Laya Gasa Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Laya Gasa 4000m trekking is one of the moderately challenging trekking trails in Bhutan at the same route as Chomalhari trek which will leads you to the beautiful landscapes and unspoiled trekking in the whole areas. This trekking is one of the awesome trekking in the kingdom of Bhutan.

This trek offer you to spot different flora like oak, orchid, golden birch, juniper,willow, blue poppy the national flower of Bhutan and different rare fauna like red panda, blue sheep, Laya, Gasa trekking in kingdom of Bhutan  leads you to the unusual culture of Layap folks and bids a halt at a natural hot spring in Gasa. The highest pass Shingche La at 5,005m Mount Chomolari 7314meter, mount Jitchu Drake 7000m and above Nele La Pass 4250 meter into Lingshi Gorge.

This trekking begins after an airstrip to Bhutan with the beautiful view of the Mt. Everest and other entire Himalayan mountain and heading to Paro and next day we will be hiking through the Taktshang Monastery most well-known and cultural life of Bhutan at Paro at the high cliff at 3120 meters high above the sea level and next our trek begins from the Drukgyel Dzong through the Shana over the isolated valley of rhododendron forests where you get the majestic view of the Mount Jomolhari and then subsequent the river and passing the high ridges and snowcapped peaks surrounding give more pleasure to your trek and at jagothang we ascending we will  be resting for a while and continually trailing climbs we gradually reach to Nyili La Pass (4680 m) where you get to observe the yak herders and then we will reach chebisa where there are few villages with and on your trail to this isolated village one should be aware of the dogs and then to Shakyapasang to Robluthang where you will be observing lots of yak herders where you get to chance to snap some pictures with them. And heading to Limithang you will come across colorful prayer flags and then to laya where we get the picturesque views of the several mountain and where we can relax at natural hot spring and descending down to several spots we will be finally reaching Punakha and then to thimpu there we will be sightseeing some several monasteries and several chorten and lastly reaching paro where you can do some shopping and sightseeing the Paro valley and fly back to your respective places or Kathmandu.

This Laya Gasa trekking is mostly open from April to June and mid-September to mid-November. Though the perfect trekking is in the month in Laya area is on April. But our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) do this trekking in all the season so if you are willing to trek or you want to book this trekking destination one of the beautiful kingdom we are always open so  further details about this trek you can contact us or email us.

ITINARARY

Day 1 -Arrival at Paro Airport (2,280m)

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. After lunch, we visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. You will spend night at a hotel.

(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Day excursion from Paro to the Taktsang Monastery

We take a day excursion to Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest, the most spectacular monastery and probably the most photographed one in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence its name. The excursion to monastery’s view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria, followed by a short walk back. We'll have a leisure evening to take some rest before the trekking starts the following day. You will spend a night at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Drive from Paro to Shana (2,890m) - Distance: 15km - 5 hr

Drive up to Drukyel Dzong (north of Paro) where the motorable road ends. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong with Mount Chomolhari behind – a wonderful vista for the start of our trek. The trek to Shana starts along a dirt road for 1 hr through a wide, rich, cultivated valley, beneath forest-covered mountains, following the Paro Chu (river). Beware of the sun, which can be very fierce at this altitude. The first small settlement encountered is Tsento Zampa, where the traditional Bhutanese farmhouses with bright red chillies drying on their roofs in season. Farmers in this upper valley mostly grow red rice, potatoes and wheat.

The trek continues on the east side of the river, gently through the forests alive with numerous birds and brightly colored butterflies. After 2.5 hrs the big military camp at Gunitsawa is reached. The camp has a school and some shops, and your trekking permit will be checked at the camp entrance. After 20 minutes through forest, you will suddenly see the camp in a big open field at Shana, near the river. Looking back from camp you can see a big snowy peak, Jo Drakey. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Trek to Thangthangka (3,575m) - Distance: 22 kms - 7 hrs

Today is a hard day, with a lot of distance to cover. The altitude gain is also above the limit. The trail after lunch is rough and stony with many rises and drops. Following the river upstream from the campsite we pass old ruins Shana Bridge, destroyed by major flood caused by glacial lake outbursts in 1950’s. This bridge was used in the old days by travelers coming from or going to Phari in Tibet. The trail climbs steadily through a heavily forested area of oak, rhododendron, bamboo and ferns. After crossing a small house, Shing Karap is reached. Not far after Shing Karap, we pass a junction en-route, where another path leads up the easy, forbidden pass of Tremo La and onwards to the city of Phari in Tibet. This used to be the old trading route.

The trail makes a short steep climb and descent followed by a big bridge at 3,250m, crossing to the east side of the river is Thongo Zam, a possible lunch spot. The trek to Thangthangka continues through the forest consisting of birch, fir, larch, maple and blue pine. After a short climb we reach Seyende Zam where there is a big chorten (stupa). On clear weather we can see Mt. Chomolhari to the North. Further up about 20-30 minutes until we reach our camp in a meadow.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Trek to Jangothang, also called Chomolhari Base Camp (4,044m) - Distance: 17km - 5 hrs

After enjoying the view to Chomolhari and breakfast, the trail slowly leaves the forest line and gradually climbs into a beautiful valley, passing Tegethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. Continuing until we arrive at Jangothang, Chomolhari base camp. This valley is wide and high with mountains like Chomolhari. Jichu Drake overlooks the camp which is visibly nearby are the ruins of an old fortress. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Rest Day in Jangothang

Rest day at Chomolhari camp to acclimatize. There are some good hikes from Chomolhari camp, and is important to take one hike today. The best walk is towards the east up to the twin lakes of Tsho Phu. From the lakes there is a spectacular view back to Chomolhari and Jichu Drake mountains. Watch out for a herd of Himalayan Blue Sheep in this valley. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Trek to Lingshi (4,010m) - Distance: 21km - 7hr

After breakfast, a steep switchback trail starts climbing out of the valley into another that leads to the final climb and pass. It is a long climb about 3-4 hrs to reach the first high and very windy pass of this trek, the Nyelela Pass “sleepy pass” (4,890m). From Nyelela Pass one you can see far towards the east-northeast into the trekking area that we will be covering over the next couple of days. Mt. Takaphu dominates the view towards the north. Gangchen Ta “Tiger Mountain” is the main mountain to be seen looking east.

Less than 30 minutes down is a flat, more sheltered area – a good lunch spot. We continue to descend passing a narrow gorge with a small river crossing. The trail leads to a viewing point from which Lingshi Dzong can be seen. Our campsite is located next to a river. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8 - Trek to Chebisa - Distance: 16km - 4hrs

This is the most pleasant walk of the whole trek. Leaving Lingshi we gently climb to another village, Gom Yu, set right below a 300m cliff. Another hour walk brings us to a little valley with a huge waterfall at one end of the Shangri La village of Chebisa, where we camp by the side of the river. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9 - Trek to Shakya Pasang (4,000m) - Distance: 14km - 5 hrs

The day begins with stiff climb to Gogu La (4,440m) then a long descent to a stream at 4,170m. It is a long climb over the ridge, the trail descends on a muddy path into Jholethang valley deep in the forest of fir and birch. The trail traverses high above the valley floor on stream to Chachim, a yak pasture at 4,260m. The camp is beside a stream at the bottom of the valley. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast included)

Day 10 - Trek to Robkuthangd (4,160m) - Distance: 16km - 8hrs

A long haul over the Jarela pass at 4,785m where we get stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. We drop steeply down a forest trail to the Tsarigathang valley, the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takin (Bhutan’s National animal). After crossing the stream, the trail ascends till you reach Robluthang camp at altitude of 4,160m. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 11 - Trek to Limithang (4,160m) - Distance: 14km - 7 hrs

This day is long as well as tough crossing Shinchela pass (5,000m/16,400 ft), the last and highest pass en route. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes, eagles, griffin vultures and yaks. The descent is a rough and rocky trail that follows moraine into another glacial valley. The last part of the trek is very interesting with fascinating views of Mt. Gangchey Ta. Our campsite is in a meadow by the riverbank. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast included)

Day 12 - Trek to Laya (3,800m) - Distance: 9 kms - 4 hrs

A very pleasant walk to Laya with wonderful views along of the river, one of the tributaries of the Mochu. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. Arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country at altitude of 3,800m. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 13 - Rest day in Laya

The rest day is spent at your leisure or you can visit village houses and mixing with the Layaps. People in Laya are semi-nomadic yak-herders. In contrast to women in the rest of the country, Laya women wear their hair long and wear a distinctive dress made of yak hair and sheep's wool - a black skirt with brown vertical stripes, a black jacket a special conical bamboo hat. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 14 - Trek to Koina (3,240m) - Distance: 16 kms - 6 hrs

Descend to army camp and follow the Mo Chhu River till you cross the bridge after which it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Koina. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 15 - Trek to Gasa Hot Springs (2,220m) - Distance: 12 kms - 6 hrs

Beginning with a long climb to Balela pass (3,900m). There is a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. The route starts down again, through a bamboo forest to a stream. Later it is downhill all the way to Gasa Hot Springs. If time permits we will visit Gasa village and Dzong built in 17th century. Then descend to Gasa Hot Springs for camping. Overnight at tented camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 16 - Trek to Damji Village, and drive to Punakha - Trekking Distance 14 kms - 5 hours

We climb away from Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) the trail winds through the hillsides with the vista of fields, villages and forests of oak and pine. Gasa Dzong will be visible behind you glued to the valley wall, seeming afloat in space. The trail descends from the high agricultural benches into a lush semi-tropical gorge above Damji village. Our transport meets us here, and we drive 3 hours to Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 17 - Drive from Punakha to Thimphu, then to Paro in the evening

We visit the Punakha Dzong (the winter residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and the central monastic body) then depart to Paro across Dochula pass. Lunch and sightseeing in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 18 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan
(Breakfast included)

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Visa fee for Bhutan
  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
  • Guided city tour in Paro by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.
  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.
  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations.
  • Monument and museums entrance fees for all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Government royalty (35% of $225), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
  • All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 18 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 18 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 18 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 5,260

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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