Laya – Gasa Trek

This 14-day trek, Known as Queen of Himalaya, It is quite popular because it traverses a great cross section of Bhutan as it winds from the Paro valley up to Laya and Lingshi in Northwest Bhutan which are situated above 4010m /13,150 feet. Fewer visitors a year make their way into Laya, one of the most culturally and ecologically pristine regions in the long arc of the Himalaya. The scenery along the way, past the elegant Mount Jhomolhari is awe-inspiring with views of alpine landscape with snowcapped mountains and mirrored crystal lakes dotted with yak hair tents of the migratory yak herders. Descend to Gasa and its hot springs where you can soak away the rigors of your trek before ending the trek and driving back to Thimphu and to Paro. This is the end of half part of the Snowman trek.

Grade: Moderate/ Demanding
Distance: 125miles / 202km.
Season: (Apr,May,June Sept,Oct,Nov)

Outline Itinerary:

Day1. Arrive to Paro. Overnight at hotel. Alt: 2235m/ 7330ft.

Day2. Paro Taksang hike. (Tigers Nest)Overnight at camp Shana. Alt: 9480ft / 2890m.

Day3. Shana to Soi ThangThangka. 7 to 8hr. 13.6miles / 22km.
Overnight at camp. Alt: 11,730ft/3575m.

Day4. Soi Thang Thangka to Jangothang. 4 to 5hr. 10.5miles / 17km.
Camp, Alt. 13260ft/4044m.

Day5. Day Halt ——— Explore in Jangothang. Camp: Alt. 13260ft/4044m.

Day6. Jangothang to Lingshi. 5 to 6 hrs / 13 miles / 21km. Camp at Alt: 13,150ft/4010 m.

Day7. Lingshi to Chebisa. 4 to 5 hr. 10mile/15km. Camp,Alt: 3990 m /13,090 ft.

Day8. Chebisa to Shakyapasang. 5 to 6 hr. 9 miles / 14.5km. Camp, Alt: 13120ft/ 4000m.

Day9. Shakyapasang to Robluthang. 8 hr. 10 miles /16km. Camp. Alt: 13,645ft/4160m.

Day10. Robluthang to Limithang. 7hr. 8.5miles / 14km. Camp Alt: 4160m /13,645ft.

Day11. Limithang to Laya. 4 hrs, 5 miles. 9km. Camp, Alt: 12,465ft/3800m.

Day12. Rest day at Laya: Overnight at camp. Alt: 12,465ft / 3800.

Day13. Laya to Koina. 6 to 7hrs, 10miles / 16km. Camp. Alt: 10627ft/ 3240m.

Day14. Koine to Gasa Hot spring (Tshachu) Camp at hot spring. Alt: 7282ft/2220m.

Day15. Gasa Tsachu to Punakha and to Thimphu. Overnight. 2320m/76096.

Day16. Thimphu to Paro, drive for 1 hr to airport.