Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek with Leiure Holidays

Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa trek lets you explore the magnificent views of Mount Jomolhari. The trek also offers spectacular views on Jichu Drake and Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain). Between Jangothang and Laya, the trail hardly goes below 4,000m and which is a good opportunity to spot blue sheep or even takin. 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.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport

Day 02: Around Paro

Day 03: Start of the Laya Gasa trek

Day 04: Shana to Thangthangkha

Day 05: Thangthangkha to Jangothang

Day 06: Jangothang

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi

Day 08: Lingshi - Chebisa

Day 09: Chebisa - Shomuthang

Day 10: Shomuthang - Robluthang

Day 11: Robluthang - Limithang

Day 12: Limithang - Laya

Day 13: Laya to Koina

Day 14: Koina to Gasa

Day 15: Gasa to Damji

Day 16: Damji to Trashithang

Day 17: Trashitang to Punakha to Thimphu

Day 18: Thimphu

Day 19: Thimphu to Paro Airport

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival at Paro Airport
You can have one of the best views of the Himalaya while on your flight towards Paro Airport. On clear days, will be able to see Mt. Everest (8848m) and various other mountains over 4000 metre. This starts your day in an unforgettable way. You will be greeted, received and taken to the hotel from our representatives at the airport.

Paro valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. Paro is also home to Mt. Chomolhari (7,300 meters) which stands at the northern end. The glacier from Mt. Chomolhari forms the Pachu river that flows through the valley. Later you’ll visit various places like:

Ta Dzong: which means a watch tower. It served as a watch tower during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas.

Kichu Lhakhang (Monastery): One of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.

Rimpung Dzong: Means fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung () in 1644 who is deeply revered as a dynamic, political and spiritual leader to this date. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies.

Day 02: Around Paro
Your morning starts from a hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger`s nest). This is Bhutan’s most famous cultural icons perched 800m, 2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. Besides there are other places to visit as well followed by an overnight stay at our designated hotel.

Day 03: Start of the Laya Gasa trek
Drive from Paro to Shana: Drive to the end of the motor road at Drukgyel Dzong to begin the Laya Gasa trek. The trail follows the river uphill through a narrow agricultural valley as far as the border army camp at about 2890 m, 9480ft. (15 km, 9.3miles, 5 hrs walk).

Day 04: Shana to Thangthangkha
The path from Shana ascends through the river valley with pine and rhododendron forests. There is a fantastic view of Mount Jomolhari on the way. You will have to camp in a meadow with a stone shelter at an altitude of about 3575m, 11,730ft. (22 km, 13.6 miles, 6 to 7 hours walk).

Day 05: Thangthangkha to Jangothang
The trail continues to follow the river and passes a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. Views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen on all sides. At this altitude (about 4040 meters) it is possible to see yaks and yak herders. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari. Altitude: 4044m, 13,260ft. (17 km, 10.5 miles, 5 hours walk)

Day 06: Jangothang
It`s possible to walk to Tsophu and fish or hike in various directions; towards Mt. Jomolhari and Jichu Drake to the north and unclaimed summits and ridges to the east.

Day 07: Jangothang to Lingshi
The trail climbs gradually to Nyili La Pass (4680 m). Broad yak pastures can be seen along the length of the route. If the weather is clear, there will be an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as you descend into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers can be seen at the north end of the valley. The Lingshi area has 118 households and about 300-400 people. There used to be some Tibetan refugees as well. You’ll then camp at an altitude of 4010metres/13150ft. (5 to 6 hrs walk, distance 21km).

Day 08: Lingshi - Chebisa
Once you leave Lingshi village, one of the most pleasant walks of the entire trek starts on a wide trail located high above the valley floor. The hill sides are partly covered by the medicinal plants. The track descends into a side valley to a village called Goyok. Take time to study the yak people when they take the luggage and saddles off their animals. The yaks are then chased up the hill so that they graze their way down to camp during the night. Altitude: 3990m/13,090ft. (3 to 4 hours, distance 16km, 10miles)

Day 09: Chebisa - Shomuthang
Beware of the dogs while crossing the village. After the village you’ll have to climb a stiff, steep climb of about 450m up a grassy slope leading to a peak called Inela. During the climb you might see herds of blue sheep, bearded vulture. Later the hike descends through a forest on a wet trail. Camp by the river. (Altitude: 4000m, 13,120ft, 14 km, 8.7 miles, 5 hours walk)

Day 10: Shomuthang - Robluthang
The day starts with a climb of about 200m, after which the trail levels and changes from a southerly to an easterly direction. The area is full of Yak herder huts. You will come across a swampy area where there is a big river, where the bridge will be hopefully found in place. The herders have to rebuild the bridge almost every year, so be prepared to wade the river, which can be cold and powerful, depending on the time of the year. Later, a steep 40 minutes climb will lead to a nice campsite. Altitude: 4160m, 13645ft. (16 km, 10 miles, 7 hrs walk)

Day 11: Robluthang - Limithang
You have to start early to enjoy the best possible view from the pass. The trail crosses some small streams comes across a platform with lots of prayer flags. From here a large glacial valley opens up leading to the east. When you follow the trail you will hear shrill noises which are of marmots, whose holes can be seen everywhere. The hill sides here are covered with medicinal plants. The campsite is a beautiful cedar forest, with Great Tiger Mountain looming over the camp. Altitude: 4160m, 13645ft above sea level. (16 kms, 10miles, 7 hours walk)

Day 12: Limithang - Laya
You will follow the valley down parallel to the Timuchang Chhu through a cedar and then fir forest. Yak people from Laya might overtake with their yaks carrying loads of smuggled goods. About 30 minutes before reaching Laya, there is a clear split in the trail. The left fork is better. After some small ups and downs you will reach a chorten and you can find a prosperous Laya village appearing right before you. Altitude: 3800m, 12465ft above sea level. (9 kms, 5.5miles, 4 hours walk)

Day 13: Laya to Koina
The trail leaves Laya through fields and clusters of houses and descends through the village entrance porch or arch chorten and passes some beautiful woodland. After the army camp, you will descend on a good trail. Once you reach the bottom of the valley (10496ft/3200m) a good, wide, flat trail follows the Mo Chhu(River). At the end of the final climb (150m) the trail rounds a ridge into the side valley to a campsite. Altitude: 3240m, 10627ft above sea level. (16 kms, 10miles, 6 hours walk)

Day 14: Koina to Gasa
This trail is a long climb through an enormous subtropical forest. If misty, the atmosphere can become very eerie, and the gorge transforms into something out of a fairytale. The other side is the territory for snow leopards and tigers. After a short flat trail, you will descend to Gasa village streets. Altitude: 2220m, 7282ft above sea level. (12 kms, 7.4 miles, 6 hours walk)

Day 15: Gasa to Damji
After leaving the camp in Gasa the trail again disappears into mixed jungle/forest with many orchids. Overnight camp in Damji. Altitude: 7380ft, 2250m. (Distance: 9.3 miles, 15 km. 5 hrs walk).

Day 16: Damji to Trashithang
The trek begins through semi - tropical forest with a great variety of flora and fauna. You will also come across high agricultural terraces above the Mo Chu (the female river) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees. A vehicle will be waiting at Trashithang to take you to Punakha where you will be staying.

Day 17: Trashitang to Punakha to Thimphu
Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit, is situated next to the magnificent Tashicho Dzong. You’ll do a morning hike to Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastery) which was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule during the reign of the present King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck.

Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Later, you’ll drive to the capital city Thimphu (2 hours 30 minutes drive). You’ll enjoy the night in downtown Thimphu with an evening meal and some music and dancing.

Day 18: Thimphu
You’ll visit various famous places of Thimpu the entire day.
An early morning hike to Cheri Monastery which is about 2hrs hike. It leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen)
Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.

Tashichho Dzong: The `Fortress of the glorious religion` houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body.

Mini zoo: Here we can see Bhutan’s national animal known as Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Sangaygang view point: This is the place to take your camera and capture the essence of a remarkable country. It is also known as the Lover`s Point.

Day 19: Thimphu to Paro Airport
The final day starts with an early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport to board the flight.

laya Gasa Trek Highlights

Bhutan Trekking :
Laya Gasa Trek

Cost Includes

  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation on twin bedroom on sharing basis
  • Guide services for sightseeing
  • Accommodation in tents while trekking
  • Sleeping mattress
  • A chef and helper
  • Ponies or yaks to carry the supplies

Cost Excludes

  • Transportation to and fro from Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa ($ 20 per person)
  • Bhutan tourist tax ($ 10 per person)
  • Gratuities, personal expenses and insurances
  • Sleeping bags
  • Bar bills

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Accommodations

You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import

Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.

Export

It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site www.nrb.org.np

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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