Grade

Challenging

Group Size

1-15(Customize your Trip on Request)

Destination

Kathmandu, Nepal

Max Altitude

4,130 m/13,550 ft

Meals

Full Board During Trek

Accommodation

3-star & Tea House

Trip Style

Lodge Trek

Activity

Sightseeing and Trekking

$1,750

*All Price are in USD*

Bhutan Laya Ghasa Trek – Trip Overview

Laya Ghasa travels northwest of Paro and offers a wide range of walking conditions, from picturesque farmlands and subtropical forests to alpine pastures and mountain passes. This hiking trail has a combination of azaleas, willows, oaks, blue pines, golden birches, junipers, and other dense forests. It will take you through the isolated, unique and traditionally rich towns of Chebisa and Laya, passing through several nomad camps. You can see wild animals such as taking and blue sheep, and you can even find snow leopards on this hike. Relax in the hot springs. This is really a meaningful trip!

 Trips Highlight

  • Visit to the city and visit to Paro.
  • Gaza Spa
  • Thimphu doing tourism.
  • Laya is the second highest settlement in the country.
  • Crossing the Shinchela Pass of 5000 meters.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02 – Sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 03 –Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) – Distance: 15 kms – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) – Distance: 22 kms – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 05 –Trek to Jangothang (4,044m) – Distance: 17 kms – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 06 –Rest Day in Jangothang. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 07 –Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) – Distance: 21 kms – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 08 –Trek to Chebisa – Distance: 16 kms – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 09 –Trek to Shakya Pasang (4,000m) – Distance: 14 kms – 5 hours. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 10 –Trek to Robkuthang (4,160m) – Distance: 16 kms – 8 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 11 –Trek to Limithang (4,160m) – Distance: 14 kms – 7 hours. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 12 –Trek to Laya (3,800m) – Distance: 9 kms – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 13 –Rest day in Laya. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 14 – Trek to Koina (3,240m) – Distance: 16 kms – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2,220m) – Distance: 12 kms – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
  • Day 16 –Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha – Trekking Distance 14 kms – 5 hours. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 17 –Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 18 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.
  • Category
  • Location
  • Days
    18
  • Nights
    17
  • Group Size
    1-15(Customize your Trip on Request)
  • Destination
    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Max Altitude
    4,130 m/13,550 ft
  • Meals
    Full Board During Trek
  • Accommodation
    3-star & Tea House
  • Trip Style
    Lodge Trek
  • Activity
    Sightseeing and Trekking
Day 1
Arrival at Paro airport (2,280 meters).
You can fly to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka and other flights. We recommend that you fly from Bangkok because Drucker Airlines offers daily flights from Bangkok - Paro - Bangkok, while Drucker Airlines does not operate daily flights in other segments. Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel through a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum. In the evening, you will walk through the main shopping area of Paro. Overnight at the hotel. (including lunch and dinner)
Day 2
Visit to Paro
Day trips and sightseeing tours to the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger's Nest, the most spectacular convent, probably the most popular monastery in Bhutan and a symbol of the country. It is said that Guru Rinpoche came here behind a tigress and meditated in the monastery, hence the name. It takes approximately 5 hours to get to the monastery's viewpoint. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria and then a short walk. We will have a relaxing night and we will take a break before the next day of walking. Overnight at the hotel. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 3
From Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15km - 5 hours
Drive to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro), where there is a passable road. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong are behind Mount Chomolhari, to begin the wonderful view of our walk. Start on a dirt road, start on a dirt road, go through a wide, rich and cultivated valley, under the forested mountains, along the Paro Chu. Be careful with the sun, which can be very fierce at this height. The first small settlement found was Tsento Zampa, a traditional Bhutan farm with bright red peppers on the roof during the season. Farmers in this upper valley mainly sow red rice, potatoes and wheat. The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the living forest, with many brightly colored birds and butterflies. After 2.5 hours, arrives at the Great Army Camp in Gunitsawa. There is a school and some stores in the camp, and your walk permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through the forest, you will suddenly see a large open space in the camp near Shana. Looking back from the camp, you can see a large snow peak, Jo Drakey. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 4
Walking to Thangthangka (3,575 m) - Distance: 22 km - 7 hours
Today is a difficult day and there are many distances to cover. The height gain is also above the limit. The road after lunch is rough and there are many undulating stones. After the river upstream of the camp, we passed through the old site of the Shana Bridge, which was destroyed by a flood caused by the eruption of the glacial lake in the 1950s. The bridge used to be used by passengers from or to the Phari Tibet. The path climbs steadily inside the forest cover of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After going through the small house, I arrived at Shing Karap. Not far from Shing Karap, we passed an intersection where another route leads to the easy step of prohibiting Tremo La and then to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old commercial route. The strong ascent and descent of the trail, followed by a bridge of 3,250 meters, across the east of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible place to have lunch. Walk to Thangthangka and continue through the forest of birches, firs, larches, maples and blue pines. After a short climb, we arrive at Seyende Zam, where there is a large stupa (stupa). When the weather is good we can see the mountains. Chomolhari goes north. It will take another 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp on the grass. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day5
Trekking to Jangothang, also known as Chomolhari Base Camp (4,044 m) - Distance: 17 km - 5 hours
After admiring Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs up into a beautiful valley through Tegethang, a winter home for yak shepherds. Continue with us in Jomothang, Chomolhari Base Camp. The valley is wide and rises like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake dominates the nearby camp, which is the ruins of an ancient fortress. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 6
Rest day in Jangothang
Take a day off at the Chomolhari camp to get used to the environment. There are some good hiking trips in the Chomolhari camp, and today it is very important to take a hiking trip. The best walking trails go east towards the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lake.
Day 7
trail begins
After breakfast, a steep trail begins to leave the valley and enter another path that leads to the final climb and step. It was a long climb and it took approximately 3-4 hours to reach the first strong wind and strong winds from this long trip, the "Paso de Drowsy" of Paso Nyelela (4,890 meters). From the Nyelela Pass you can see the hiking area from the Far East to the northeast, which we will cover in the coming days. Metric tons. Takap dominates the view to the north. Gangchen Ta "Hushan" is the main mountain to see the east. Less than 30 minutes is a flat and more subtle area, a good place to have lunch. We continue through a narrow canyon through a small river. The trail leads to the point of view, and you can see Lingshizong. Our campsite is next to the river. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 8
Hiking to Chebisa - Distance: 16 km - 4 hours
This is the most pleasant walk of the whole walk. Leaving Lingshi, we climb gently to another village, Gom Yu, just below the 300-meter cliff. After an hour, we came to a small valley with a huge waterfall at the end of the village of Chebisa in Shangri-La. We camped next to the river. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 9
Walking to Shakya Pasang (4,000 meters) - Distance: 14 km - 5 hours
The day began with a difficult climb to Gogu La (4,440 meters) and then a long distance to the stream of 4,170 meters. This is a long ridge that descends on the muddy road to the valley of Jholethang, in the depths of the fir and birch forests. The road crosses the bottom of the valley and flows to Chachim, a yak ranch of 4,260 meters. The camp is located next to the stream at the bottom of the valley. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 10
Hiking to Robkuthangd (4,160 m) - Distance: 16 km - 8 hours
In the Jarela Pass of 4,785 meters, we can enjoy a magnificent view of the Himalayas. We descend abruptly along the forest path to the valley of Tsarigathang, the summer residence of the rare Himalayan Takin (national animal of Bhutan). After crossing the stream, the path rises up to the 4,160-meter-high Robb camp. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 11
Walking to Limithang (4,160 m) - Distance: 14 km - 7 hours
This day is difficult through the passage of Shinchela (5,000m / 16,400 feet), which is the last and highest pass. You can find blue sheep on the slopes, eagles, griffin and yak. The descent is a rough and rocky path that moves along the hail to another glacial valley. The last part of the walk is very interesting and has a breathtaking view of the mountain. Gangchey Ta. Our campsite is located on the grass next to the river. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 12
Walking to Laya (3,800 m) - Distance: 9 km - 4 hours
A very pleasant walk to Laya, along the river, a wonderful view of one of the tributaries of Mochu. You will pass through the humid forest, full of moss and songbirds. He arrived at the village of Laya, the second highest settlement in the country, at a height of 3,800 meters. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 13
Take a day off in Laya.
The rest day is spent without haste, or you can visit the town house and mix it with Layaps. The inhabitants of Raya are seminary yak shepherds. In stark contrast to women in other parts of the country, Laya women have long hair and wear unique dresses made of yak hair and wool: black skirts, vertical brown stripes, black jackets, special conical bamboo hats. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 14
Walking to Koina (3,240 m) - Distance: 16 km - 6 hours
Go down to the barracks, follow the Mochu River to cross the bridge, then cross the juniper and fir forest several times until you reach the camp in Coyna. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 15
Hiking to the thermal waters of Gaza (2,220m) - Distance: 12 km - 6 hours
Start with a long distance climb to Balela pass (3,900 meters). There is a small stone mountain and several prayer flags in the pass. This route begins again, passing through the bamboo forest to the stream. Later he went down to the hot springs of Gaza. If time permits, we will visit the village of Gaza and Zong that were built in the 17th century. Then go camping in the hot springs of Gaza. Spend the night in the camp. (Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 16
Hike to Damji Village, trip to Punakha - 14 km - 5 hours on foot
We are far from the Tsachu Gasa (hot springs) and we walk down the slopes through the fields, villages and forests of oaks and pines.
Day 17
Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening
Day 17 - Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening We visit the Punakha Dzong (the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and the central monastic body) then depart to Paro across Dochula pass. Lunch and sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 18
Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan. (Breakfast Included)

Checklist

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock
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Included
During your trek what the things are included? Does the cost include full board meals and drinking water?  What is the ratio between trekker and porter? What safety back up on trek? Please kindly check the following inclusive and exclusive cost details of trip package:   Cost Includes   Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (2 nights).
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (11 nights).
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Local English-speaking trekking guide having licensed. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
 
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Free HAN T shirt, bag and Hat.
  • Official expenses.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Day guided city tour with world heritage entrance permit as listed in itinerary.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
 
Not Included
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. Depending on your budget, it may cost about USD 15 to USD 20 per person.
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory!), which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa - You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (click on the Equipment tab).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.
  • Any extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary plan
  • Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control

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