Beautiful Laya / Gasa Trek / BHT 07

Two Valleys Tour lets you to discover the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan. During the trip you will visit to ancient dzongs (forts), monasteries, museums, cultural centers, along with the excursions of picturesque villages of bhutan.

Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan. Your journey starts at Paro, after landing here. This travel package offers you to experinence Bhutanese village life at Wangduephodrang. Opportunity to observe the traditional art of healing to cure diseases at the Indigenous Hospital and learning more about the rich Bhutanese art and culture by visiting the Art & Craft School, National Library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and Handicraft centers are really lifetime experiences.

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Brief Itinerary

Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Paro
02 Hike to Taktsang Gompa
03 Drive from Paro to Drugyal Dzong
04 Trek Shana - Soe Thangthangkha
05 Trek Soe Thangthangkha - Jangothang
06 Trek Jangothang Lingshi
07 Trek Lingshi - Chebisa
08 Trek Chebisa - Shomuthang
09 Trek Shomuthang - Robluthang
10 Trek Robluthang - Lemithang
11 Trek Lemithang Laya
12 Acclimatization day in Laya.
13 Trek Laya Koena
14 Trek Koena Gasa
15 Trek Gasa - Gasa Tsachu
16 Trek Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji
17 Trek Geon Damji - Tashithang- Punakha
18 Drive Punakha - Gangtey.
19 Drive Gangtey - Paro
20 Excursion to Haa Valley.
21 Departure

Day 01:

Arrive in Paro. Visit Ta-Dzong, the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong

Day 02:

Hike to Taktsang Gompa. Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, Drugyal Dzong.

Day 03:

Drive from Paro to Drugyal Dzong and start trek to Shana Drive upto Drugyal Dzong where the road ends and start the trek by following the river gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will find plenty of traditional farm houses in a purely rural setting. The camp site is just beyond an army outpost. Alt. 2800m,Distance - 17 km and time 5-6 Hr.

Day 04:

Trek Shana - Soe Thangthangkha Continue uphill through the river valley which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along the drainage. Most of the trail actually is down hill after the initial climb.The camp site is located in a meadow with stone shelter. Alt. Approx.3400m, distance 15 km, time 4-5 Hr.
Day 05: Trek Soe Thangthangkha - Jangothang Walk up along the Pachu (Paro river), pass a small army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow capped mountains all around and also see the yaks and the yak herders winter homes. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Jomulhari mountain. Alt. 4040m. ,Distance 19 km and time 5-6 Hr.
Day 06: Trek Jangothang Lingshi Walk up toward the pass through a wide pasture land. Depending on the season you are there, you might find some yak herders in their camping tents along the way. As you come down after the pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the Valley. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent.Alt. 4150m. Distance 19 km. Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 07: Trek Lingshi - Chebisa Today is the shortest walking day and you can really take it easy. On reaching the camp site at Chebisa, you can visit the village houses if you feel upto it. Alt. 3850m. Distance 12 km. Time 3-4 Hr.
Day 08: Trek Chebisa - Shomuthang You walk through a wide pasture land towards Gobu-la ( pass).On the way, you will see few people herding the yaks. After crossing the Gobu -la ( Alt. 4350m ) descend down to the valley. The camp site is on a bench above a river which is a tributary of the Nochu river.Alt. 4260. Distance 17 km. Time 5-6 Hr.
Day 09: Trek Shomuthang - Robluthang As the walk is little strenuous, it is advisable to start a little early. After crossing the Jarela (pass) Alt. 4600m you come down to Tsarijathang valley where you can normally see herds of Takins.Camp at Tsarijathang. Alt.4390m. Distance 15 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 10: Trek Robluthang - Lemithang After crossing the Shingela pass, alt. 4900m., you come down and follow the valley. Lemithang is under the Laya District and you will see people dressed in typical Laya costume with long pointed bamboo hats on their head. Camp at Lemithang. Alt. 4140m. Distance 19 km.Time 6-7 Hr. If you have time, it would be advisable to spend a day here exploring the valley and meeting the people who have a different and unique culture.
Day 11: Trek Lemithang Laya Today, you walk all the way downhill along a narrow winding river valley. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. Camp site is on a high flat bench above the Laya village. Alt. 3850m. Distance 10 km. Time 3-4 Hr.
Day 12: Acclimatization day in Laya. Explore the Laya village.
Day 13: Trek Laya Koena The trail winds up and down along the river valley avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the crashing river,feeder streams and water falls. Camp. Alt. 3800m. Distance 19 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 14: Trek Koena Gasa You cross the Babela pass, Alt.3740m., after which the trail is all the way down till you reach the camp site which is close to Gasa Dzong.Alt. 2900m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 15: Trek Gasa - Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) After a late breakfast, trek to Gasa Tsachu. After lunch relax in the hot spring. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan. Camp at Gasa Tsachu.
Day 16: Trek Gasa Tsachu - Geon Damji After a short climb, the trail winds through the rolling hills and passes through the pine and oak forests, villages and wheat fields. You will also see a beautiful view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall seeming to float in space. Camp. Alt. 2280m. Distance 21 km.Time 6-7 Hr.
Day 17: Trek Geon Damji - Tashithang- Punakha The trail descends from the high agricultural benches above the Mochu ( Chu means River ) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees, creepers and various tropical vegetation. You will also see monkeys and few other animals Occasionally.Tashithang. Alt. 1700m. Distance 17 km. Time 6-7 Hr. At Tashithang, your cars will be waiting for you and you drive to Punakha and check in at Hotel Meri Phuensum.
Day 18: Drive Punakha - Gangtey. Visit the Black Necked Crane centre and Gangtey Monastery
Day 19: Drive Gangtey - Paro via Dochula pass
Day 20: Excursion to Haa Valley. Visit the Wangchulo Dzong, the Lhakhang Karpo and the Lhakhang
Day 21: Departure
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- All applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
- All camping equipments where applicable
- Bhutan visa and TDF Fee
- Monument entrance fee
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
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- Two Valley Tours
- Glimpse of Bhutan
- Bhutan Cultural Tour
- Textile Weaving Tour
- Round Bhutan Tour
- Jomolhari Trek
- Laya - Gasa Trek
- Mountain Bike Tour
 
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