Bhutan Laya Gasa trekking is a 20-day
trek, an extension of the Jomolhari
trek, and offers diverse flora and
fauna, including a good opportunity to
spot Blue sheep, Takins and the Blue
poppy (Bhutan’s National flower). It
introduces you to the unusual culture of
the layap people and offers a stop at a
natural hot spring in Gasa. Bhutan Laya
Gasa Trek is a popular trek. Highest
point is 4115m.
Bhutan Laya Gasa trek
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival you will be received by tour
manager and escorted to your hotel in
kathmandu. Our tour manager will give
you pre-tour briefing. Rest of time is
Day 02 : Kathmandu city tour
After breakfast, visit monkey temple (Swayambhunath
Temple), Patan, Boudhanath sputa and
Pasupati temple. Over night at Hotel.
Day 03 : Arrive Paro
The flight from Kathmandu to Paro,
offers fascinating views of the eastern
Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest.
On arrival you will be received by your
guide and escorted to your hotel in Paro.
In the evening visit Paro town, stroll
through its quaint two streets and
browse through the shops. Dinner and
overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Day 04 : Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast, sightseeing to Drukgyel
Dzong, the fort of the victorious
Drukpas. Although gutted by a fire, this
fort is renowned as the stand from which
several Tibetan invasions were repulsed.
To the north can be seen in all its
majesty, the dome of sacred Mt.
Chomolhari or the abode of the "mountain
En route, see one of the oldest
landmarks in Bhutan . The 7th century
Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108
temples built in the Himalayas by
Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. It is
revered as one of the most holy shrines
in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of
After lunch, visit to Ta Dzong,
originally the Watch Tower for the
Rinpung Dzong. It was later converted
into the National Museum of the Kingdom
and boasts a wide range of antique
thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &
armour, household objects and natural
and historic artifacts.
Walk down the trail to Rinpung Dzong or
the 'fortress of the heap of jewels'
which is the seat of the district
administration and the residence of the
monastic school. The dzong is famous for
its wall murals depicting Buddhist
parables, symbols and the lives of
prominent saints. Walk down to the
cantilever bridge below the dzong where
your car awaits. After an evening tea,
drive to Thimphu .
Ovenight at hotel.
Day 05 : Paro- Shana (Trek start)
Drive up to Drugyal Dzong where the road
ends and the trek begin. The trail
follows the Paro Chu and is a gentle
walk through terraced fields and a
narrowing valley. There are a few quaint
farm hamlets en route. The campsite is
just beyond an army outpost. Alt. 2800m,
distance - 17 km and time 5-6 Hr.
Day 06 : Shana - Soe Thangthangkha
Continue uphill through the river valley
which closes in after some distance. The
trail then winds up and down along the
river bank. After the initial climb,
most o the way is downhill. The campsite
is located in a meadow with a stone
shelter. Alt. Approx.3400m, distance 15
km, time 4-5 Hr.
Day 07 : Soe Thangthangkha -
Walk up along the Pachu (Paro river),
pass a small army outpost where the
valley begins to widen again. You can
now clearly view the high ridges and the
snow-capped mountains all around and
also see yaks and herders settlements.
Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the
base of the Jomulhari Mountain . Alt.
4040m. , Distance 19 km and time 5-6 Hr.
Day 08 : Jangothang - Lingshi
Walk up toward the pass through a wide
pastureland. Depending on the season,
you might find some yak herders in their
camping tents along the way. As you come
down after the pass to the Lingshi
basin, you will see beautiful views of
the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and
also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its
descending glaciers. Camp in a stone
shelter with a built-in fire pit or in
the tent. Alt. 4150m. Distance 19 km.
Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 09 : Lingshi - Chebisa
Today is the shortest walking day and
you can realx. On reaching the campsite
at Chebisa, you can visit the village
houses if you feel up to it. Alt. 3850m.
Distance 12 km. Time 3-4 Hr.
Day 10 : Chebisa - Shomuthang
You walk through a wide pastureland
towards Gobu-la (pass). On the way, you
will see few people herding yaks. After
crossing the Gobu -la (Alt. 4350m)
descend down to the valley. The campsite
is on a bench above a river, which is a
tributary of the Nochu River . Alt.
4260. Distance 17 km. Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 11 : Shomuthang - Robluthang
As the walk is little strenuous, it is
advisable to start a little early. After
crossing the Jarela (pass) Alt. 4600m
you come down to Tsarijathang valley
where you can normally see herds of
Takins. Camp at Tsarijathang. Alt.4390m.
Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 12 : Robluthang - Lemithang
After crossing the Shingela pass, alt.
4900m., you come down and follow the
valley. Lemithang is under the Laya
District and you will see people dressed
in typical Laya costume with long
pointed bamboo hats. Camp at Lemithang.
Alt. 4140m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
If you have time, it would be advisable
to spend a day here exploring the valley
and meeting the people who have their
own unique culture.
Day 13 : Lemithang - Laya
Today, 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 Hr.
Day 14 : Halt in Laya for rest
and to explore the Laya village.
Day 15 : Laya - Koena
The trail winds up and down along the
river valley avoiding natural obstacles
with breath-taking views of the river,
feeder streams and waterfalls. Camp.
Alt. 3800m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 16 : Koena - Gasa
You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740m,
after which the trail is all the way
down to the camp site which is close to
Gasa Dzong. Alt. 2900m. Distance 17 km.
Time 6-7 hrs.
Day 17 : Gasa - Gasa Tsachu (hot
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 .
Day 18 : Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji
After a short climb, the trail winds
through the rolling hills and passes
through pine and oak forests, villages
and wheat fields. You will also see
beautiful views of Gasa Dzong, seemingly
afloat in midair. Camp. Alt. 2280m.
Distance 21 km.Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 19 : Geon Damji – Punakha (end of
The trail descends from the high
agricultural benches above the Mochu (
Chu means River) into a lush
semi-tropical gorge filled with banana
trees, creepers and other tropical
foliage. You will also see monkeys and
few other animals occasionally.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20 : Punakha sightseeing –
After breakfast visit Chimi lhakhang,
built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley or the
Divine Mad Man. The temple is revered
for giving fertility to barren woman and
thus a cynosure for childless couples.
Visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 on a
sliver of land between two rivers.
After lunch drive to Thimphu (The
Capital) which takes about 3hrs. Evening
Reception with cultural program.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21 : Thimphu sightseeing -Paro
Morning visit the memorial temple that
depicts the Buddhist teachings in form
of paintings and statues. Originally the
Third King who is known as the “Father
of Modern Bhutan” initiated this temple
to protect the nation against negative
elements. His son the present King and
the Queen Mother completed the temple.
Visit the Folk Heritage Museum , where
life in medieval Bhutan is still
showcased; the National Library, the
repository of all ancient books and
manuscripts; the Textile Museum for
antique textile collections; and the
Zilukha Nunnery and the 12th century
Changgangkha temple. Drive up to the
highest viewpoint overlooking Thimphu
valley and while returning, the Takin
research center. Should time permit,
visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of both
spiritual and temporal powers.
Independent tour of the town in the
After an evening tea, drive to Paro.
Ovenight at hotel.
Day 22 : Excursion to Taktshang
After an early breakfast, drive to the
foot of the Taktshang cliff before
walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this
monastery, giddily perched on a sheer
800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s
Nest’ as legend has it that Guru
Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the
back of a tigress in the eight century.
He meditated here making this temple a
sacred pilgrimage destination for
Buddhists. Lunch at the Taktshang
Cafeteria. The trip to and fro takes
four hours for which riding ponies can
Day 23 : Fly back to Kathmandu
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