Laya Gasa Trekking
Laya Gasa Trekking
The flight into Paro will be extra wonderful with the view of Mt Everest (8848m) if the weather is favorable and other Himalayan mountains. The landing, flying through the Paro valley between the 4000 metre high mountains, starts your day in an unforgettable way! Your Bhutanese representative will greet you on arrival and drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the hotel you will be staying.we will take to other place as your time. Overnight at hotel.
Morning take an acclimatization hike to the famous Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest): This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory……… Visit Farmhouse: Bhutan is justly NOT famous for its cuisine, which is somewhat predictable. Eating at a local farmhouse at least gives a slightly different variation…… Overnight at Hotel .
Drive to the end of the motor road at Drukgyel Dzong to begin the trek. Today’s trail follows the river uphill through a narrow agricultural valley as far as the border army camp at about 2890 m (15 km , 5 hrs walk).
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 3575m. (22 km6 to 7 hours walk).
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. it is possible to see yaks and yak herders. Camp is beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mount Jomolhari. 4044m. (17 km , 5 hours walk)
It’s possible to walk to Tsophu and fish or hike in various directions: towards Mount Jomolhari and its subsidiary to the west, Jichu Drake to the north and unclaimed summits and ridges to the east.
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. The Lingshi area has 118 households and about 300-400 people, some of whom live a great distance from Lingshi. There also used to be some Tibetan refugees.5 to 6 hrs walk, distance 21km). We camp at an altitude of 4010 m.
Leaving Lingshi village behind, the most pleasant walk of the whole trek starts on a wide trail located high above the valley floor. The hill sides are partly covered by the medicinal plants. The track descends into a side valley to a village called Goyok.Take time to study the yak people when they take the luggage and saddles off their animals. The yaks are then chased up the hill so that they graze their way down to camp during the night. 3990m (3 to 4 hours)
Beware of the dogs while crossing the village. After the village a stiff, steep climb of about 450m up a grassy slope leads to a peak called Inela.During the climb you might see herds of blue sheep, bearded vulture. Later the hike descends through a forest on a wet trail. Camp by the river.(Altitude 4000m, 5 hours walk)
The day starts with a climb of about 200m, after which the trail levels and changes from a southerly to an easterly direction. The area is full of Yak herder huts. You will come across a swampy area where there is a big river, where the bridge will be hopefully found in place. The herders have to rebuild the bridge almost every year, so be prepared to wade the river, which can be cold and powerful depending on the time of the year. A steep 40 minutes climb will lead to a nice campsite.Altitude:4160m . (16 km , 7 hrs walk).
Start early so as to enjoy the best possible view from the pass. The trail crosses some small streams and you will come across a platform with lots of prayer flags. From here a large glacial valley opens up leading to the east and finally to today’s pass. When you follow the trail you will hear shrill noises which are of marmots, whose holes can be seen everywhere. The hill sides here are covered with medicinal plants. The campsite is through a beautiful cedar forest, with Great Tiger Mountain looming over camp. Altitude: 4160m above sea level. (16 km, 7 hours walk)
You will follow the valley down parallel to the Timuchang Chhu through a cedar and then fir forest. Yak people from Laya might overtake with their yaks carrying loads of smuggled goods. About 30 minutes before reaching Laya, there is a clear split in the trail. The left fork is better. After some small ups and downs and crossing a ridge you reach a chorten and a prosperous Laya village appears before you. Altitude: 3800m above sea level. (9 km, 4 hours walk)
The trail leaves Laya through fields and clusters of houses. Descend through the village entrance porch or arch chorten and pass through some beautiful woodland. After the army camp, descend on a good trail. Once you reach the bottom of the valley (3200m) a good, wide, flat trail follows the Mo Chhu(River). At the end of the final climb (150m) the trail rounds a ridge into the side valley to a campsite. Altitude: 3240m above sea level. (16 km, 6 hours walk)
Today’s trail is a long climb through an enormous subtropical forest. If misty the atmosphere can become very eerie, and the gorge transforms into something out of a fairytale. On the other side is a territory for snow leopard and tiger. After a short flat trail a long descent to Gasa village strats. 2220m above sea level. (12 km , 6 hours walk)
After leaving the camp in Gasa the trail again disappears into mixed jungle/forest with many orchids. Overnight camp in Damji. 2250m. ( 15 km. 5 hrs walk).
The trek begins through semi – tropical forest with a great variety of flora and fauna. You will also come across high agricultural terraces above the Mo Chu (the female river) into a lush semi-tropical gorge filled with banana trees. A vehicle will be waiting at Tashithang to take you to Punakha where you will be staying. Overnight at Hotel.
Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit, is situated next to the magnificent Tashichoo Dzong. Altitude: 2320m. Morning hike to Kham Sum Yule Lhakhang (Monastey): It was built by HRH Azhi (Queen) Tshering Pem Wangchuck for a successful rule during the reign of the present King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck. Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu….. Later drive to the capital city Thimphu(2 hours 30 minutes drive . Overnight at Hotel.
The weekend market. Market days are absolutely central to the lives of the Bhutanese, but there are many reasons to visit other than the fresh food on offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday…. Morning hike to Cheri Monastery: Hike about 2hrs leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen….) Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is wiy regarded as the father of modern Bhutan…. Tashichho Dzong: The “Fortress of the glorious religion” houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the main secretariat building and the central monk body…. Mini zoo: Here we can see Bhutan’s national animal known as Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family…. Sangaygang view point: Needless to say, this is THE place to take your camera and capture the essence of a remarkable country. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is also known as the Lover’s Point... Overnight at Hotel, Thimphu
Airport Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive from Thimphu to the Paro airport for your final departure. We can make or change the itinerary as your desires to make your comfortable stay in Bhutan but we can’ change the flight, not to forgetting the flight schedules.
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