Laya Village

HIGHLIGHTS

Situated at an altitude of 3800m, the scenic journey will have you walking through some of the most pristine natural environments in the country and the village will mesmerize you with its unique culture. The inhabitants of Laya village are ethnically distinct and have been continuing their traditional way of life since time immemorial, hidden away in the far north of the kingdom. This trail offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high mountain passes (16,100 ft). Splendor campsites, beneath some of Bhutan's most magnificent peaks, of which the most notable are Chomolhari (7300 m) and Jichu Drake (6900 m), are also features of this trekking route. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the extraordinary village of Laya, and the Gasa hot springs make this trek one of the most attractive. Sangay Letho a general manager a of White Umbrella tours will go as a guide in this tour. He is a professional trekking guide since 2000.

TREK ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Paro-Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu-Gasa (6 hrs)
Day 03: Gasa-Kohena (6-7hrs)
Day 04: Kohena-Laya (8hrs)
Day 05: Rest Day at Laya
Day 06: Laya-Kohena (6-7 hrs)
Day 07: Kohena-Gasa (6 hrs)
Day 08: Gasa-Tshachu Rest Day
Day 09: Gasa-Punakha (3 hrs)
Day 10: Punakha-Paro (4 hrs)
Day 11: Departure
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Day 1:Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. You will be transfer to Thimphu (Capital) which is an hour drive from airport.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu-Gasa
In Morning, drive to Gasa via Punakha, en-route Dochu-la pass (3100 m) where you will spot 108 Chorten (stupa) known as Druk Wangyal Chorten, initiated by our Queen mother. As you descend from pass, you will enter in balmy, moist forest within short span of time. The vegetation changes into mix forest, the climate gets cool when you arrive at Punakha (old capital). Further you have to drive another 3 hours to Gasa. Overnight at Camp (2700 m).

DAY 3:Gasa-Kohena
In the morning we will climb for an hour half to Bele-La Pass, where the pass is marked with prayer flags. it's traversing to the Chamsa place of fir forest, later the trail is small twist to the camp area (3900 m). Overnight at Camp (3900 m)

Day 4: Kohena-Gasa
It is gradual ascending, after an hour of trek, the vegetation changes after that we have to ascend further into fir tree forest. Keep your eyes open, you may encounter with some lovely pheasants. Later, you have to cross the main river (mo-chu), The trail was well established by movement of animal, horses, and local people. Later, there is Army camp located on trail, we have to cross big stream that flows from Mountain Massage (7100m). From there, as we climb further for an hour, we will comes across with few chorten (stupa) on the way to Laya village (3700 m). Overnight at Camp.

Day 5: Rest day
Explore Laya village. You can go and visit one of the local houses. Traditional Bhutanese hospitality is extended even to a stranger, and a cup of Suja (traditional tea) and chang (alcohol brewed from barley) is always offered.

Day 6: Laya-Kohina
We descend from Laya to the army camp at the side of the Mo chu (Mother river of Punakha), and then walk alongside the river till reaching a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the track winds up and down through juniper and fir forests. We camp in the forest at Chamsa (3, 900m).

Day 7: Kohina-Gasa Tshachu
After a 30 minute walk traversing to Bele-La Pass, it's downhill all the way to Gasa Tshachu. We take lunch at Gasa village (2700 m), afterwards visiting the village and Gasa Dzong. The Dzong was built in the 17th century. We then descend to Gasa Tshachu (hot spring), where we set up our camp (2,200m).

Day 8: Gasa Tshachu, Rest day
After a long trek, this is the place to relax! Enjoy a hot bath in natural hot spring water and try some of the local beer.

Day 9: Gasa Tshachu - Punakha
Drive through scenic mountains from Gasa to Punakha (3-4 hrs). Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. Afternoon, Visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan'. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masses from Thimphu to this warmer location. Later, enjoy a walk to imi LhakhangCh, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it's not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha.

Day 10:Punakha - Paro
Drive to Paro via Bhutan's capital, Thimphu en-route the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring color. Evening, stroll in Paro town.

Day 11:Depart Paro
Breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek.
 


Tour date

only by request
(11 days / 10 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
2,290 USD per person

Price includes

  • 3* hotels double occupancy
  • Full board
  • private vehicle
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • Visa fee

Supplementary fee

  • Single individual
    80 USD per night
  • Group of 2 persons
    30 USD per person per night
  • single occupancy
    40 USD per night

* Any individual tours and services can be upgraded according to your time and interest on request.
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