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ID: 1384
BEAUTIFUL LAYA GASA TREK
Offered by Company : ID 1915
Country : Bhutan
Destinations : paro (Paro)
Duration : 18 – 19 day(s)
Minimum Price : $200 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $240 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Trekking Tour, Hiking Tour
 
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Picturesque farmland, alpine pastureland, impressive peaks and numerous isolated Dzongs providing great deal of cultural interests. This trek offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high passes. Spectacular camp site, beneath some of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Jhumolhari and Jichu Drake, are also the features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish vallage of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest enroute.

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Day 01. Arrival at Paro.

Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutans National Air Carrier. The green wall of hills known as dooars, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continuously higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silver rivers thread the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up into the sky. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, watch tower, now the national museum, above it. Your escort from Eagle Tours, who accompany you throughout the trip, will be waiting for you at the airport. After completion of airport formalities, you will drive through fascinating valley of Paro to the hotel. Evening visit to Paro marker and take a stroll around towns Main Street. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02. Paro

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.

Day 03. Paro Shana.

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.

Day 04. Shana- Soi Thangthagkha.

Distance: 17km. Trek time : 6-7 hrs. Altitude of camp. The trail wind 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.

Day 05. Soi Thangthangkha Jangothang.

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.

Day 06. Jangothang Lingshi.

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 travellers.

Day 07. Lingshi Chebisa.

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.

Day 08. Chebisa Shomuthang.

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.

Day 09. Shomuthang Robluthang.

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.

Day 10. Robluthang Laya.

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.

Day 11. Laya Laya.

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 dancersin the evening. Overnight in camp.

Day 12. Laya Koina.

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.

Day 13. Koina Gasa.
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.

Day 14. Gasa Gasa.

Relax in the hot spring for the day and let the hot mineral water soothe your aching limbs.

Day 15. Gasa Goen Damji.

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.

Day 16. Goen Damji Tashithang Punakha.

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.

Day 17. Punakha Thimphu

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.

Day 18. Thimphu Paro.

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.

Day 19. Departure.

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