The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km

journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.

The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek I through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.

Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. Thhe trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.

This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.

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Trekking provides the best opportunity to experience and explore the real heart of Bhutan.

  Discover a unique insight into the rural culture of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

  Close contact with the people living in the remote areas of Bhutan.

  Explore and appreciate the pristine environment of Bhutan.

  Enjoy with the wilderness experiences in Bhutan.

  Explore the adventure tours of Bhutan.

  Enjoy with majestic views of the country’s virgin landscapes and unclimbed mountains.

  Explore the routes taken by our ancestral.

  Trekking through the beautiful lakes of Bhutan.

Day 01. Arrive to Paro International Airport

The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country.

In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Authentic Bhutan Tours- Your Trip Organizer in Bhutan! will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region. Lunch will be served at Paro Restaurant.

After lunch we will visit to Paro National Museum, it holds fascinating collections of art, relics, religious Thangka paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Evening stroll around Paro town. Welcome dinner and over night stay at Paro hotel. Mandala Resort or similar standard.

  Meal Plan: Welcome Dinner   Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02. Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha (Trek Starts)

At around 630am to 7am, we will start our journey to Sharna Zampa, where our trekking staff will be waiting for us. At Gunitsawa Army post, our Army permit will be checked and endorsed. We will have breakfast and Sharna Zampa, where our trekking cook will prepare for us. After breakfast, we will start our trek. Today’s trek will be a long day trek with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path, which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, we will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

 Accommodation: Camping  Altitude: 3610m.  Distance: 22km.  Ascent: 770m.  Descent: 10m.  Time: 7-8hrs.

Day 03. Thangthangkha – Jangothang

Today’s trek continues up the Paro Chhu which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. We will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, we will have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

 Accommodation: Camping  Altitude: 4080m.  Distance: 19km.  Ascent: 480m.  Descent: Time: 5-6 hrs.

Day 04. Jangothang Halt

Today will have a rest day and it provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. We will trek up to Tshophu Lake.

Day 05: Jangothang – Lingshi

A good day’s walk today with great views of the Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and the Tserim Gang. We have to cross the Nyelela pass (4,700-m). We pass by the picturesque of Lingshi village and our first views of the truly mystical Lingshi Dzong atop a high hill. Overnight camp at Lingshi

 Accommodation: Camping  Camp Site: Lingshi  Altitude: 4150m  Distance: 19 km  Ascent: Descent: Time: 6 – 7 hours.

Day 06. Lingshi – Chibesa

Today is the shortest walking day, and we can really take it easy. Shortly after starting we will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here, we have the choice of staying on the main trail or taking a detour up to the Lingshi Dzong (4,220m), which sits right atop a high ridge. This Dzong is under reconstruction from a 2011 earthquake, which damaged its central building. In addition to a very special atmosphere of mystic tranquility, Lingshi Dzong provides a great view over the valley.

After Lingshi Dzong, we will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. In Goyul, the stone houses are clustered together to form a small compact village that is unusual in Bhutan where settlements are usually scattered. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa, we will have plenty of time to visit the village houses if you feel up to it. There is also a beautiful waterfall located behind the village that is worth visiting.

 Accommodation: Camping  Altitude: 3880m.  Distance: 10km.  Ascent: 280m.  Descent: 410m.  Time: 5-6 hours.

Day 07. Chebisa – Shomuthang

The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). On the way, we will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. After crossing Gobu La (4,410m), we descend into the valley, then climb again a little bit, before descending again to Shakshepasa (3,980), a large U-shaped valley. Climbing from here we will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu river

 Accommodation: Camping  Altitude: 4220m.  Distance: 17 km.  Ascent: 890m.  Descent: 540m.  Time: 6-7hrs.

Day 08. Shomuthang – Robluthang

Today’s trek will begin by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing we will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where we catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass we will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared as Takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and we will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.

 Accommodation: Camping  Camp Site: Robluthang  Altitude: 4160m.  Distance: 18 km.  Ascent: 700m.  Descent: 760m.  Time: 6-7hrs.

Day 09. Robluthang – Limithang

The trek starts out with an initial 40-60mins ascent before gradually raising for another 1.5 hours through a boulder field. It is then a 1hour steep ascent before reaching Sinche La (5,005m) – the final and highest pass on the trek if we don’t intend to continue the Snowman trek from Laya onwards.

As we descend the far side of the pass, we will see an impressive terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. We can see classic examples of lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks up both sides of the valley. Below the moraine, we will cross the Kango Chhu and soon reach the Limithang campsite. The peak of Gangchhenta towers over the campsite even though it’s quite a distance away

 Accommodation: Camping  Camp Site: Limithang  Altitude: 4140m.  Distance: 19km.  Ascent: 850m.  Descent: 870m.  Time: 6-7hrs.

Day 10. Limithang – Laya

Today, we will walk downhill all the way along a narrow, winding river valley. After a long time, the trail takes us through densely forested region. The trail leads to the west side of Laya village. From the west of the village we will have spectacular views of Mt. Gangchhenta and catch Mt. Masagang. In the village center is a community school and a basic health unit with a telephone connection. The campsite is located below the school.

 Accommodation: Camping  Camp Site: Laya village  Altitude: 3840m.  Distance: 10 km.  Ascent: 60m.  Descent: 340m.  Time: 4-5hrs.

Day 11. Laya – Koina

The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the raging river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Lots of ups and downs will lead us to Kohi Lapcha at 3300 m. The trek then drops down to the large stream of Koina Chhu, where we will find the campsite of Koina.

 Accommodation: Camping  Camp Site: Koina.  Altitude: 3050m.  Distance: 19 km.  Ascent: 260m.  Descent: 1070m.  Time: 6-7hrs.

Day 12. Koina – Gasa

Today we will have the last major climb of the Laya Gasa Trek. We will cross Bari La (3,740m), after which the trail descends all the way until we reach to Gasa village (2,770m). We will descend for another hour to the Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) and relax in the rejuvenating mineral waters. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan. Our car and driver will be meeting tonight.

 Accommodation: Camping  Altitude: 2240m.  Distance: 14km.  Ascent: 740m.  Descent: 1500m.  Time: 6-7hrs.

Day 13. Gasa – Punakha.

Today in the morning also, we will relax in Gasa Hot Spring. After our breakfast, we will bid farewell to our trekking staff and horsemen. Then we drive to Punakha. On reaching Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Lunch will be served at Punakha and then we will visit to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of feritility. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at hotel Punakha or Wangdi. Hotel Pema Karpo or similar standard.

Day 13. Gasa – Punakha.

Today in the morning also, we will relax in Gasa Hot Spring. After our breakfast, we will bid farewell to our trekking staff and horsemen. Then we drive to Punakha. On reaching Punakha, we will visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Lunch will be served at Punakha and then we will visit to Chhimi Lhakhang, the temple of feritility. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at hotel Punakha or Wangdi. Hotel Pema Karpo or similar standard.

Day 15. Thimphu – Paro

Today we will drive to Paro and hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan. Taktshang means “Tiger’s Nest” named after Guru Rinpoche who reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. We have to walk about 2hours and 30minutes up-steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria. While coming back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize).

Evening at leisure, dinner and overnight stay at Paro Hotel. Olathang Hotel or similar standard.

Day 16. Paro – Paro International Airport (Departure)

After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.

This is a sample itinerary, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, group options and the physical condition of participants, may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of our guests, safety, comfort and general well being.

Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!

In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.

The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.

1. When and how to visit Bhutan?

Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.

By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.

Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.

By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/

2. What are your itineraries?

All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.

Complete the tour request form and submit it to us. Send us correct name list. We will send you the flight reservation status via email.

After confirming your reservation, we need the scanned copy of member’s passport.

Please be reminded:

1. To carry the passport that matches the passport details indicated in the visa application.

2. The passport should have their validity more than 6months from the date of your travel.

3. For all travelers flying via India to/from the kingdom of Bhutan, to have the Indian Visa prior to their departure from their country.

Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.

We will send you the flight ticket copy and Visa Clearance Copy prior to your departure to Bhutan via email. You need to print out and carry along with you.

Start packing and looking forward to have a memorable trip in the LandThunder Dragon, DrukYul.

NOTE:

For most tours the booking must be completed 8 weeks in advance, but during the festivals booking must be completed at least 12 weeks in advance. Especially during the festivals, it can be very difficult to get the accommodation and flight seats without advance bookings, as it is a peak season for the tourist visiting Bhutan.

Hot-Stone Bath (Dhotsho)

hot-stone-bath

Hot stone bath (Dhotsho) is a traditional bath of Bhutan, where a tradition of heating up stones and then soaking in the water that is in turn heated by the stones. This is also a curative method and is used throughout the country We Bhutanese belief that this bath has so much of medicinal benefits. Some diseases are curable-like joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorder, arthritis and many other minor diseases. Especially for the old age, where we have lots of body pains, joints pains helps a lot by this Hot Stone Bath (Dhotsho).

I think, the minerals in the rocks have certain chemicals, which can cure certain disease of our body. Hot stone bath has no side effects. It is in its pure natural form. We can organize the hot stone bath during your stay in Bhutan.

The cost for experiencing this will be USD 20 per person.

Weaving in Bhutan

weaving-in-bhutan

The Bhutanese textiles are rich, vibrant, and colorful and are a complex art form as well as an integral part of the Bhutanese culture. This Bhutan weaving experiences will give you an insight about the rich textiles in Bhutan. You can sit one of the handlooms of Bhutan and weave your self practically. We promise that you will really enjoy this with great satisfaction in your life.

We will also see or learn the natural coloring and dyeing. You can bring your own materials like handkerchief to dye and color. So visit Bhutan and experience it practically by yourself.

So to arrange this you need to pay extra payment of USD 50 per person.

Cultural program

cultural-program

Folk Performing Arts & Music in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
We have Cultural Program Performing groups, which they will perform like Traditional folk songs, dances and keeps original tunes and dances alive. Moreover, new choreography for some traditional and regional songs is sometimes developed.

The troupe also performs mask dances that have historical and spiritual significance.

The program will be about 1hr program and the cost will be USD 100/program. Usually we organize this in the evening before your dinner. But any time of the day can be organized.

 

Horse Riding to Tiger’s Nest

hourse-riding-to-tigers-nest

Tiger’s Nest is most visited spot in Bhutan and it is much awaited by every tourist who visits Bhutan to climb to Tiger’s Nest.

It takes about 2 hrs 30mins up steep climb through the forest of pine, oak and Rhododendron. However you can ride the horse and climb till the Taktshang cafeteria.

The price will be approximately USD 12-15. So we can arrange the horses and let us know.

 

The above activities can be incorporated easily into your travel itinerary. However some activities need to pay some additional fees. So let us know which activities you would like to experiences so that we will include in your invoice.

Our company will provide the Trekking Equipment like Tents (Sleeping, Dinning, Toilet, Shower Tents), Mattress, Hot-Water bag, Cooking Utensils, Sleeping Bags. But we advise our clients to bring their own sleeping bags, if they can. However our guests have to bring some trekking gears by themselves. Therefore, everything mentioned below on the list are useful, and most of the things are important on trek.

Equipment for all the trekkers

foot-wear

Footwear

  trekking or running shoes
  camp shoes or thongs
  socks – polypropylene

clothing

Clothing

  down or fiber-filled jacket
  jumper or pile jacket
  hiking shorts (men) or skirt (opt)
  waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
  hiking pants
  T- shirts or blouses
  underwear, sun hat
  swimwear (opt.)
  insulated paints
  nylon wind breaker
  nylon wind pants
  long underwear
  woolen hat
  gloves
  long gaiters

above-4000

Above 4000 m.

  mountain trekking boots
  socks, wool, to wear with boots
  socks, light cotton, for under wool socks

photography-tools

Photography Equipments
( Optional )

  camera and lenses
  lenses cleaning equipments
  film
  compass
  thermometer
  binoculars
  books for reading while waiting for plane

other-equipments

Other Equipments

  rucksack
  sleeping bag
  water bottle
  torch

miscellaneous-items

Miscellaneous Items

  toilet articles
  toilet paper and cigarette lighter
  small knife
  sun block
  towel
  laundry soap
  medical and frist aid kit
  pre-moistened towelettes
  sewing kit
  sunglasses
  sun block for lips

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