12 Days Laya Gasa Trek

Laya Gasa trek is for 12-days and is an extension of the Jumolhari Round Trek. The route offers opportunities to see various flora and fauna including a good chance to spot Blue Sheep, Takins and the Blue Poppy. Laya Gasa trek introduces you to the unique culture of the Layap people who are the Nomadic people of Upper Himalayas bordering Tibet. On the last day, we halt at a natural hot spring in Gasa. Laya Gasa trek is a popular Trek. Highest point is 4115 Meter.

Sketch Itinerary for Laya Gasa Trek:

Day 01. Arrive Paro and sightseeing (2280 m):


Rinpung Dzong

Meet and greet at the airport and drive to the hotel.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong, the tower of Paro built in 1656. This monument is now converted to the National Museum.
  • Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Rimpoche.

In the evening, free to stroll in Paro town.

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest):

In the morning, drive to Satsam Chorten and hike for 2 hours to the Tiger’s Nest monastery.


Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) Monastery.

After Lunch, visit to:

  • The Ruined Fortress of Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Srongsen Gampo.

In the evening, drive to Shana (22 km. 2 hour drive).

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 03. Shana – Thangthangka (1st Day of Trek):

The route follows the river through a forest area. We cross a junction on the way, where another path leads north to Tremo La Pass and then to Tibet. Camp is in a meadow with a stone shelter.

Distance 22 Km, Time 7 – 8 hours, Altitude: 3610 m, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 04. Thangthangka – Jangothang:


Jhomolhari base camp.

Walk past a small army post, the trail passes Tegethang, the Yak herders’ camp. You can see Yaks as we arrive at the Jhomolhari base camp (4,115 m). There is a ruined fortress nearby that used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasions.

Distance 19 Km; Time 5 – 6 hours, 480 m ascent, Altitude 4080 m.

Dinner and over night in Camp.

Day 05. Halt at Jangothang:

Acclimatization day. Enjoy the beautiful views all around.

Three optional activities on this day:

  1. Walk up the mountain between Jumolhari and Jichu Drake, the summit (5200 m) with a great view of both the mountains. This is 8 hours (Back and forth).
  2. Hike to Jichu Drake Glacier which is around 3 hours (Back and Forth).
  3. Hike to Jumolhari Glacier which is around 4 ½ hours (Back and forth).

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 06. Jangothang – Lingshi:


Lingshi Valley.

Walk across the bridge and start the climb up the ridge to view Jichu Drake, Tsherimgang and Jumolhari. We cross the Nyeley La Pass at an altitude of 4,700 m. Then descend down to the Lingshi camp.  Enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and the Dzong of Lingshi. Camp altitude is 4010 m.

Distance: 18 km, Walking time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 840 m, Descent: 870 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 07. Lingshi – Chebisa:

The trail climbs to reach Gom Yu village and cross a huge waterfall to reach Chebisa village and camp near the river.

Campsite at an altitude of 3880 m; Distance 10 km; Time 5 – 6 hours, Ascent: 280 m, Descent: 410 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 08. Chebisa – Shomuthang:


Laya Gasa Trek.

The trail passes through the Gokula pass (4,320 m) and forest of dwarf Rhododendron to reach Shomuthang near the river.

Distance17 km; walking Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 890 m, Descent 540 m. Campsite at Altitude 4220 m.

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 09. Shomuthang – Robluthang:

Today we cross Jare La Pass at 4,640 m and you can see the beautiful views of the Himalayas. We walk downhill and cross Tsarigathang valley and a river before climbing up Robluthang.

Distance 18 km; Time 6 – 7 hours, Ascent 700 m. Descent 760 m. Campsite at Altitude: 4,160 m;

Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 10. Robluthang – Lemithang:


Mt. Gangchen Ta (Table Mountain).

Today is the most difficult part of Laya Gasa Trek. Climb uphill to Shinche La Pass at 4,870 m with stunning view of Spectacular Gangchen Ta. We walk downhill and camp near the river.

Walking Distance: 19 km; Time 6-7 hours. Ascent 850 m, Descent 870 m. Campsite at Altitude 4,140 m.

Day 11. Lemithang – Laya:

Walk along the river, passing through a forest of rhododendron and silver fir and we enter the Laya village. Explore the beautiful village of Laya.

Distance 10 km; Time 4-5 hours, Ascent 60 m. Descent 340 m. Camp at Altitude 3840 m.

Day 12. Laya (Halt):

Rest day at Laya and explore the village and meet the Layaps.

Day 13. Laya – Koena:


On the way to Laya.

The trail is mostly downhill along the river.

Distance19 km; Time 6-7 hours, 260 m Ascent, Descent 1070 m. Campsite at Altitude 3050 m.

Dinner and over night in camp.

Day 14. Koena – Gasa Tsachu (End of Trek):

Today is the last day of Laya Gasa trek. We climb up to Bale La Pass at 3,740 m and then descend down to the Gasa village. The view of the Gasa Dzong perched on the hill over the village is the highlight of the the day. We camp near the Hot Spring.

Campsite at Altitude: 2,638 m; Distance 14 km; Time: 6-7 hours, Ascent 900 m, Descent 1710 m.

Day 15: Gasa Tsachu – Punakha (73 km):


Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

In the morning, drive to Punakha.

On the way, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery (short hike 25 minutes).

After lunch, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In the evening, walk the longest Suspension bridge in Bhutan (160 m).

Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 16. Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu (90 Km):

In the morning, drive to Thimphu via Wangdiphodrang.


Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

On the way, visit to:

  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
  • Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Lunch at the Dochu La cafeteria.

After lunch, Lungchutse hike (Short hike – 3 hours): This is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region. Your vehicle will pick you up at Hongtsho and drive to Thimphu.

In the evening, visit to:

  • Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan).

Then free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 17. Thimphu sightseeing – Paro (56 km. 1 hour drive):


National Memorial Chorten.

In the morning, visit to:

  • National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
  • National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts.
  • Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas.

In the afternoon, visit to:

  • Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world (51.5 m).
  • Witness Archery Match at Changlimithang.

In the evening, drive to Paro.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

Day 18. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.