Laya Gasa trek is a ten days trek starting in Paro and crosses over beautiful landscape. On this trek, you will see the Jhomolhari Mountain and come across some remote settlements. On this trek, if you are lucky you will cross path with several wild animals like blue sheep, deer, wild birds and rarely snow leopard. This is a hard trek and require good physical health and endurance. The best time for this trek is from March to may and from September to November.
Bhutan ten days Trek (click to expand)
On arrival at the Paro Airport, you will be received by the representative of AB Travel who will then take you to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Full day sightseeing in the Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to the Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of Victory from where the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The Dzong though in ruins holds great historical importance to the Bhutanese. From there, in fine weather, one can view the majestic Mt. Jhumolhari standing at an altitude of 7329m above the sea. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Paro Rinpong Dzong and the local market. Overnight in Hotel.
Distance 17Km 5-6hours. Altitude of camp-2,800mtrs. Drive up to the end of the road at Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the river gently uphill through narrowing valley and agricultural fields of the Tsento Village. Overnight in camp near the army outpost.
Distance : 17km. Trek time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp. The trail winds continues uphill following the Paro River until the valley narrows and leads to the slopes. Then it descends down into another valley. Camp in a meadow.
Distance : 19 km. Trek Time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4040m. The trek is along a gradual uphill trail which passes an army out post. Pack lunch on the way. After lunch you will be passing through the bases of many snow peaked slopes. Overnight in camp at the base of Mt. Jhumolhari.
Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6- 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4150m. Trek through wide yak pastures and beautiful snow clad mountains. As you approach the Lingshi basin, the breathtaking view of the Lingshi Dzong can be seen. The Tsarim Gang mountain and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. Camp near the stone shelter for travelers.
Distance : 12km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hrs. Altitude of camp : 3850m. This is probably the shortest walking day of your trip and the walk is on a wide trail with hardly and ascends. On reaching camp one can visit the small yak herding village or take a walk to the upper end of the valley.
Distance : 17 km. Trek Time : 6 – 7 hrs. Altitude of camp : 4260m The trek today is through wild high pastures and the trail passes through a few sparsely populated villages. You will be crossing the Gobula Pass at an altitude of 4350m. Overnight in camp.
Distance : 15km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hours. Altitude of camp : 4320m. An early start is advisable as you will be crossing the Jarila Pass which stands at 4600 m above sea. Then descend down to Tsarijathang where herds of the National Animal, Takin can be seen. Camp on the flad ledge above the river.
Distance : 29km. TrekTime : 7 – 8 hours. Altitude of camp : 3804m. After crossing the Shingela Pass at an altitude of 4900m, the trail descends to the valley beyond. On reaching Lemithang, the trail splits into two, one leading to the army camp while the other sticks to higher ground and brings one to the village of Laya. Camp beside the Laya village.
A day of rest and relaxation. One can take a leisurely walk through the village or hike to the monastery above the village. Entertainment by the local dancer-sin the evening. Overnight in camp.
Distance : 19km. Trek Time : 6-7 Hours. Altitude of camp : 3800m. The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breathtaking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and water falls.
Distance : 17km. Trek Time : 6-7 Hours. Altitude of camp : 2900m. You will be crossing the Babela Pass at an altitude of 3740m after which the trail is downhill till the camp site which is by the famous Gasa Hot Spring.
Relax in the hot spring for the day and let the hot mineral water soothe your aching limbs.
Distance : 21 km. Trek Time : 6-7 hours. Altitude of camp : 2280m. After a short climb the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. As you move away from Gasa, if you look back you can see the Gasa Dzong glued to the sky seeming to wave you goodbye.
Distance : 15 km. Trek Time : 5 – 6 hours. It is a fairly easy day of the trek. At the end of the trek, your transportation will be waiting to take you to the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the Punakha Dzong for some pictures of the dzong from outside. Then proceed towards Thimphu. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.
Half day Thimphu sight seeing including the National Library, Zilunkha Nunnery and the National Memorial Chorten. Lunch in a local restaurant. Evening transfer to Paro. Overnight in Hotel.
To airport and away. Tashi Delek!!