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, Bhutan Laya- Gasa Trek is one of the extensions of the hike to the Jumolhari Trek. Blue Sheep, Blue Poppy which is the national flower of the Bhutan as well as the Takins can be spotted in this trek. This trek is truly amazing with the 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 that is 4115 meters.

The entire sightseeing place is covered with the Bhutan Laya Gasa Trek along the border with Tibet to the northern Bhutan. Offering the distinct landscapes to the lush green forests the Gasa Trek, heads towards the northwest side from the beautiful Paro. One can learn and get to know about the people and the culture from this trip with the nomadic and about the rural Bhutan. One will unquestionably be stunned with the Himalayan peaks like the Jitchu Drake and the Jhomolhari.

After arriving to the Paro, we begin our hike to the Shana where the path follows trails to the river of 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, Pine etc to the Soi Thangthangkha as we follow the River of the Panchu. 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 proceeds to 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 initate 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 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 and some sightseeing at the Thimphu. After an early breakfast, we head to the airport and then bid the farewell to the beautiful kingdom Bhutan.

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Itinerary

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At the airport, our team from the Nepal Nomad will receive and then take you to the Thimphu. After an early breakfast, we head towards the Badbalathnag airport and then to the domestic flight of the Paro.

We visit the Ta Dzong after lunch, which is a traditional watch over and has been there since the 1967. It is also one of the national museums of the Bhutan. We then visit the Rimpung Dzong which is also called as the Paro Dzong which was established in the 1646 by the Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal. We then take a brief walk to the ancient bridge of the cantilever. You will be able to see the beauty of the archery match in the action as this is considered as the national sport.

We stay for Dinner and overnight in Hotel. 

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

Today we take a drive and head towards the Taktsang Monastery, where a brief drive will take us to the Satsam Chorten which takes about 2 hrs of walk to the viewpoint of the monastery. The hike then ascends towards the forests of the pine and the trees of the Spanish moss . Built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo, on the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang,.

-Srongsten Gampo was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641, as a apart of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, in a single day, he decided to build 108 Temples to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is believed to maintain the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.

The stupas are filled with the fluttering prayer flags and then we take some rest at the cafeteria of the Taktsang Jakhang. Built in the 1648 by the penlop of the Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, the main Lhakhang was built around the Guru Rinpoche’s Meditation Cave in the 1648. This splendid monastery lies to the crest of the rock cliff and plunges about 900 meters into the valley. Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort,Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan flew here on the back of a flying tiger.

After lunch, we head towards the Drukgyal Dzong which is built by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, right now it is under construction and the dzong name refers to the Victorious Druk. When a fire caused by the butter lamp destroyed it, the dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951. We then head towards the Shana.

We stay for an overnight and then have some dinner at the Hotel.

  • 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

Today we ascend to the Balela pass which is at the altitude of the 3740m and then follow the track down to the Gasa village where the first thing we see is the beautiful sight of the Gasa Dzong which is one of the wonderful sight of the trip. We then head towards the Hot spring which is one of the beautiful times to actually take a good hot bath.

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

Today we head towards the Punakha where we hike to the Monastery of the Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery which is a brief hike and takes about 45 minutes of trek. 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. It is served as the seat of the government for many years until the time of the second king. Punakha is the winder home of the King Jigme Dorji and the Je- Khenpo. In 1952, Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly.

We stay for an overnight and dinner in the Hotel.

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

We can see the beautiful sight of the Chimi Lhakhang which is renowned as “The Divine Madman” built by the Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year of 1499. The temple also named as the “The temple of the fertility” was built on the top of the hill lock and he killed the demons with his magical thunder bolt.

Lama Drukpa Kuneley was born in Tibet and was one of the Bhutan’s favorite Saints. He was a disciple of the Pema Lingpa and was trained at the class Ralung Monastery. As a Yogi also called as the Neljorpa, he travelled at the entire Tibet and Bhutan and used his humor, songs to the teachings.

The Royal Botanical Park is rich in the floras and the faunas with the wildlife species like the musk deer, leopard cat, tiger, leopard cat, monal pheasant and the leopard. The theme of the botanical garden is the 46 species of the plant in the rhododendron garden. The park has the mesmerizing lake, viewpoints and a canteen and is located 30km from the capital. One can be a part of the rich biodiversity with this amazing park. As we ride further down to the Punakha, we can see the beautiful sight of the Chimi Lhakhang which is renowned as “The Divine Madman” built by the Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the year of 1499. The temple also named as the “The temple of the fertility” was built on the top of the hill lock and he killed the demons with his magical thunder bolt.

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 initate 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.

On a beautiful and clear day the sights that we can see from the temple is absolutely stunny where one is surrounded by the 360 degree of the Himalays including the Masang Gang which les in the region of the Laya, Jumolhari and the Zongophu Gang as well as the Gangkhar Puensum. There is also the gomba of the Trashigang which was built in the year of the 1786 which is an amazing place today for the meditation and the house statues of the Khenpos who here meditated. 

  • 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

After an early breakfast, we head to the airport and then bid the farewell to the beautiful kingdom 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.