Beautiful Laya- Lingzhi -Gasa Trek:
Trip Type: Trekking
Nature of Trek: Moderate and relatively difficult
Activities: Hiking and Walking
Duration: 19 days
Months: March- June, August- November
The Laya-Lingzhi-Gasa Trek is popularly known as the trek of Scenic beauty. It takes you through diverse terrain and high mountains (2800ft-17000ft) into the wilderness above the tree line. The trek is with numerous ascents and descents as you traverse meadows land with flowers, juniper and medicinal plants. The valleys and hills sides are shrouded in deep forests of oak, rhododendron,fir and birch and hike over moraines, past glaciers lakes, catching overwhelming views virgin snow cap, herds of sheep, alpine blossoms and home of the welcoming and hospitable nomadic Layabs. It has its own very unique way of dressing, pointed hat worn by the women. The hot spring here are famed for their medicinal properties every year, thousands and thousands Bhutanese people come here to drench their bodies in order to relief their diseases. After a day of drenched in the hot springs, the path continues on its end point at Geon Damji or down to Tashithang. After completion of your trek along the northern boundary, you will get opportunity to explore four famous districts of Punakha, Wangdi,Thimphu and Paro. Since this trek combines a variety of landscapes, villages, majestic views of peaks, glaciers lakes, rivers, forests, flowers, species of birds and animals, unique fascinating culture will provide you the most scenic and mesmerizing trek in the world. So please join us for your holiday.
Please note that 7 Brothers Tours and Travels give you the freedom of modifying this itinerary as per your interest.
Day 01: Paro arrival
You will have wonderful breathtaking journey from BKK, KMT,Delhi in Bhutan National Carrier, Druk air., and you will be proud as this air route stand first in the world in terms of beauty and challenging according to the International tourists and wonder lust based in London. Because this air route covers World Largest Peak, Mt. Everest,Mt Kachenjanga, Mt. Chomolhari and sacred Mt. JIchu Draki. After landing at Paro you are welcome to Bhutan by representative of 7 Brothers Tours and Travels at the Airpot gate.
Afternoon visit to National museum one of the richest in Asia, if it is not closed on Monday
Day 02 Hotel- Hike to Tiger nest
Today we will have exemplary walk to Tiger nest to explore the history of Tiger nest but the hike will be worth and memorable story after reaching at Tiger nest/monastery, the location itself is astonishing on the rock, its history is amazing and travelers are not regret to visit in this place. Lunch at cafeteria then walk back to road point and visit Paro Kechu Lhakhang, oldest lhakhang in Bhutan ,built in 8th century during the time of Guru Rimpoche. Detail posted in the cultural history. Overnight stay at Hotel in Hotel Paro.
Day 03 Paro- Shana ( commence the trek)
Our vehicle will drive up to Drukgyel village and we will visit Drukgyel Dzong to explain history, where the road ends and start the trek by following the river bank gradually reaching picturesque village with paddy fields. The camp is in that village. Altitude: 2900m, Distance: 14 km, Time: 5-6 hours.
Day 04 Shana – Thangthangka.
Today it will tiresome for you because of the long distance yet we will enjoy by a few isolated farmhouses, and deep forest area with beautiful alpine woods. After few hours walk we reach a point where another trail takes to Tibet of Phari -la town. After this point our cooks will be ready for our picnic lunch in the designated place. Take a rest and continue our walk in the ascend and descend trail and reaches to a bridge and further distance we will reach to the place called beautiful Thangthangka where trekking team will welcome us with hot cup of tea. The night camp will be in Thangthangka which will beautify by bountiful scene of Jomolhari mountain.
Altitude 3600 m; Distance 20 Km; Time 7 – 8 hours.
Day 05 Thangthangka – Jangothang.
Today we will have short trail and it will be bit easier than yesterday. We will continue our walk through tree stripe in the better condition of views and scenario. Without much awaited on walk we will have dreamful grazing land of yaks and we will overwhelmed by our trekking team, waiting for us to serve the picnic lunch in the fresh environment of grazing land of yaks. After little moment of walks from Telethang place we will reach to basic health unit and we will walk from here where we will reach at the place of the stunning views of Jomolhari mountain, Sacred Mt. Jichudraki and TsherimGang and surrounding ruins of an old fortress used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasion will welcome us to the Jomolhari base camp.
Overnight in the camp. Altidue: 4100m, Walking Distance: 17 km, Time covered: 5-6 hours.
Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi.
We will walk towards the pass through a wide pastureland. You might find some yak herders in their camp along the way. As you come down after the pass to the Lingzhi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingzhi Dzong the fortress located on the top of the hill and its valley overlooking the the dzong, the most spectacular view of Tsherim gang ,the mountain located at the valley. We will have nice campat the village there.
Altitude: 4150m, Distance covered: 19 km, Time: 5-6 hours.
Day 07 Lingshi – Chebisa
Today we will walk to Chebisa which is shortest walking day and it is really mysterious as we can see enjoyable village of Gom yul and Shagiri La village of Chebisa at the site of water fall and our crew members will be ready for the cup of tea and coffee. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Altitude: 3800m, Distance: 12 km, 3-4 hours.
Day 08 Chebisa – Shomuthang
We will walk through extensive grazing land towards Ghogu-la pass (4328m) sometime we will see few yak herders on the pass and gradually descend down to the valley. The camp at the branch of Mochu River.
Altitude: 4230m. Distance 17 km, Time 5-6 hours.
Day 09 Shomuthang – Robluthang
We will have little taxing walk to reach Jere-la pass, 4600m but our crew member will happily waiting for us to provide tea and coffee and picnic lunch , there we will continue to walk in the stunning view of Himalaya mountains till Tsarijathang camp where we will have opportunity to see herds of Takin roaming in the pasture land.
Camp at Tsarijathang. Altitude: 4400m. Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 Hours.
Day 10 Robluthang – Lemithang
As we cross the Shingchu-la pass ( 4890m) we can see mountain Gangchen Ta as well other mountain. Lunch at this point and come down to valley and reaches Lemithang. Camp at Lemithang. Altitude: 4100m, Distance: 17km, Time 6-7 hours.
Day 11 Lemithang – Laya
Today we will see good views of the Mount Masangang and other peaks after walking along the river, through species of rhododendron and silver fir. After few walk we will reach to Laya village and you have opportunity to mix with them to glimpse their life style. Campsite at the village. Altitude: 3800m. Distance 10km, Time 3-4 hours.
Day 12 Halt in Laya
Today we can stay for rest and to explore the Laya village.
Day 13 Laya – Koeina
Few hours the trail winds up and down along the breathtaking views of the roaring river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Campsite. Altitude. 3600m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hours.
Day 14 Koeina – Gasa Tshachu( Natural Hot Spring)
We cross the Babela pass(3700m),Gasa village and finally to Gasa Dzong. Camp at Gasa Hot Spring, Altitude: 2800m. Distance 16 km. Time 6-7 Hours. We may take hot bath in Hot Spring which is most popular hot spring in Bhutan.
Day 15 Gasa Tshachu – Geon Damji
Today continue our trail which winds through rolling small hills, forest of pine oak trees, Goen Damji villages and fields and not to forget the beautiful scene of the Gasa dzong glued to the valley wall, apparent to float in the sky. Camp at Geon Damji: Altitude 2275m, Distance
If you wish we can drop our trek in Geon Damji and you will wait our vehicle to come at this place and drive to Punakha. Else we can continue our trek from Geon Damji to Tashithang.
Day 16 Geon Damji – Tashithang
Today we will have last trail from Geon Damji to Tashithang if you wish to continue the trail and from here we will walk down to agricultural field with the possibility of monkeys in to the flourishing semi-tropical ravine in the bountiful valley of banana trees along the river bank of Mochu means female river. Camp at Tashithang. Altitude. 1750m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 Hours.
Day 17 Tashithang – Punakha End of Trek Thimphu.
After a short walk about 30 minutes to the motor road, there our vehicle will be waiting us to take down to Punakha valley. Morning sightseeing, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, built by Father of unified Bhutan and spiritual and political leader Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637 AD which is spectacularly located in the middle of Mochu and Phochu river. During those days Punakha was the capital of Bhutan. The Dzong now houses the winter residence of chief abbot, the state Monastic Body and government district office. Lunch in Punakha. After lunch, drive to wangdue 16 km, to visit wangdue dzong located on the top hill. Later drive to Thimphu 70 km. Overnight in Hotel,Thimphu.
Day 18 Thimphu Cultural Exposure.
The Thimphu Cultural Exposure begins from visiting Trashi Chhoedzong , the house of the state monastic body, office of the king and throne room, central government ministries , visit National Library rich for ancient manuscripts , visit the Wood Craft and Painting School where traditional arts and crafts are still alive. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Lunch at the hotel. You may visit the oldest dzong in Bhutan Simtokha Dzong built in 1629 AD. After tea visit memorial chorten located in the hub of city built by third king who reigned the Bhutan from 1952-1972. You may visit Buddha point where you can see probably the World Largest Buddha Statue built for peace and prosperity in the world. Evening you can have easy walk in the town. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 19 Thimphu – Paro International Airport.
Morning drive to Paro 1 hr 30 minutes,so our representative of 7 Brothers Tours and Travels will bid farewell at the Paro Airport. Hope to see you again.
Thank you for your holiday in Bhutan.