- Trip Code: LG18
- Duration: 18 Days
- Trip Level: Easy
- Max Altitude: 5,000m / 16,400 ft
- Starts at: Paro
- Ends at: Paro
- Best Season: March to May; September to November
- Day 1 Arrival at Paro Airport
- Day 2 Sightseeing around Paro
- Day 3 Bus from Paro to Shana
- Day 4 Trek Shana – Thangthangka
- Day 5 Thangthangka – Jangothang
- Day 6 Rest Day in Jangothang
- Day 7 Jangothang – Lingshi
- Day 8 Lingshi – Chebisa
- Day 9 Chebisa – Shakya Pasang
- Day 10 Shakya Pasang – Robkuthang
- Day 11 Robkuthang – Limithang
- Day 12 Limithang – Laya
- Day 13 Rest day in Laya
- Day 14 Laya – Koina
- Day 15 Gasa Hot Springs
- Day 16 Gasa Hot Springs – Damji Village – Drive to Punakha
- Day 17 Bus from Punakha to Thimphu
- Day 18 Departure from Paro (by Druk Air)
Included In Package
- Airport pick up and drop by private car.
- Guided city tour in Paro
- Hotel accommodation when in Paro including Breakfasts
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
- Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
- Briefing on the evening of Day1 with welcome drinks.
- Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
- Monument and museums entrance fees for all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
- Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
- All trekking, route and monument access permits and fees.
- Government royalty (35% of $225), which goes to the country’s health and education projects.
- All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
Not Included In Package
- Flight tickets related to international travel.
- Food during your stay in Kathmandu (except breakfasts).
- Any kind of drinks (including bar tabs).
- Your travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee and entry fee.
- Personal expenses.
- Tips to guide and porter.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Trekking Laya Gasa, in fact, trekking Bhutan is like nowhere else in the Himalayas because it is an untouched natural wonderland. Rated as one of Bhutan’s most spectacular treks, the Laya Gasa trek takes you across northern Bhutan’s border with Tibet.
In October, don’t miss the annual Royal Highlander Festival that takes place in Laya, where you’ll see the local people showcasing their unique culture over a two day event in the remote countryside.
Laya Gasa trek heads northwest from Paro, offering a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and sub-tropical forests to alpine pastureland and high passes.
This trekking route has a combination of thick forests of rhododendron, willow, oak, blue pine, golden birch, juniper. It takes you through the isolated, unique and traditionally rich villages of Chebisa and Laya, passing through several nomadic campsites.
Wild life such as Takin and Blue Sheep can be seen and even snow leopards can sometimes be spotted on this trek. Relax at the hot springs and enjoy fabulous views of snow-capped mountains and experience the unique culture of the friendly Layap people in a truly remote corner of the Himalayas.
Laya Gasa Trek Level
Laya Gasa Trek is considered Easy. A good level of cardiovascular fitness and some trekking experience is still advised. In a scale of 1 to 10, the Laya Gasa Trek is rated 3.
Your safety and the safety of the support team safety of everyone on the trek is our highest concern and like all our treks, the Laya Gasa Trek is treated as an expedition.
The term Altitude Sickness is used often but there are intact 3 types of Altitude Sickness. The most common is actually Acute Mountain Sickness – or AMS for short. AMS becomes a real threat when ascending at altitudes of 9,000ft or more (roughly 3,000 m).
AMS comes into effect usually because a trekker or climber ascends too quickly. As the air become thinner, there is less oxygen available. Your lungs need time to adjust in order to carry much needed oxygen to the different parts of your body.
All Ammonite Adventure treks over 9,000ft (3,000 m) include rest days – known as acclimatization days. Read more about altitude sickness »