LAYA LINGSHI GASA TREK
Laya-Gasa Trek is one of the most beautiful significant long distance treks in Bhutan. The journey runs along the Tibetan outskirt and offers stunning perspectives on probably the most immaculate scenes in Bhutan.
You will be mesmerized with the high mountain Pass with glorious sight of Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. You will get the opportunity to blend in with far off village of Laya and experience one of a kind culture and custom of the indigenous people of Laya (Layaps) alongside the chance to scrub down in the underground spring (Natural aquifer) in Gasa known as Gasa tsachuu.
Fascinating travelers with its rich history, intriguing engineering, incredible heights, unadulterated pure natural reserves and immaculate landmarks, it is an absolute must do trekking in Bhutan. This trek is the combination of cultural and trekking tour
BEST MONTH TO TREK IN BHUTAN:
Last week of April to first week of June and last week of September to the end of October.
TRIP LENGTH:19 DAYS
Minimum 4 people
|Tour Program||Destination||Tour Activity||Hotels/Camps|
|Day 01||Paro Sightseeing||Cultural Sightseeing||Metta Resort|
|Day 02||Paro Sightseeing||Culture and Hike||Metta Resort|
|Day 03||Paro Tiger Nest Hike||Spiritual Journey||Metta Resort|
|Day 04||Paro to Shana||Trek begins||Camping at Shana|
|Day 05||Shana to Thangthangka||Trekking||Camping at Thanthangka|
|Day 06||Thathangka to Jangothang||Trekking||Camping at Jangothang|
|Day 07||Jangothang HALT||Day hike||Camping at Jangothang|
|Day 08||Jangothang to Lingshi||Trek||Camping at Lingshi|
|Day 09||Lingshi to Chebisa||Trek||Camping at Chebisa|
|Day 10||Chebisa to Shomuthang||Trek||Camping at Shomuthang|
|Day 11||Shomuthang to Robluthang||Sightseeing around the camping area||Camping at Robluthang|
|Day 12||Robluthang to Lemithang||Trek||Camping at Lemithang|
|Day 13||Lemithang to Laya||Trek/Cultural Show by nomadic layap Girl||Camping at Laya|
|Day 14||Laya Halt||Trek||Camping at Laya Village|
|Day 15||Laya To koina||Trekking||Camping at Koina|
|Day 16||Koina to Gasa Hotsping||Trekking||Camping at Hptspring|
|Day 17||Gasa Hotspring to Punakha||Trekking||Drupchu Resort|
|Day 18||Punakha to Paro||Trekking||Metta Resortr|
|Day 19||Paro to airport and see off||Trekking|
Day 01. Arrival Paro by Drukair or Bhutanairlines:
The flight into Paro is an excellent introduction to the terrific beauty of our nation with heavenly perspectives of the world’s most elevated pinnacles Mt Everest, give way to the lavish green Paro valley as we land and we will have a heartfelt welcome by our trekking guide in Bhutan.
Day 02. Paro Sightseeing:
Paro is an excellent valley with such a significant number of scenes worth visiting as well. A portion of these tourist spots are short climb to Jele Dzong. The climb just takes 30 minutes and the view from the climb is breathing taking. Worked in the mid fifteenth century, Dumtse Lhakhang gives a top to bottom information on Buddhism to its guests. Ta Dzong, an old watchtower, this presently houses the National Historical center or the National Museum.
Paro Air terminal Bird’s View Point offers an exquisite view of the whole city. With the Paro international air terminal being in the top ten airports on the planet, we can imagine what’s coming up for us during our trek in Bhutan.
Day 03. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or Paro Taktsang, is one of the most profound Buddhist locales in Bhutan. Established at 900 meters above in the Paro Valley, this religious community is without a doubt a spectacular site to see and a sublime structural wonder. While Bhutan is stacked with monasteries, what makes Paro Taktsang stand separated is its religious and historical significance offering a mesmerizing site for photography, an ideal beginning for our trek in Bhutan?
Day 04. Paro – Shana (Start of Trek):
Our Bhutan trekking begins at Drukgyal Dzong following the Paro Stream and we pass cultivated fields and minuscule beautiful villages. The woods are bursting at the birds with various winged animals and splendidly shaded butterflies at an elevation 2,820m; covering the separation of 14Km; and with a walking time of 5-6hours.
Day 05. Shana-Thangthangka: Elevation 3610 m; distance; Time 7-8hours.
The path finishes the stream a vigorously forested region with a couple of confined farmhouses. We pass an intersection enroute, where another way drives north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Our Camp is in a meadow with a stone asylum, a rare experience in our Bhutan trekking package.
Day 06.Thangthangka-Jangothang: Altitude 4,115 m; Distance 15 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours.
Toward the beginning of the day subsequent to passing a little armed force post where our trekking pass will be checked, the path gradually leaves the forest line and bit by bit moves into a delightful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herders. Bunches of yaks will be seen before we show up at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). Visible nearby are the ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions The views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake will blow our mind, a commendable trekking experience in Bhutan.
Day 07. Jangothang (Halt):
A long acclimatization hike towards the north of our campground, there isn’t generally a path yet we will get on an open and unending slope till we see the perspective on Mt Jichu Drakye (6989m), an opportunity to climb up to the Jhomolhari glaciers or to the lakes the other way.
Day 08. Jangothang – Lingshi: Altitude 4000m; Distance 17 kms; Time 6 – 7 hours.
A decent walk today with a terrific sight of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tsherimgang and somewhere in the range of 3 to 4 hours climb up to arrive at the Nyelela pass (4,700 m). After the pass we plunge to a roundabout cottage just beneath Lingshi at the campground. Descending from Lingshi we acquire our first view of the genuinely magical Dzong on a high slope. This expedition is the most beautiful long distance treks in Bhutan.
Day 09. Lingshi – Chebisa: Altitude 3,780m; Distance 12 kms; Time 4 – 5 hours.
This is a refreshing day. Leaving behind Lingshi we delicately move to arrive at another superb town, Gom Yu, which is fixed under a 300 m bluff. One more hour walk carries us to an exquisite little valley with an immense waterfall toward one side of the Shangri La town of Chebisa, where we camp by the side of the stream. The walk is comfortable with a lot of reasons and opportunities for us to walk around in the forest in this trek to Bhutan.
Day 10. Chebisa – Shomuthang: Altitude3, 890m; Distance 17kms; Time 6-7hours.
We start with a serious firm move through high fields up the Gokula pass (4,320 m) before we drop through the woods of smaller rhododendron. We climb steadily and head down to the campground near a riverbed. It isn’t unexpected to spot uncommon blue sheep on the rocks close to the head of this pass.
Day11. Shomuthang – Robluthang: Altitude 4,100m; Distance 22 kms; Time 7 – 8 hours.
Today the trekking will commence with a long stretch over the Jarela Pass at 4,640 m where we once again get magnificent views of the Himalayan Mountains above us. The snow topped pinnacle visible toward the south-east is Kangbum at 6526m. We drop steeply down a woodland trail to the Tsarigathang valley, where herds of Takin wander, at that point we cross a knee deep waterway before moving up Robluthang at the campground. This is much more worthy than what it is included in the Bhutan trekking cost.
Day 12. Robluthang – Lemithang: Altitude 4,040m; Distance kms; Time 6-7hours.
This is probably the hardest days of the Trek. We will cross the highest Pass in this whole Trek to Bhutan. We climb gradually up to Shinchela pass at 4,870 m. We will be greeted with a view of the snow-secured mountain ranges, including the fabulous Gang Chen Ta (6,840m) or the Tiger Mountain at the top of the valley filling the northern skyline. Hawks, griffin vultures, blue sheep and yaks are seen in this territory as we plunge down to camp on a dazzling spot by the riverbank.
Day 13. Lemithang – Laya: Altitude3, 880m; Distance10kms; Time4-5hours.
We stroll along the river, one of the feeders of the Mochu and through a forest of rhododendron and silver fir and afterward enter the town of Laya. The people of Laya are acclaimed for their vertical stripe yak hair apparel and their cone shaped bamboo caps. The highlights of the individuals are considerably more Tibetan/Mongolian than the Bhutanese who live in the focal valleys. The remainder of the day is spent at relaxation or visiting town houses and blending in with the residents. Trekking in Bhutan is courageous and significant; all in light of incredible rises through the forested areas, distinctive mountain pinnacles and one of them is the points of view of the Masagang.
Day 14. Laya (Halt):
Upon reaching Laya, we pull there for now which offers a chance to meet the nearby individuals and mix with them. Likewise to make our trek in Bhutan more significant, we organize a cultural event performed by local people.
Day 15. Laya – Koena: Altitude3, 300m; Distance19kms; Time 6/7hours.
As we continue, the rail winds along the waterway valley offers stunning views of the slamming stream, feeder streams and cascades. We will in the end arrive at the campsite and stop there for now.
Day 16. Koena – GasaTsachu: Altitude: 2,638m; Distance 15kms; Time: 6/7hours.
We bit by bit move up to Balela Pass at 3,740 m and afterward descend to Gasa village. The grand view of the Gasa Dzong roosted on the slope over the town is one of the sights of this Bhutan Trekking excursion. We at that point drop steeply down to the rivery for an hour and camp close to the underground aquifer (Hot Spring) a possibility for a decent, hot shower!
Day 17: Gasa Tsachu – Goen Damji – Punakha (End of Trek):
Our vehicle will be sitting tight for the pick from gasa Hotspring where we drive towards Punakha. The path twists through moving slopes with the vista of fields, villages and woodlands of oak and pine. The path slides from the high farming seats over the Mochu into a rich semi-tropical chasm loaded up with banana trees, creepers and seeing an occasional monkey which will be the finish of this Trek in Bhutan.
Day 18. Punakha -Thimphu – Paro:(72 Kms)
Punakha acquires the title as the Winter Capital of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong, a historical site to be visited it is Bhutan’s most prominent Dzong and an incredible example of medieval fortresses and Chimi Lhakhang, sanctuary of fertility of Drukpa Kueney also known as Divine Madman. We will explore a portion of the significant landmarks in the Capital, for example, the National Commemoration Chorten, a monument devoted to the Third King of Bhutan, the National Library, which holds an immense assortment of old Buddhist scriptures followed by visit to Painting School, renowned for cutting and free hand craftsmanship and the Folk Heritage Museum for our noteworthy Trekking experience in Bhutan alongside the visit to the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles in Handicrafts Emporium.
Day 19. Departure: Early Morning, with the finish of our Trek in Bhutan, drive to the air terminal and farewell and Tashi Delek.
Best Season to Trek in Bhutan:
The best month to Trek Laya Gasa is from April to June and September to November. Laya Gasa Trek is one of the difficult trek after Snowman trek in Bhutan.This trek has only 6months of trekking season due to high pass.
Climate: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be (general) very cool and in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in summer (heaviest in July, August) and sometimes even in spring and Autumn.
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE TREK IN BHUTAN:
Personal Clothing: Practical and comfortable clothes are appropriate (according to season). Preferably cotton for summer. Woolen clothing for the evenings and winter.
For Trekking: Warm sleeping bag, strong comfortable trekking boots, several pairs of socks and vests, warm clothing (especially a down jacket for higher altitudes) for the evenings, rain coat or umbrella, torch (flashlight), water flask, a hat or head scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, disinfectant tablets for water, insect repellent, antibiotic ointment and antihistamine cream for insect bites (summer).
Group Size: Minimum of 4 Pax.
Guide: The guide will be professional and well trained in mountain medicine and emergency evacuation. He shall also be accompanied by Junior Guide just incase of emergency requirements.
Cook: All cooks of Excursion to Himalayas team are well trained in varieties’ of cuisine to make our clients not miss their home food and everyday we make sure that they prepare the meals desired by the clients.Its always adviced to share your fooding habits with Guide and cook so that they are well prepared in advance.
Why choose us for this TREK?
Its important to choose the Government Registered tour operator which will understand your need and reach you in times of emergency since this trek involves lots of high altitude crossing. Our staffs are well trained in during the time of emergency evacuation and we are well connected with all emergency department incase we have to make the pick.
Before you confirm this tour we make sure that you are fit for the trek and have proper medical Insurance coverage. Incase of large group of more than 12 people we also send our medical staff to protect the safety of our clients.
Best Time to trek Laya Gasa:
If you are extreme trekkers you can take the challenge to trek throughout the year. Summer will be rainy in mountains and can expect landslides and broken bridges and winter can be snowy with lost route. So best comfortable time would be Spring and Autumn to trek Laya Gasa with Jumolhari extension.
Laya Gasa Trek Cost for Season (March, April, May, September, October and November)
Solo Traveller USD 6340.00
2pax Group USD 5080 per person
3 to 6 pax Group USD 4540.00 per person
Laya Gasa Trek Cost for lean Season (June and December)
Solo Traveller USD 5440.00
2pax Group USD 4540 per person
3 to 6 pax Group USD 3640.00 per person
As for lean season I would recommend only this 2 months for this trek as some Mountain passes are covered by snow at this time of the year and it may not be possible. Do confirm with us.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TREK COST?
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing] in 3 Star Hotel, Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Trekking Guide.
- All Sightseeing
The Tour Cost Does Not Include:
* Druk Air fare.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TREK?
- 3 meals a day with tea and coffee
- Service of cook & Helper
- Guide, Sleeping Tent
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent.
- Ponies to carry supplies.
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
BHUTAN VISA for LAYA GASA TREK:
Bhutan visa are issued to those tourist who have booked their trip with Bhutanese tour operator or foreign travel agency who have partner in Bhutan. Only local tour operator have the access to apply your Visa to travel in Bhutan. No foreign agency or embassy can get your visa done.
As for Indian national planning to visit Bhutan,they can come without visa. Their visa or permit is given upon arrival at Paro international airport. Indian national are not allowed to trek Laya Gasa but they can trek Drukpath Trek starting from Paro and ending at Thimphu.
BHUTAN VISA COST: Daily tariff for Bhutan is not Bhutan visa cost as many misunderstand. Visa cost for Bhutan is only USD 40 per person. Daily tariff is USD 250 for peak season and USD 200 for lean season.Tourist need to transfer total trek cost with visa fees upon confirming the tour.
Upon receipt of the trek payment we shall apply your visa and it just take 2 working days to send you the visa approval letter. Upon receiving the visa approval letter via email you can download
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 00975 17343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)
Etiquette and Taboos
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.
Keeping in touch with your beloved at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with guide.
We shall provide experience cook with multiple trained cuisine. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese trained cook where you can have varieties of food during your trek.
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.
Check how you can prepare for this Laya Lingshi and Gasa Trek
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO DO LAYA GASA TREK IN BHUTAN?
ANS: Snowman trek can be done only 4months in a year and that is late April to early June and late spetember to October. This is due to closure of high altitude pass because of heavy snowfall.
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL PERMIT APART FROM BHUTAN VISA?
ANS: This is different trek route in Bhutan and yes you need special permit to trek. We shall apply that and make it ready before we start the Journey.
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST ALTITUDE ON THIS TREK ROUTE?
ANS: The highest altitude you cross will be 4200m above sea level.
WHAT KIND OF GUIDE WILL I GET FOR THIS TREK IN BHUTAN?
ANS: This trek demands very professional and experienced guide. We provide very experience and the guide who have done multiple times.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
ANS: For any last minute changes please check our policy HERE
Trekking Guide: Mr.Lal Bdr Rai have done this trekking 20 times and have very good knowledge about this Trekking route. He had in-depth knowledge of the place.
Trekking Cook: Our Cook Kaka is licensed and trained Trekking cook. Though he may not be a very good conversational list in English but he is well trained in cooking of all kinds of meals.
Trekking Equipment: We use high quality of tents and equipment imported from US for comfort stay.