Laya Gasa Trek

19 DAYS
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Description

This is a 12-days Trek, an extension of the Jumolhari Trek and offers diverse flora and fauna, including a good opportunity to spot Blue Sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy (Bhutan’s national flower). It introduces you to the unusual culture of the Layap people (The Nomadic people of Upper Himalayas bordering Tibet) and offers a stop at a natural hot spring in Gasa. It is a popular Trek. Highest point is 4115 Meter.

Facts about the Tour / Trek:

Trek duration: 12 days.
Duration: 18 nights / 19 days.
Accommodation: Hotels, Resorts and Tents.
Activity Type: Walking, Trekking & Tour.
Difficulty Level: Strenuous.
Group size: Minimum 2 pax
Best Months to do this Trek: March – May, September – 2nd Week of December.
Start: Shana
End: Gasa hot springs

Itinerary

1

Arrive Paro

Your guide from Bhutan Corinthian will greet you on arrival, and then drive you the short distance to the Hotel.
After breakfast, Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

2

Paro - Thimphu: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery

Hike to Taktsang Monastery. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

3

Paro – Shana

After breakfast, visit the Ta Dzong and Paro Rimpung Dzong. If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action.
After lunch, drive to Shana. Dinner and overnight at camp Shana.
Altitude 2,850 m; Distance 17 Km;

4

Shana – Thangthangka (Start of Trek):

Altitude: 3610 m; Distance 22 Km; Time 7 - 8 hours, Ascent: 770 meters, Descent: 10 meters.

5

Thangthangka – Jangothang

Altitude: 4080 m; Distance 19 Km; Time 5 - 6 hours, 480 meters Ascent

6

Jangothang

Rest day at Jangothang, enjoy the superb view all around.
For Day hikes, you have 3 options on this day at Jangothang.

1. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth)
2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
3. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit is at 5200 meters with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).

7

Jangothang – Lingshi

Altitude 4000 m; Distance 17 kms; Time 6 - 7 hours.

8

Lingshi – Chebisa

Camp site at an altitude of 3880 m; Distance 10 km; Time 5 - 6 hours, Ascent: 280 meters, Descent: 410 meters.

9

Chebisa – Shomuthang

Camp at Altitude 4220 m; Distance17 km; Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 890 meters, Descent 540 meters.

10

Shomuthang – Robluthang

Camp at Altitude: 4,160 m; Distance 18 km; Time 6 - 7 hours, Ascent 700 meters, Descent 760 meters.

11

Robluthang – Lemithang

Camp at Altitude 4,140 meters; Distance: 19 km; Time 6-7 hours. Ascent 850 meters, Descent 870 meters.

12

Lemithang – Laya

Camp at Altitude3840m; Distance10 km; Time 4-5hours, Ascent 60 meters, Descent 340 meters.

13

Laya (Halt)

We have a rest day at Laya and an opportunity to meet the local people.

14

Laya - Koena

Camp at Altitude 3050 meters; Distance19 km; Time 6-7 hours, 260 meters Ascent, Descent 1070 meters

15

Koena – Gasa Tsachu(End of Trek)

Camp at Altitude: 2,638 m; Distance 14 km; Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 900 meters, Descent 1710 meters.

16

Gasa Tsachu - Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

17

Punakha –Thimphu

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong followed by a short visit to the longest suspension bridge in the country.
Visit Chimi Lhakhang also called Temple of Fertility built by Lama Drukpa, 20 -30 min walk through the paddy field.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Stop a while in Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the higher Himalayas. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

18

Thimphu sightseeing

Visit the following:
• National Memorial Chorten (1974)
• Weekend Market (Friday - Sunday)
• Painting School
• Bhutanese Paper making factory
• The Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world.
• Tashichho Dzong,

19

Departure

Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.

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