Trip Highlights
  • Discover the outland of the Gasa and Laya.
  • Relish the beautiful sights of the sacred Jichu Drake, Jumolhari.
  • Follow the path along the theatrical forests and the farmland.
  • Explore around the Thimphu and the Paro.
  • Stroll around the Punakha Dzong.

Offering the wide range of the floras and faunas, BhutanLaya- Gasa trek is one of the extensions of the hike to the Jumolhari trek. Blue Sheep along with Blue Poppy which is the national flower of the Bhutan as well as the Takins can be spotted in this Bhutan Laya-Gasa Trekking. The Bhutan Laya-Gasa trek package brings you the truly amazing encounter of nomadic life style of the Upper Himalayas locals. One can relish the stress or anxiety at the natural hot spring in the Gasa. Gasa trek is sincerely mesmerizing with the highest point of the trek at 4115 meters of incredible elevation.

“A marvelous venture into a unique world filled with gracious presence of monasteries, forts, festivals, fairs, mountains and other brilliant existence to grace your arrival and stay in the hidden Kingdom”

What is so special about Bhutan Laya-Gasa Trekking?

The 18 days Bhutan Laya Gasa trek covers the entire sightseeing place along the border with Tibet to the northern Bhutan. Offering the distinct landscapes to the lush green forests the Gasa hiking heads towards the northwest side from the beautiful Paro. One can learn and get to know about the people and their unique culture from this Laya-Gasa trip as a part of their nomadic venture in the rural Bhutan. One will unquestionably be stunned with the Himalayan peaks like the Jitchu Drake6,662m and Jhomolhari7,326m.After arriving to the Paro, we begin our hike to Shana where the path follows trails to the riverof Paro as we walk along we get to see the beauty of the cultivated valleys and the lush forest hills by experiencing the beauty of the place as well as the herds of the Yaks. We climb uphill and then again descend through the path of the forests of the Oak and Pine to the SoiThangthangkha as we follow the River of the Panchu with the help of Gasa trek route map. We discover the holy Jangothang as we arrive at the base camp of the Jomolhari. As we pass the Nyelela Pass we then finally descend to the Lingshi.

Laya-Ghasa hike further proceedsto the Chebisa which is a theatrical valley with the beautiful Shangri La village. We begin with the high pastures then we reach at the Gokula Pass which is at the altitude of the 4320m before ascending to the rhododendron forests. We then ascend to the camp near the riverbed. After many spots of the trails we ultimately reach at the Gasa valley after passing the forest covered will moss then we see the ancient yet the beautiful Dzong City. After lunch we shall explore around the Punakha Dzong which is situated between the Male and the Female River also called as the Pho Chu and the Mo Chu respectively. Back in the 1637 it was built by the Shabdrung Ngwanag Namgyal. After a lunch we head towards the Lungchutse trek which is a brief trek and is one of the theatrical hikes in the regions of the Thimpu. We initiate the hike from the Dochula and then complete the trek at the Hongtsho village where we will also visit the Trashigang and the Lungchutse trek. The day begins evolving with the starting visit to National Postal Museum known to be an ancient museum followed by a great sightseeing in Thimphu. Then slowly and gradually we come to the end of the Bhutan trip and bid farewell to the beautiful Kingdom. For more info or to get serviced with a tailored Bhutan Laya-Gasa trek itinerary, contact us at Nepal nomad.

Itinerary

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You will be received and first taken to Thimphu by the team of Nepal Nomad which is then connected to Badbalathnag airport leading to a domestic flight of the Paro. After we enjoy our lunch, we go for an outing starting with the visit of Ta Dzong, a traditional watch over since 1967which is then followed by a visit to Rimpung Dzong also called as Paro Dzong established 1646. Then a short stroll through the ancient cantileverbridge will surely refresh you.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Paro

Day two gives us more time in exploring the beauty of Paro which begins with visiting Monastery of Taktsang which will further be headed to Satsam Chorten, all through a drive. However, a 2 hours walk to further lead us up to the view point. The day is full of beautiful visits like visit of Srongsen Gampo as well as Kichy Lhakhang.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Paro

The path takes us to one of the abundance forests where there are few of the farmhouses. The route gets down and winds up the drainage. We then head towards the part of the trek where the different path takes us over the Tremo La to Tibet. The altitude of this place is about 3610m and the distance of about 22km where ascend is about the 770 meters and the descent is about the 10 meters.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Thangthangka

In the early morning we take a route to the forest line and then pass the Tegethang where it is the winter home of the Yak herdsmen. We then arrive at the Jomolhari base camp and then have an overnight in the camp and then stay for a dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jangothang

Today is the day for the acclimatization where we trek towards the Jumolhari which takes about 4 hours. We trek to the Jichu Drake Glacier which takes about 3 hours. We then hike to the peaks between the Jichu Drake and the Jumolhari and the summit is about the 5200 meters.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jangothang

Today we are surrounded by the stunning sights of the Jichu Drake, Tserim and the Johomolhari. We ascend straight away with Nyelela pass after 4 hours and then descend to the Lingshi. The first thing we see from the Lingshi is the beautiful sight of the Dzong. We stay for an overnight and then have dinner at the Lingshi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lingshi

Today is simply magical as we get out of the Lingshi we then ascend towards the Gom Yu village which is below the 300m cliff. Then the bridge takes us to the beautiful waterfall of the Chebisa Shangrila village. We stay for an overnight and have a dinner here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chebisa

We begin with the high pastures then we reach at the Gokula Pass which is at the altitude of the 4320m before ascending to the rhododendron forests. We then ascend to the camp near the riverbed.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Shomuthang

We then see the beauty of the Jarela Pass at the altitude of the 4640m where we get to see the splendid sights of the Himalayan Mountains. We then head downwards the forest to the Tsarigathang where we will then cross the herds of the Takin roam before ascending to the Robluthanng.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Robluthang

It is one of the challenging days of trek as we ascend progressively towards the Shinchela Pass which is at the altitude of about 4870m and we can see the beautiful sights of the mountains as well as the Gang Chen Ta which is ahead of the valley. The northern borders are visible on the clear day where the wildlife like the blue sheeps, yaks, griffin vultures and the eagles can be seen in this area. We then climb downwards to the camp which is near the river bank.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Lemithang

Today we follow the trail towards the Mochu where we trek towards the lush forest of the silver fir and then rhododendron forests where we then finally are welcomed into the Laya village. The locals at the Laya are pretty renowned where their clothing is with the vertical stripe of the yak hair and the distinct hats of the conical bamboo. The women here wear the jade jewelers as well as the turquoise style and the hair long. The locals have the features of the Mongolian or the Tibetan more compared to the Bhutanese. Amazing sights of the Masagang and the other peaks can be seen from here. The altitude of this place is about 3840m and the distance of the 10kms. It takes about 5 hrs to reach.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Laya

Today is a perfect day to acclimatize where we rest for a day at the Laya and then have an wonderful chance to meet the local people and then get to know the lifestyle of the people here at the Laya.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Laya

Offering one of the breathtaking sights of the feeder streams, crashing rivers and the waterfalls we today follow the trail of the river valleys. Where we stay for an overnight and then have some dinner at the camp. The ascent takes about 260 meters and then the descent is about the 1070 meters where the distance is about the 19 km.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Koena

Day fourteen is the final day of trekking, so we will make sure to enjoy the most out of the gorgeous day leading all the way to GasaTsachu which we will get to through the ascent of Balela Pass at 3,740 meters followed by a descent to Gasa Village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Gasa Tsachu

With a small hike, we make our way to Punakha through the KhamsungYulleyNamgyalCholing Monastery and continue our exploration around Punakha Dzong. The fifteenth day is going to be as fresh and amazing as the first one.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Punakha

We are moving towards the end of the trip as slowly the eighteenth day starts coming near. Today on day sixteen, we leave Punakha and move for Thimpu which is about 76 Kilometers away. We will be enjoying various beautiful temples, Royal Botanical Park and others with small hikes. A wonderful day awaits today as a part of the Bhutan trip.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with coffee\tea
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Thimphu

The day initiates with the visit to the National Postal Museum which is one of the ancient museum and is definitely the worth to try to get your own picture on the Bhutanese stamp. Get the picture of your dear ones or you can get yours clicked. One can also visit the National Memorial Chorten built by the late Majesty Jigmi Dorji Wangchuk who is also the father of the modern Bhutan and was the third king. Adding to the list of the sights includes the tallest statue of the Buddha, Taking Preserve Center, Dupthop Lhakhang which is one of the few surviving nunneries in the Bhutan as well as the beautiful Sangaygang . After lunch, we head for the excursion to the Cheri Monastery which is 18km. We get some time to do shopping and even stroll for a while in the evening. We stay for an overnight and then have some dinner in the Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Thimphu

Finally we will be departing off our ways through Paro airport as we bid our final goodbyes to the beautiful kingdom of Bhutan.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Paro

What's Included

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Guide.
  • Sightseeing.
  • Bottled water.
  • * Air fares.
  • * Insurance Premiums,
  • * Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  • * Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
  • * Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • * Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.

USEFUL INFORMATION

While on Trek, the cost covers:

- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) nu.1000

- 3 meals a day,

- Service of cook & Helper,

- Guide, Sleeping Tent,

- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,

- Ponies to carry supplies,

- Royalty.

- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.

Things to bring for a trek in Bhutan:

• Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.

• Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.

• Sunscreen

• Flash light

• Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)

• Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection

• Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)

• Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness

• Lots of socks

• Warm clothes.

Optional Items to bring for trekking in Bhutan.

• Sunglasses

• Head gear

• Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)

• One towel

• Pillow case

• Wet-packed tissue paper.

• Pillow.