Name : Laya – Gasa Trek

Type: Trek
Trek Days:15 Day
Total Days: 19 Days
Standard: moderately hard trek

Days 01: Hike to Tiger Nest
Hike to the Tiger’s Nest and have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria. On the way back you can visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. Overnight in Paro
Day 02: Paro to Shana
Drive to the end of the motor road at Drukgyel Dzong to begin the trek.  While you wait for the horses to load up you will have time to take a look at the ruined Dzong.  Known as the fortress of victory, it was constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951.  Today’s trail follows the river uphill through a narrow agricultural valley as far as the border army camp at about 2800 m.  There is now a feeder road as far as the armies check post at Gunitsawa about half an hour before camp so if you prefer you can take a day hike near Paro for acclimatisation and then drive towards camp at Shana in the late afternoon. (17 km, 6 hours)
Day 03: Shana- Soi Thangthangkha
The path from Shana ascends through the river valley with pine and rhododendron forests.  On the way, there is a fantastic view of Mount Jomolhari.  We will camp in a meadow with a stone shelter at an altitude of about 3860 m.  (19 km, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 04: Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang
The trail continues to follow the river and passes a small army post where the valley begins to widen again. Views of high ridges and snow-capped peaks can be seen on all sides. At this altitude (about 4040 m) it is possible to see yaks and yak herders. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. (19 kms, 6 hours)  
Day 05: Rest day at Jangothang
 Day06: Jangothang - Lingshi
The trail climbs gradually to Nyili La Pass (4680 m). Broad yak pastures can be seen along the length of the route. If the weather is clear, there is an excellent view of Lingshi Dzong as we descend into the Lingshi basin. Tserim Kang and its descending glaciers can be seen at the north end of the valley. We camp in a stone shelter at 3915 m. (19 km, 7 to 8 hours).  On your rest day you can take a day’s excursion to Tsekha (Lahe), the base camp of Jichu Drake Mountain where it is possible to see blue sheep and musk deer. (Altitude about 4500 m) If you prefer, you can relax today, explore the village and visit the school. Sadly Lingshi Dzong was badly damaged in a recent earthquake and it will only be possible to visit if renovations works are complete.
Day 07:Rest at Lingzhi
Day 08: Lingshi - Chebisa
This is the shortest trekking day. Once we have reached our camp at Chebisa (3910 m) it is possible to visit some village houses and a waterfall just behind the village. (10 kms, 5 hours)
Day 09: Chebisa- Shomuthang
The trail goes through wild pastures where yaks graze. We cross the Gobu La Pass (4350 m) before reaching Shomuthang. The camp (at 3985 m) is near a tributary to the Mo Chhu which emerges below the Gasa Tsachu (Hot Spring). From here you can see the helipad which is sometimes used if the passes get snowed in. (17 km, 7 hours)
Day 10: Shomuthang - Robluthang
We start with a climb to Jhari La (4600 m) where we are rewarded with quite stunning views, then descend again through forest to Tsharithang, the valley where herds of takin can normally be seen. Today’s scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Cross the river and clamber up the hillside for an hour or so to camp at Robluthang (4160 m). (18 km, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 11: Robluthang - Limithang
After reaching the Shinge La Pass (4870 m), the path descends and goes through the valley. Limithang is in the Laya district where the locals will be seen wearing unique regional dress. Our camp is at Kang Che Da beneath Gang Chen Ta, the Great Tiger Mountain, at an altitude of 4090 m. (19 km, 8 hours)
Day 12: Lemithang – Laya
The path goes downhill through a winding river valley and enters the eastern end of Laya village. (Altitude 3820 m, 10 kms, 4 to 5 hours)  Next day explore the village and meet local people. You may even get the opportunity to make a phone call or check email from here as the village is well linked up with telecommunications!
Day 13: Rest at Laya
Day 14: Laya - Koina
The trail follows the river valley and there is a breathtaking view of vibrant rivers, feeder streams and waterfalls. At Koena there is a hut to sleep in which is sometimes welcome if the fields are muddy. (3510 m, 19 km, 8 hours)
Day 15: Koina - Gasa - Gasa Hot Springs
We cross the Bale La Pass (3740 m), after which the trail descends to Gasa Dzong  (2900 m). Continue with a steep descent to the hot springs at Gasa at 2240 m.  (18 km, 8 to 9 hours)
Day 16: Gasa - Punakha
Walk through rolling hillsides with vistas of fields, villages and oak and pine forests. The trail descends from the high agricultural terraces above the Mo Chhu  into a semi-tropical gorge, ending at Damji. (17 km, 6 hours). A car will meet us at the road head to drive to Punakha.
Day 17: Punakha
Visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”.  Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.  Then return to Thimphu over the Dochu La pass at 3050 metres where you can catch a great view of the Himalayan range that you have just seen at close hand. Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 18: Thimphu sightseeing

Day 19: Departure

 Jambay Lhakhang Drup