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Gaya Lasa Trek


The Laya Gasa Trek will have you walk through some of the most pristine natural environments in the country and the villages will mesmerize you with its unique culture.

The inhabitants of Laya village are ethnically distinct and have been continuing their traditional way of life since time immemorial, hidden away in the far north of the kingdom.

Hikers embarking on the Snow Leopard trek or the legendary Snowman Trek will pass through Laya.

There is amazing culture of Laya is durig Owlay festival (Please check with us for the festival schedule). Another is Takin Festival (national animal).

This trail offers a great variety of trekking conditions, from picturesque farmland and forests to alpine pastureland and high mountain passes. Splendor campsites, beneath some of Bhutan’s most magnificent peaks, of which the most notable are Jomolhari (7300m) and Jichu Drake (6900m), are also features of this trekking route.

Numerous isolated dzongs and scattered settlements, including the extraordinary village of Laya, and the Gasa hot springs which makes this trek one of the most beautiful and interesting trail among the other treks.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 1: (23.09.2017) Arrive Paro
  • Day 2: (24.09.2017) Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Day 3: (25.09.2017) Gunetshawa Shana Zampa, 17 km, 5-6hours
  • Day 4: (26.09.2017) Shana Zampa - Soi Thangthangkha, 22 km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 5: (27.09.2017) Soi Thangthangkha - Jangothang, distance, 19 km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 7: (29.09.2017) Jangothang - Lingshi, distance, 18 km, 6-7hours
  • Day 8: (30.09.2017) Lingshi - Chebesa, distance, 10 km, 5hours
  • Day 9: (01.10.2017) Chebesa - Shomuthang, 17 km, time, 7hours
  • Day 10: (02.10.2017) Shomuthang - Robluthang, 18 km, 6 - 7hours
  • Day 11: (03.10.2017) Robluthang - Limithang, 19 km, 7hours
  • Day 12: (04.10.2017) Limithang - Laya, 10 km, 5hours
  • Day 13: (05.10.2017) OWLEY FESTIVAL
  • Day 14: (06.10.2017) Laya - Koina, 19 km, 6 - 7hours
  • Day 15: (07.10.2017) Koina - Gasa Tsachu, 14 km, 5 /6 hours
  • Day 16: (08.10.2017) Gasa Tsachu - Punakha - 4 hours 
  • Day 17: (09.10.2017) Punakha-Thimphu
  • Day 18: (10.10.2017) Thimphu
  • Day 19: (11.10.2017) Transfer to Paro




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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01:
  • Paro
  • After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet the representative from White Umbrella, who will drive through Paro valley and check in to your hotel.  If your flight arrives in mid day, then we will go for a short excursion after refreshment in hotel. Otherwise, relax in hotel.
  • Day 02:
  • Taktsang Monastery
  • Today, we hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend says that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. This site is known as one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the country. No wonder that some monks have chosen this place to meditate for the rest of their lives!   Coming back, we are following a different path that takes us through the pristine thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons festooned with Spanish mosses.
  • Day 03:
  • Gunetshawa – Shana Zampa, distance – 17 km, time-5-6 hours
  • You will drive 12km north of Paro valley from your hotel to the historic Drugyal Dzong ruins at 2,580m, from were your trek starts. Your trek permit will be checked at the Gunitsawa army checkpost. The campsite (2850 m) is on the opposite side of the river near the village of Shana Zampa in a meadow surrounded by trees.
  • Day 04:
  • Shana Zampa – Soi Thangthangkha, distance – 22 km, time – 7/8 hours
  • The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Pa Chhu (Paro River) through forests of oak, rhododendrons and ferns and breathtaking vistas. The campsite (3,630m) is surrounded with beautiful views and lulled by the sound of the Paro River.
  • Day 05:
  • Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang, distance – 19 km, time – 6/7 hours
  • This day starts with beautiful landscape reaching to summer pastures of yaks, truly beasts of bounty for herders providing abundant cheese, butter, meat and thick waterproof hair for making tents, caps and blankets. The approach to Jangothang (4,090m) camp site is heralded by prayer walls, chhortens, prayer flags fluttering in the wind and a spectacular view of Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m).
  • Day 06-07:
  • Jangothang – Lingshi, distance – 18 km, time – 6/7 hours
  • Ten minutes walk from Jangothang presents spectacular views of Mount. Jichu Drake (6,989m) and further ahead Mount Tserim Kang (6,789m). The final pull enroute is Nyile la pass (4,890m) about 4 hours from Jangothang. The trail later travels above the tributary of Mo Chhu River, gradually descending to the campsite at Lingshi (4,010m).
  • Day 08:
  • Lingshi – Chebesa, distance – 10 km, time – 5 hours
  • Proceed ahead passing Lingshi Dzong built in the 17th century, perched on the hilltop with a commanding view of the green hills, the winding river and magnificent peaks. After an hour from Lingshi, the trail reaches a cairn and prayer flags on a ridge at 4,140m and then makes a long descent to the pleasant settlement of Gayul (3,870m). Leaving this village, after making a short ascent and descent, the route leads to the spectacular Chebesa valley. Campsite on a meadow at an altitude of 3,880m.
  • Day 09:
  • Chebesa – Shomuthang, distance – 17 km, time – 7 hours
  • Today’s trail goes through the Gombu la pass (4,500m) and then descends through rhododendrons bushes to a stream at about 4,170m. The trail further climbs over a small ridge through a cedar forest then into the main Jholethang Chhu valley in a deep forest of fir and birch and then to the village of Shakshepasa (3,980m). There are several yak herders huts enroute. The camp is at Shomuthang (4,200m) in a clusterof brush beside a stream.
  • Day 10:
  • Shomuthang – Robluthang, distance – 18 km, time – 6 / 7 hours
  • The trek starts with a climb to Jari la pass (4,700m) then descending to Tasharijathang valley, the summer place of the rare Himalayan Takin. Camp is at Tsheri Jathang valley which has been declared a special Takin sanctuary.
  • Day 11:
  • Robluthang – Limithang, distance – 19 km time – 7 hours
  • Today cross Shinje la pass (4,900m) the last and the highest pass on the trek which is about 5 hours walk from camp.Later the descent is on a rough, rocky trail into a glacial valley, eventually reaching to Kango Chhu, a stream. After that it is a short climb through rhododendron trail and cedar forest interspersed small meadows to Limithang (4,140m), a lovely campsite in a big meadow.
  • Day 12:
  • Limithang – Laya, distance – 10 km, time – 5 hours
  • Today’s walk to Laya is extremely pleasant with wonderful mountain scenery and passing through forests filled with moss and singing birds. The village of Laya is the second highest settlement in the country at an altitude of 3,800m. We will visit a local monad family for a local dinner with Ara (local alcohol) today and interact with them to experience their live.
  • Day 13:
  • Owley Festival
  • This ancient festival occurs once in every three years and is an absolutely unforgettable celebration of the culture and religion of Laya.
  • Day 14:
  • Laya – Koina, distance – 19 km, time – 6 / 7 hours
  • The route follows the Mo Chhu river downstream all the way to Punakha (western Bhutan) crossing few streams and making several ascents and descents. Also the route offers interesting view of Masang Gang peak (7,165m). Camp at Koina at an altitude of 3,050m.
  • Day 15:
  • Koina – Gasa Tsachu, distance – 14 km, time – 5 / 6 hours
  • The day starts with a major ascent to Bari la pass (3,900m) traversing through deep forests of fir. The route starts down again, sometimes steeply through a bamboo forest to a stream at 3,080m, the view point of Gasa Dzong. The trail further traverses above Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park onwards to Gasa. In the evening, we will go to the spring water where many local Bhutanese are enjoying the spring water. There are few spring water spots where you can enjoy yourself with locals and interact with them.
  • Day 16:
  • Gasa Tsachu- Punakha (4hrs)
  • We take only a short 20-25 min hike down to the road point where you are transferred to a farm house in the Punakha Valley. We will make walking excursion around the village and visit one local family where we will cook dinner together with them. Local Ara is served during and after the dinner.  
  • Day 17:
  • Punakha-Thimphu
  • We will visit Chimmi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong in the morning. After lunch, we drive to Thimphu en route to Dochu la pass where you can have a spectacular view of the Himalaya Mountains. In the evening, we will walk to the Memorial Stupa and make few rounds with locals.
  • Day 18:
  • Thimphu Morning sightseeing
  • Visit the National Memorial Chorten, which was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery. After lunch continue to explore Thimphu and around. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum.  In the evening, we drive to Paro for a night hold if your flight is early in the morning. If your flight is after 11:00, we hold a night in Thimphu just to avoid hassle of packing and un-packing.
  • Day 19:
  • Departure After breakfast, we will see you off at the Paro airport.
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Discover Bhutan's high passes & villages
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Highest Altitude: 4950m
  • Days: 19 Days
  • Camping Nights: 13 Nights
  • Hotel Nights: 5 Nights
  • Price: On Request €
General Information
  • What is Included/not included


    • Service of Guide, Cook, Porters and Dzo the animals
    • All kind of accommodation for the entire package
    • Three times meal and Tea for the entire trip
    • We will serve you boiled water for drinking and washing
    • Park & Permit fee
    • Road transportation with Driver


    • Breweries, Personal shopping
    • International & Domestic flights
    • Medical and life Insurance of the group.
    • Visa fees
    • Tip
  • Group Size
    • Maximum - 12 people
    • Minimum - 04 people
  • Level of Difficulty

    CHALLENGING: Fitness is important for this trip, and you'll need to improve your stamina before you depart. You will either have trekked before, or be confident on your fitness.

  • Best time to visit
    • AUTUMN (OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER): The best time for a trekking in the mountains of Bhutan is the period from late September to late November. Though it gets quite cold when the strong wind blows down from the mountains, the sky is bright and sunny during this period. In terms of weather and visibility, this is the absolute best time to go.
    • SPRING (MARCH TO MAY): The period from March to May is the second best time of the year for a trekking in the mountains of Bhutan. During this time of the year, the abundant magnolias and rhododendrons cover the mountain slopes, creating an astonishing view. The sky may be cloudy during this period, but a trekking can still be an enjoyable experience. Different varieties of birds come down from the colder climates and are ready to go back to their homes when the winter in those parts is over.
  • Visa & Entry Formality

    All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain the visa prior to arrival in the country. One cannot obtain the visa at their respective countries. We will organize the entire visa procedure for our guests. Once the trip is confirmed, we will send the Visa application form via email, the clients do not have to send us their passport. The final visa stamp will be issued upon arrival in the country.