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Laya Gasa TrekThe Highlights of the Trek is Gasa Hot Spring

The first part of the Laya Gasa trek follows the same route as the Jhomolhari trek till Lingzhi. Apart from spectacular views of sacred Mount Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain), the 14 day trek also takes you through isolated beautiful high altitude mountain villages. You might also spot the unique Blue Sheep and the takin, national animal of Bhutan. However the highlight of the trek is the Gasa hot springs...

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Apart from spectacular views of sacred Mount Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, Gangchhenta (Great Tiger Mountain), the 14 day trek also takes you through isolated beautiful high altitude mountain villages. You might also spot the unique Blue Sheep and the takin, national animal of Bhutan. However the highlight of the trek is the Gasa hot springs. Known for its various medicinal properties, the Gasa hot springs is very popular amongst the Bhutanese who make it a point to dip at least once a year in the hot springs and stay the rest of the year disease and sickness free. As compared, the Laya gasa trek is considered as the most beautiful, enriching and rewarding treks of Bhutan.

What is Included During the Trek:

  • All Trekking Meal during the Trek
  • One Trekking Expeditions Leader
  • 2 Horsemen
  • One Helper
  • Group Medical Kit
  • Good Quality accommodation througout. The use of a world expedition trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, and insulated mat
  • All Park entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
  • Horses to carry 20 Kgs personal quipment

What is not Included During the Trek:

  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
  • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

Accommodation/your night Camps

Camping in extreme weather such as cold temperatures and snowy conditions can be extremely enjoyable; Camping by the snow can be peaceful, picturesque and out door adventure. 

All the accommodation while on Druk Path Trek is twin sharing, double occupancy (Single occupancy with supplement) in the Tents. The tents are Cold Weather Tents and designed for harsh weather and snowy conditions. A separate tents will be pitched for dinning and rest room. 

On demand, a luxury tents will also be provided like bed and mattresses, warm shower tents, rest room with proper toilet pots, fishing equipment etc..

Check for the following Essential Trekking GearsTents Camps

During the Trek

  • Clothes:  Waterproof jacket and pants. You really don't need thick heavy clothes. As always, trekking in layers is better. 
  • Bag pack with rain cover for bagpack
  • Water bottles (at least 3 liters total capacity)
  • Baseball cap (the sun is strong at all elevations)
  • Hiking poles (lessen the impact on your joints)
  • Sunglasses (essential when you cross snow line)
  • Trekking shoes: A pair of lightweight-waterproof hiking boots is a must. Break them in beforehand
  • Winter hat
  • Winter gloves

At the Camp Site 

  • Head lamp with extra batteries
  • A pair of Camp shoes too.
  • Thermal underwear and can be useful in the mornings, or for sleeping in at night. If you forgot some, jogging pants are widely available in all towns for less cost
  • Reading materials (Kindle may be best)
  • Journal and pens

This table shows you the most suitable times for trekking in Bhutan: Good: (***), Moderate: (*), Not good: (X) 

 

TrekJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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Snowman Trekxxx*******x*xx*******xx
Jumolhari Laya Gasa Trekxxx********xxx*******xx
Gangtey Trekxx*********xx*************
Bumthang Cultural Trekxx**********x*xx**********x
Bumthang Owl Trekxx**********x*xx**********x
Sagala Trekxx*********xxx**********x
Mt Jumolhari Trekxxx*******xxx**********x
Dagala Trekxx*********x*xx*********x
Merak Sakten Trekxx*********x*xx*********x

 Day 1 Drukgyel Dzong – Sharna Zampa 

walking stickWalking Distance:

17km, 4 to 5 hours

Camp Altitude:

2850 m

LayaGasa Trek

With a gradual climb the trail follows the Paro Chhu passing beautiful meadows, paddy fields and impressive farm houses. After about four hours you will reach the army post at Gunitsawa village. At the army checkpost your trek permit (provided by your tour operator) will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from Gunitsawa

Day 2

Sharna Zampa- Soe Thangthangkha

 walking stickWalking Distance: 22km, 7 to 8 hours

Camp Altitude:

3,610 m

LayaGasa Gunitsawa

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After goinguphill through the river valley , you enter the Jigme Dorji National Park. The valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path which descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jomolhari


Day 3

Thangthangkha – Jangothang

walking stickWalking Distance:

19km, 5 to 6 hours

Camp Altitude:

4,080 m

LayaGasa Soethangkha

If you did not see Mount Jomolhari the previous evening, you will get a great view in the morning. The trek continues up the Paro Chhu river valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. Cross an army outpost along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the beautiful villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another highlight of today. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari  


Day 4

Acclimatization

walking stickWalking Distance:

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Camp Altitude:

4,080 m

LayaGasaTrek Jangothang

Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. There are plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Jichu Drake is also one of those unclimbed mountains. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east. Nearby there are trout filled lakes. You may also walk towards the glaciers of Jhomolhari or visit and experience a high altitude village life nearby. Don’t sweat it too much as you prepare yourself for a tough climb the next day


Day 5

Jangothang – Lingshi

walking stickWalking Distance: 18km, 6 to 7 hours

Camp Altitude: 4,010 m

LayaGasa JumolhariBase

The trail climbs rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascend to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. Apart from the beautiful landscape you might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains and spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. You will pass through yak herder’s tents made from yak wool. You will also get a view from the top of beautiful Lingzhi Dzong


Day 6

Lingshi – Chebisa

walking stickWalking Distance:

 

10km, 5 to 6 hours

Camp Altitude:

3,880 m

LayaGasaTrek MtJichuDrakey

Today is the shortest walking day, and you can really take it easy. Shortly after starting you will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here, you have the choice of staying on the main trail or taking a diversion up to the Lingshi Dzong (4,220m), which sits right atop a ridge. Besides a very special atmosphere of mystic silence Lingshi Dzon g provides a great view over the valley. After Lingshi Dzong you will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. In Goyul, the stone houses are clustered together to a small compact village that is unusual in Bhutan where village houses are normally scattered. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa with a beautiful waterfall behind the village, you will have plenty of time to visit the village houses if you feel up to it


Day 7

Chebisa – Shomuthang

walking stickWalking Distance: 17km, six to seven hours

Camp Altitude: 4,220 m

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You walk through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass)

On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. After crossing the Gobu La (4,410m), you descend to the valley, then climb again a little bit, and descend again to Shakshepasa (3,980) where a helipad has been established. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu river

Day 8

Shomuthang – Robluthang

walking stickWalking Distance:

18km, 6 to 7 hours

Camp Altitude:

4,160 m

LayaGasaTrek Lingzhidzong

As the walk is a little strenuous, it is advisable to start early. Climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first sight of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jumolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow

Day 9

Robluthang – Limithang

walking stickWalking Distance:

19km, 6 to 7 hours

Camp Altitude:

4,140 m

LayaGasaTrek Laya

The last and highest pass on the trek in case you don’t intend to continue the Snowman trek from Laya onwards – you descend to a little stone house where a few Laya women – dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats on their head – live and offer their weaving products. Right behind the stone house you will see an impressive terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. You can see classic examples of the lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks up both sides of the valley. Below the moraine, you cross the Kango Chhu and soon reach the Limithang campsite. The peak of Gangchhenta towers over the campsite even though it’s quite a distance away

Day 10

Limithang – Laya

walking stickWalking Distance:

10km, 4 to 5 hours

Camp Altitude:

3,840 m

LayaGasaTrek Lingzhi

Today, you walk all the way downhill along a narrow winding river valley. After a long time, you again trek partly through deep forest. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. From the west of the village you will view Gangchhenta again and catch a glimpse of Masagang. In the village centre is a community school and a basic health unit with telephone connection. The campsite is below the school

Day 11

Laya – Koina

walking stickWalking Distance:19 Km, 6 - 7 hours walk

Camp Altitude:

3,050 m

LayaGasaTrek Lingzhitrek

The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the crashing river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Lots of ups and downs will lead you to Kohi Lapcha at 3.300 m. The trek then drops down to the large stream of Koina Chhu, where you will find the campsite of Koina.

Day 12

Koina – Gasa

walking stickWalking Distance:

14 km, six to 7 hours

Camp Altitude:

2,240 m

LayaGasaTrek Laya Trek

Today you will have your last major climb of the Laya Gasa Trek. You will cross the Bari La (3,740m), after which the trail is all the way down till you reach Gasa village (2,770m), where you will find the first restaurants since starting from Drukgyel Dzong. There also is a campsite close to Gasa Dzong (. You will have to decide if you want to stay in Gasa village or descend for another one hour to the Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) and relax in the thermal water. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan for its medicinal properties

Day 13

Gasa – Damji

walking stickWalking Distance:

17km, five to six hours

Camp Altitude:

4,900 m

LayaGasaTrek Lingzhitrek

After a short climb, the trail winds through lots of ups and downs, through rolling hills and passes and pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall as if floating in space. You finally reach Damji with its well maintained campsite

Day 14

Damji – Tashithang

walking stickWalking Distance:

16km, five hours

The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mo Chhu into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation. You will also see monkeys and a few other animals occasionally. Your vehicle and driver awaits to take you to your hotel.

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