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.

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.

DAY 1: GUNITSAWA VILLAGE – SHARNA ZAMPA
40mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m. This trek begins at Gunitsawa Village were you pass the army post. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa.

DAY 2: SHARNA ZAMPA – THANGTHANGKHA

Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m. On this long day, the trail continues 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 b…

DAY 3: THANGTHANGKHA – JANGOTHANG

Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m. If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and sc…

DAY 4: JANGOTHANG HALT

The rest day in Jangothang 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 acclimati…

DAY 5: JANGOTHANG – LINGSHI

Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m. This is one of the longest days of the trek. A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the cl…

DAY 6: LINGSHI – CHEBISA

Distance 10 km, 5-6 hours, 280 m ascent, 410 m descent, camp altitude 3,880 m. Today is the shortest walking day, and you can really take it easy. Shortly after starting you will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here, you have the choice of staying on the main trail or taking a detour up …

DAY 7: CHEBISA – SHOMUTHANG

Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, 890 m ascent, 540 m descent, camp altitude 4,220 m. The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot l…

DAY 8: SHOMUTHANG – ROBLUTHANG

Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 700 m ascent, 760 m descent, camp altitude 4,160 m. You begin by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche

Included

  • Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • Government surcharges
  • Accommodation at a 3 star hotel (If you choose and 4 or 5 star hotel additional charges will apply)
  • Private guided tours with experienced English speaking guides
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at designated restaurants
  • Airport transfers
  • All entry fees, road permits, fuel and parking charges
  • A private tour vehicle with a driver
  • All taxes and government fees
  • Pre-departure packing list
  • Travel assistance and advice before, during and after your stay
  • Travel recommendations such as shopping and dining
  • Bottled water

Not Included

  • Air tickets to Bhutan (we can arrange to book your flights)
  • Trip insurance
  • Meals at 4-5 star restaurants
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (This can be arranged with us)
  • Luxury hotel upgrades (This can be done at an additional cost)