Laya-Gasa Trek (22 Days)

from $250.00

This trek route offers great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes.

Tour Detail

Duration: 22 Days 21 Night
Level: Moderate
Season: April-May & mid- September – mid- November.

Description

Spectacular campsites, beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Mount Jomulhari and Mount Jichu Drake, are also the features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest.
Wildlife such as the blue sheep, marmots, musk deer and the national animal, Takin, can be seen. One should also not rule out the possibility of the rare sighting of a snow leopard, great Himalayan bear or even a yeti!
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All about the Laya-Gasa Trek (22 Days).

Cost & Special offer

The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:

 High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

  • Single traveler: USD 250 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 250 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 250 per person
  • US$ 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

  • Single traveler: USD 200 per person + USD 40 per night.
  • 2 person:USD 200 Per person + USD 30 per night.
  • 3 plus person: USD 200 per person
  • USD 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

Tour Discounts:

There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

  • No charge for children under 5 years.
  • 50%  discount on minimum daily package rate for children in age group 5-12 years.
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards.
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • A 50% duration discount on SDF shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SDF shall be provided after 14th night.
  • 100% discount shall be provided on SDF on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure.
  • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

(Note: airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

No Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) for tourists visiting the Eastern circuit:

This special package is offered to visitors to promote tourist visitation to the six eastern Districts of Bhutan so that tourists can experience and enjoy the various exciting places and activities that are largely unexplored in the Eastern part of the country. So, no SDF will be applicable for the tourists visiting the six eastern districts (Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Pemagatshel) with effect from 16th November 2017. Our local tour operators are  aware of this and they will arrange everything accordingly to make your visit to the Eastern part of Bhutan a memorable one.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  •  Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.
  1. Day 01 Arrival Paro

    Considered as one of the most spectacular flights, the flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording grand views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our Tour Representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing entails a visit of the Paro Dzong, a fortress that was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions. You can wrap up the day’s sightseeing with a tour of Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred temples in the country.
    Overnight in Paro.

  2. Day 02 Paro

    Today we will be doing a preparatory acclimatization hike to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery at 3100m. Perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above the valley, legend has it that the 8th century Spiritual Master, Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. You can spend the evening doing a leisurely stroll in the streets of Paro.
    Overnight at Paro.

  3. Day 03 Paro - Shana

    Distance: 17 km
    Time: 5-6 hours
    The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2,580 m with a downhill walk on a wide trail which gently traverses through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters through apple orchards and pine forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the Army Post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m. Crossing beyond Shana Zampa bridge, there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.
    Overnight in camp at Shana

  4. Day 04 Shana - Soe Thangkha

    Distance: 20 km
    Time: 7-8 hours
    Today, the trail follows the Pa Chhu 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 after crossing the bridge again, you will reach the campsite at Soe Thangthangkha, at the altitude of 3,750m.

  5. Day 05 Soe Thangthangkha - Jangothang

    Distance: 19 km
    Time: 7-8 hours
    The trail today is an ascent till you reach the army camp. From this point, the trail is mostly above the tree line, and affords stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. After lunch, 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 Mt. Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake are superb.
    Overnight at Jangothang

  6. Day 06 Rest day at Jangothang base camp

    Today is an ideal day for rest and acclimatization for tomorrow’s highest climb on this trek. However, you have options to hike to explore near-by mountains and lakes.
    Overnight at Jangothang

  7. Day 07 Jangothang - Lingshi

    Distance: 18 km
    Time: 7-8 hours
    The trail follows the stream or half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. The climb to the first ridge provides breathtaking views of Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang peaks. The walk is then towards the valley before ascending the Ngye La pass at 4,700m. After the pass, it is a gradual descent to the Lingshi camp an altitude of 4000m.
    Overnight in Lingshi

  8. Day 08 Lingshi- Chebisa

    Alt. 3850m
    Distance 12 km
    Time 3-4 hours
    Today is the shortest walking day and you may request for a late headstart . The average walking time is just about 3 to 4 hours, and upon reaching the campsite at Chebisa, you can visit the locality of Chebisa and ask to visit one of the village houses.

  9. Day 09 Chebisa - Shomuthang

    Distance: 17 km
    Time: 5-6 hours.
    Today’s walk is through a wide pastureland towards Gobula Pass at 4350 m. After crossing this pass, it is a gradual descent down to the valley. . On the way, there is a probability of seeing people herding their yaks. The campsite at 4260 m is on a bench above a river, which is a tributary of the Mochu river

  10. Day 10 Shomuthang - Robluthang

    Distance: 15 km
    Time: 6-7 hours.
    As the trek is a little strenuous today, it is advisable to start little early. After crossing the Jerela Pass at 4600m, the trail leads down to Tsharijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins.
    Camp at Tsharijathang. Alt.4390m.

  11. Day 11 Robluthang - Lingmithang

    After crossing the Shingela pass, alt. 4900m, you come down and follow the valley. Lingmithang is under the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats on their head. Camp at Lingmithang. Alt. 4140m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 hours. If you 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.

  12. Day 12 Lingmethang - Laya

    oday, you walk all the way downhill along a narrow winding river valley. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. Campsite is on a high flat bench above the Laya village. Alt. 3850m. Distance 10 km. Time 3-4 hours.

  13. Day 13 Halt Laya

    Rest and explore the Laya village.

  14. Day 14 Laya - Koena

    he trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water falls.
    Camp. Alt. 3800m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 hours.

  15. Day 15 Koena - Gasa

    You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740m, after which the trail is all the way down till you reach the campsite which is close to Gasa Dzong. Alt. 2900m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 hours.

  16. Day 16 Gasa - Gasa Tsachu (Hot Spring)

    After a late breakfast, trek to Gasa Tsachu. After lunch relax in the hot spring. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan.
    Camp at Gasa Tsachu.

  17. Day 17 Gasa Tsachu - Tashithang - Punakha

    After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through the pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall seeming to float in space. Arrive Damji. Distance 18 km, 5-6 hours. Your car will be waiting here to transfer to Thimphu. You will drive through the high agricultural benches above the Mochu (Chu means River) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation till Tashithang. Continue driving to Punakha.
    Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

  18. Day 18 Punakha - Thimphu

    Set out for Thimphu with a stop in Dochu La for tea. Visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel on arrival.
    Overnight at the hotel In Thimphu.

  19. Day 19 Sightseeing in Thimphu

    Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body, living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.
    Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

  20. Day 20 Thimphu - Paro

    In the morning you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the “Divine Madman” in the 15th century. It’s a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. Drive back to Thimphu and after lunch you will proceed to Paro.
    Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  21. Day 21 Departure

    Drive to Paro Airport. You will be seen off by our representative.

Accomodation

we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts.
  • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains.
  • Village Homestay.
  • Camping.

Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas.

Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

Village Homestay

Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Camping

There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
  •  Tea and snacks
  • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
  • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
  • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.
Whats not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price
  • Air fare.
  • Drinks and beverages.
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
  • Tips for guide and driver.
  • Shopping and Entertainment.