I right till Lingshi. Besides the unforgettable views of Mount Jomolhari, the trek offers spectacular views of Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain). Between Jangothang and Laya, the trail hardly goes below 4,000m and one has good opportunities to spot blue sheep or even takin. Some beautiful Bhutanese mountain villages, the unique culture and Appearance of the Layaps (people of Laya district) and finally a day of Relaxation at the Gasa hot springs add to an extremely rewarding trekking Experience. All in all, the Laya Gasa Trek is considered to be the most beautiful trek of Bhutan, only to be beaten by the tough Snowman Trek. Laya is a largely isolated region in the far northwest of the Gasa district. The roughly 800 people of this area are from a group called Layap, who have their own language, customs, and distinct dress. April to mid-June and mid-September to mid- November is the best season for the Bhutan Laya Gasa trekking tour.


Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Paro.
  • Day 03: Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15 kms - 5 hrs.
  • Day 04: Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) - Distance: 22 kms - 7 hrs.
  • Day 05: Trek to Jangothang (4,044m) - Distance: 17 kms - 5 hrs.
  • Day 06: Rest Day in Jangothang.
  • Day 07: Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) - Distance: 21 kms - 7 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Chebisa - Distance: 16 kms - 4 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek to Shakya Pasang (4,000m) - Distance: 14 kms - 5 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Robkuthang (4,160m) - Distance: 16 kms - 8 hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek to Limithang (4,160m) - Distance: 14 kms - 7 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Laya (3,800m) - Distance: 9 kms - 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Rest day in Laya.
  • Day 14: Trek to Koina (3,240m) - Distance: 16 kms - 6 hrs.
  • Day 15: Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2,220m) - Distance: 12 kms - 6 hrs.
  • Day 16: Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha - Trekking Distance 14 kms - 5 hours.
  • Day 17: Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening.
  • Day 18: Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.

Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate


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