Laya Gasa Trek 19 Days

Trip Facts

  • Destination Nepal

Highlights

  • Trekking in remote Bhutanese Himalaya
  • Trekking the trails of indigenous Layap people, Bhutan’s national animal Taking and rare blue poppy flower
  • Crossing high passes like Balela Pass at 3,740m
  • Shingela Pass at 5,010m, Jarela Pass(4,750m), Gogu Las Pass(4,500m), Shakepass at 3,980m
  • Amazing views of Mt. Drake, Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Tserim Kang, and Mt. Gangchen Ta Peak among others.
  • Sightseeing in Paro, visiting Tiger’s Nest, Drugyal Dzong, and Rinpung Dzong among other historical sites.
  • Sightseeing in Thimpu, visiting Tashichho Dzong, a fortress, and monastery, craft bazaar for local art, National Library and Memorial chorten of Bhutan’s third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Laya Gasa Trek is quite possibly the most beautiful and unspoiled long-distance treks in Bhutan. The trekking route runs alongside Bhutan’s border with Tibet offering stunning Himalayan landscape views. Our 19-day-long Laya Gasa Trek takes you to Bhutan’s pristine, remote and isolated high Himalaya. This trek also introduces you to the Layap community in northwest Bhutan. Laya in the Gasa district is home to the Layap ( Dzongkha) community. They are an indigenous group of people residing in Laya, just below the Tsendagang mountain. While on the journey, we might cross paths with Bhutan’s national animal Takin, Himalayan blue sheep, and spot the exotic Himalayan Blue Poppy, Bhutan’s national flower.

Laya Gasa Trek begins from in Paro with an acclimatization hike to Taktsang Palphug Monastery ( Tiger’s Nest), the world-famous sacred Buddhist site- a temple complex in the cliffside in Upper Paro Valley.  As we move to higher altitudes we acclimatize once again, in Jangothang at 4,040m on the sixth day of our trek. We continue on through beautiful alpine meadows with stunning views of Mt. Jomolhari, Tsherimgang and Jichu Drake accompanying us. We also cross high mountain passes. We follow the Jhomolhari trekking route till Lingzhi then gradually drop northwest towards Laya. The northern highlands of Laya and Gasa have unique cultures and traditions.

The regions house semi-nomadic tribes of indigenous communities like the Layap and are home to Himalayan animals like blue sheep and Takins. We relax at the natural hot springs in Gasa. Gradually, we move downwards to Thimpu then to Paro and take a flight to our respective destination from there.  Adventure Club Trek has been organizing trips to Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal since 2008. Our Laya-Gasa Trek itinerary comes with acclimatization period, experienced and well-trained guide, and an overall well-managed schedule, which is customizable, at an affordable price.  We also offer shorter treks in Bhutan like our Jhomolhari Trek-12 Days, Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days,  and Druk Path Trekking-10 Days. Find all our Bhutan Treks and Tours Here. 

Cost Details

Price Includes

All arrival and departure transfer in a private tourist vehicle.

  • Full board meals with tea/coffee and snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Drinking water
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin- shared basis.
  • Tented camp during trekking on a twin- shared basis.
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff.
  • Trekking equipment like sleeping bags, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, etc.
  • Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
  • Porter services for trekking.
  • All city tour with permits, entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • All applicable Bhutanese government taxes/royalties and Company services charge.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days US$ 50 for 30 days.
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc)

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