The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This fourteen day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Damji in Tashithang.
The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek I through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the camp site at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal clear water.
Along the trail you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance. Thhe trek also offers a day of relaxation at the famous Gasa hot springs that is sure to rejuvenate you.
This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to the high altitudes and steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.
Day 1: Gunitsawa Village – Sharna Zampa: 40mins, 80 m descent, camp altitude 2,850 m
Day 2: Sharna Zampa – Thangthangkha: Distance 22 km, 7-8 hours, 770 m ascent, 10 m descent, camp altitude 3,610 m
Day 3: Thangthangkha – Jangothang: Distance 19 km, 5-6 hours, 480 m ascent, camp altitude 4,080 m
Day 4: Jangothang Halt: The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains
Day 5: Jangothang – Lingshi: Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 840 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,010 m
Day 6: Lingshi – Chebisa: Distance 10 km, 5-6 hours, 280 m ascent, 410 m descent, camp altitude 3,880 m
Day 7: Chebisa – Shomuthang: Distance 17 km, 6-7 hours, 890 m ascent, 540 m descent, camp altitude 4,220m
Day 8: Shomuthang – Robluthang: Distance 18 km, 6-7 hours, 700 m ascent, 760 m descent, camp altitude 4,160 m
Day 9: Robluthang – Limithang: Distance 19 km, 6-7 hours, 850 m ascent, 870 m descent, camp altitude 4,140 m.
Day 10: Limithang – Laya: Distance 10 km, 4-5 hours, 60 m ascent, 340 m descent, camp altitude 3,840 m
Day 11: Laya – Koina: Distance 19 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 1,070 m descent, camp altitude 3,050 m
Day 12: Koina – Gasa: Distance 14 km, 6-7 hours, 740 m ascent, 1,500 m descent, camp altitude 2,240 m