Laya Gasa Trek


Laya Gasa Trek
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Tour duration : 17 days 16 nights (14 days trekking)
Tour types : Trekking and Cultural Sightseeing
Departs : Everyday
Destination : Paro, Gasa, Punakha and Thimphu.
Accommodations : 3 star hotels / Camping
Difficulty Grading : Challanging
Trek starts at : Gunitsawa
Trek ends at : Tashithang
Max Elevation : 5005 m
Highest Camp : 4220m
Best Season : March, April, May, September, October & November
Transport : SUV cars, Toyota mini bus, Toyota coaster bus
Entry : Paro
Exit : Paro

Day 01: Arrival at Paro- Paro Vicinity tour (Cultural sightseeing)

Fly into Paro either from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata. Representatives (guide and driver) from See Bhutan Travels will receive you from Paro international airport. Transfer to your hotel and if time permits, enjoy sightseeing around Paro valley.

Sites to visit in Paro: Paro Rinpung Dzong, Drugyal Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang.

 

 

Day 02: Gunitsawa village – Sharna Zampa (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 3 km

Elevation Changes      : 80 m descent

Trekking time             : 40 minutes

Campsite location       : Sharna Bridge

Campsite altitude        : 2850 m

Drive till Gunitsawa Village from where our trek begins. 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 03: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 22 km

Elevation Changes      : 770m ascent, 10 m descent

Trekking time             : 7-8 hours

Campsite location       : Thangthangkha

Campsite altitude        : 3610 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 be there.

Day 04: Thangthangkha – Jangothang (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 19 km

Elevation Changes      : 480 m ascent

Trekking time             : 6 hours

Campsite location       : Jangothang

Campsite altitude        : 4080 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 scenic beauty.

Day 05: Rest day at Janggothang (trekking)

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 acclimatization.

 

Day 06: Janggothang – Lingshi (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 16 km

Elevation Changes      : 810m ascent, 1090 m descent

Trekking time             : 6  hours

Campsite location       : Lingshi

Campsite altitude        : 3800 m

The trail leads to a last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chhu. Passing the lake of Tshophu (4,380m) you will climb up steeply to Bhonte La pass at 4,890m, the highest point of this trek route.

Day 07: Lingzhi – Chebisa (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 10 km

Elevation Changes      : 280 m ascent, 410 m descent

Trekking time             : 5  hours

Campsite location       : Chebisa

Campsite altitude        : 3880 m

Shortly after starting the trek, we reach a choeten below Lingzhi Dzong from where we can choose to stay on the main trail or take a detour.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shomuthang (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 17 km

Elevation Changes      : 890m ascent, 540 m descent

Trekking time             : 7 hours

Campsite location       : Shomuthang

Campsite altitude        : 4220 m

The trek starts with a long (2-3 hrs) ascent behind Chebisa Village across a wide pastureland towards Gobula pass. A few yak herders can be seen along the route.

Day 09: Shomuthang – Robluthang (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 18 km

Elevation Changes      : 700m ascent, 760 m descent

Trekking time             : 7 hours

Campsite location       : Robluthang

Campsite altitude        : 4160 m

The trek begins by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum at 6,526 m and some edelweiss. After two hours, we arrive at Jhari La at 4,750 m from where we can catch the first sight of Sinche La.

Day 10: Robluthang – Lingmithang (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 19 km

Elevation Changes      : 850m ascent, 870 m descent

Trekking time             : 6- 7 hours

Campsite location       : Lingmithang

Campsite altitude        : 4140 m

The trek starts with 40-60 minutes ascent before the climb becomes gradual across a field of boulders for one and a half hours. Then, the trail climbs steeply for an hour before reaching Sinche La at 5,005 m.

 

Day 11: Lingmithang – Laya (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 10 km

Elevation Changes      : 60m ascent, 340 m descent

Trekking time             : 5 hours

Campsite location       : Laya

Campsite altitude        : 3840 m

The trail today takes us downhill across a narrow, winding river valley. The trail takes us through a densely forested area to the western side of Laya village.

Day 12: Laya to Koina (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 19 km

Elevation Changes      : 260m ascent, 1070 m descent

Trekking time             : 7 hours

Campsite location       : Koina

Campsite altitude        : 3050 m

The trail winds alongside the Mochhu River and offers fascinating views of the tumbling river, feeder streams and waterfalls.

Day 13: Koina – Gasa (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 14 km

Elevation Changes      : 740m ascent, 1500 m descent

Trekking time             : 6 hours

Campsite location       : Gasa

Campsite altitude        : 2240 m

 The trek passes by Bari La at 3,740m, after which it descends to Gasa village at 2,770 m.

Day 14: Gasa – Damji (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 18 km

Elevation Changes      : 480m ascent, 470 m descent

Trekking time             : 6-7 hours

Campsite location       : Damji

Campsite altitude        : 2250 m

Beginning with a short climb, the trail again winds through lots of ups and downs, along rolling hills, passes, pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall as if floating in space. You finally reach Damji with its well maintained campsite.

Day 15: Damji – Tashithang – Punakha (trekking)

Trekking distance       : 16 km

Elevation Changes      : 250m ascent, 870 m descent

Trekking time             : 6 hours

Overnight                    : At hotel in Punakha

Campsite altitude        : 3610 m

Descending from the high agricultural benches above the Mo Chhu into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation, the trail will take you through areas where monkeys and a few other animals might be seen occasionally. Your driver and vehicle will be waiting here for you. Drive to Punakha for the night.

 

 

Day 16: Punakha – Paro (140 km, 4 hours drive) via Thimphu

After breakfast, start your journey back towards Paro. Enjoy your lunch at Thimphu.

 

 

Day 17: Departure

Your wonderful trekking tour of Bhutan comes to an end today. After breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for you onward destination.

Fly out either to Bangkok, Singapore, Katmandu, Dhaka, Delhi or Kolkata

The total tour cost, minimum daily tariff, surcharges and Bhutan visa fees for booking “Laya Gasa Trek” are as follows:

Single Traveller: $5135
Dual travelers/2pax: $4060 Per Person
3 travelers: $3310 Per Person
4 Travelers: $3045 Per Person
5 - 6 Travelers: $2990 Per Person
7 and above Travelers: $2980 Per Person
The above mentioned price covers the following:
  • Tour vehicles with experienced driver – (SUV cars for single and dual travelers, Toyota Mini buses for group of 3 – 9 travelers and Toyota coaster buses for group consisting 10 or more travelers).
  • All meals – (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • All accommodations in 3 star hotels/ guest houses in twin sharing basis – (Up gradation to 4 stars and 5 stars available on paying the extra premium).
  • Licensed English speaking tour guide – (Language speaking guides for French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai are available on paying extra premium of $60 - $100).
  • Sustainable Development fee of US $65 per person per night spent in Bhutan – (This money goes for a very good cause of reducing poverty, rural development, free medical services and free education for Bhutanese people).
  • Entrance fees to all tourist sites
  • Tea and snacks during the day
  • Bottled water during the day
  • Bhutan Visa Fee of US $40
  • Trekking Equipments as follows:
    • Horses/ potters and ponies
    • Toilet tents with toilet pots and toilet papers
    • Sleeping tents (A-shaped) with pillows and mattress
    • Dinning tents with tables and chairs
    • Kitchen tents with whole set of kitchen items to prepare meals
    • Trekking/camping cooks
    • Trekking/camping staffs
    • Hot water bags in bed
The above mentioned price does not cover the following:
  • Airfare (both international and domestic)
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, Beverages and tips
  • Any cost incurred due to flight cancellation, delayed flight, road blockage

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